September 14, 2007
Americus - Georgia Southwestern knew their move from the NAIA to the NCAA would take a lot of hard work and time.
The good news for the Hurricanes is that it won't take as much time as they originally thought.
the NCAA notified Georgia Southwestern recently that the University has been moved to divisional status this academic year.
That means that GSW will become a member of the NCAA at the Division IIlevel next year.
A move that make GSW eligible to compete for not only NCAA but Peach Belt Conference titles.
Something the Hurricanes haven't been able to do since joining the conference last year.
GSW Associate Athletic Director Jaclyn Kaylor said "That is something that other schools have been unfortunately been using against us these past two years. Athletes we could have gotten that were interested in GSW ended up at another Peach Belt school because we are not eligible to compete at the championship tournaments and go on to the NCAA tournaments."
Georgia Southwestern still has to pass a compliance review this year and submit a final report before officially being accepted as a member of the NCAA.