Houston Baptist continues D-I march

HOUSTON -- The NCAA has notified Houston Baptist that the school has completed the certification process, a major step in the school's efforts to gain full membership.

Houston Baptist, an NAIA member from 1991 to 2007, is aiming to earn Division I status by the 2011-12 academic year.

KRIV-TV of Houston first reported the certification. The NCAA would not immediately confirm that certification had been granted.

Houston Baptist applied to become a provisional NCAA member in March 2007.