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After opting out of DI-A in December, Cal has looked for an avenue into DI-AA competition. An attempt to get into the Northern California conference was denied by the conference, based largely on timing – schedules were already set. Some teams also said they would have stayed DII this season had they thought Cal would be playing DI-AA.
Upon hearing of Cal’s attempt to join the DI-AA conference, the College
Competitions Committee drafted a letter to Cal alerting them they were not
eligible for DI-AA competition this season. Below is an excerpt from that
“The University of California men’s
rugby team originally committed in the summer of 2011 to compete in
the Collegiate Premiere Division (“CPD” now known as Division 1-A
or “D1-A”) for the 2011-2012 USA Rugby collegiate competition
Cal has field a grievance upon receiving the above ruling. USA Rugby’s Ed Todd is organizing a panel to hear the grievance this week. If the College Competitions Committee’s ruling is overturned, Cal will be eligible for an at-large bid to the 2011/2012 USA Rugby DI-AA playoffs.