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Date Posted: 11:34:36 01/09/17 Mon
Author: charles arey
Author Host/IP: 40.134.86.232
Subject: 2017 conference realignment thread

Let's start an NCAA & NAIA conference realignment thread - if you are aware of any changes please mention them here. Going just from my memory I can recall the following:

UAB returns to Conference USA
Idaho moves to the Big Sky Conference
Several GLIAC teams move to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference
NAIA's The Sun Conference merges with Mid-South Conference

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[> Re: 2017 conference realignment thread -- No name, 14:12:15 01/09/17 Mon (68.12.246.39)

>Let's start an NCAA & NAIA conference realignment
>thread - if you are aware of any changes please
>mention them here. Going just from my memory I can
>recall the following:
>
>Idaho moves to the Big Sky Conference

Correction: Idaho won't move back until 2018. One more year in the Sun Belt.

BTW, New Mexico State will leave the Sun Belt in 2018 as well but will stay as a FBS/I-A Independent.

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[> [> Re: 2017 conference realignment thread -- charles arey, 10:23:58 01/10/17 Tue (40.134.93.80)


>Correction: Idaho won't move back until 2018. One
>more year in the Sun Belt.

Thanks, I'm glad I saw your correction before I edited that page

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[> [> [> Re: 2017 conference realignment thread -- No name, 15:42:40 01/10/17 Tue (68.12.246.39)

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>>Correction: Idaho won't move back until 2018. One
>>more year in the Sun Belt.
>
>Thanks, I'm glad I saw your correction before I edited
>that page

No problem, sir. :-)

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[> Re: 2017 conference realignment thread -- No name, 17:46:04 01/09/17 Mon (107.212.4.197)

>Let's start an NCAA & NAIA conference realignment
>thread - if you are aware of any changes please
>mention them here. Going just from my memory I can
>recall the following:
>
>UAB returns to Conference USA
>Idaho moves to the Big Sky Conference
>Several GLIAC teams move to the Great Midwest Athletic
>Conference
>NAIA's The Sun Conference merges with Mid-South
>Conference

Oklahoma Panhandle will be going back to NAIA and football will be in the CSFL

http://www.opsu.edu/News/?page=Article&id=3276

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[> [> Re: 2017 conference realignment thread -- Sleepy, 19:44:02 01/09/17 Mon (67.190.211.56)

>>Let's start an NCAA & NAIA conference realignment
>>thread - if you are aware of any changes please
>>mention them here. Going just from my memory I can
>>recall the following:
>>
>>UAB returns to Conference USA
>>Idaho moves to the Big Sky Conference
>>Several GLIAC teams move to the Great Midwest Athletic
>>Conference
>>NAIA's The Sun Conference merges with Mid-South
>>Conference
>
>Oklahoma Panhandle will be going back to NAIA and
>football will be in the CSFL
>
>http://www.opsu.edu/News/?page=Article&id=3276

In the Sun Belt Conference along with Idaho & New Mexico St staying for 1 more year, Coastal Carolina will be playing a full league schedule and eligible for the championship but ineligible for a bowl.

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[> Re: 2017 conference realignment thread -- Burmy (Burmeister), 13:16:02 01/10/17 Tue (107.209.240.90)

>Let's start an NCAA & NAIA conference realignment
>thread - if you are aware of any changes please
>mention them here. Going just from my memory I can
>recall the following:
>
>UAB returns to Conference USA
>Idaho moves to the Big Sky Conference
>Several GLIAC teams move to the Great Midwest Athletic
>Conference
>NAIA's The Sun Conference merges with Mid-South
>Conference

Put together the full realignment details for all of college football in 2017...here goes:

DIVISION I - FBS

CONFERENCE USA
Nice to meet ya: UAB Blazers (resuming play in 2017) (Will play in West Division)

SUN BELT
Nice to meet ya: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (from FBS Independents)

FBS INDEPENDENTS
Nice knowing ya: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (to Sun Belt)

DIVISION II

GLIAC
Nice to meet ya: Davenport Panthers (from NAIA Independents)
Nice knowing ya: Findlay Oilers, Hillsdale Chargers, Lake Erie Storm, Ohio Dominican Panthers, Walsh Cavaliers (to Great Midwest Athletic Conference)

GREAT MIDWEST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Nice to meet ya: Findlay Oilers, Hillsdale Chargers, Lake Erie Storm, Ohio Dominican Panthers, Walsh Cavaliers (from GLIAC)

LONE STAR CONFERENCE
Nice knowing ya: Oklahoma Panhandle State Aggies (to NAIA CSFL)

SOUTH ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Nice knowing ya: Brevard Tornados (to Division III USA South)

DIVISION III

INDEPENDENTS
Nice to meet ya: Washington Bears (from Southern Athletic Association)
Nice knowing ya: Alfred State Pioneers (to ECFC)

EAST REGION

COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE (New for 2017)
Nice to meet ya: Becker Hawks (from ECFC), Curry Colonels, Endicott Gulls, Nichols Bison, Salve Regina Seahawks, Western England Golden Bears (from New England Football Conference)

ECFC
Nice to meet ya: Alfred State Pioneers (from Division III Independents), Dean Bulldogs (from USCAA - not covered on this site)
Nice knowing ya: Becker Hawks (to Commonwealth Coast), Norwich Cadets (to NEWMAC)

NEWMAC (New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference) (New for 2017)
Nice to meet ya: Coast Guard Bears, Maine Maritime Mariners, M.I.T. Engineers (from New England Football Conference), Norwich Cadets (from ECFC), Merchant Marine Mariners, Springfield Pride, W.P.I. Engineers (from Liberty League), Catholic Cardinals (from Old Dominion),

LIBERTY LEAGUE
Nice knowing ya: Merchant Marine Mariners, Springfield Pride, W.P.I. Engineers (to NEWMAC)

NEW ENGLAND FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
Nice knowing ya: Curry Colonels, Endicott Gulls, Nichols Bison, Salve Regina Seahawks, Western England Golden Bears (to Commonwealth Coast), Coast Guard Bears, Maine Maritime Mariners, M.I.T. Engineers (to NEWMAC)
RIP New England Football Conference (1965-2016)

SOUTH REGION

AMERICAN SOUTHWEST
Nice to meet ya: Southwestern Pirates, Texas Lutheran Bulldogs (from Southern Collegiate)

OLD DOMINION
Nice knowing ya: Catholic Cardinals (to NEWMAC)

SOUTHERN ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
Nice to meet ya: Austin Kangaroos, Trinity Tigers (from Southern Collegiate)
Nice knowing ya: Chicago Maroons (to Midwest), Washington Bears (to Division III Independents)

SOUTHERN COLLEGIATE
Nice knowing ya: Austin Kangaroos, Trinity Tigers (to Southern Athletic Association), Southwestern Pirates, Texas Lutheran Bulldogs (to American Southwest)
RIP Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference football (1962-2016)

USA SOUTH
Nice to meet ya: Brevard Tornados (from Division II South Atlantic)

WEST REGION

MIDWEST
Nice to meet ya: Chicago Maroons (from Southern Athletic Association) (Will play in North Division)

NAIA

CSFL
Nice to meet ya: Oklahoma Panhandle State Aggies (from NCAA Division II Lone Star), Texas Wesleyan Rams (new program for 2017)

MID-SOUTH
Nice to meet ya: Ave Maria Gyrenes, Edward Waters Tigers, Point Skyhawks, Southeastern Fire, Warner Royals, Webber International Warriors (from The Sun Conference), St. Andrews Knights (new program for 2017)
New Alignment
Bluegrass Division: Bethel Wildcats, Campbellsville Tigers, Cincinnati Christian Eagles, Cumberland Bulldogs, Georgetown Tigers, Kentucky Christian Knights, Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders
Appalachian Division: Bluefield Rams, Cumberlands Patriots, Pikeville Bears, Point Skyhawks, Reinhardt Eagles, Union Bulldogs
Sun Division: Ave Maria Gyrenes, Edward Waters Tigers, Faulkner Eagles, Southeastern Fire, Warner Royals, Webber International Warriors

THE SUN CONFERENCE
Nice knowing ya: Ave Maria Gyrenes, Edward Waters Tigers, Point Skyhawks, Southeastern Fire, Warner Royals, Webber International Warriors (to Mid-South)
RIP The Sun Conference football (2014-2016)

INDEPENDENTS
Nice knowing ya: Davenport Panthers (to Division II GLIAC)

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[> [> Re: 2017 conference realignment thread -- charles arey, 14:24:35 01/10/17 Tue (40.134.93.80)


>Put together the full realignment details for all of
>college football in 2017...here goes:

Thanks, Burmy! That will be very helpful. Looks like most of the movement is among the small colleges this year.

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[> [> [> North Alabama? -- David D., 02:02:22 01/13/17 Fri (173.216.51.197)

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>>Put together the full realignment details for all of
>>college football in 2017...here goes:
>
>Thanks, Burmy! That will be very helpful. Looks like
>most of the movement is among the small colleges this
>year.


Not sure if they go Independent this year before they move to NCAA D1 for 2018 for all sports.


Dean College have been listed as NJCAA where they played football in.

I think Morthland and University of Fort Lauderdale could be applying to join NAIA this year.

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[> [> Re: 2017 conference realignment thread (Dean College) -- David H, 11:11:49 01/13/17 Fri (50.142.199.3)

Dean College is the same Dean thats currently in the NJCAA, they've transitioning from two year to four year school

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[> [> [> Re: 2017 conference realignment thread (Dean College) -- Pat, 07:43:32 01/30/17 Mon (73.84.25.186)

>Dean College is the same Dean thats currently in the
>NJCAA, they've transitioning from two year to four
>year school


A bit early but in 2018 Campbell moves to the Big South from the Pioneer Conference.

http://bigsouthsports.com/news/2016/11/14/FB_1114163143.aspx

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[> Re: 2017 conference realignment thread -- David, 20:47:05 02/13/17 Mon (99.129.6.114)

>Let's start an NCAA & NAIA conference realignment
>thread - if you are aware of any changes please
>mention them here. Going just from my memory I can
>recall the following:
>
>UAB returns to Conference USA
>Idaho moves to the Big Sky Conference
>Several GLIAC teams move to the Great Midwest Athletic
>Conference
>NAIA's The Sun Conference merges with Mid-South
>Conference


North Greenville University will be joining the Gulf South Conference in 2018.
North Alabama University will move to D1 FCS Ind in 2018, and become a football only member of the Big South in 2019.
North Dakota University is moving from the Big Sky to the MVFC but not until 2020.

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[> Re: 2017 conference realignment thread -- No name, 23:35:19 04/15/17 Sat (98.232.204.223)

A recent move from Canada:

Bishop is leaving the RESQ to join AUS for football only. This move will give each league 5 teams.

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[> Re: 2017 conference realignment thread -- RedFromMI, 13:53:11 06/04/17 Sun (24.196.205.134)

>Let's start an NCAA & NAIA conference realignment
>thread - if you are aware of any changes please
>mention them here. Going just from my memory I can
>recall the following:
>
>UAB returns to Conference USA
>Idaho moves to the Big Sky Conference
>Several GLIAC teams move to the Great Midwest Athletic
>Conference
>NAIA's The Sun Conference merges with Mid-South
>Conference

Limestone College (NCAA DII) has joined the South Atlantic Conference as an associate member for Football (earlier this Spring). They already had a scheduling agreement, but now are eligible for the league championship and weekly football awards.

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