UNO to drop athletic program to division three
The LSU Board of Supervisors is letting the University of New Orleans notify the Sun Belt Conference that it intends to withdraw.
The move is the first step for UNO's athletics department to drop its NCAA Division I program to Division III.
University Chancellor Tim Ryan wants to drop to the lower division, citing declining attendance, shrinking revenue since Hurricane Katrina and ever-rising costs to maintain the school's
status in Division I.
The LSU board would have to approve the move to Division III before UNO could make the switch. A decision will be made by May.
Friday's voice vote - with one board member objection - means UNO can notify the Sun Belt Conference, in the hopes of avoiding a $500,000 penalty for leaving, if the campus chooses to do so.