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Westminster Received Invitations from Two NCAA D-II Conferences

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Westminster College has received invitations to join NCAA Division II conferences Pacific West and RMAC, according to a source close to the situation.

Sources say that during the Frontier Conference Summer meetings, Westminster Athletic Director Shay Wyatt announced that they were looking at applications to join the NCAA Division II. At that time, the PacWest was the only conference to extend an invitation.

At the Winter meetings, Westminster officials mentioned receiving an invitation to join the RMAC. As of now, Westminster has not officially applied to join the PacWest or the RMAC.

When asked about the possibility of Westminster joining the NCAA, Sports Information Director Josh Fisher could not confirm but did say they received "approval to explore all opportunities" from the board of directors.

RMAC officials would also not comment about the possibility of Westminster joining their conference, but did say they have "extended an invite to another potential institution" and are awaiting a response within the next few weeks. The official would not comment if that invitation was specifically made to Westminster.

The Frontier Conference is currently comprised of 9 full members (Carroll, University of Montana-Western, University of Great Falls, Montana State University-Northern, Lewis-Clark State, Rocky Mountain, Westminster, Montana Tech and Dickinson State) and 3 guest members (Eastern Oregon University, Southern Oregon University and College of Idaho). Dickinson State is already leaving at the end of the academic year to join the North Star Athletic Association, the NAIA's newest conference. The Frontier would be reduced to 7 full members if Westminster were to leave.

Frontier officials are all awaiting a response from Westminster within the next few weeks. The deadline to apply to the NCAA Division II is February 1st.

According to the source, if Westminster were to apply to the RMAC or PacWest, then Westminster would be in the Frontier for at least the 2014-15 academic year.

Sources also add that no invitation has been extended to any other schools to join the Frontier at this time.

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