THE NCAA is open to the idea of expanding its membership to include a Division II, but officials said such a change won't happen anytime soon.
Incoming NCAA mangement committee chairman and spokesperson Paul Supan told Spin.ph they are willing to sit down with heads of other schools which are pushing for the creation of a Division II in the country's oldest collegiate league.
St. Clare College vice president Jay Adalem earlier bared he and former Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBC) director Noli Eala are trying to approach the league about forming a new division to include member schools from the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (NAASCU) and the NCAA-South.
“We can listen to their proposal, but that matter shall (still) be referred to the policy board,” Supan told Spin.ph.
However, Supan, the representative of Season 90 host Jose Rizal University to the Mancom, denied a claim by Adalem that their group is already in talks with the NCAA.
“I don’t know if such a meeting took place,” said Supan, who has been meeting his counterparts from the nine other member schools once a week in preparation for the upcoming athletic year. “Wala naman na-bring up sa akin regarding that.”
Asked about the possibility that the proponents may have met directly with the NCAA policy board made up of presidents of member schools, Supan also discounted it, considering the league held its first policy board meeting just last Wednesday.
“And a case of that magnitude, I’m sure, will be shared to the management committee,” said Supan, who is the Mancon chair for the upcoming season.
The creation of a Division II could expand the league roster and open the possibility of a promotion-relegation format for the college league, but Supan doesn't see it happening anytime soon.
“It’s not on the objectives this season,” Supan said.