FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 7, 2009
CANADA’S SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY JOINS NCAA
Burnaby, BC – Simon Fraser has been approved to join the NCAA; the first time membership has been granted to a college outside the United States.
The Canadian school will begin competing in Division II after a 2-year transition period. All the school's varsity teams will compete in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
The NCAA Executive Committee approved a 10-year pilot program in 2007 to explore the opportunity, and Division II delegates approved legislation at the 2008 Convention to consider Canadian universities.
Simon Fraser University has 19 teams that have been competing in the NAIA in the U.S. and Canadian Interuniversity Sport.
The Great Northwest has nine full-member schools in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, and four football-only members in Washington, California, Utah and Oregon.
Simon Fraser is one of three Canadian clients partnering with Rojo Research, joining Wilfrid Laurier University and the 2007 CFL Grey Cup Champions Saskatchewan Roughriders.
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