Southern Virginia to become football-only member of ODAC | Roanoke Times

Travel and expenses take a front seat when making many of these types of decisions:

The ODAC is adding another football program from Western Virginia.

The NCAA Division III conference announced Monday that it will add Southern Virginia University as a football-only member beginning in the 2019 season.

“We’re really excited,” SVU coach Joe DuPaix said. “From a location standpoint and travel and expenses and having kids not miss the school and being able to play some night games that are close and having some natural rivalries that are close, … the move makes sense.”

Once Ferrum and SVU come aboard, the ODAC will have nine football members. Schools will play eight conference games and will have to find only two nonleague foes for their schedules each year.

“The football issue for us, from a [nonleague] scheduling perspective, is pretty challenging,” ODAC commissioner Brad Bankston said. “So when the opportunity presented itself to have Southern Virginia join as a football-only member, we obviously seized upon the opportunity.

“Nonconference games … have increasingly been more difficult to find over the last two or three years.”

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