As noted here many here many times, travel is a huge consideration to all but seemingly the NCAA D1 power 5 conferences. This article details the factors that Thomas More College is pondering as it looks to leave the Presidents Athletic Conference and NCAA D3 for the Mid South Conference and the NAIA.
Searching for a new home is always an invigorating experience. It’s simultaneously fun and stressful, not to mention an exercise filled with risk and plenty of questions.
Is the location right? Are the neighbors a good fit? Is the house itself structurally sound?
Thomas More College is currently seeking a new home, having announced last May its intention to withdraw from the Presidents’ Athletic Conference following the 2017-18 academic year. It now appears the Saints have indeed found the right location, a friendly group of neighbors and a solid history as its foundation. But not in the NCAA, the organization Thomas More has competed in at the Division III level since 1990.
Instead, Thomas More appears headed to the NAIA.
Last June, Thomas More president David A. Armstrong said the school’s athletic programs were withdrawing from the PAC because “we feel it is the best time for TMC to seek new partnerships which will enhance our strategic goals.”
That new partnership appears to be in the NAIA’s Mid-South Conference — and it’s a good fit for many reasons. Just ask Terry Connor, now in his 18th year as Thomas More’s athletic director.
“The NAIA and the Mid-South have member schools that share the same size, mission and values with Thomas More,” Connor pointed out Wednesday. “Thomas More also has a long history with the NAIA as well as a number of the schools in the Mid-South, as we were members of the NAIA up until 1990.”
“The Mid-South is a good geographical fit,” Connor said. “Fans are going to be able to travel a lot more to support the teams, as travel is shorter in the Mid-South compared to our current conference. They are going to be able to see high-level contests every night. The student-athletes are going to be competing against individuals they played with or against in high school, which takes competition to another level.”
Read the entire article at NKYTribune.com.