July 30, 1992
On this day, campus administrators announced that IUPUI would join the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division II at the start of the 1992-1993 academic year. In doing so, IUPUI left the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), which it had joined in 1977 when Indiana University president John W. Ryan had turned down IUPUI's request to join NCAA Division II in 1976, saying that IUPUI's students did not want a basketball team.
Prior to the merger forming IUPUI, some of the pre-existing schools that became IUPUI had a history of intercollegiate competition. For example, the IU School of Nursing had its own basketball team, which competed against other schools of nursing. As well, the Normal College of the American Gymnastic Union, which became IUPUI's School of Physical Education, also fielded sports teams pitted against other colleges. But IUPUI started out with just intramural sports. In January 1971, director of intramural sports P. Nicholas ("Nick") Kellum (later the longtime dean of the School of Physical Education) entered an intramural team in an IU regional-campus basketball tournament. Thus began IUPUI's intercollegiate sporting tradition. IUPUI sports teams later competed as the "Metros," signifying their urban-university identity. Teams went on to victory in tournaments and other championships.
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