You can choose Division II. But that doesn't mean Division II will choose you.
Mississippi College was not on the list of schools accepted into Division II's provisional membership status, according to an NCAA release this week.
A Division II member in the 1990s, Mississippi College was forced to vacate the 1989 Division II football national title. They were not one of the two schools to make the cut into the first year of provisional membership. Two schools in Alabama, Auburn-Montgomery and Spring Hill were accepted.
D3sports.com broke the news last fall that Mississippi College was applying to Division II. The Gulf South Conference, the Choctaws' former home, sponsored their application.
An athletic department spokesperson said via Twitter: "MC leaders plan to appeal the decision by NCAA to deny the university’s request to become Division II member in athletics & rejoin the GSC."
McMurry, a former member of the American Southwest Conference, advanced from the first year to the second year of the Division II provisional process.