Posted: Jun 14, 2012 10:04 AM
Updated: Jun 14, 2012 10:04 AM
University of New Orleans athletic officials say the university is adding four sports, with men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field starting up in the next academic year. The four added sports, announced Wednesday, give UNO a total of 14 sports, satisfying the NCAA Division I minimum requirement for the first time since Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.
Budget cuts in the years after Katrina led UNO to apply to the NCAA for permission to switch from Division I to Division III. After further study, UNO later applied instead for permission to change to Division II. However, after switching from the LSU System to the University of Louisiana System, and following the arrival of new top administrators, UNO has decided to try to remain in Division I sports.