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The University of St. Thomas will become the 10th member of the SCAC. Courtesy Photo

The University of St. Thomas will begin their exploratory year membership in Division III athletics on Sept. 1, 2018 according to their press release today. They will also become the 10th member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC).  The SCAC includes Austin College, Centenary College, Colorado College, University of Dallas, Johnson and Wales University, Schreiner University, Southwestern University, Texas Lutheran University, Trinity University, and now University of St. Thomas.

The athletic department has grown to nine sports, which includes women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s golf and in 2018-2019 will compete in men’s and women’s cross-country. 

St. Thomas' invitation from the SCAC requires that they successfully complete their exploratory year which will lead to them becoming a provisional member in 2019-20. Division III is the largest of any division having 451 NCAA Division III members and over 194,000 student-athletes. 

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Correa could be on his way out. Composite image by Jack Brame.

Editor's note: Ken Rosenthal updated his column on Tuesday afternoon.

It has not been the best of times to be a star athlete in Houston. In the last year, Jadeveon Clowney and DeAndre Hopkins were solid off for a warm bucket of spit. George Springer won't be back. James Harden and Russell Westbrook rumors are rampant. J.J. Watt might be moving on as well.

Now, reports are the Astros are listening to offers for Carlos Correa.

Predictably, Astros fans are livid. And if it's true, they should be concerned about the bigger picture.

Trading Correa makes sense - if you have no plans on keeping him after next season, as was clearly the case with Springer. If the Astros can get a haul and replenish the farm system, it would be the right move, especially considering Correa's injury history.

But in the long run, it does not bode well for the direction of the team. All recent indications are that the Astros are going cheap.

They would still be a competitive team without Correa, but it would be yet another indication their World Series window has closed. Alex Bregman could slide over to shortstop, but who would play third? And they only have one starting outfielder on the roster as it is. Putting together a competitive lineup around Bregman, Jose Altuve, Kyle Tucker, Yuli Gurriel and Yordan Alvarez would still be possible, but if the Astros aren't going to spend money, that could be problematic.

The writing was probably on the wall when the team hired James Click as GM from the notoriously frugal Tampa Bay organization. The good news is the Rays have been successful. But this is a new direction for a team that was not afraid to spend big money to make runs at the World Series.

If they lose Correa, they lose a team leader, one of the few players who embraced the villain role in the wake of the cheating controversy and was not afraid to speak out. But he has never lived up to his MVP potential, has battled injuries and will command big dollars on the open market. He is still young enough to become that kind of player, and someone will gamble big money that he will.

Sadly, if this rumor is true, it won't be the Astros.

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