Canadian schools get OK to apply for NCAA Division II membership

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- NCAA Division II delegates approved a
program Monday allowing Canadian schools to apply for membership as
soon as June 1, which could lead to Canadians competing in some
Division I sports.

The program was approved by a vote of 258-9 on the final day of
the NCAA convention and takes effect immediately.

Details still must be worked out, but the concept is designed to
allow Canadian schools to enter into the pilot program and explore
membership. Schools that meet the June 1 application deadline could
start the process of joining Division II as soon as the 2008-2009
academic year.

The program allows the NCAA to study any logistical challenges
from competing outside the United States.

The University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University
are among six Canadian schools that have discussed NCAA membership.
Simon Fraser belonged to the NAIA for more than 30 years before its
American competitors moved to NCAA's Division II.

Some Canadian schools want to be able to award full athletic
scholarships, which aren't allowed at Canadian universities.