Edward Waters gets green light to enter 2nd year of its transitional phase to NCAA Division II

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Edward Waters University is full speed ahead on its move into NCAA Division II.

On Thursday, the school received the green light from the NCAA Division II Membership Committee to enter into the second of its three-year transitional period as it completes its move from the NAIA. Completing the first year affords the Tigers some big opportunities, including the chance to complete as a full member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. EWU will be able to compete for league championships, weekly awards and all-conference honors. The SIAC sponsors 14 sports.

It’s been a year of big changes on the campus of EWU.

The school, the state’s first historically Black college, became a university in June 2021 and debuted its new $4.3 million athletic facility on Aug. 28 with a 24-20 comeback win over Florida Memorial. In between, the school made the official announcement about it making the move from the NAIA to NCAA Division II.

The program also had women’s basketball player La’Quanza Glover sign a name, image and likeness deal, announced that it was adding men’s volleyball and had its baseball team win the Division II Black College World Series.

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Justin Barney joined News4Jax in February 2019, but he’s been covering sports on the First Coast for more than 20 years.