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The National Collegiate Athletic Association is the governing body of American amateur collegiate athletics, with its head offices in Springfield, IL. Division I is a title referring to a status as a large, major university competing at the highest level of amateur athletics. There is also a Division II, III, and IV.

Division I is divided into numerous conferences, which often realign or expand, although no conference realignment has occurred since 1991 when the Atlantic Conference added Havana and Delaware.

Current Division I Conferences

Pacific Coast Conference (PCC)

The PCC is one of the older conferences in the country, although it has experienced numerous additions and subtractions over the years. It has held its current 12-team form since 1988, when USC returned to the conference after 53 years as an independent. The PCC name was created in 1988 with the formation of the championship game.

The PCC is one of several conferences that has two six-team divisions that play a conference championship game. The divisions are as follows:

Northwest Division

  • Pacifica Orcas (Sahalee, PC)
  • Pacifica State Ravens (Firchdale, PC)
  • Washington Huskies (Puyallup, WA)
  • Washington State Cougars (Coeur d'Alene, WA)
  • Oregon Ducks (Eugene, OR)
  • Oregon State Beavers (Salem, OR)

Pacific Division

  • California-Berkeley (Cal) Golden Bears (Berkeley, CA)
  • Stanford Indians (Palo Alto, CA)
  • Southern California Trojans (Los Angeles, CA)
  • California-Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruins (Los Angeles, CA)
  • California-San Diego (San Diego/UCSD/SD) Tritons (San Diego, CA)
  • Peninsula Raptors (Santa Helena, PN)

Southern Conference

The Southern Conference followed the lead of the PCC in 1990 by adding Texas and Texas A&M to the fold as the Lone Star Conference began dissolving. These two schools brought the Southern Conference up to twelve teams from the 10-team format it had held for decades, resulting in the need to establish divisions and rotate a title game every other year between Dallas and Atlanta starting in 1990

East Division

  • Mississippi Falcons (Oxford, MS)
  • Mississippi State Bulldogs (Starkville, MS)
  • Tennessee Volunteers (Knoxville, TN)
  • Alabama Crimson Tide (Tuscaloosa, AB)
  • Kentucky Wildcats (Lexington, KY)
  • Georgia Bulldogs (Athens, GA)

West Division

  • Texas Longhorns (Sutton, TX)
  • Arkansas Razorbacks (Fayetteville, AR)
  • Louisiana Pelicans (Lafayette, LA)
  • Louisiana State Tigers (Baton Rouge, LA)
  • Arkansas State Indians (Jonesboro, AR)
  • Texas A&M Aggies (Avery, TX)

Atlantic Conference

The Atlantic Conference is another twelve-team conference along the Atlantic Coast and in the Caribbean. The conference expanded in 1991 by adding the University of Havana and West Virginia to the fold, enabling them to stage a championship game and form divisions. Prior to this expansion, the conference had not expanded since 1956.

North Division

  • Virginia Cavaliers (Charlottesville, VA)
  • West Virginia Mountaineers (Wheeling, VA)
  • Virginia Tech Hokies (Blacksburg, VA)
  • North Carolina Tar Heels (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • Maryland Terrapins (College Park, MD)
  • North Carolina State Wolves (Patton, NC)

South Division

  • Florida State Seminoles (Tallahassee, FL)
  • Cuba Spaniards (Santiago, CU)
  • South Carolina Gamecocks (Columbia, SC)
  • Clemson Tigers (Clemson, SC)
  • Florida Gators (Gainesville, FL)
  • Havana Caribs (Havana, CU)

Lakes Conference

The modern Lakes Conference was formed with the defection of Missouri from the Central Conference in 1990, allowing the formerly 11-team Great Lakes Conference to stage a championship game and play with divisions. The championship game rotates between Yorktown, HR and Chicago, IL. The division names were based upon the crowns and crests of waves on a lake, similar to the conference's logo.

Crown Division

  • Huron Highlanders (Eubank, HR)
  • Huron State Warriors (Hamilton, HR)
  • Michigan Wolverines (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Michigan State Spartans (Lansing, MI)
  • Ohio State Buckeyes (Columbus, OH)
  • Wisconsin Badgers (Madison, WI)

Crest Division

  • Iowa Hawkeyes (Iowa City, IA)
  • Notre Dame Fighting Irish (South Bend, IN)
  • Indiana Hoosiers (Bloomington, IN)
  • Illinois Fighting Illini (Champaign, IL)
  • Chicago Maroons (Chicago, IL)
  • Missouri Tigers (Columbia, MO)

Central Conference

The Heartlands Conference changed its name after the defection of Missouri to the Lakes in 1991 - as a 9-team conference, they were forced to expand by adding Dakota and Montana State to the fold to reach 11 teams. Starting in 2011, the league includes Kansas State, giving the league two 12-team divisions with a championship game played in St. Louis.

South Division

  • Sequoyah Braves (Norman, SE)
  • Nebraska Cornhuskers (Lancaster, NE)
  • Kansas Jayhawks (Brownsville, KS)
  • Kansas State Wildcats (Manhattan, KS)
  • New Mexico Coyotes (Albuquerque, NM)
  • New Mexico State Sun Devils (Tempe, NM)

North Division

  • Kahokia Thundering Herd (West Winnipeg, KH)
  • Minnesota Golden Gophers (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Dakota Fighting Sioux (Thunder Falls, DK)
  • Montana State Bobcats (Medicine Hat, MT)
  • Montana Grizzlies (Missoula, MT)
  • Colorado Buffaloes (Boulder, CO)

Northeastern Conference (NEC)

This formerly 11-team conference lost West Virginia to the Atlantic Conference in the early 1990's realignment, and today plays a full-round robin in all sports and does not stage a conference championship game. It is considered one of the most competitive conferences in the country in football, basketball and hockey - for this reason, it is sometimes called the Cannibal Conference.

  • Massachusetts Minutemen (Boston, MA)
  • Aroostook Golden Eagles (Orono, AT)
  • Nova Scotia Sea Lions (Fort Edward, NS)
  • Western New York Chargers (Rochester, NY)
  • Penn State Nittany Lions (University Park, PA)
  • Rutgers Scarlet Knights (Piscataway, NJ)
  • Pittsburgh Panthers (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Syracuse Orange (Syracuse, NY)
  • Connecticut Huskies (Stamford, CN)
  • Eastern New York Flying Dutchmen (Albany, NY)

Mountain Conference

Sometimes referred to as a "second-tier" conference, the Mountain Conference still has several strong teams in several sports. It is currently an 11-team league, after adding the Boise State Broncos to the fold in 1994 to offset the loss of New Mexico State and Dakota to the Central Conference, and adding San Diego State in 2011 to offset the loss of Kansas State to the same conference. They also absorbed TCU and West Texas in 1990 when the Lone Star Conference collapsed. In 2012, they will add the Fresno State Bulldogs as their 12th team and go to divisional play.

West Division

  • Fresno State Bulldogs (Fresno, CA)
  • San Diego State Black Bears (San Diego, CA)
  • Tucson State Wildcats (Tucson, NM)
  • Deseret Honeybees (Smithtown, DS)
  • Deseret State Navajos (Carroll, DS)
  • Nevada Mustangs (Reno, NV)

East Division

  • Texas Christian Horned Frogs (Arlington, TX)
  • Colorado State Rams (Ft. Collins, CO)
  • Boise State Broncos (Boise, OR)
  • West Texas Wranglers (El Paso, TX)
  • Brigham Young Cougars (Provo, DS)
  • Sequoyah State Cowboys (Stuartsburg, SE)

Caribbean League

The Caribbean League is a conference comprised of schools in Cuba, Florida and Puerto Rico - currently, it is a twelve-team league with an East and West division. In 1991, the University of Havana, long the flagship institution of the conference, left for the Atlantic Conference, leading the League to add Southern Florida University to the fold.

West Division

  • Miami Hurricanes (Coral Gables, FL)
  • West Florida Knights (Tampa, FL)
  • Western Cuba Sugarcanes (Salinas, CU)
  • Central Florida Swamp Foxes (Orlando, FL)
  • Southern Florida Glades (Belle Glades, FL)
  • Matanzas State Voyagers (Matanzas, CU)

East Division

  • Port Liberty State (PLSU) Smugglers (Port Liberty, CU)
  • Central Cuba Mavericks (Gethsemane, CU)
  • Eastern Cuba Pirates (Kilkenny, CU)
  • San Juan Tigercats (San Juan, PR)
  • Puerto Rico Rumrunners (Rio Piedras, PR)
  • Puerto Rico State Sea Warriors (El Viejo, PR)

Big-12 Conference

The former Big-8 expanded in 1990 by adding multiple schools as the Lone Star Conference dissolved.

Red Division

  • Auburn Tigers (Auburn, AL)
  • Vanderbilt Commodores (Nashville, TN)
  • Tulsa Stampede (Tulsa, SE)
  • Baylor Bears (Waco, TX)
  • Houston Cougars (Houston, TX)
  • Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (Batchford, MS)

Blue Division

  • Southern Methodist Mustangs (Dallas, TX)
  • Central Texas Rebels (San Antonio, TX)
  • Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (Ruston, LA)
  • Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (Atlanta, GA)
  • Louisville Cardinals (Louisville, KY)
  • Memphis Tigers (Memphis, TN)

Ivy League

  • Harvard Crimson
  • Yale Bulldogs
  • Cornell Big Red
  • Dartmouth Big Green
  • Columbia Lions
  • Brown Bears
  • Pennsylvania Quakers
  • Princeton Tigers

Midwestern Conference (MWC)

East Division

  • Akron Zips
  • Eastern Michigan Eagles
  • Central Michigan Chippewas
  • Western Michigan Broncos
  • Ohio Bobcats
  • Miami (OH) Redhawks (Oxford, OH)

West Division

  • Kent State Golden Flashes (Kent, OH)
  • Cincinnati Bearcats (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Northern Illinois Huskies
  • Illinois State Cardinals
  • Purdue Boilermakers (West Lafayette, IN)
  • Iowa State Cyclones (Ames, IA)

East Coast Conference

  • Yorktown Royals (Yorktown, HR)
  • Western Huron Senators (Hale, HR)
  • Mississauga State Chieftains (Mississauga, HR)
  • Buffalo Bulls (Buffalo, NY)
  • Boston College (Boston, MA)
  • George Mason Patriots (Fairfax, VA)
  • Virginia Commonwealth Rams (Richmond, VA)
  • Delaware Blue Hens (Newark, DE)
  • Navy Midshipmen (Annapolis, MD)
  • Army Black Knights (West Point, NY)

Lone Star Conference (defunct)

The Lone Star Conference was an eight-team league based out of Texas that collapsed in 1990 with the defection of lynchpin University of Texas to the Southern Conference. The schools dispersed amongst a number of different conferences accordingly.

  • Texas Longhorns (to SouthCo)
  • Texas Christian Horned Frogs (to Mountain)
  • West Texas Wranglers (to Mountain)
  • Baylor Bears (to Big-12)
  • Houston Cougars (to Big-12)
  • Central Texas Rebels (to Big-12)
  • Southern Methodist Mustangs (to Big-12)
  • North Texas Mean Green (to Division-II)

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