Houston Baptist sues NCAA

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Houston Baptist University is suing the NCAA over an apparent increase in the probation period to become a Division I athletic program. Among other things, HBU’s lawyer says the program may not be able to survive with that long of a wait.

From the Houston Chronicle:

The suit accuses the NCAA of violating its constitution by requiring the school to wait an additional four years before becoming a full member of Division I. HBU rejoined the NCAA last March after a 17-year stint as an NAIA program.

“This decision causes more harm to HBU that goes beyond the financial aspects of its athletic program,” said Dallas-based attorney Tom Thomas, co-counsel in the school’s lawsuit. “I don’t think the program could survive if forced to wait another six years.”

The NCAA informed HBU last April that its constitution was “editorially revised” by its staff to change the probation period from three to seven years shortly before the school put in its application to become a provisional member.

The lawsuit, filed in Harris County District Court, seeks a temporary and permanent injunction that bars the NCAA from enforcing the seven-year probation period.

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