UNA Basketball success key to Division I move

Courtesy RoarLions.com

The UNA board of trustees has approved a set of goals to reach on the road to the NCAA Division I status, according to a press release from the Office of University Communications.

One of those goals is to get a D-I conference invite, which has not happened yet.

“We have been in contact with two conferences,” said Mark Linder, athletic director. “Division I conference affiliations are really fluid, really fluid.”

Linder said a key for the move to D-I can be found on the hardwood.

“Obviously everybody knows about football and wanting to be good at football,” he said. “As far as Division I and success there, it is really driven by basketball.”

As of Jan. 16, UNA’s basketball teams are ranked second in the GSC, only because UAH has played one more game than the Lions.

Linder said being in D-I would benefit the students by providing a higher quality of events.

“Playing a Jacksonville State (in football) at home or playing a UT Martin, a Belmont or a Lipscomb (in basketball), which the students see playing in the NCAA tournament, really adds value to being a student here,” Linder said.

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