FLORENCE, SC - Francis Marion University expects to hear from the NCAA early next week regarding its petition to move the Patriot golf and women’s soccer programs to Division I affiliation.
The university applied to the NCAA earlier this summer to move the two programs up from Division II.
If the NCAA accepts FMU’s petition, both the women’s soccer and men’s golf teams will no longer compete in the Division II Peach Belt Conference. Francis Marion’s remaining 12 sports will continue to compete in the PBC.
FMU opened its doors in 1970 with an athletic program that sponsored men's basketball, men's golf, and men's and women's tennis. In 1972-73, Francis Marion became a member of District Six of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The women's athletic program was under the national affiliation of the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) until 1982, when that program also joined the NAIA. In 1990-91, Francis Marion joined the newly formed Peach Belt Athletic Conference (now the PBC), and began the process of moving its national affiliation to Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The school and conference became full-fledged members of NCAA Division II in 1992.