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NCAA Division I Independent Schools Basketball

In American college sports, NCAA Division I independent schools are four-year institutions that do not belong to a conference for a particular sport.

Baseball

New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) was the only institution listed as a Division I Independent in baseball. In the Fall of 2016, NYIT informed the NCAA of its desire to move the baseball program to Division II with the rest of the school's athletic teams and to be immediately eligible to compete in that division, rather than transitioning back over a period of years.. This was approved by the NCAA in August 2017.[1]

Basketball

There are no independent programs in NCAA Division I basketball as of the 2017-18 season. The last Division I basketball season to feature an independent program was the 2014-15 season, in which the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) competed as such. The Highlanders were forced into independent status in 2013 with the collapse of their former home of the Great West Conference. NJIT joined the Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN) in 2015, thus all NCAA Division I basketball teams are part of a conference.

Football

Football Bowl Subdivision

As of the next college football season of 2018, there are six NCAA Division I FBS independent schools.

Institution Founded Nickname First season Location Type Enrollment Primary conference
United States Military Academy
(Army)
1802 Black Knights 1890 West Point, New York Federal 4,294 Patriot League
Brigham Young University 1875 Cougars 1922 Provo, Utah Private 29,672 West Coast Conference
Liberty University 1971 Flames 1973 Lynchburg, Virginia Private 15,000[a] Big South
New Mexico State University 1888 Aggies 1893 Las Cruces, New Mexico Public 18,497 Western Athletic Conference
University of Notre Dame 1842 Fighting Irish 1887 Notre Dame, Indiana Private 12,179 Atlantic Coast Conference
[b]
University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) 1863 Minutemen 1879 Amherst, Massachusetts Public 29,269 Atlantic 10
Notes
  1. ^ Does not include roughly 100,000 students enrolled in online programs.
  2. ^ Notre Dame remains officially an independent football team, and is not a member of the ACC in any capacity for football. However, as part of the agreement to join the ACC in other sports, Notre Dame agreed to schedule 5 games per year against ACC opponents.[2]

Football Championship Subdivision

There will be one FCS independent school in the 2018 season. North Alabama will play as such while its other sports move from Division II to the non-football ASUN Conference. The football team will join the Big South Conference in 2019 under the terms of an alliance between the ASUN and Big South that provides any full member of either conference that sponsors scholarship football with a guaranteed football home in the Big South.[3]

The next FCS independent after North Alabama's move to Big South football will be Presbyterian. In 2017, the school announced that it had started a transition to non-scholarship FCS football. The Blue Hose will leave Big South football after the 2019 season and play the 2020 season as an independent before joining the Pioneer Football League, a football-only conference made up entirely of non-scholarship FCS programs, in 2021. Presbyterian will remain a full non-football Big South member.[4]

Institution Founded Nickname First season Location Type Enrollment Primary conference
University of North Alabama 1830 Lions 1912 Florence, Alabama Public 7,233 ASUN Conference

Ice hockey

Men

There is currently one NCAA Division I independent in men's ice hockey. The Sun Devils moved up from club hockey in the ACHA to full varsity status. Arizona State began playing a full Division I schedule in 2016-17, and expected to be in a hockey conference for 2017-18, but no conference move has yet materialized.

Institution Team Location Founded Type Enrollment Years Primary Conference
Arizona State University Sun Devils[5] Tempe, Arizona 1885 Public 50,246 2015-present Pac-12 Conference

Women

There are currently five NCAA Division I independent teams in women's ice hockey.

The Sacred Heart Pioneers moved up from Division III (where they were a member of the ECAC East) in 2003. Its men's team plays in Atlantic Hockey, which does not sponsor women's hockey.

The Franklin Pierce Ravens moved up from Division III (where they were a member of the Independent Conference) in 2017. Its men's team plays in Division II and are a member of the Northeast-10 Conference.

The Holy Cross Crusaders moved up from Division III (where they were a member of the Independent Conference) in 2017. Its men's team plays in Atlantic Hockey. The Holy Cross women will join Hockey East for the 2018-19 season.

The Saint Anselm Hawks moved up from Division III (where they were a member of the Independent Conference) in 2017. Its men's team plays in Division II and are a member of the Northeast 10 Conference.

The Saint Michael's Purple Knights moved up from Division III (where they were a member of the Independent Conference) in 2017. Its men's team plays in Division II and are a member of the Northeast 10 Conference.

The Post Eagles were a member of the Independent Conference for the 2017-18 season. They moved up from Division III (where they were a member of the Independent Conference) in 2017. Its men's team plays in Division II as an independent, but with a cross-scheduling agreement with the Northeast-10.

Institution Team Location Founded Type Enrollment Years Primary Conference
Sacred Heart University Pioneers[6] Fairfield, Connecticut 1963 Private 8,532 2003-present Northeast Conference
Post University Eagles[7] Waterbury, Connecticut 1890 Private 7,059 2017-18 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference
Franklin Pierce University Ravens[8] Rindge, New Hampshire 1962 Private 2,381 2017-present Northeast-10 Conference
College of the Holy Cross Crusaders[9] Worcester, Massachusetts 1843 Private 2,912 2017-18 Patriot League
Saint Anselm College Hawks[10] Manchester, New Hampshire 1889 Private 1,968 2017-present Northeast-10 Conference
Saint Michael's College Purple Knights[11] Colchester, Vermont 1904 Private 2,316 2017-present Northeast-10 Conference

Soccer

Men

There are no men's soccer independents as of the 2018 season.

The last NCAA men's soccer season which included independent schools was the 2013 season, in which five schools played as independents. All of these schools left the independent ranks after that season. Two of these are now in the Sun Belt Conference, which reinstated men's soccer as a sponsored sport in 2014; a third played in the Sun Belt for two years until joining Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN) men's soccer in 2016. At the time the Sun Belt relaunched its men's soccer league, Georgia State University was already a full Sun Belt member, while Howard University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) became Sun Belt affiliates.[12] Howard remains in Sun Belt men's soccer to this day; NJIT joined the ASUN as a full member in 2015, but remained in Sun Belt soccer for the 2015 season to honor its two-year contractual commitment to that league. Belmont University became an affiliate of the Horizon League,[13] and the University of the Incarnate Word became an affiliate of the Western Athletic Conference.[14]

Women

Two schools will be independents in women's soccer in the upcoming 2018 season. The most recent departure from the independent ranks was Hampton University, which will join the Big South Conference, which sponsors women's soccer, for 2018 and beyond.[15]

Institution Team Location Founded Type Enrollment Primary Conference
Delaware State University Hornets Dover, Delaware 1891 Public 3,400 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
South Carolina State University Lady Bulldogs Orangeburg, South Carolina 1896 Public 3,000 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

See also

References

  1. ^ "Baseball program to immediately be eligible for ECC, NCAA championships". New York Institute of Technology. August 16, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  2. ^ "Notre Dame Goes To ACC: Bowl Security, Football Scheduling Flexibility Key To Move". Sports Business Daily. Street and Smith's Sports Group. September 13, 2012. Retrieved 2013. 
  3. ^ "North Alabama To Join Big South Football in 2019" (Press release). Big South Conference. December 6, 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  4. ^ "Presbyterian College to join Pioneer Football League in 2021" (Press release). Pioneer Football League. November 20, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  5. ^ "Sun Devil Athletics Announces Addition of Men's Ice Hockey as NCAA Sport" (Press release). Arizona State Athletics. November 18, 2014. Retrieved 2015. 
  6. ^ "Statistics :: History :: Sacred Heart :: Women's Hockey :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". USCHO.com. Retrieved 2010. 
  7. ^ "Statistics :: History :: Post :: Women's Hockey :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". USCHO.com. Retrieved 2017. 
  8. ^ "Statistics :: History :: Franklin Pierce :: Women's Hockey :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". USCHO.com. Retrieved 2017. 
  9. ^ "Statistics :: History :: Holy Cross :: Women's Hockey :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". USCHO.com. Retrieved 2017. 
  10. ^ "Statistics :: History :: Saint Anselm :: Women's Hockey :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". USCHO.com. Retrieved 2017. 
  11. ^ "Statistics :: History :: Saint Michael's :: Women's Hockey :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". USCHO.com. Retrieved 2017. 
  12. ^ "Sun Belt Men's Soccer to Re-Debut in Fall 2014" (Press release). Sun Belt Conference. February 11, 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  13. ^ "Belmont University to Join Horizon League as Affiliate Member" (Press release). Horizon League. April 21, 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  14. ^ "UIW Joins WAC as Affiliate Member in Men's Soccer" (Press release). Western Athletic Conference. December 18, 2013. Retrieved 2014. 
  15. ^ "Big South Adds Hampton University as Full Member" (Press release). Big South Conference. November 16, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 

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