As expected, the NCAA approved a blanket waiver for teams that played or are scheduled to play more than five non-Division I games/exhibitions this season.
The America East submitted an appeal for teams affected by the rule. America East commissioner Amy Huchthausen released this statement:
“Today, the NCAA’s Subcommittee for Legislative Relief formally approved a waiver that we submitted on the membership’s behalf absolving all Division I basketball programs, including Maine’s and Vermont’s men’s teams, from penalty for having more than four non-Division I opponents on their schedules. We very much appreciate the NCAA staff’s efforts to expedite a review of this case and are extremely pleased with the decision, which we believe is fair and appropriate given the circumstances.”
Several teams ran afoul of the rule by playing transitional teams that are not yet full members of Division I.
That was the case with UNT, which played Incarnate Word, which is making the move to the Southland and has yet to complete the process. Incarnate Word does not count as a Division I opponent for teams this season.
UNT ended up playing five non-Division I teams because of the situation with Incarnate Word, something we covered in the paper a few days ago.
It all worked out for UNT, which will be able to count its three regular season wins over Northwood, Wayland Baptist and Incarnate Word.