Southland Conference

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Southland Conference
Southland Conference logo
Established 1963
Association NCAA
Division Division I FCS
Members 14
Sports fielded 17 (men's: 8; women's: 9)
Region West South Central
Headquarters Frisco, Texas
Commissioner Tom Burnett (since 2002)
Website southland.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 Southland Conference full member institutions for the 2013-14 year.

History[edit]

Founded in 1963, its members were Abilene Christian College (now Abilene Christian University; departed in 1973 for NCAA Division II, but moved to Division I and re-joined the Southland in 2013), Arkansas State College (now Arkansas State University; departed in 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 in 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 below). 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 (UTPA) and the University of New Orleans (UNO) 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]

Institution Nickname Location
(Population)
Founded Type Enrollment U.S. News Ranking[1] Joined
Abilene Christian University Wildcats Abilene, Texas
(117,063)
1906 Private 4,558 19
(Regional: West)
1963;
2013 1
University of Central Arkansas Bears (men's)
Sugar Bears (women's)
Conway, Arkansas
(58,908)
1907 Public 13,000 60
(Regional: South)
2006
Houston Baptist University Huskies Houston, Texas
(2,100,263)
1960 Private 2,567 54
(Regional: West)
2013
University of the Incarnate Word Cardinals San Antonio, Texas
(1,327,407)
1881 Private 8,455 58
(Regional: West)
2013
Lamar University Cardinals (men's)
Lady Cardinals (women's)
Beaumont, Texas
(118,296)
1923 Public 14,386 205–270
(National)
1963;
1999 2
McNeese State University Cowboys (men's)
Cowgirls (women's)
Lake Charles, Louisiana
(71,993)
1939 Public 8,784 88
(Regional: South)
1972
University of New Orleans Privateers New Orleans, Louisiana
(343,829)
1958 Public 9,825 205–270
(National)
2013
Nicholls State University Colonels Thibodaux, Louisiana
(14,566)
1948 Public 7,500 95
(Regional: South)
1991
Northwestern State University Demons Natchitoches, Louisiana
(18,323)
1884 Public 10,159 97–128
(Regional: South)
1987
Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles Tulsa, Oklahoma
(391,906)
1963 Private 3,417 53
(Regional: West)
2012 3
Sam Houston State University Bearkats Huntsville, Texas
(38,548)
1879 Public 17,600 205–270
(National)
1987
Southeastern Louisiana University Lions Hammond, Louisiana
(20,019)
1925 Public 16,000 97–128
(Regional: South)
1997
Stephen F. Austin State University Lumberjacks (men's)
Ladyjacks (women's)
Nacogdoches, Texas
(32,996)
1923 Public 13,000 92–121
(Regional: West)
1987
Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi Islanders Corpus Christi, Texas
(305,215)
1947 Public 9,600 205–270
(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]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current Conference
Arkansas State University Indians1 Jonesboro, Arkansas 1909 Public 13,438 1963 1987 Sun Belt
University of Louisiana at Monroe
(formerly Northeast Louisiana University)
Indians1 Monroe, Louisiana 1931 Public 8,405 1982 2006 Sun Belt
Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs (men's)
Lady Techsters (women's)
Ruston, Louisiana 1894 Public 11,581 1971 1987 C-USA
University of North Texas
(formerly North Texas State University)
Mean Green Denton, Texas 1890 Public 35,778 1982 1996 C-USA
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
(formerly University of Southwestern Louisiana)
Ragin' Cajuns Lafayette, Louisiana 1898 Public 16,885 1971 1982 Sun Belt
University of Texas at Arlington Mavericks Arlington, Texas 1895 Public 33,439 1963 2012 Sun Belt
University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners San Antonio, Texas 1969 Public 30,474 1991 2012 C-USA
Texas State University
(formerly Texas State University–San Marcos)
Bobcats San Marcos, Texas 1899 Public 34,229 1987 2012 Sun Belt
Trinity University Tigers San Antonio, Texas 1869 Private 2,693 1963 1972 SCAC
(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]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current
Primary
Conference
Southland
Sports
Centenary College of Louisiana Gentlemen Shreveport, Louisiana 1825 Private/United Methodist 500 2001 2003 American Southwest
(NCAA Division III)
men's tennis
Jacksonville State University Gamecocks Jacksonville, Alabama 1883 Public 9,490 1996-97 2002-03 Ohio Valley (OVC) football
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
(formerly University of Southwestern Louisiana)
Ragin' Cajuns Lafayette, Louisiana 1898 Public 16,885 1983 1987 Sun Belt women's sports
Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi Islanders Corpus Christi, Texas 1947 Public 9,600 2004 2006 Southland men's tennis
University of Texas–Pan American Broncs Edinburg, Texas 1927 Public 17,048 2001 2013 WAC men's tennis
Troy University
(formerly Troy State University)
Trojans Troy, Alabama 1887 Public 29,689 1996-97 2000-01 Sun Belt football

Membership timeline[edit]

University of New Orleans University of the Incarnate Word Houston Baptist University Oral Roberts University Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi University of Central Arkansas Southeastern Louisiana University Jacksonville State University Troy University Nicholls State University University of Texas at San Antonio Stephen F. Austin State University Sam Houston State University Northwestern State University Texas State University University of Louisiana at Monroe University of North Texas McNeese State University Louisiana Tech University University of Louisiana at Lafayette University of Texas at Arlington Lamar University Lamar University Arkansas State University Abilene Christian University Abilene Christian University Trinity 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
Sport Men's Women'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]

School Baseball Basketball Cross Country Football Golf Tennis Track & 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:

School Soccer
Central Arkansas MVC
Houston Baptist WAC
Incarnate Word Independent
Oral Roberts Summit

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Basketball Cross Country Golf Soccer Softball Tennis Track & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Volleyball Total 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:

School Bowling
Sam Houston State Independent
Stephen F. Austin Independent

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]

School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity Baseball park Capacity
Abilene Christian Shotwell Stadium 15,075 Moody Coliseum 4,600 Crutcher Scott Field 4,500
Central Arkansas Estes Stadium 12,000 Farris Center 6,000 Bear Stadium 1,000
Houston Baptist Dunham Field 10,000 Sharp Gymnasium 1,500 Husky Field 1,000
Incarnate Word Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium 6,000 McDermott Convocation Center 2,000 Sullivan Field 1,000
Lamar Provost Umphrey Stadium 16,000 Montagne Center 10,080 Vincent-Beck Stadium 3,500
McNeese State Cowboy Stadium 17,410 Burton Coliseum 8,000 Cowboy Diamond 2,000
New Orleans Tad Gormley Stadium Begins intercollegiate football in 2015[citation needed] 26,500 Lakefront Arena 10,000 Maestri Field 4,000
Nicholls State Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium 12,800 Stopher Gym 3,800 Ray E. Didier Field 3,200
Northwestern State Harry Turpin Stadium 15,971 Prather Coliseum 3,900 H. Alvin Brown–C. C. Stroud Field 1,200
Oral Roberts Non-football school Mabee Center 10,575 J. L. Johnson Stadium 2,418
Sam Houston State Bowers Stadium 14,000 Bernard Johnson Coliseum 6,110 Don Sanders Stadium 1,163
Southeastern Louisiana Strawberry Stadium 7,408 University Center 7,500 Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field 2,500
Stephen F. Austin Homer Bryce Stadium 14,575 William R. Johnson Coliseum 7,203 Jaycees Field 1,000
Texas A&M–Corpus Christi Non-football school American Bank Center 8,000 Whataburger Field 5,400

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]