TYLER, TX (KLTV) - After a yearlong vetting process, the University of Texas at Tyler has obtained National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II status.
UT-Tyler President Michael Tidwell made the announcement at 3 p.m Friday. According to the university, the announcement is part of their plans to move to Division II athletics.
"We are ready to raise the profile of our athletic programs here at UT-Tyler," Tidwell said.
The university applied for the NCAA Division II membership in February in order to bring "more excitement to athletics events," as stated in a media report. The university also said the membership would provide new opportunities for scholarships.
"Our athletic programs have never been stronger, and we are ready for the challenge of NCAA Division II competition," Tidwell said. "UT Tyler's mission aligns well with the student-athlete philosophy of NCAA Division II. We know the higher level of excitement will enhance student engagement and create scholarship opportunities — both leading to improved student success."
UT-Tyler is expected to join the Lone Star Conference.
During a three-year transitional period, UT-Tyler teams are not allowed to compete for NCAA championships, the university said in a statement.
Several coaches also weighed in on the transition.