"Simon Fraser University will apply for NCAA Division II membership by this year’s June 1 deadline and, if approved, plans to move all its teams there by the 2011-12 season.Simon Fraser would join the Great Northwest conference, whereas it's complicated for UBC. Basically, it has until June 1 to apply to join the NCAA, but won't find out until after that whether a school can be still keep some teams in Canada. UBC, as the Provie's Marc Weber notes, is also mulling what to do now that it has a $55-million campus arena, built for the 2010 Olympics:
"SFU’s board of directors voted Thursday morning to support the athletic department’s application to the major U.S. sporting body, which in a landslide vote in Jan., 2008 opened its doors to Canadian schools for the first time.
" 'It’s about our historical roots with the Pacific Northwest, and we also realize that travel within the Canada West has become quite cumbersome,' said SFU athletic director Dr. David Murphy." — Vancouver Province
UBC would consider keeping some teams in CIS and having others play in the NCAA and, for that reason, it’s prudent of them to wait for the CIS to make a ruling on dual membership.Again, it's thorny ... tough to separate the emotions from the rationalism.
"... That vote on dual membership will come mid-June at the AGM, so after the June 1 NCAA deadline. All that means is the timeline shifts one year if UBC chooses to go down the NCAA road, and there’s plenty of reasons to suggest UBC wouldn’t want to go down that road right away anyway."
Simon Fraser Clan takes first step towards securing NCAA Div. 2 membership (Marc Weber, Vancouver Province)
The full skinny on the Clan's move to the NCAA (Marc Weber, Little Man on Campus)