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USI considering move to Division I athletics

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — The University of Southern Indiana is exploring the possibility of moving to Division I athletics.

In a letter to USI students, faculty, staff and alumni, President Ronald Rochon said the feasibility review will consider a number of factors, including fiscal and facilities requirements, as well as internal and external community support.

USI currently has a Division II athletics program in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Rochon says the university will engage an outside consultant and form a university committee “in the coming days” to conduct the review.

The university currently has 17 men’s and women’s sports programs. However, Rochon says the review will not include a consideration for football because it “would require investment and facilities that are out of scope at this time.”

Rochon says the information gathered during the review process will be provided to the USI Board of Trustees during its November meeting.

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