This rumor has been floated on the GNAC posting board over at D2football.com and actually originates from the fine folks at SaveWWUfootball.com and here is the quote:
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After I spit my coffee on my keyboard in a sudden fit of laughter I settled down and started to think why the heck Menlo would be exploring a jump to Division II. This doesn’t solve Menlo's problem of travel for their football program and in fact would cause even more expense with the needed dollars Menlo would have to come up with to build scholarships to be competitive with the DII schools. It doesn’t make sense but this is what I’m reading between the lines.
There are two things going on right now that may have piqued Menlo’s interest. The California NAIA conference Menlo is part for all their other sports (California Pacific Conference) has two members (Cal State-East Bay and Dominican University) that will be moving to Division II starting next fall with Cal State-East Bay applying to the California Collegiate Athletic Association and with Dominican University being a member of the Pacific West Conference.
The catch is that the CCAA won’t accept private schools and that would leave the Pacific West Confernece which is spread out between
The only thing I can think of why Menlo is exploring DII is that they are afraid of what might happen if the Pacific Boxers bring back football. Does Menlo think that the NWC will dump them once the Boxers are back and the NWC wouldn’t lose the auto-bid if they sent Menlo back to the DIII Indy ranks? I believe that a couple of NWC members have desires to get rid of Menlo due to their admission standards not residing in the same neighborhood as the other NWC members and these members see that as a major advantage. The NWC invitation to Menlo was one born out of necessity for the conference to get the auto-bid and it never would have been extended otherwise. So if Pacific does come back is Menlo trying to find an alternative to being a DIII independent once again if the NWC rolls on them? I don’t think it’s a very good alternative but what other options would they have?
I do want to state that the above is solely my own opinion/theory. IMO, I think the majority in the NWC would want Menlo to stay if Pacific came back or not and I’m in this camp. Yeah, they have an easier time getting kids enrolled but most of the NWC schools have some great advantages over Menlo that The Oaks will never be able to overcome (Menlo competes against California JC’s, facilities, game day environments, tradition, VERY small student body, program turnover and stability, etc).Should be a fun spring to see what develops....