Southern Athletic Association

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Southern Athletic Association
Southern Athletic Association logo
Established Chartered: 2011
Began play: 2012
Association NCAA
Division Division III
Members 12
Sports fielded 21 (men's: 10; women's: 11)
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia
Commissioner Jay Gardiner
Southern Athletic Association locations

The Southern Athletic Association (SAA) is a college athletic conference in NCAA Division III that began play in the 2012–13 school year. It was formed in 2011 by seven members of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference and independent Berry College.[1]

Member schools[edit]

Full members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Colors Football?
Berry College Mount Berry, Georgia 1902 Private/Non-denominational 1,937 Vikings           Yes
Birmingham–Southern College Birmingham, Alabama 1856 Private/United Methodist 1,600 Panthers           Yes
Centre College Danville, Kentucky 1819 Private 1,215 Colonels           Yes
Hendrix College Conway, Arkansas 1876 Private/United Methodist 1,400 Warriors           Yes
Millsaps College Jackson, Mississippi 1890 Private/United Methodist 1,146 Majors           Yes
Oglethorpe University Atlanta, Georgia 1835 Private 1,000 Stormy Petrels           No
Rhodes College Memphis, Tennessee 1848 Private/Presbyterian 2,000 Lynx                Yes
Sewanee: The University of the South Sewanee, Tennessee 1857 Private/Episcopal 1,384 Tigers           Yes

Affiliate members[edit]

Two schools, the University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis, announced their intention to become affiliate members of the conference for football, effective in 2015. Both are members of the University Athletic Association (UAA), which is currently in a football scheduling alliance with the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC). However, after the 2012 season, the NCAC will adopt a full round-robin football schedule, making it impossible for that conference to fill in all of its non-conference dates with the four UAA members that sponsor the sport.

Over the summer of 2015, Chicago and Washington U. both announced that they will leave the SAA after two seasons of competition in order to join more geographically-convenient conferences.[2] Washington U. will join the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin for football-only in 2018 and Chicago has yet to announce a league affiliation.

On November 18, 2015, Trinity University (Texas) and Austin College announced [3] they will affiliate with the SAA for football, renewing a relationship that was lost when the SAA split from the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. As a result, the SCAC will no longer offer football as a sport from 2017.

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Colors SAA Sport
University of Chicago Chicago, Illinois 1890 Private/Non-denominational 5,134 Maroons           Football (2015-2016)
Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri 1853 Private 5,997 Bears           Football (2015-2016)
Austin College Sherman, Texas 1849 Private 1,278 'Roos           Football (2017-)
Trinity University San Antonio, Texas 1869 Private 2,353 Tigers           Football (2017-)

Membership timeline[edit]

Trinity University (TX) Austin College Washington University in St. Louis University of Chicago Sewanee: The University of the South Rhodes College Oglethorpe University Millsaps College Hendrix College Centre College Birmingham–Southern College Berry College

Blue = Full member, Green = Full member except football, Red = Associate member for football


  1. ^ "Eight Division III Southeastern Colleges Form Southern Athletic Association". Rhodes College. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Wash U, Chicago already leaving SAA". []. June 12, 2015. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Austin College; Trinity Accept Football Affiliate Membership Offer from SAA". Retrieved December 21, 2015. 

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