American South Conference

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American South Conference
Established 1987
Dissolved 1991
Association NCAA
Division Division I
Members 7
Headquarters Metairie, Louisiana
Commissioner Craig Thompson
Locations
American South Conference locations

The American South Conference was an NCAA Division I athletic conference that existed from 1987-88 to 1990-91. The charter members were Arkansas State University, Lamar University, Louisiana Tech University, the University of New Orleans, the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now known as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) and the University of Texas–Pan American. Only the University of Central Florida (UCF) became the only expansion school during the conference's final academic season before being merged into the Sun Belt Conference. Craig Thompson, later the commissioner of the merged Sun Belt, and now commissioner of the Mountain West Conference was the American South's first and only commissioner.

In its brief existence, the American South was home to the 1988 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Champion in Louisiana Tech, and also had two men's basketball teams earn NCAA at-large berths, Louisiana Tech in 1989 (defeated LaSalle in NCAA 1st Round) and New Orleans in 1991. Lamar's women's basketball team advanced to the NCAA round of eight in 1991.

Final members[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Joined Left Subsequent Conference(s) Current Conference
Arkansas State University Red Wolves Jonesboro, Arkansas 1909 Public 1987 1991 Sun Belt (1991-92 to Present)
University of Central Florida Knights Orlando, Florida 1963 Public 1990 1991 Sun Belt (1991-92)
Atlantic Sun (1992-93 to 2004-05)
C-USA (2005-06 to 2012-13)
AAC (2013-14 to Present)
Lamar University Cardinals Beaumont, Texas 1923 Public 1987 1991 Sun Belt (1991-92 to 1997-98)
Independent (1998-99)
Southland (1999-2000 to Present)
Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs (men's)
Lady Techsters (women's)
Ruston, Louisiana 1894 Public 1987 1991 Sun Belt (1991-92 to 2000-01)
WAC (2001-02 to 2012-13)
C-USA (2013-14 to Present)
University of New Orleans Privateers New Orleans, Louisiana 1958 Public 1987 1991 Sun Belt (1991-92 to 2009-10)
Independent (2010-11 to 2012-13)
Southland (2013-14 to Present)
University of Southwestern Louisiana
(currently the University of Louisiana at Lafayette)
Ragin' Cajuns Lafayette, Louisiana 1898 Public 1987 1991 Sun Belt (1991-92 to Present)
University of Texas–Pan American Broncs Edinburg, Texas 1927 Public 1987 1991 Sun Belt (1991-92 to 1997-98)
Independent (1998-99 to 2007-08)
Great West (2008-09 to 2012-13)
WAC (2013-14 to Present)

Champions[edit]

Men's basketball[edit]

Regular season[edit]

  • 1988 Louisiana Tech, New Orleans
  • 1989 New Orleans
  • 1990 Louisiana Tech, New Orleans
  • 1991 Arkansas State, New Orleans

Conference tournament[edit]

  • 1988 Louisiana Tech
  • 1989 Louisiana Tech
  • 1990 New Orleans
  • 1991 Louisiana Tech

Women's basketball[edit]

Regular season[edit]

  • 1988 Louisiana Tech
  • 1989 Louisiana Tech
  • 1990 Louisiana Tech
  • 1991 Lamar

Conference tournament[edit]

  • 1988 Louisiana Tech
  • 1989 Louisiana Tech
  • 1990 Louisiana Tech
  • 1991 Louisiana Tech

Baseball[edit]

Regular season[edit]

  • 1988 New Orleans
  • 1989 Southwestern Louisiana
  • 1990 Southwestern Louisiana
  • 1991 Southwestern Louisiana

Conference tournament[edit]

  • 1988 Southwestern Louisiana
  • 1989 New Orleans
  • 1990 Southwestern Louisiana
  • 1991 Southwestern Louisiana

See also[edit]

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