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Southland Conference
Southland Conference logo
Established 1963
Association NCAA
Division Division I
D-IAA/FCS (1982–)
NCAA D-IA (1978–1981)
NCAA D-I (1975–1977)
NCAA D-II (1964–1974)
Members 13
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, 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 as of July 1, 2014

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, departed in 2012 now also in the Sun Belt),[1] Lamar State College of Technology (now Lamar University; departed in 1987, but re-joined in 1999),[2] 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 Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment Nickname Colors
Abilene Christian University Abilene, Texas 1906 1963; 20131 Private 4,544[3] Wildcats          
University of Central Arkansas Conway, Arkansas 1907 2006 Public 11,754[4] Bears/Sugar Bears          
Houston Baptist University Houston, Texas 1960 2013 Private 3,160[5] Huskies          
University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, Texas 1881 2013 Private 10,984[6] Cardinals          
Lamar University Beaumont, Texas 1923 1963; 19992 Public 14,966[7] Cardinals/Lady Cardinals          
McNeese State University Lake Charles, Louisiana 1939 1972 Public 8,162[8] Cowboys/Cowgirls          
University of New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana 1958 2013 Public 8,423[9] Privateers          
Nicholls State University Thibodaux, Louisiana 1948 1991 Public 6,164[10] Colonels          
Northwestern State University Natchitoches, Louisiana 1884 1987 Public 9,179[11] Demons/Lady Demons          
Sam Houston State University Huntsville, Texas 1879 1987 Public 20,181[12] Bearkats          
Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond, Louisiana 1925 1997 Public 14,594[13] Lions/Lady Lions          
Stephen F. Austin State University Nacogdoches, Texas 1923 1987 Public 12,606[14] Lumberjacks/Ladyjacks          
Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, Texas 1947 2006 Public 11,693[15] Islanders          
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.

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Joined Left Type Nickname Colors Current
Conference
Arkansas State University Jonesboro, Arkansas 1909 1963 1987 Public Indians[n 1]           Sun Belt
Louisiana Tech University Ruston, Louisiana 1894 1971 1987 Public Bulldogs
Lady Techsters
          C-USA
North Texas State University Denton, Texas 1890 1982 1996 Public Mean Green           C-USA
University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe, Louisiana 1931 1982 2006 Public Indians[n 2]           Sun Belt
Oral Roberts University Tulsa, Oklahoma 1963 2012 2014 Private Golden Eagles           The Summit League
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette, Louisiana 1898 1971 1982 Public Ragin' Cajuns           Sun Belt
Texas State University Formerly Southwest Texas State University San Marcos, Texas 1899 1987 2012 Public Bobcats           Sun Belt
University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, Texas 1895 1963 2012 Public Mavericks           Sun Belt
University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, Texas 1969 1991 2012 Public Roadrunners           C-USA
Trinity University San Antonio, Texas 1869 1963 1972 Private Tigers           SCAC
(NCAA Division III)
Notes
  1. ^ Arkansas State changed its nickname since leaving the Southland Conference, respectively to the Red Wolves.
  2. ^ Louisiana–Monroe changed its nicknames since leaving the Southland Conference, respectively to the Warhawks.

Former associate members[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current
Primary
Conference
Southland
Sport(s)
Centenary College of Louisiana Gentlemen Shreveport, Louisiana 1825 Private/United Methodist 500 2000-01 2002-03 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 1982-83 1986-87 Sun Belt women's sports
University of New Orleans Privateers New Orleans, Louisiana 1958 Public 9,825 2012-13 2012-13 Southland men's tennis
Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi Islanders Corpus Christi, Texas 1947 Public 9,600 2003-04 2005-06 Southland men's tennis
University of Texas–Pan American[fa 1] Broncs[fa 2] Edinburg, Texas[fa 3] 1927 Public 17,048 2000-01 2012-13 WAC men's tennis
Troy University
(formerly Troy State University)
Trojans Troy, Alabama 1887 Public 29,689 1996-97 2000-01 Sun Belt football
  1. ^ Texas–Pan American (UTPA) ceased to exist at the start of the 2015–16 school year, when it merged with the nearby University of Texas at Brownsville to create the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV).[16]
  2. ^ Nearly a year before the merger, the University of Texas System announced that UTRGV would directly inherit the UTPA athletic program.[17] The new nickname of Vaqueros was announced in November 2014.[18]
  3. ^ The UTRGV athletic program continues to be based at the former UTPA main campus in Edinburg.

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.[19]

Teams in Southland Conference competition
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball
13
-
Basketball
13
13
Cross Country
13
13
Football
11
-
Golf
11
8
Soccer
-
12
Softball
-
12
Tennis
6
12
Track and Field (Indoor)
12
13
Track and Field (Outdoor)
12
13
Volleyball
-
13

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
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 13 13 13 11 11 6 12 12 91

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

School Soccer Swimming &
Diving
Central Arkansas MVC No
Houston Baptist WAC No
Incarnate Word WAC CCSA

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 Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
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
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 13 13 8 12 12 12 13 13 13 109

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

School Bowling Beach Volleyball Swimming &
Diving
Houston Baptist No Independent No
Incarnate Word No No CCSA
New Orleans No Independent No
Sam Houston State Southland Bowling League No No
Stephen F. Austin Southland Bowling League No No
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi No Independent No
  • Women's Bowling - The Southland Conference provides administrative support for the Southland Bowling League, but the SBL operates independently from regular conference operations.[20] The women's bowling league was established in 2015 and includes Southland Conference members Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin, plus Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, Monmouth, Tulane, Valparaiso and Vanderbilt.

Football[edit]

Men's basketball[edit]

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

Women's basketball[edit]

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

Championships[edit]

Spending and revenue[edit]

Total revenue includes ticket sales, contributions and donations, rights/licensing, student fees, school funds and all other sources including TV income, camp income, food and novelties. Total expenses includes coaching/staff, scholarships, buildings/ground, maintenance, utilities and rental fees and all other costs including recruiting, team travel, equipment and uniforms, conference dues and insurance costs.

Conference Rank (2014) National Rank (2014) Institution 2014 Total Revenue from Athletics[24] 2014 Total Expenses on Athletics[24]
1 140 Lamar $16,147,857 $15,880,006
2 142 Stephen F. Austin $15,697,105 $15,924,910
3 149 Sam Houston State $14,892,104 $14,412,775
4 185 Northwestern State $11,996,507 $11,621,515
5 189 Central Arkansas $11,750,081 $11,418,457
6 191 Southeastern Louisiana $11,498,884 $12,157,552
7 198 McNeese State $10,926,299 $10,911,542
8 204 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi $10,540,420 $10,272,816
9 218 Nicholls State $8,113,231 $8,102,040
10 228 New Orleans $5,224,996 $5,365,672
Abilene Christian Not reported
(private school)
Not reported
(private school)
Houston Baptist Not reported
(private school)
Not reported
(private school)
Incarnate Word Not reported
(private school)
Not reported
(private school)

Facilities[edit]

School Football stadium Capacity Soccer stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity Baseball stadium Capacity Softball stadium Capacity
Abilene Christian Shotwell Stadium 15,075 Elmer Gray Stadium (new) 1,000 Moody Coliseum 4,600 Crutcher Scott Field 4,500 Poly Wells Field 1,000[25]
Central Arkansas Estes Stadium 9,000[26] Bill Stephens Track/Soccer Complex 1,000 Farris Center 6,000 Bear Stadium 1,000 Farris Field 1,000
Houston Baptist Husky Stadium 5,000[27] Sorrels Field 500 Sharp Gymnasium 1,000 Husky Field 500[28] Husky Field 300
Incarnate Word Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium 6,000 Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium 6,000 McDermott Convocation Center 2,000 Sullivan Field 1,000 Cardinals Field 250
Lamar Provost Umphrey Stadium 16,000 Lamar Soccer Complex 500 Montagne Center 10,080 Vincent-Beck Stadium 3,500 Lamar Softball Complex 467[29]
McNeese State Cowboy Stadium 17,410 Cowgirl Field 300 Burton Coliseum 8,000 Cowboy Diamond 2,000 Cowgirl Diamond 1,200
New Orleans Non-football school Non-soccer school Lakefront Arena 8,785[30] Maestri Field 2,900[31] Non-softball school
Nicholls State Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium 10,500 Nicholls Soccer Complex 1,000 Stopher Gym 3,800 Ray E. Didier Field 3,200 Colonel Softball Complex 500
Northwestern State Harry Turpin Stadium 15,971 Lady Demon Soccer Complex 1,000 Prather Coliseum 3,900 H. Alvin Brown–C. C. Stroud Field 1,200 Lady Demon Diamond 1,000[32]
Sam Houston State Bowers Stadium 12,593 Pritchett Field 2,100 Bernard Johnson Coliseum 6,110 Don Sanders Stadium 1,163 Bearkat Softball Complex 400
Southeastern Louisiana Strawberry Stadium 7,408 Southeastern Soccer Complex 1,000 University Center 7,500 Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field 2,500 North Oak Park 500
Stephen F. Austin Homer Bryce Stadium 14,575 SFA Soccer Complex 400 William R. Johnson Coliseum 7,203 Jaycees Field 1,000 SFA Softball Field 750
Texas A&M–Corpus Christi Non-football school Dr. Jack Dugan Soccer & Track Stadium 1,000 American Bank Center 8,000 Chapman Field 750 Chapman Field 200

Notes:

  • Texas A&M–Corpus Christi uses off-campus Whataburger Field as their home field for some high profile games and some tournaments.[33]
  • The upcoming 2016 football season will be the last for Abilene Christian at Shotwell Stadium. The team will move into the new on-campus Wildcat Stadium in 2017.[34]
  • Abilene Christian's new Elmer Gray Stadium opened on April 10, 2015. The stadium is used for both Track & Field and Soccer. The new stadium replaces the original Elmer Gray Stadium, which was demolished to make way for Wildcat Stadium.[35][36]

Media[edit]

Southland Conference Television Network[edit]

The Conference began its own syndicated broadcast entity in 2008, the Southland Conference Television Network. It aired in over 25 markets in the league's four-state region, plus on national networks such as Fox College Sports, ESPN GamePlan, and ESPN3. In 2008-09, the network featured 35 broadcasts, and over 30 in each of the next four seasons.

For 2013 and 2014, the syndicated network was restricted to only regular season football games. The remainder of the schedule was available on ESPN3 or regional sports networks, including regular season and tournament basketball as well as championships in soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball. ESPN3 also carried an exclusive package of football games beyond the syndicated network's schedule.

SLCTV dissolved on July 1, 2015. Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, the Southland Conference entered into an agreement with the American Sports Network to syndicate and televise selected games,[37] while also continuing its association with ESPN3.[38] A separate deal will allow for Louisiana-based Cox Sports Television to air select games.[39]

Academics[edit]

Institution University System Endowment[40][41] U.S. News
rank[40]
Carnegie
Foundation
Classification
[42]
Forbes[43]
Abilene Christian University Not Applicable $379,858,000[41] 17
(Regional: West)
Masters
(Larger Programs)
513
University of Central Arkansas Not Applicable $25,952,861[40] 68
(Regional: South)
Masters
(Larger Programs)
N/A
Houston Baptist University Not Applicable $90,638,537[40] 73
(Regional: West)
Masters
(Medium Programs)
N/A
University of the Incarnate Word Not Applicable $125,271,000[41] 68
(Regional: West)
Masters
(Larger Programs)
N/A
Lamar University Texas State University System $106,826,000[41] RNP
(National)
Doctoral
(Moderate Research)
624
McNeese State University University of Louisiana System $71,001,000[41] 87
(Regional: South)
Masters
(Larger Programs)
N/A
University of New Orleans University of Louisiana System $23,250,028[40] RNP
(National)
Doctoral
(Higher Research)
565
Nicholls State University University of Louisiana System $8,500,663[40] 87
(Regional: South)
Masters
(Medium Programs)
N/A
Northwestern State University University of Louisiana System Not Available RNP
(Regional: South)
Masters
(Larger Programs)
N/A
Sam Houston State University Texas State University System $97,510,000[41] RNP
(National)
Doctoral
(Moderate Research)
598
Southeastern Louisiana University University of Louisiana System $14,503,193[40] RNP
(Regional: South)
Masters
(Larger Programs)
619
Stephen F. Austin State University Not Applicable $71,037,968[40] 87
(Regional: South)
Masters
(Larger Programs)
N/A
Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi Texas A&M University System $13,673,273[40] RNP
(National)
Doctoral
(Moderate Research)
632

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