UC ‘San Diego to Join D-1 Big West?

Posted: May 30, 2016 in AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2016-17, D-2, D1
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imageIt seems to be that every D–2 Head Coach, Athletic Director, alumni and even college president’s dream to move up to NCAA D-1.  Status, increased salary, and even shoe and apparel contracts make the D-1 level so tempting.  After D-1 UCLA stunning quarter of a billion dollar($280,000,000)contact with Under Armour last week, this dream will become even more intense for D-2 universities. 

With a 24-8 record and making it to the third round of the D-2 NCAA National Tournament,  the UC San Diego is hot to move up to D-1. 

Time will tell how this will work out.  The University of California’s schools have a limited pool of basketball players in comparison to other D-1 schools due to their higher academic requirements than their imagecompetitors.  For example, Antelope Valley College sent Lawrence White to UC Davis last year on a full ride.  To get there, Lawrence had to complete the UC prerequisites at AVC and he was named to the President’s Honor list with a 4.0 GPA.  Few players nationally have D-1 basketball skills and this type of academic prowess. 

A special thanks to Kevin McCarthy for the scoop on UCSD. 


UCSD Students Cheer Move Toward Joining NCAA Division I

Posted by Ken Stone

UC San Diego students celebrate fee-hike vote for Division I NCAA status.  Photo by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications UC San Diego students celebrate fee-hike vote for Division I status. Photo by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications


UC San Diego students voted overwhelmingly to raise fees that could be used to boost the Tritons’ 23 athletic teams to Division I, the university announced Tuesday.

Any future move up from Division II would be contingent on an invitation to join the Big West conference, which counts four other University of California campuses among its membership. UCSD does not plan to start a football program.

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