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      UTRGV to have NCAA Division I athletic program

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      The two Valley TMs universities will merge together as the home of the NCAA Division I athletic program in the newly joined University of Texas " Rio Grande Valley fall 2015.

      According to the University of Texas System, the first step to establishing UTRGV athletics, UTB TMs athletics program will end at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year.

      UTB student-athletes will still be able to keep their scholarships, if they are playing sports or not.

      It was very important to me that we honor our commitment to our student-athletes and that they have the opportunity to continue their education at UT Rio Grande Valley with the support they were promised, said UTB President Juliet Garcia.

      UTB will continue to support their athletic teams through the remainder of the seasons which include:- women TMs volleyball- men TMs and women TMs soccer- men TMs and women TMs cross country- men TMs and women TMs golf

      The University of Texas System said that six full-time athletics positions and seven part-time administrative positions will be removed.

      Since UTPA TMs is currently in the NCAA Division I athletics, The Bronc TMs athletics program will be changed to the UTRGV TMs program.

      This is the beginning of a new era which will provide student-athletes with NCAA Division I sports programs that will build the fan base and garner support from across the Rio Grande Valley, said Pedro Reyes, executive vice chancellor for academic affairs for the UT System.

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