Convention USA has formally announced the addition of the Delaware Blue Hens in 2025, which can convey CUSA’s membership to 11 colleges.
“Including the College of Delaware is an incredible alternative for Convention USA as we strategically place ourselves for continued success,” Commissioner Judy MacLeod mentioned. “We’re excited so as to add the state’s flagship college with its wealthy historical past in athletics and lecturers and sit up for our partnership with President Dennis Assanis, Director of Athletics Chrissi Rawak and their management group.”
In accordance with the discharge, Blue Hens athletics groups that can compete in Convention USA embody soccer, baseball, males’s and ladies’s basketball, cross nation, males’s and ladies’s golf, girls’s soccer, softball, males’s and ladies’s tennis, observe & subject, and volleyball.
“The chance to affix Convention USA is an extremely proud second for our whole college,” Director of Athletics, Neighborhood, and Campus Recreation Chrissi Rawak mentioned. “With this step ahead, we’ll proceed to supply an unbelievable student-athlete expertise and elevate the visibility of all that’s outstanding about UD. We couldn’t be extra excited for your entire state of Delaware and the way it will convey the 302 collectively.”
Information of Delaware’s transfer up from the Soccer Championship Subdivision (FCS) to the Soccer Bowl Subdivision (FBS) was reported Monday by Brett McMurphy of The Motion Community.
The transfer as much as the FBS from the FCS will price the Blue Hens a $5 million utility payment, which was beforehand solely $5,000 below NCAA bylaws.
“Due to our lately opened Whitney Athletic Middle and enhancements to Delaware Stadium and different services, we’re assured that we’ve got the infrastructure in place at UD to compete with the perfect in faculty soccer and concurrently witness the expansion of our different intercollegiate packages within the division,” Rawak mentioned. “UD Athletics continues to ascend, and Blue Hen soccer is ready to take the subsequent step and cleared the path.”
Delaware has been a member of the Coastal Athletic Affiliation (CAA; previously often known as Colonial Athletic Affiliation) for the reason that 2007 season. Previous to becoming a member of the CAA, the Blue Hens competed within the Atlantic 10 Convention from 1997 by way of 2006.
Delaware completed the 2023 regular-season 8-3 total and 6-2 in CAA play. The Blue Hens obtained an at-large bid to the 2023 FCS Playoffs and defeated the Lafayette Leopards at residence within the first spherical, 36-34. Subsequent up is a second-round contest on the street on the second-seeded Montana Grizzlies on Saturday, Dec. 2.
Starting in 2025, CUSA will embody Delaware, FIU, Jacksonville State, Kennesaw State (joins in 2024), Liberty, Louisiana Tech, Center Tennessee, New Mexico State, Sam Houston, UTEP, and Western Kentucky.
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