UBC in NCAA? Not ASAP

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 10:12 AM ET

NCAA’s executive committee struck a working group in April after UBC asked if it would consider allowing a non-American school. Nearly all UBC teams are Canadian Interuniversity Sport members. The baseball, cross-country running and golf T-Birds compete in the U.S.- based National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said the committee is likely to discuss the matter during the NCAA’s Jan. 5-8, 2007 convention in Orlando, Fla.

UBC athletic director Bob Philip said joining Indianapolis-headquartered NCAA isn’t a quick process, even for an established American university. If the working group’s recommendation is positive, it could still be many months or years before UBC switches.

“To open up to non- U.S. schools is outside the box for them,” said Philip.

Joining NCAA would require better funding for sports at Point Grey, but the enhanced exposure would attract greater revenue. It would also allow more lucrative scholarships to keep the best Canadian student athletes home. “A lot of Canadian athletes get drawn to U.S. schools. We’d like to see us do that as a Canadian school,” he said. “A lot of students go down there for a lot of sports other than football and basketball.”


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