Division III conference shuffle

December 12, 2019 St. Mary's leaving CAC as well St. Mary's (Md.) becomes the second school to announce it is leaving the Capital Athletic Conference in as many days, as the Seahawks, on the east side of the Chesapeake Bay, will join up with schools in Pennsylvania and New York in the NEAC in the fall of 2021.

December 11, 2019 Southern Virginia on the move The Capital Athletic Conference loses another member, as Southern Virginia University moves to the USA South for all sports. That means that, effective the fall of 2021, the USAC will have 19 member schools.

October 4, 2019 Tommies invited to D-I conference St. Thomas, which was involuntarily uninvited from the conference in which it was a founding member, has received an invitation to join a Division I conference.

August 25, 2019 NAC expands to 12 members Three NEAC member schools will be leaving the conference after the upcoming season, and Cazenovia, SUNY Cobleskill and SUNY Poly will join the North Atlantic Conference effective July 2020.

June 6, 2019 Suffolk moving to CCC in 2020 The Commonwealth Coast Conference announced the addition of Suffolk University as its 10th core conference member, starting in the 2020-21 academic year. Suffolk is currently a full member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference.

May 22, 2019 St. Thomas tossed from MIAC After nearly a century, founding member University of St. Thomas will be leaving the MIAC after a coalition of college and university presidents decided they could no longer compete with the Tommies.

April 20, 2019 Franciscan jumps to the PAC In a year in which the Conference Shuffle has not been combined to the Northeast Corridor, Franciscan, of Steubenville, Ohio, announced it will be joining the Presidents' Athletic Conference.

April 3, 2019 St. Norbert moving to NACC The athletics program at St. Norbert will join the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, the conference announced. Currently members of the Midwest Conference, the Green Knights will compete in the NACC beginning in the 2020-21 school year.

April 2, 2019 York (Pa.) latest to leave CAC The Capital Athletic Conference will be down to five full members when the fall of 2020 rolls around. York, one of the founding members of the conference, will be joining the MAC Commonwealth at that time.

March 1, 2019 Staten Island applies for D-II membership Up to four schools could be leaving Division III at the end of the year, with Staten Island looking to join Frostburg State in moving to NCAA Division II.

September 22, 2018 Benedictine pulls 180, will return to D-III When the fall season started, there were three Division III schools in various stages of moving to Division II. But one is already returning, as Benedictine University, in Lisle, Illinois, has decided to not leave Division III after all, sources tell D3sports.com and Hoopsville.

August 11, 2018 Stevens making a move for Freedom Originally a founding member of the Landmark Conference, Stevens left that conference before play began to join the Empire 8. Now the Ducks are returning to a conference a little closer to home and are joining the MAC Freedom, sources tell D3sports.com.

July 9, 2018 Another program leaving Capital Athletic Conference Penn State-Harrisburg, which has been in the CAC for the past six years, is returning to its old home. PSH joins Frostburg State as programs announcing a departure from the CAC for 2019-20.

July 5, 2018 AMCC adds Alfred State The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference has schools in Ohio, Pennsylvania and western New York, and Alfred State will add to the latter.

July 5, 2018 Frostburg State set to join D-II conference The Mountain East Conference, a collection of Division II schools in West Virginia, Virginia and Ohio, is ready to add a state school in Maryland to its membership by welcoming Frostburg State into the fold.

May 9, 2018 Manhattanville returning to Skyline In 2007-08, Manhattanville left the Skyline Conference for the MAC Freedom, even though Purchase, New York, is well within sight of the New York City skyline. In 2019-20, the Knights will return.

April 17, 2018 Thomas More admitted to NAIA Unable to find any Division III conference willing to take them as members, Thomas More will leave the NCAA altogether in the fall of 2019.

April 16, 2018 SUNY-Delhi brings six sports to NAC Six of the Broncos' spring sports will be joining the North Atlantic Conference, a possible prelude to the provisional D-III member joining for the rest of its sports down the line.

March 1, 2018 Atlantic East has name, formal announcement Back in June 2017, D3sports.com announced a new conference would be forming, and cited the members' names. Finally, the conference has made its announcement.

January 16, 2018 Benedictine looking to D2 Having gained approval from its board of trustees, and found a sponsoring conference in Division II, Benedictine has made its application and will await word from the Division II membership committee.

September 8, 2017 CSAC restocks with two new schools Over the summer, five schools announced they would be leaving the Colonial States Athletic Conference after the 2017-18 school year, leaving the conference with no schools that had ever won its all-sports title. But the CSAC is starting to patch the holes.

June 30, 2017 CSAC confirms: Five schools withdraw Earlier in June, we wrote that a new conference was being formed, and the Colonial States Athletic Conference would be the hardest hit. On June 30, the conference confirmed the story.

June 27, 2017 ODAC expands to add Ferrum The Old Dominion Athletic Conference is adding another all-sports member, but perhaps most importantly, Ferrum brings with it an eighth football program.

June 6, 2017 A new conference shuffle coming A decade ago, a Mid-Atlantic Shuffle created a new conference and remade six others. Now, the process looks ready to start again, with eight schools from three leagues in the process of signing on for another new group.

June 1, 2017 Thomas More to withdraw from PAC After 12 years, Thomas More will be leaving the Presidents' Athletic Conference following the upcoming school year. And the school did not announce a new home.

May 4, 2017 Castleton to join Little East in 2018 The Little East, a collection of state schools in New England, is expanding to Vermont for the first time with the addition of Castleton for the 2018-19 academic year.

May 3, 2017 Illinois Tech finds home in NACC The Illinois Tech athletic department should be full members of Division III in two years, and its baseball team will play in the WIAC next spring, but the following year, IIT will become full NACC members.

April 8, 2017 Eastern Nazarene to move to NECC Eastern Nazarene is already an associate member of the NECC in men's volleyball. Starting in 2018, ENC will be joining in everything else as well as schools continue to realign.

February 21, 2017 Three schools line up to join Division III Each year, a group of schools starts the five-year process to join NCAA Division III. Not all of them finish the process, but one of the three already has a Division III conference to call home.

February 17, 2017 New Division III conference approved Seven unaffiliated schools, mostly in and near New York but as far-flung as Northern California, will be members of the American Collegiate Athletic Association.

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.