An unprecedented situation could lead to an unprecedented move.One year after being told it would be kicked out of its conference for winning too much, St. Thomas (Minn.) wants to become the first team in NCAA history to jump directly from Division III to Division I since divisions were split in 1973.But there’s an issue: There is no direct path available, and such a move was banned in 2011, due to the required changes. There is a 12-year process to move from Division III to II to I, which includes five years of play at the Division II level.St. Thomas has the support to make it happen, with an invitation to the Summit League and tentative plans to play in another conference in football. It might have the money, too. But will that be enough?No waiver process exists, so the NCAA’s strategic vision and planning committee is developing a direct path and transition period from Division III to Division I, with hopes it will be voted on by the…



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