AZUSA, Calif. -- Azusa Pacific University has been granted NCAA provisional membership, signaling the successful completion of the second year of the three-year Division II membership process.
"I'm very proud of our coaches and staff, who worked very hard this past year to not only understand NCAA rules and regulations but implement them as well into their everyday operations,” Director of Athletics Gary Pine said. “It was a challenging year, yet they were diligent and professional in every endeavor, and it has paid off with the NCAA's decision to approve Azusa Pacific for provisional membership. We're excited to have our name linked with the NCAA brand, and I think we'll see more inspired efforts throughout the coming year."
This past year, which was the second year of Azusa Pacific’s membership transition, the Cougars began competing against NCAA Division II competition as a member of the Pacific West Conference. Azusa Pacific competed in football as an affiliate member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
As a provisional member, Azusa Pacific is required to follow all NCAA Division II legislation, including violations reporting, and filing for waivers. In the third and final year of the membership process, Azusa Pacific will take part in an audit of the university’s compliance procedures, and in June an annual report will be submitted for the NCAA’s consideration of granting full membership to Azusa Pacific in July 2014.
Eight other schools along with Azusa Pacific were approved for provisional status, including fellow Pacific West Conference members Fresno Pacific and Point Loma.