Division III conference shuffle

July 21, 2016 Sage set to join Empire 8 It's been a long trip for Sage from Albany to play every Skyline Conference road opponent in the New York City area and beyond. Starting in 2017-18, the Gators will look more to the north and west.

May 10, 2016 USA South expansion continues Two more schools coming into Division III are finding a home in the USA South Athletic Conference, which is slated to have 19 schools.

December 17, 2015 Ithaca moving to Liberty League The Bombers will participate in 24 of the Liberty League's 26 sports, but the move is really about football. The LL still needs to find one more member in order to keep its automatic bid in football down the line.

July 20, 2015 NWU gives up NAIA status, will join IIAC Nebraska Wesleyan, the lone remaining dual member of the NAIA and NCAA Division III, is giving up its NAIA affiliation effective July 2016 and joining the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference that fall.

May 22, 2015 Merchant Marine returns to Skyline Conference The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy left the Skyline Conference to help form the Landmark Conference back in 2007. Now the school will be coming back home.

April 25, 2014 Carroll to return to CCIW After a 22-year absence, Carroll is returning to the CCIW in 2016. That gives the CCIW an odd number in most sports and will limit the Midwest Conference in football.

April 22, 2014 Superior looks to jump to UMAC UW-Superior could be leaving the rest of the WIAC for every sport except hockey, joining a neighboring conference.

March 14, 2014 ASC adding Belhaven, McMurry For one program, it's a return, while for the other, it's their first step into Division III. Both will help shore up the American Southwest Conference's football membership.

September 7, 2013 On further review, MC gets into D-II Mississippi College was turned down for Division II membership earlier this year, but on appeal, they were accepted. This has playoff imapcts for all of their sports this season.

July 12, 2013 Mississippi College does not make cut for D2 Last September, Mississippi College announced it was returning to Division II. Before Feb. 1, it formalized that with an application. This week, however, that application was denied.

June 6, 2013 Northern Athletics Conference changes name From the moment the conference announced its name, one with the exact same initials as an existing D-III conference, D-III fans were looking for a change.

April 2, 2013 Elizabethtown to join Landmark Conference After a 63-year association with the MAC, Elizabethtown is leaving for the Landmark Conference, where it will become the ninth full member in 2014-15.

January 20, 2013 Finlandia joins Great South One of the northernmost schools in Division III is joining the Great South for women's sports as the GSAC tries to hang onto its automatic bids.

November 1, 2012 Spelman to drop athletics Spelman, a women's college in Atlanta, will be dropping athletics entirely following the 2012-13 academic year.

September 27, 2012 Mississippi College chooses Division II Mississippi College came to Division III from Division II in 1997. Now D3sports.com has learned it will be returning there in 2014.

September 15, 2012 Great South expands its borders Following the departure or announced departure of every school with men, the GSAC has gone looking for ways to keep its automatic bid.

July 29, 2012 Penn State-Harrisburg to join CAC For the third time this year, the CAC announced a new member will join the conference in 2013-14. Penn State-Harrisburg will make the jump from the NEAC.

June 25, 2012 Southern Virginia to join CAC Southern Virginia, which has been exploring Division III membership, seems likely to follow through with the process after having been granted a spot in the Capital Athletic Conference.

May 10, 2012 Huntingdon, Covenant to join USA South After waiting an extra year, Huntingdon finally will get to follow its GSAC rivals into the USA South and have a home for all sports, including football. Covenant will join the conference as well.

March 20, 2012 RIT women's hockey leaves for D-I On the heels of their first D-III women's ice hockey championship, Rochester Tech announces its women will join its men in Division I starting next season. More on D3hockey.com.

March 4, 2012 Emerson to join NEWMAC In the first change since the conference took its current form, the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference is bringing in Emerson as its 11th member in 2013-14.

February 16, 2012 CNU leaving USA South for CAC Christopher Newport has notified the USA South of its intention to withdraw and pursue membership in the Capital Athletic Conference.

February 16, 2012 SCAC adds Texas Lutheran The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference continued its rebuilding process by announcing that Texas Lutheran has accepted an invitation to join the conference.

February 9, 2012 NEFC splits, will get two football bids The New England Football Conference is splitting after the 2012 season, with the groups getting a second automatic bid after a two-year waiting period and taking one at-large bid away from the field.

January 23, 2012 Schreiner to join SCAC Schreiner will move from the American Southwest Conference to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference in the fall of 2013, ensuring the conference will retain its automatic bids in most sports.

December 8, 2011 Iowa Wesleyan to join SLIAC The St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced today that Iowa Wesleyan has been approved for membership, provided it completes the exploratory year and comes to D-III from the NAIA.

November 1, 2011 Southwestern adding football The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference will gain one more member in the fall of 2013 when football returns to Southwestern.

October 16, 2011 Iowa Wesleyan to apply to Division III The school's trustees voted to apply for membership in this academic year and hopes to gain membership in a D-III conference. Iowa Wesleyan is currently a member of the NAIA.

September 28, 2011 Centenary (La.) moves to SCAC Having just entered the American Southwest Conference this fall, Centenary is moving and the SCAC gets a much-needed member for after the split.

August 19, 2011 New southern conference picks a name The schools that broke away from the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference will be known as the Southern Athletic Association.

July 21, 2011 NYC Tech drops athletics New York City Tech has dropped intercollegiate athletics effective immediately, D3sports.com has learned.

June 7, 2011 Seven break away from SCAC The geographic footprint of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference was so big DePauw decided to leave more than a year ago. Now seven others are doing the same, and Berry is joining the group.

May 20, 2011 Maryville makes it three for USA South The third member of the Great South Athletic Conference has accepted an invitation to join the USA South, as Maryville's other sports will join football as conference members.

May 12, 2011 Chapman joins the SCIAC After more than a decade of trying, Chapman finally will get into the SCIAC. But the Panthers won't be eligible for conference titles right away.

April 21, 2011 LaGrange follows Piedmont to USA South The second of three Great South Athletic teams invited to join the USA South has accepted membership, as LaGrange finds a more permanent home for its football program and others.

April 14, 2011 Houghton to join Empire 8, D-III Houghton, currently an NAIA institution, is in the process of applying for Division III membership and will become a member of the Empire 8 beginning in 2012-13.

April 11, 2011 Piedmont to jump from GSAC to USA South The dominoes are starting to fall in the long-rumored Great South/USA South collaboration as Piedmont is set to join the USAC in the fall of 2012. Could others follow?

December 18, 2010 McMurry to move to Division II McMurry announced late Friday night that it was planning to move from Division III to NCAA Division II.

October 15, 2009 HCAC formally welcomes Earlham The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference has announced that Earlham College will join the membership beginning in the 2010-11 academic year.

June 16, 2009 It's official: Bard and RIT to the Liberty League Bard and Rochester Tech will join the Liberty League as full members, beginning in the 2011-12 season.