DePauw will join the North Coast
Athletic Conference, effective July 1, 2011, and effective with the
2012 football season. The school has been a member of the SCAC
"After careful consideration of the advantages of membership in
this conference, and of the adjustments that would be required in
leaving our current conference, we have decided to accept this
invitation," university president Brian Casey announced.
Twenty of DePauw's 21 intercollegiate athletic programs will move
to the NCAC effective July 1, 2011.
In football, the annual Monon Bell game between DePauw and Wabash
would be a conference game as well starting in 2012.
Casey said: "Many factors played a part in this decision. Chief
among them was a desire for a less strenuous and more
environmentally friendly travel regimen for our teams," noting that
the NCAC membership stretches across Pennsylvania, Ohio and
Indiana, while SCAC includes institutions in Texas, Mississippi and
Colorado. The move to the NCAC, the president adds, aligns DePauw
with "strong institutions with a similar focus on academic
excellence and the overall development of the student with fewer
strains on both schedules and budgets."
"Like the SCAC, the NCAC is committed to broad-based athletic
programs, gender equity, and the campus integration of
student-athletes," says athetic director Page Cotton. "We are very
excited about this new partnership, which is a great fit for