Thomas More College will be moving from NCAA D3 to the NAIA. As is often the case with a change in conference or organization affiliation, travel is often cited as a critical factor.
CRESTVIEW HILLS – New adventures and old rivalries will be part of the journey for Thomas More College as its athletic department embarks on a different route to success.
TMC announced Tuesday that it will move to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Mid-South Conference effective July 1, 2019.
Thomas More was a member of the NAIA from 1947 to 1990 when it left for the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, which it will depart at the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year.
The Mid-South institutions are: Campbellsville University, Cumberland (Tenn.) University, Georgetown College, Life University (Ga.), Lindsey Wilson College, Shawnee State (Ohio) University, University of Pikeville and University of the Cumberlands.
The road in the Mid-South is better for Thomas More, who spent 12 years in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference. The Saints were a very successful program in the PAC, but all of the other schools in the league are in or near Pittsburgh, roughly 300 miles away. TMC’s closest league foe was Bethany, located in the West Virginia panhandle 265 miles away.
“It hurts our kids to be out of the classroom for that long,” Jagger said. “They’re student-athletes and the student comes first. We need to play good competition with good teams and allow the students to be competitive in the classroom.”
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