“The entire athletic department is extremely excited about the news from the NCAA Membership Committee,” said LCU athletic director Paul Hise. “This is another important step in our transition to become full NCAA Division II members. The entire LCU administration, athletic department staff, coaches, and other support groups have done a tremendous job during the past year and played a huge role in this process. We are very excited about being accepted into provisional status for the 2014-15 academic year. We are anticipating another great year from our student-athletes in the competitive arena, as well as in the classroom, and are hoping that by this time next year we will have completed our transition and are full NCAA Division II members.”
Lubbock Christian University spent their first school term this prior season as members of the NCAA Division II’s Heartland Conference. The Chaparrals and Lady Chaparrals had success in their inaugural run in the Heartland Conference, as all seven of the team sports that produce a win-loss-or-tie result finished with a combined 164-53-1 overall record and a 105-22 record in conference play. All seven of the programs also finished third place or better in the conference standings, including four teams which finished with the best regular season conference record. As a provisional member of the NCAA, LCU is ineligible for NCAA postseason play for the 2014-15 seasons but will be eligible in 2015-16 if granted full membership status. Also as a provisional member, along with a rule change, LCU individuals are now eligible for additional conference and national honors.
The Provisional Year will run during the 2014-15 academic year and an evaluation will occur to determine if the institution is ready to become a full-fledged member of NCAA Division II. Like last season, LCU will participate with a full NCAA and Heartland Conference regular season schedule during this upcoming school year.
LCU is one of six schools (seven were in the process) moving on to the provisional period en route to active membership in the 2015-16 academic year. They join Daemen College, Lee University, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Christian University and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise.
The committee’s decisions will be reviewed by the NCAA Division II Management Council as part of its regular process during its July 21-22 meeting, and if no further action is taken at that time, the membership changes will take effect Sept. 1.