The Hoopcats could be in a bit of hot water for violating NCAA rules when it comes to scheduling.
According to NCAA Bylaw 18.104.22.168, Division One programs can only schedule four basketball games, including exhibitions, per season with teams from outside Division One.
UVM played exhibitions against St. Mikes and Concordia...plus regular season games versus Sonoma State and Lyndon State. That's four...but here's the kicker...America East newcomer UMass-Lowell is transitioning from Division Two to Division One this season. Lowell isn't eligible to compete in postseason play this season, so apparently, their games don't count as D-1 games in the eyes of the NCAA rules.
Vermont has already played Lowell once, and is scheduled to do so again in mid-February, which would give the Cats a total of six non-Division One games, two over the limit.
This issue popped up earlier this week in the Southland Conference, where teams from that league were forced to forfeit games to stay under that four game maximum. Vermont's problem is that it has already played five of those games. The school and Coach Becker had no comment on the issue today, other than to refer questions to the America East offices.
America East officials would not discuss this issue on camera but the conference did release a statement through Director of Communications Sean Tainsh which reads: "We are aware of the situation involving the Southland Conference programs and the NCAA bylaw restricting teams to playing no more than four non-Division One programs in a season and are looking into how they impacts any of our programs."
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