LUBBOCK, Texas (July 13, 2013) — The Lubbock Christian University Athletic Department and Administration has been diligently striving to transition Lubbock Christian University to full NCAA Division II status since entering candidacy during the summer of 2012, and the university was informed by the NCAA that they have been accepted into Candidacy Year Two of the NCAA Division II membership process.
"We are very excited about receiving the news from the NCAA Division II Membership Committee that we advanced into year two of candidacy," said LCU athletic director Paul Hise. "This is a very important step in the membership process, and we are very pleased with the committee's decision. There were a lot of people across our campus that played a huge role preparing the annual report and Institutional Self-Study Guide and we appreciate the efforts of each of them. We look forward to year two of this process and hope to stay on track and advance to provisional status in 2014-15 and full membership in 2015-16.
Lubbock Christian University, who closed out their membership in the NAIA last season, will start its second year in the process in a new conference as a member of the Heartland Conference. The conference was founded in 1999 and its 12 members include seven from Texas, three from Oklahoma, and one each from Arkansas and Kansas. The schools comprising the Heartland Conference stretch from as far north as Wichita, Kan., as far east as Fort Smith, Ark., as far south as Laredo, Texas, and as far west as Goodwell, Okla. LCU is a provisional member of the Heartland with dependence on the school's ability to complete the NCAA Division II Membership Process. They are ineligible for NCAA postseason play for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, but may be eligible for postseason play in 2015-16 if they receive full membership status.
If LCU successfully completes Candidacy Year Two of the NCAA Division II Membership Process, it will then enter the third year, which is the Provisional Year and will run for the 2014-15 academic year. The provisional stage is set for evaluation if the institution is ready to become a full fledge member of NCAA Division II. LCU will participate with a full NCAA and Heartland Conference regular season schedule this upcoming school year.
The NCAA announced institutions advancing from the year-one candidacy period into year-two of candidacy included Daemen, Holy Names, Lubbock Christian, McMurry, Northwestern Oklahoma State, Oklahoma Christian and Virginia at Wise. The committee voted to require Lee and Rogers State to repeat year-one of the candidacy period.