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NCAA Division I independent schools

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

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BaseballEdit

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]

BasketballEdit

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.

BowlingEdit

There are currently two independent programs in NCAA Division 1 women's bowling as of the 2018-19 season.

Institution Team Location Founded Type Enrollment Primary Conference
Kentucky Wesleyan College Panthers Owensboro, Kentucky 1858 Private 785 Great Midwest Athletic Conference (Division II)
Lewis University Flyers Romeoville, Illinois 1932 Private 6,573 Great Lakes Valley Conference (Division II)

FootballEdit

Football Bowl SubdivisionEdit

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] ASUN Conference
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 SubdivisionEdit

There will be three FCS independent schools in the 2018 season. Two of them, Hampton and North Alabama, will be independent only for that season, after which they will join the Big South Conference. Hampton joined the Big South in other sports in 2018, but due to scheduling issues could not immediately join Big South football.[3] North Alabama moved from Division II to the non-football ASUN Conference in 2018, with the football team joining the Big South in 2019 under the terms of an alliance between the two conferences that provides any full member of either league that sponsors scholarship football with a guaranteed football home in the Big South.[4] The third independent, North Dakota, left the Big Sky Conference to join the non-football Summit League. While North Dakota will play as an FCS independent in 2018 and 2019, it will continue to play a full Big Sky football schedule due to contractual commitments; games against North Dakota in those seasons will count in the Big Sky standings for their opponents. The Fighting Hawks will then join the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2020.[5]

The next FCS independent after North Dakota's move to the MVFC 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.[6]

Institution Founded Nickname First season Location Type Enrollment Primary conference
Hampton University 1868 Pirates 1902 Hampton, Virginia Private 4,500 Big South Conference
University of North Alabama 1830 Lions 1912 Florence, Alabama Public 7,233 ASUN Conference
University of North Dakota 1883 Fighting Hawks 1894 Grand Forks, North Dakota Public 14,906 Summit League

Ice hockeyEdit

MenEdit

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[7] Tempe, Arizona 1885 Public 50,246 2015–present Pac-12 Conference

WomenEdit

There are currently six 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[8] Fairfield, Connecticut 1963 Private 8,532 2003–present Northeast Conference
Post University Eagles[9] Waterbury, Connecticut 1890 Private 7,059 2017–18 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference
Franklin Pierce University Ravens[10] Rindge, New Hampshire 1962 Private 2,381 2017–present Northeast-10 Conference
College of the Holy Cross Crusaders[11] Worcester, Massachusetts 1843 Private 2,912 2017–18 Patriot League
Saint Anselm College Hawks[12] Manchester, New Hampshire 1889 Private 1,968 2017–present Northeast-10 Conference
Saint Michael's College Purple Knights[13] Colchester, Vermont 1904 Private 2,316 2017–present Northeast-10 Conference

SoccerEdit

MenEdit

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.[14] 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,[15] and the University of the Incarnate Word became an affiliate of the Western Athletic Conference.[16]

WomenEdit

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 joined the Big South Conference, which sponsors women's soccer, for 2018.[17]

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

Men's VolleyballEdit

There are two independent men's volleyball teams that will be competing in the 2018-19 season.

Institution Team Location Founded Type Enrollment Primary Conference
Daemen College Wildcats Amherst, New York 1947 Private 3,005 East Coast Conference (Division II)
Urbana College Blue Knights Urbana, Ohio 1850 Private 1,505 Mountain East Conference (Division II)

WrestlingEdit

One Division I member, Presbyterian, will compete as a wrestling independent in the 2018–19 season. This will be the only season in which the Blue Hose compete as such, as the school will become a wrestling-only member of the Southern Conference for 2019–20 and beyond.

Institution Team Location Founded Type Enrollment Primary Conference
Presbyterian College Blue Hose Clinton, South Carolina 1880 Private 1,379 Big South Conference

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Baseball program to immediately be eligible for ECC, NCAA championships". New York Institute of Technology. August 16, 2017. Retrieved November 14, 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 September 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ Johnson, Dave (May 15, 2018). "As an FCS independent, HU releases its 2018 schedule". Daily Press. Newport News, VA. Retrieved May 18, 2018. 
  4. ^ "North Alabama To Join Big South Football in 2019" (Press release). Big South Conference. December 6, 2016. Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  5. ^ "UND athletics accepts invites to The Summit League, Missouri Valley Football Conference" (Press release). North Dakota Fighting Hawks. January 26, 2017. Retrieved May 18, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Presbyterian College to join Pioneer Football League in 2021" (Press release). Pioneer Football League. November 20, 2017. Retrieved November 21, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Sun Devil Athletics Announces Addition of Men's Ice Hockey as NCAA Sport" (Press release). Arizona State Athletics. November 18, 2014. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Statistics :: History :: Sacred Heart :: Women's Hockey :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". USCHO.com. Retrieved April 21, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Statistics :: History :: Post :: Women's Hockey :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". USCHO.com. Retrieved November 22, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Statistics :: History :: Franklin Pierce :: Women's Hockey :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". USCHO.com. Retrieved November 23, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Statistics :: History :: Holy Cross :: Women's Hockey :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". USCHO.com. Retrieved November 23, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Statistics :: History :: Saint Anselm :: Women's Hockey :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". USCHO.com. Retrieved November 23, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Statistics :: History :: Saint Michael's :: Women's Hockey :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". USCHO.com. Retrieved November 23, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Sun Belt Men's Soccer to Re-Debut in Fall 2014" (Press release). Sun Belt Conference. February 11, 2014. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Belmont University to Join Horizon League as Affiliate Member" (Press release). Horizon League. April 21, 2014. Retrieved May 11, 2014. 
  16. ^ "UIW Joins WAC as Affiliate Member in Men's Soccer" (Press release). Western Athletic Conference. December 18, 2013. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Big South Adds Hampton University as Full Member" (Press release). Big South Conference. November 16, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017.