Friday, April 30, 2010

UIS hits a few bumps on road to Division II

Scott Reed admits the University of Illinois Springfield Prairie Stars athletics program has had growing pains this academic year during its transition to NCAA Division II and the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Not only did several of the Stars’ 10 sports teams struggle to get wins, but the non-renewal of six scholarships prompted multiple members of the women’s basketball team to speak out against coach Marne Fauser.

“We knew this wouldn’t be an easy transition,” said Reed, the assistant director of athletics for operations and communications. “There’s going to be bumps in the road. What we’re doing we believe is in the best interest of everyone involved, the student-athletes, coaches, program and university."

Reed's comments were featured in a April 30, 2010, article in The State Journal-Register.

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