|Division||Division I FCS|
|Sports fielded||19 (men's: 10; women's: 9)|
|Headquarters||Spartanburg, South Carolina|
|Commissioner||John Iamarino (since 2006)|
The Southern Conference (or SoCon) is a Division I college athletic conference affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Southern Conference football teams compete in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-AA). Member institutions are located in the states of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The Southern Conference ranks as the fourth oldest major college athletic conference in the United States. Only the Big Ten (1896), Missouri Valley (1907) and Southwestern Athletic (1920) conferences are older.
The Southern Conference is considered one of the stronger football conferences in the Football Championship Subdivision, and is considered a mid-major conference in basketball. It has also garnered considerable national attention from its recent success in these sports: in particular, three-time Division I NCAA Football champion Appalachian State Mountaineers, who stunned the fifth-ranked Michigan Wolverines 34–32 on September 1, 2007; and from the Davidson Wildcats, who reached the Elite Eight in the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament by upsetting power programs Gonzaga (a mid-major school which became a power program in the 2000s), Georgetown and Wisconsin. The SoCon also frequently sees multiple teams selected to participate in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.
|Alfred B. White||1998–2001|
The conference was formed on February 25, 1921 in Atlanta as fourteen member institutions split from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Southern Conference charter members were Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Washington & Lee. In 1922, six more universities - Florida, LSU, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tulane, and Vanderbilt joined the conference. Later additions included Sewanee (1923), Virginia Military Institute (1924), and Duke (1929).
The SoCon is particularly notable for having spawned two other major conferences. In 1932, the 13 schools located south and west of the Appalachians (Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, University of the South, Tennessee, Tulane, and Vanderbilt) all departed the SoCon to form the Southeastern Conference (SEC). In 1953, seven schools (Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest) withdrew from the SoCon to form the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
Other former members include the following:
- East Carolina (1964-65 to 1975-76)
- East Tennessee State (1978-79 to 2004-05)
- George Washington (1936-37 to 1969-70)
- Marshall (1976-77 to 1996-97)
- Richmond (1936-37 to 1975-76)
- Virginia (1921-22 to 1936-37) - charter member
- VMI (1924-25 to 2002-03)
- Virginia Tech (1921-22 to 1964-65) - charter member
- Washington and Lee (1921-22 to 1957-58) - charter member
- West Virginia (1950-51 to 1967-68)
- William & Mary (1936-37 to 1976-77)
In 1922, the SoCon was the first league to hold a post-season basketball tournament to decide a conference champion. The SoCon Basketball Tournament continues as the nation's oldest conference tournament. The next-oldest tournament overall is the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament, founded in 1933, but that event was suspended after its 1952 edition and did not resume until 1979. With the demise of the Division II West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 2013, whose tournament had been continuously held since 1936, the next-oldest conference tournament in continuous existence is now the ACC Men's Basketball Tournament, first held in 1954.
The Southern Conference sponsors championship competition in ten men's and nine women's NCAA sanctioned sports. Four schools are Associate members for wrestling.
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|Track and Field (Outdoor)||
Member schools 
Current members 
Conference membership increased to 12 full members when Samford joined on July 1, 2008, bringing the number of football playing institutions to nine. Men's basketball and volleyball are split into divisions for conference play.
- North Division members are:
- Appalachian State, Chattanooga, Elon, Samford, UNC Greensboro and Western Carolina
- South Division members are:
- The Citadel, The College of Charleston, Davidson, Furman, Georgia Southern and Wofford
|Appalachian State University*||Boone, North Carolina
|1899||Public (UNC)||17,344 (Fall 2011)||$69.5 million||1971||Mountaineers|
|University of Tennessee at Chattanooga||Chattanooga, Tennessee
|1886||Public (UT)||11,438 (Fall 2011)||$94.6 million||1976||Mocs (men's)
Lady Mocs (women's)
|Elon University||Elon, North Carolina
|1889||Private||5,916 (Fall 2011)||$120.5 million||2003||Phoenix|
|Samford University||Homewood, Alabama
|1841||Private (Alabama Baptist Convention)||4,758 (Fall 2011)||$246.5 million||2008||Bulldogs|
|University of North Carolina at Greensboro||Greensboro, North Carolina
|1891||Public (UNC)||18,478 (Fall 2010)||$204.6 million||1997||Spartans|
|Western Carolina University||Cullowhee, North Carolina
|1889||Public (UNC)||11,379 (Fall 2010)||$51.3 million||1976||Catamounts|
|The Citadel||Charleston, South Carolina
|1842||Public (Military College)||3,390 (Fall 2011)||$208.5 million||1936||Bulldogs|
|College of Charleston*||Charleston, South Carolina
|1770||Public||11,649 (Fall 2011)||$56.2 million||1998||Cougars|
|Davidson College||Davidson, North Carolina
|1837||Private (Presbyterian)||1,756 (Fall 2011)||$509.6 million||1936;
|Furman University||Greenville, South Carolina
|1826||Private||3,121 (Fall 2011)||$572.2 million||1936||Paladins|
|Georgia Southern University*||Statesboro, Georgia
|1906||Public (USG)||20,212 (Fall 2011)||$39.9 million||1991||Eagles|
|Wofford College||Spartanburg, South Carolina
|1854||Private (United Methodist Church)||1,495 (Fall 2010)||$161.3 million||1997||Terriers|
- Departing members in pink.
- * - College of Charleston is leaving for the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in 2013. Appalachian State and Georgia Southern are leaving for the Sun Belt Conference in 2014.
- ** - Davidson competed from 1988-89 to 1989-90 as an NCAA D-I Independent and from 1990-91 to 1991-92 as a member of the Big South Conference before re-joining the SoCon effectively on the 1992-93 season. Davidson will be leaving for the Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10) in 2014. Davidson's football program did not re-join the SoCon; it currently competes in the Pioneer Football League.
Associate members 
There are four associate member schools (wrestling only):
|Campbell University||Buies Creek, North Carolina||1887||Private||10,487||Fighting Camels||Big South|
|Gardner-Webb University||Boiling Springs, North Carolina||1905||Private||4,300||Runnin' Bulldogs||Big South|
|Southern Illinois University Edwardsville||Edwardsville, Illinois||1957||Public (SIU)||14,055 ||Cougars||OVC|
|Virginia Military Institute||Lexington, Virginia||1839||Public (Military College)||1,569 (Fall 2011)||Keydets||Big South|
Former members 
Membership timeline 
Full members Full members (except football) Other Conference Other Conference
- Due to space limitations, one portion of Washington and Lee's affiliation history was not indicated in the table. In 1958, W&L stopped awarding athletic scholarships; from then until 1962, it was an independent in what was then the NCAA College Division (which was split in 1973 to form today's Divisions II and III).
- Departing member's facilities are shown in pink.
Conference champions 
This is a partial list of the last 10 champions. For the full history, see List of Southern Conference football champions.
+Denote loser of the head-to-head battle between co-champions.
Men's basketball 
This is a partial list of the last 10 champions. For the full history, see List of Southern Conference men's basketball champions.
The Southern Conference split into a divisional format for basketball beginning with the 1994–95 season.
|Year||Regular Season Champion (North)||Record||Regular Season Champion (South)||Record||Tournament Champion|
East Tennessee State
|11–5||College of Charleston||13–3||East Tennessee State|
|2003–04||East Tennessee State||15–1||Davidson
College of Charleston
|11–5||East Tennessee State|
|2004–05||Davidson||16–0||College of Charleston
|12–6||College of Charleston
Women's basketball 
This is a partial list of the last 10 tournament champions. For the full history, see Southern Conference Women's Basketball Tournament
This is a partial list of the last 10 champions. For the full history, see Southern Conference Baseball Tournament.
|2006||College of Charleston|
Commissioner's and Germann Cups 
The Commissioner's and Germann Cups are awarded each year to the top men's and women's program in the conference. The Commissioner's Cup was inaugurated in 1970. The Germann Cup, named for former Southern Conference Commissioner Ken Germann, was first awarded in 1987. The completion of the 2010-11 athletics season saw Appalachian State winning its 31st Commissioner's Cup and 9th Germann Cup
Commissioner's Cup 
William & Mary
|1970–71||William & Mary|
|1971–72||William & Mary|
|1972–73||William & Mary|
|1975–76||William & Mary|
|1982–83||East Tennessee State|
Germann Cup 
|2004–05||College of Charleston|
|2008–09||College of Charleston|
|2011–12||College of Charleston|
See also 
- "The History of the Southern Conference". Southern Conference. 2008-06-30.
- Stewart Mandel (2007-09-01). "The Mother of All Upsets". CNNSI.
- Associated Press (2008-03-28). "Curry's sweet touch continues as Davidson eludes Wisconsin". ESPN.
- "Preseason Projected Field Of 64". BaseballAmerica.com. Retrieved 2012-03-20.
- "The Southern Conference Welcomes Samford University". Southern Conference. 2008-07-01.
- Davidson does not compete in the SoCon for football. Instead, they compete in the Pioneer Football League.
- >Campbell, Gardner-Webb, and VMI compete in the Big South Conference for most sports.
- SIU Edwardsville competes in the Missouri Valley Conference for men's soccer and the Ohio Valley Conference for all other sports.
- "Southern Conference Commissioner’s & Germann Cups". Southern Conference. 2007-06-04.
- "Appalachian State, Samford Win SoCon All-Sports Cups". Southern Conference. 2010-06-01.