The UVM men's basketball team was facing a possible punishment for having too many non-division I opponents on its schedule. NCAA rules only allow for four non-division I opponents in a season, including exhibition play. Vermont has already played five of these games; Concordia, St. Michael's, Sonoma St., Lyndon St. and UMass Lowell. Although UMass Lowell is in its first season as an America East school, it still considered a non-division I team for this season.
After the matters brought to the attention of the America East, conference officials submitted a waiver to the NCAA Sunday. The result of that waiver should be known later in the week. If the waiver is approved no team will face any penalty from the NCAA or conference for going over the DI schedule limit and Vermont will play the rest of its schedule, including a second game against UMass Lowell, as planned.
Here is the informational breakdown WCAX received from the America East Conference Tuesday night:
Background on Basketball Scheduling Waiver
Chronology and Rationale
Once the Southland's decision to originally forfeit games was raised, we did an immediate and complete review of our men's and women's basketball schedules and discovered Maine and Vermont men both had more than four non-Division I opponents on their schedules this year because the rules includes both scrimmages, exhibition and regular games.
Amy Huchthausen (America East Comissioner) Quote
"Once we discovered two of our teams were potentially impacted by this issue, we took immediate steps to explore options for relief so they would not be subject to any penalty. That led us to submitting a waiver to the NCAA over the weekend on their behalf. This was submitted as a blanket waiver on behalf of all Division I teams as we were not the only conference with teams impacted. The NCAA has agreed to expedite its review of this case and we hope to hear a decision later this week. We are hopeful and confident that the NCAA will agree our rationale."
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