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NCAA to announce new team before year ends

October 16, 2008 6:21pm
MANILA, Philippines – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) will announce its new member school before the year ends, the league management committee said Thursday.

According to ManCom chairman Ding Lozano of Mapua, the announcement will be made on December 16.

Emilio Aguinaldo College, Centro Escolar University, Angeles Foundation University, Arellano University and Lyceum of the Philippines are the top candidates to crack the eight-league team and take up the spot left vacant by Philippine Christian University which will take a leave of absence.

Technological University of the Philippines and Don Bosco Mandaluyong are also knocking on the league's door but they have yet to send a letter of intent.

The five schools will have to comply with the requirements which include having a high-school varsity program, participation in all sports events calendared in the NCAA, undergoing a three-year probationary period and the payment of a P5-million membership fee.

Lozano added that the expansion may not stop this year.

"By 2009, we may add two more schools bringing to 10 our members for the 85th NCAA season," Lozano said.

The league's youngest teams are PCU, which joined in 1996, and College of Saint Benilde, which entered the tournament in 1998. - GMANews.TV
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