Will Other FBS Schools Follow the Michigan Model?

On Sunday, Michigan’s varsity men’s lacrosse team will kick off its inaugural Division I season against Detroit Mercy, a relative newcomer to Division I itself.

Most notable about this Wolverine team, aside from the maize-and-blue winged helmets they players will be wearing, is that the roster will be filled with former club lacrosse players. That’s because Michigan didn’t start a brand-new men’s program, but transitioned its supremely talented club squad to varsity.

This isn’t unusual in college sports — most recently, Penn State moved its men’s and women’s club ice hockey programs to Division I, thanks to a single $88 million check. Lacrosse, however, has traditionally seen new Division I men’s programs build from the ground up, as at Marquette and High Point, which start play in 2013.

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