Board moving ahead with plan for DI


FLORENCE, Ala. – The University of North Alabama is taking another step toward possibly stepping up to NCAA Division I athletics.

School trustees decided Monday to develop a strategic plan linked to the possible move away from Division II sports. The board will come up with a blueprint for addressing finances and other concerns.

Some students are opposed to the switch, fearing their costs could increase because of the change.

The president pro tem of the UNA board, Steve Pierce, says students alone can’t pay for the change, and money can’t be transferred from academics to athletics. The vice president of university advancement, Alan Medders, says financial support from donors would be essential.

The school is looking at the step up partly because six schools are leaving the Gulf South Conference.

–Courtesy AP

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