NCAA gives St. Thomas OK to go D-I
Pat Sweeney | Jul 15, 2020 AT 4:39 pm
The NCAA has given the St. Paul-based University of St. Thomas permission to move its sports teams directly from Division III to Division I.
The Tommies were granted a waiver to bypass the current reclassification rules that require a stop first in Division II.
St. Thomas will join the Summit League with all but three of the private school's 22 varsity programs. The Summit League includes UND and NDSU.
The football team has been invited to join the Pioneer League, a non-scholarship FCS conference.
The 2020-21 school year will be the final season for the Tommies in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
They're being ousted for competitive reasons.
A University statement notes that St. Thomas will have Minnesota's first private D-I athletics program.