BY HUGH BROWN
Two years ago the top 31 college rugby teams in the United States, including the University of Utah and BYU, were pooled together to create the College Premier League, now called DI-A.
Last year a number of these teams (including Dartmouth, San Diego State, and Tennessee) opted to move back to DI-AA competition. California then pulled out of DI-A play at the very start of the season, sounding a possible death knell.
Last week Texas A&M, citing financial difficulties with the DI-A format, formally withdrew from next year’s competition. Rutgers was right behind. Now there are rumors that other clubs (including Navy and Oklahoma) may abandon college’s premier conference.
If DI-A folds the teams that remain will need to find conferences to play in, or create new conferences.
One speculation is the start of a Pac-12 Conference that would include both Utah and BYU.
A DI-A coaches’ meeting has been scheduled for June 23 in Houston to discuss the future