Seattle University

After return to D-I athletics, Seattle U’s journey back to prominence is still only ‘two-thirds’ done

Father Stephen Sundborg, president of Seattle University, left, speaks after the SU women’s basketball team learned they are playing the University of Oregon as a 15 seed in the NCAA tourmament for the first time, Monday, March 12, 2018, in Seattle.

When Seattle U left Division I athletics in 1980, its president proclaimed a coming exodus from college sports. Instead, the NCAA grew into a money-making behemoth. Even a decade after joining the WAC, the Redhawks are still feeling the reverberations of that miscalculation.

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