Georgetown - Sun, Oct. 30, 2011
Further consideration of possibly
changing Georgetown College's athletics affiliation from NAIA to NCAA Division
III was eliminated Saturday by vote of the College's board of trustees. The board did, however, call for continued
study of whether or not a move to NCAA Division II would be in the school's
best interest, particularly as it relates to increased academic and recruiting
standards for coaches and student-athletes.
Of concern to many since discussion about a possible move to NCAA
Division III began, had been the loss of athletics scholarships at Georgetown
since those would not have been possible under that affiliation. Both NAIA and
NCAA Division II schools are allowed to award athletic scholarships.
"We appreciate the importance
of giving athletic scholarships to student-athletes who desire to attend a
highly selective national liberal arts college and also participate in
athletics," said William J. Houston, chairman of Georgetown's board of
trustees. "However, we as a board must be vigilant always and evaluate
every aspect of the College including athletics to assure we are positioned in
the best place for the future. We have determined that a move to Division III
is not the best fit for Georgetown College."
Saturday's decision concludes a six-month exploratory process
conducted by a task force of trustees, alumni, coaches, consultants and others
with an interest in Georgetown's athletic program. "I am grateful to our
research task force for their excellent work and to the trustees for their
commitment to GC," said Bill
Crouch, president. "This decision is the right one for the future of this
The trustees' vote "takes pressure off of our current students as
to what the future holds for Georgetown athletics," said Brian Evans,
athletic director, "and sends a strong message to our coaches from the College
leadership about the importance that athletics brings to the academic
experience of our campus."