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Cal State Bakersfield, UC San Diego to join Big West Conference

By in Press Enterprise on November 28, 2017

By news service reports

The Big West Conference Board of Directors on Monday announced the addition of Cal State Bakersfield and UC San Diego as the 10th and 11th members of the conference.

Cal State Bakersfield will become an official member of the conference on July 1, 2020, and will be immediately eligible in round-robin and single-site championship sports for Big West titles, awards and honors and continue its eligibility for NCAA automatic qualification in these sports.

UCSD will begin an NCAA mandated four-year reclassification period to Division I on July 1, 2020. Its teams will be included in all Big West round-robin sports schedules beginning with the 2020-21 academic year. UCSD will become an official member of the conference on July 1, 2024.

In addition to UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State, the Big West includes UC Santa Barbara, Hawaii, Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo), Cal State Northridge, UC Davis and UC Riverside.

“The addition of these two outstanding universities will further strengthen the Big West’s position as the preeminent NCAA Division I public university conference for the states of California and Hawaii,” Big West commissioner Dennis Farrell said in a statement. “The 2018-19 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the Big West Conference and this membership development positions the conference to continue growing and thriving for the next 50 years.”

The evolution continues… #BigWestBound

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— Big West Conference (@BigWestSports) November 27, 2017

Beginning in 2020-21, Bakersfield will participate in the following Big West championship sports: men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, women’s cross country, women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s track and field, women’s volleyball and beach volleyball. For the past two years, Bakersfield has been a Big […]    

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