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NCAA Div III: Five 64-Team Leagues

Div III of the NCAA currently has 32 overgrown universities, with enrollments of more than 9,000 each, which should be moved into Div I, as well as 102 colleges, with between 3,107 and 9,000 students, which should join a re-designed Div II.

A new Div III should be constructed by corralling 320 small colleges, with enrollments ranging from 1,300 to 3,107, and then carving them up into five 64-member leagues, along geographic lines. In determining size, all full-time undergraduate and graduate students would be counted.

The new Div III leagues would be known as the: 1) Wild West-64; 2) Heartland-64; 3) New South-64; 4) East Coast-64; and 5) New England-64.

The five leagues of 64 each would be particularly useful in determining post-season bids for a Div III March Madness tourney, as each would be able to hold three equally exciting pre-March tournaments in Nov., Dec., and Jan.

The reconfigured Div III would start by keeping 220 teams presently among their ranks. They would then add 79 currently in Div II; 20 in Div I, and 1 from the NAIA, to assemble the 320 squads.

Realigning the divisions based strictly on enrollment is the only fair and reasonable way to do things, and the NCAA should make the necessary rule changes to bring it about.

All of us should ask: Why are there so many small schools in Div I, when they belong in Div III? The following are just some examples:

(Enrollment, College, State, Current Conference)
1,300–Presbyterian, South Carolina (Big-S-I)
1,495–Wolford, South Carolina (Southern-I)
1,500–Virginia Military (Big-S-I)
1,756–Davidson, North Carolina (Southern-I)
2,200–Stetson, Florida (Atlantic Sun-I)
2,275–Wagner, New York City (NE-I)
2,373–Mt. St. Mary’s, Maryland (NE-I)
2,382–La Fayette, Pennsylvania (Patriot-I)
2,406–St. Bonaventure, New York (Atl.-10-I)
2,500–Mississippi Valley State (SWA-I)
2,618–St. Francis, Pennsylvania (NE-I)
2,817–Holy Cross, Massachusetts (Patriot-I)
2,837–Colgate, New York (Patriot-I)
2,953–St. Francis College, New York (NE-I)
3,000–Siena, New York (Metro Atlantic-I)
3,000–Lipscomb, Tennessee (Atlantic Sun-I)
3,050–Evansville, Indiana (MO-V)

Over the next five days, the specific teams re-assigned to each of the five newly created Div III 64-member leagues will be posted here at:

For Div I, see: homepage (Categories: NCAA Conferences): 1) NCAA Needs 5 Leagues of 64 Teams Each, (3-1-12); 2) “NCAA: New Div I “Pacific-64” League (3-2-12); 3) NCAA: New Div I “Southwest-64” League (3-3-12); 4) “NCAA: New Div I “Great Lakes-64” League (3-4-12); 5) NCAA: New Div I “Southeast-64” League (3-5-12); 6) NCAA: New Div I “Northeast-64” League (3-6-12).

For Div II, see: homepage (Categories: NCAA Conferences): 1) NCAA Div II Needs Five 64-Team Leagues (3-7-12); 2) NCAA: New Div II “Western-64” (3-8-12); 3) NCAA: New Div II “Northern-64” (3-9-12); 4) NCAA New Div II “Southern-64” (3-10-12); 5) NCAA New Div II “Eastern States-64” (3-11-12); 6) NCAA New Div II “North Atlantic-64” (3-12-12).


NCAA New Div II “Eastern States-64”

Appendix D for article: “NCAA Div II Needs Five 64-Team Leagues,” posted 3-7-12 at The new Div. II “Eastern States-64” would have five sub-conferences:

(Enrollment, Name, City, Current Conference)

PATRIOT LEAGUE (12 public now Div-I teams/6 states)
Traditional Div. (6 teams/4 states)
9,220–Radford State, Virginia (BS-I)
7,700–William & Mary, Virginia (Col-I)
5,263–NJ Tech State., New Jersey (Gt-W-I)
4,800–Longwood State, Virginia (BS-I/Ind.)
4,487–Army, West Point, NY (P-L-I)
4,400–Navy, Maryland (P-L-I)
Historic Div. (6 teams/4 states)
8,587–NC Central State, Durham (Mid-E-I)
7,226–Morgan State, Maryland (Mid-E-I)
6,993–Norfolk State, Virginia (Mid-E-I)
4,433–Maryland-Eastern Shore (Mid-E-I)
3,801–Choppin State, Maryland (Mid-E-I)
3,609–Delaware State, Delaware (Mid-E-I)

NEW ENGLAND STATES (11 public D-III teams/4 states)
9,254–Salem State, Massachusetts (MASt-III)
9,000–Rhode Island College, RI (L-E-III)
7,261–Mass-Dartmouth, Mass. (L-E-III)
6,156–Framingham State, Mass. (MASt-III)
6,400–Keene State, New Hampshire (L-E-III)
6,001–Western Connecticut State (L-E-III)
5,470–Worcester State, Mass. (MASt-III)
5,264–Plymouth State, New Hampshire (L-E-III)
5,201–Fitchburg State, Mass. (MASt-III)
5,166–Westfield State, Mass. (MASt-III)
5,113–Eastern Connecticut State (L-E-III)

UPSTATE NEW YORK STATE (15 public teams-III)
8,909–Oswego, New York (SUNY-III)
8,275–Brockport, New York (SUNY-III)
8,205–New Paltz, New York (SUNY-III)
7,234–Cortland, New York (SUNY-III)
7,081–Medgar Evers, New York (CUNY-III)
6,800–Farmingdale State, NYC (Sky-L-III)
6,358–Plattsburgh, New York (SUNY-III)
6,000–York, NYC (CUNY-III)
5,893–Oneonta, New York (SUNY-III)
5,585–Geneseo, New York (SUNY-III)
5,573–Fredonia, New York (SUNY-III)
4,325–Potsdam, New York (SUNY-III)
4,052–Purchase College, NY (SUNY-III)
3,896–SUNY-Old Westbury, NY (Sky-L-III)
3,356–SUNY-Morrisville, NY (SUNY-III)

Pennsylvania East Division (7 teams/1 state)
9,512–Bloomsburg State Pennsylvania (PASt-II)
8,427–Millersville State Pennsylvania (PASt-II)
8,253–Shippensburg State, PA (PASt-II)
7,576–East Stroudsburg State, PA (PASt-II)
3,569–Mansfield State, Pennsylvania (PASt-II)
3,400–Penn State-Abington (NEA-III)
3,216–Penn State-Berks (NEA-III)
New Jersey Division (6 teams/1 state)
9,300–Rowan State, New Jersey (NJ-III)
7,450–Richard Stockton State, NJ (NJ-III)
7,300–NJ City State, New Jersey (NJ-III)
6,800–College of New Jersey State (NJ-III)
5,450–Rutgers-Camden, New Jersey (NJ-III)
5,233–Ramapo State, New Jersey (NJ-III)

7,383–Salisbury State, Maryland (Cap-A-III)
7,000–Fairmont State, West Virginia (WV-II)
6,000–Virginia State (Ce-I-II)
6,000–Fayetteville State, NC (Ce-I-II)
6,000–Winston-Salem State, NC (Ce-I-II)
5,600–Bowie State, Maryland (Ce-I-II)
5,471–U of DC (ECC-II)
5,215–Frostburg State, Maryland (Cap-A-III)
5,000–West Virginia State, (WV-II)
4,862–Mary Wash. St, Virginia (Cap-A-III)
4,793–Christopher Newport State, VA (USA-III)
3,900–Shepherd State, West Virginia (WV-II)
3,100–Elizabeth City State, NC (Ce-I-II)

For Div I see: homepage (Categories: NCAA Conferences): 1) NCAA Needs 5 Leagues of 64 Teams Each, (3-1-12); 2) “NCAA: New Div I “Pacific-64” (3-2-12); 3) NCAA: New Div I “Southwest-64” (3-3-12); 4) “NCAA: New Div I “Great Lakes-64” (3-4-12); 5) NCAA: New Div I “Southeast-64” (3-5-12); 6) NCAA: New Div I “Northeast-64” (3-6-12).

For more Div II see: homepage (Categories: NCAA Conferences): 1) NCAA Div II Five 64-Team Leagues (3-7-12); 2) NCAA: New Div II “Western-64” (3-8-12); 3) NCAA: New Div II “Northern-64” (3-9-12); 4) NCAA New Div II “Southern-64” (3-10-12).


NCAA Div II: Five 64-Team Leagues

Should the NCAA have divisions? Should every school from 400 students up to 40,000 just play each other? Most would agree we need divisions, and the only logical way to divide them is through enrollment numbers.

My NCAA plan is as follows: 1) Div I would take the largest 320, with over 9,194 students each; 2) Div II would have the following 320, with enrollments between 3,107 and 9,194; 3) Div. III would use the next 320, ranging from 1,000 to 3,107; and 4) Div IV would be created for the remaining 112 teams, with less than 1,000 to 1,500, depending on the geographic region.

Divisions I, II, and III would each be further divided into five leagues of 64 teams each. The new Div II leagues would be known as the: 1) Western-64; 2) Northern-64; 3) Southern-64; 4) Eastern States-64; and 5) North Atlantic-64.

As in Div I, the five 64-member leagues would be particularly useful in determining post-season invitations to a Div II March Madness tourney, as each area would have exactly 64 squads, and could hold three pre-March tournaments in Nov., Dec., and Jan.

The newly reconstructed division would start with 128 teams currently in Div II. They would then accept 90 squads, with enrollments of only 3,107 to 9,194, now in Div I, and would complete the picture with 102 Div III colleges, each with at least 3,107 students.

Why do we currently have 90 schools in Div I that have only 3,107 to 9,194 students? The following are just some examples of those that don’t belong in Div I. There are many more.

Enrollment, school, state, current conference)
3,100–Houston Baptist, Texas (Gt-W)
3,200–U of Portland, Oregon (WCC)
3,224–Charleston Southern, SC (BS-I)
3,417–Oral Roberts, Tulsa, Oklahoma (Sum)
3,603–High Point, North Carolina (BS-I)

It’s time all divisions were realigned, using enrollment as the sole criterion. No other method would be fair or reasonable.

(Note: For Div I, see: at homepage (Categories: NCAA Conferences): NCAA Needs 5 Leagues of 64 Teams Each, (3-1-12); “NCAA: New Div I “Pacific-64” (3-2-12); NCAA: New Div I “Southwest-64” (3-3-12); “NCAA: New Div I “Great Lakes-64” (3-4-12); NCAA: New Div I “Southeast-64” (3-5-12); NCAA: New Div I “Northeast-64” (3-6-12).



NCAA Needs 5 Leagues of 64 Teams Each

With the end of another regular basketball season, and the kick-off of March Madness, it’s time to realign the NCAA structure, as Div. I has become home for several small colleges, who don’t belong there, and there are now so many overgrown universities in Div. II and III, the original purpose of divisions, which was to divide schools based on size, has been lost.

As a solution, the NCAA should strictly limit Div. I to the largest 320 colleges, and divide them into five 64-member leagues, built along geographic lines, for the convenience of traveling fans, players, and coaches. They would be known as the: 1) Pacific-64; 2) Southwest-64; 3) Great Lakes-64; 4) Southeast-64; and 5) Northeast-64. Each would take the largest 64 schools in their area.

The five leagues would be particularly useful in determining post-season bids to the March Madness tourney, as each would have exactly 64 teams, and would be able to hold three equally exciting pre-March tournaments in Nov., Dec., and Jan.

The large colleges, stated as a percentage of the 2,363 full-time 4-year campuses, would constitute the upper 14.5%. The cut off for Div. I would be roughly 9,095 students, depending more precisely on the needs of each region. In determining college size, every full-time graduate and undergraduate student would be counted.

The new 320-team Div. I should be created, since the big schools, including the 56 with more than 30,000, as well as the 74 with 20,000 to 30,000, are ginning up easy victories in lopsided non-conference games against very small Div. I colleges. This season for instance, Wisconsin-Madison (35,000) crushed tiny Wofford (1,439) 69-33; Colgate (2,837) 68-41; and Savannah St. (3,820) 66-33.

Other Big-10 schools also padded their schedules with easy wins. Ohio State blew away Valparaiso (2,917) 80-47; Indiana took care of Stetson (2,200) 84-50; and Illinois stepped on Quincy (1,269) 73-45. Some undersized colleges apparently like getting worked over. Following a whipping by Penn State 72-43, little Mt. St. Mary (2,373) was beaten up again by Minnesota 85-56, and after Wisconsin took Mississippi Valley (2,500) out to the woodshed, 79-45, Northwestern worked them over once more, 92-67.

There is usually no doubt as to outcome in games between little colleges of 1,500, and universities of more than 30,000. While tiny colleges certainly want Div. I exposure, and occasionally field truly exceptional teams, big school play should be limited to the largest 320, since they are the only ones who can consistently provide real competition, and insure victories are in fact earned. It’s time to stop the biggest schools from scheduling easy wins against runt-size opponents, who truly belong in Div II or III.

But the problem is not confined to Div. I, since there are 80 large colleges lurking around in Div. II and Div. III, where they have no place. While Div. II has 48 large schools, such as Wayne State, with its 30,909 students, Div. III also provides shelter for another 32 big schools, each claiming at least 9,000. These large universities have overgrown their welcomes, and it’s time they joined Div. I.

The State of Wisconsin is one of the worst offenders, as they permit four of their large campuses, including UW-Oshkosh (12,753), and UW-Eau Claire (11,140), to compete in Div. III post-season play, against schools one-tenth their size. Would you just say nothing if you saw high school bullies roughing up 8th grade boys?

As to academics, institutions like Northwestern (Big-10) and Stanford (Pac-12) have consistently shown smart people can walk and chew gum at the same time, and being intelligent is no excuse for not finding the appropriate playground. If Div. III schools don’t want to provide financial aid for athletes, they should carry that policy forward. What’s the harm? If they just don’t want to compete in Div. I, using the scholarly talent they have, they could always quit the coveted 320, and let the next in line fill in.

While several small schools would likely oppose a realignment based strictly on size, as they would want to stay in Div. I, or gain access to it, despite meager enrollments, if the NCAA makes exceptions, others will come knocking. A new Div. I, using just the 320 largest schools, should be adopted, and the NCAA should then stick to it, by drawing a clear line in the sand.

Over the next few weeks, during the build-up to the March Madness final, I will post the specific teams assigned to each of the five 64-member leagues, at: Realignments for Div. II and III will follow.