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Southland Conference
Southland Conference logo
Established1963
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I FCS
Members14
Sports fielded17 (men's: 8; women's: 9)
RegionWest South Central
HeadquartersFrisco, Texas
CommissionerTom Burnett (since 2002)
Websitesouthland.org
Locations
Southland Conference locations
 
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Southland Conference
Southland Conference logo
Established1963
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I FCS
Members14
Sports fielded17 (men's: 8; women's: 9)
RegionWest South Central
HeadquartersFrisco, Texas
CommissionerTom Burnett (since 2002)
Websitesouthland.org
Locations
Southland Conference locations

The Southland Conference is a collegiate athletic conference which operates in the south central United States (specifically Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas). It participates in the NCAA's Division I for all sports; for football, it participates in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The Southland sponsors 17 sports, nine for women and eight for men, and is governed by a presidential Board of Directors and an Advisory Council of athletic and academic administrators. Tom Burnett was named the Southland's sixth commissioner on Dec. 23, 2002.

The conference's offices are located in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas.

Locations of current Southland Conference full member institutions.

History[edit]

Founded in 1963, its members were Abilene Christian College (now Abilene Christian University; departed 1973 for NCAA Division II, but moved to Division I and rejoined the Southland effective 2013), Arkansas State College (now Arkansas State University; departed 1987, now a member of the Sun Belt Conference), Arlington State College (now The University of Texas at Arlington, and now also in the Sun Belt), Lamar State College of Technology (now Lamar University, left in 1987 and re-joined in 1999), and Trinity University (departed 1971, now participating in NCAA Division III).

Since its founding, the Southland Conference has been the home for 18 college and university all-sports programs (see membership timeline above). In addition, the conference has also been home to some schools for one sport only. In the case of football, Troy fielded a team from 1996–2000 and Jacksonville State from 1997-2002. This has also been the case for some Olympic sports like men's tennis, in which the University of Texas–Pan American and the University of New Orleans fielded teams as affiliate members before 2013, when UTPA joined the WAC and UNO became a full Southland member.

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

InstitutionNicknameLocation
(Population)
FoundedTypeEnrollmentU.S. News Ranking[1]Joined
Abilene Christian UniversityWildcatsAbilene, Texas
(117,063)
1906Private4,55819
(Regional: West)
1963;
2013 1
University of Central ArkansasBears (men's)
Sugar Bears (women's)
Conway, Arkansas
(58,908)
1907Public13,00060
(Regional: South)
2006
Houston Baptist UniversityHuskiesHouston, Texas
(2,100,263)
1960Private2,56754
(Regional: West)
2013
University of the Incarnate WordCardinalsSan Antonio, Texas
(1,327,407)
1881Private8,45558
(Regional: West)
2013
Lamar UniversityCardinals (men's)
Lady Cardinals (women's)
Beaumont, Texas
(118,296)
1923Public14,386205–270
(National)
1963;
1999 2
McNeese State UniversityCowboys (men's)
Cowgirls (women's)
Lake Charles, Louisiana
(71,993)
1939Public8,78488
(Regional: South)
1972
University of New OrleansPrivateersNew Orleans, Louisiana
(343,829)
1958Public9,825205–270
(National)
2013
Nicholls State UniversityColonelsThibodaux, Louisiana
(14,566)
1948Public7,50095
(Regional: South)
1991
Northwestern State UniversityDemonsNatchitoches, Louisiana
(18,323)
1884Public10,15997–128
(Regional: South)
1987
Oral Roberts UniversityGolden EaglesTulsa, Oklahoma
(391,906)
1963Private3,41753
(Regional: West)
2012 3
Sam Houston State UniversityBearkatsHuntsville, Texas
(38,548)
1879Public17,600205–270
(National)
1987
Southeastern Louisiana UniversityLionsHammond, Louisiana
(20,019)
1925Public16,00097–128
(Regional: South)
1997
Stephen F. Austin State UniversityLumberjacks (men's)
Ladyjacks (women's)
Nacogdoches, Texas
(32,996)
1923Public13,00092–121
(Regional: West)
1987
Texas A&M University–Corpus ChristiIslandersCorpus Christi, Texas
(305,215)
1947Public9,600205–270
(National)
2006
Notes
  1. - Abilene Christian re-joined the Southland Conference in 2013 after dropping to NCAA Division II after the 1972–73 season.
  2. - Lamar re-joined the Southland Conference after competing in different conferences between the 1987–88 and 1998–99 seasons.
  3. - Oral Roberts will return to The Summit League on July 1, 2014.

Former members[edit]

InstitutionNicknameLocationFoundedTypeEnrollmentJoinedLeftCurrent Conference
Arkansas State UniversityIndians1Jonesboro, Arkansas1909Public13,43819631987Sun Belt
University of Louisiana at Monroe
(formerly Northeast Louisiana University)
Indians1Monroe, Louisiana1931Public8,40519822006Sun Belt
Louisiana Tech UniversityBulldogs (men's)
Lady Techsters (women's)
Ruston, Louisiana1894Public11,58119711987C-USA
University of North Texas
(formerly North Texas State University)
Mean GreenDenton, Texas1890Public35,77819821996C-USA
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
(formerly University of Southwestern Louisiana)
Ragin' CajunsLafayette, Louisiana1898Public16,88519711982Sun Belt
University of Texas at ArlingtonMavericksArlington, Texas1895Public33,43919632012Sun Belt
University of Texas at San AntonioRoadrunnersSan Antonio, Texas1969Public30,47419912012C-USA
Texas State University
(formerly Texas State University–San Marcos)
BobcatsSan Marcos, Texas1899Public34,22919872012Sun Belt
Trinity UniversityTigersSan Antonio, Texas1869Private2,69319631972SCAC
(NCAA Division III)
Notes
  1. Arkansas State and Louisiana–Monroe have both changed their nicknames since leaving the Southland Conference, respectively to Red Wolves and Warhawks.

Former associate members[edit]

InstitutionNicknameLocationFoundedTypeEnrollmentJoinedLeftCurrent
Primary
Conference
Southland
Sports
Jacksonville State UniversityGamecocksJacksonville, Alabama1883Public9,4901996-972002-03Ohio Valley (OVC)football
Troy University

(formerly Troy State University)

TrojansTroy, Alabama1887Public29,6891996-972000-01Sun Beltfootball

Membership timeline[edit]

University of New OrleansUniversity of the Incarnate WordHouston Baptist UniversityOral Roberts UniversityTexas A&M University–Corpus ChristiUniversity of Central ArkansasSoutheastern Louisiana UniversityJacksonville State UniversityTroy UniversityNicholls State UniversityUniversity of Texas at San AntonioStephen F. Austin State UniversitySam Houston State UniversityNorthwestern State UniversityTexas State UniversityUniversity of Louisiana at MonroeUniversity of North TexasMcNeese State UniversityLouisiana Tech UniversityUniversity of Louisiana at LafayetteUniversity of Texas at ArlingtonLamar UniversityLamar UniversityArkansas State UniversityAbilene Christian UniversityAbilene Christian UniversityTrinity University (Texas)

Full members Full members (non-football) Associate members (football only)

1. - Southwestern Louisiana became the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Louisiana–Lafayette) in 1999.
2. - Northeast Louisiana became the University of Louisiana at Monroe (Louisiana–Monroe) in 1999.

Sports[edit]

The Southland Conference sponsors championship competition in eight men's and nine women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[2]

Teams in Southland Conference competition
SportMen'sWomen's
Baseball
14
-
Basketball
14
14
Cross Country
14
14
Football
11
-
Golf
12
10
Soccer
-
12
Softball
-
12
Tennis
7
13
Track and Field (Indoor)
13
14
Track and Field (Outdoor)
13
14
Volleyball
-
14

Men's sponsored sports by school[edit]

SchoolBaseballBasketballCross CountryFootballGolfTennisTrack & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Total Southland Sports
Abilene Christian
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
8
Central Arkansas
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
7
Houston Baptist
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
7
Incarnate Word
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
8
Lamar
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
8
McNeese State
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
7
New Orleans
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
7
Nicholls State
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
6
Northwestern State
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
6
Oral Roberts
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
7
Sam Houston State
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
7
Southeastern Louisiana
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
7
Stephen F. Austin
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
7
Texas A&M–Corpus Christi
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
6
Totals
14
14
14
11
12
7
13
13
98

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Southland Conference which are played by Southland schools:

SchoolSoccer
Central ArkansasMVC
Houston BaptistWAC
Incarnate WordIndependent
Oral RobertsSummit

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

SchoolBasketballCross CountryGolfSoccerSoftballTennisTrack & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
VolleyballTotal Southland Sports
Abilene Christian
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
8
Central Arkansas
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
Houston Baptist
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
8
Incarnate Word
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
Lamar
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
McNeese State
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
New Orleans
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
7
Nicholls State
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
8
Northwestern State
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
8
Oral Roberts
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
8
Sam Houston State
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
Southeastern Louisiana
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
8
Stephen F. Austin
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
Texas A&M–Corpus Christi
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
Totals
14
14
10
12
12
13
14
14
14
117

Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Southland Conference which are played by Southland schools:

SchoolBowling
Sam Houston StateIndependent
Stephen F. AustinIndependent

Football[edit]

Former and current NFL stars from the Southland include Gary Barbaro, Mike Barber, Fred Barnett, Bill Bergey, Derrick Blaylock, Bubby Brister, Ray Brown, Roger Carr, Mark Carrier, Larry Centers, Bruce Collie, Keith Davis, Fred Dean, Jackie Harris, Stan Humphries, Buford Jordan, Wade Key, Tim McKyer, Jeff Novak, Kavika Pittman, Mike Quinn, Billy Ryckman, Ricky Sanders, Eugene Seale, Rafael Septien, Terrance Shaw, Marcus Spears, Chad Stanley, Pat Tilley, Jeremiah Trotter, Marvin Upshaw, Lardarius Webb and Spergon Wynn.

The Southland was instrumental in founding the Independence Bowl, and the Southland champion served as the automatic home team for that bowl from 1976–1980.[3]

Basketball[edit]

Among notable NBA stars attending Southland Conference schools include Karl Malone (Louisiana Tech), Joe Dumars (McNeese State), Jeff Foster (Southwest Texas State) and Andrew Toney (Southwestern Louisiana).

Former member Louisiana-Monroe (then Northeast Louisiana) advanced to the 1985 NCAA Women's Final Four.

Championships[edit]

Facilities[edit]

SchoolFootball stadiumCapacityBasketball arenaCapacityBaseball parkCapacity
Abilene ChristianShotwell Stadium15,075Moody Coliseum4,600Crutcher Scott Field4,500
Central ArkansasEstes Stadium8,035Farris Center6,000Bear Stadium1,000
Houston BaptistCrusader Stadium (2013)
Dunham Field (2014)
TBA
10,000
Sharp Gymnasium1,500Husky Field1,000
Incarnate WordGayle and Tom Benson Stadium6,000McDermott Convocation Center2,000Sullivan Field1,000
LamarProvost Umphrey Stadium16,000Montagne Center10,080Vincent-Beck Stadium3,500
McNeese StateCowboy Stadium17,410Burton Coliseum8,000Cowboy Diamond2,000
New OrleansTad Gormley Stadium Begins intercollegiate football in 2015[citation needed]26,500Lakefront Arena10,000Maestri Field4,000
Nicholls StateManning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium12,800Stopher Gym3,800Ray E. Didier Field3,200
Northwestern StateHarry Turpin Stadium15,971Prather Coliseum3,900H. Alvin Brown–C. C. Stroud Field1,200
Oral RobertsNon-football schoolMabee Center10,575J. L. Johnson Stadium2,418
Sam Houston StateBowers Stadium14,000Bernard Johnson Coliseum6,110Don Sanders Stadium1,163
Southeastern LouisianaStrawberry Stadium7,408University Center7,500Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field2,500
Stephen F. AustinHomer Bryce Stadium14,575William R. Johnson Coliseum7,203Jaycees Field1,000
Texas A&M–Corpus ChristiNon-football schoolAmerican Bank Center8,000Whataburger Field5,400

Media[edit]

Southland Conference Television Network[edit]

The Conference began its own broadcast entity in 2008, the Southland Conference Television Network. It airs in over 20 markets in the league's four-state region, plus on national networks such as Fox College Sports, and ESPN FullCourt and ESPN3. In 2008-09, the Network featured 35 broadcasts, then followed with 31 live events in 2009-10 and 31 in 2010-11. The schedule includes regular season football games, regular season and tournament basketball, and the championships in women's soccer and women's volleyball.

Some events are carried exclusively by ESPN3, including the 2012 softball and baseball championships.

References[edit]

External links[edit]