Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Vancouver Sun article on Simon Fraser possibly getting early NCAA entrance

Simon Fraser University expected to gain early entrance into NCAA

The Simon Fraser University athletic department is expected to announce Wednesday its Clan teams will begin playing at least some of their games against schools in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference a year earlier than originally planned.

When the NCAA announced in July it was accepting SFU as the first non-U.S. school in the history of the collegiate sports body, it was stated that the Clan would not gain full membership in the Division-2 GNAC until the 2011-12 season.

But two weeks ago the Clan’s current CIS conference, Canada West, said it was placing SFU on probation and left open the possibility SFU sports would have no place to play in 2010-11. By moving ahead its acceptance into the GNAC, SFU teams will have a home for the season after next.

The GNAC is currently composed of nine NCAA schools spread out over five states, including Alaska-Anchorage and Alaska-Fairbanks.

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