Division I athletics will likley grow by one team in the very near future as UC San Diego students have voted to move up from Division II in sports. The school will still need seven more votes from the Big West Conference to make the move.
The vote from the students came on Tuesday as more than 70 percent of the ones voting were for doubling student fees to make the jump up. UCSD would make the move in all sports except football and would be the conference’s tenth team and ninth in the state of California.
“UC San Diego has a culture of excellence across the board,” Athletic Director Earl Edwards told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “The only place we don’t have that culture of excellence is athletics. By that, I don’t mean we’re not good in athletics. We are. What I mean by that is while we do well at Div. II we’re not competing at the highest level.”
The Intercollegiate Athletics fees at UCSD would jump from $129.38 to $289.38 per quarter if the move actually pushes through.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to UCSD Tritons