New campus will absorb Texas-Pan American teams

Utah Valley's Mitch Bruneel, left, and Texas-Pan American's Hurley Johnson fight for a loose ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the West Athletic Conference men's tournament Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Las Vegas. Utah Valley won 83-63. (AP Photo/David Becker)
Utah Valley's Mitch Bruneel, left, and Texas-Pan American's Hurley Johnson fight for a loose ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the West Athletic Conference men's tournament Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Las Vegas. Utah Valley won 83-63. (AP Photo/David Becker)

AUSTIN (AP) — The University of Texas system says the Texas-Pan American athletic program will be absorbed into the new Rio Grande Valley campus and will continue to compete at the Division I level in the Western Athletic Conference.

Texas-Pan American and Texas-Brownville are being merged to create the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Sports programs currently at the Texas-Brownsville campus will be dissolved at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year.

Texas-Brownsville competes in the NAIA and students on those teams will be allowed to stay on scholarship or transfer without penalty, system officials said Wednesday.

Texas Pan-American has 14 varsity teams and will add women’s soccer in 2014 and men’s soccer in 2015.

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