Golf Coaches Assoc. of America Protests Waiver That Could Result in D-1 Programs Being Cut
The Golf Coaches Association of America has joined other non-revenue coaches’ organizations in writing letters to the NCAA protesting a waiver that could result in Division I golf programs being cut.
As GolfNewsRI reported, all all Division I colleges outside of the Power 5 are seeking emergency legislative relief allowing them to reduce Division I membership requirements, including the minimum number of sports a school must sponsor.
“Reducing the minimum sports sponsorship requirement that would open the door to eliminating sports should not be an option. We are all in this together, and we are ready, eager, and willing to partner with the NCAA to find creative solutions for the challenges to come. America’s students have had so much taken from them. Now is not the time to cut them off from yet another critical institution that makes university life so special,” write the coaches in a letter.
RI’s Division I golf schools include the University of Rhode Island, Bryant University and Brown University, with several other Rhode Islanders playing golf at schools across the country.
There are currently 292 men’s and 261 women’s golf programs in Division I.
The coaches add, “We respectfully request anything related to the discussion of the number of sports sponsored to follow the protocol of legislative procedure that allows for discussion and collaboration.”
Emergency Relief Waiver
The NCAA currently requires Division I schools to field at least 16 varsity sports.
The Division I conferences, including the American Athletic Conference, Mountain West Conference, Mid-American Conference, Sun Belt Conference and Conference USA, are asking for a four-year waiver from those requirements.
According to Golf Channel, the other 22 conferences agree that a two-year exemption with an option up to four years is a better.
Golf Channel also reports that the NCAA Division I Council plans to meet later this week to discuss the issue.
It is unclear when a vote will take place.