Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1950 Border Conference States.svg
ConferenceNCAA
Founded1931
DivisionDivision I
No. of teams6 (final) 9 (total)
RegionSouthwestern United States

The Border Conference, officially known as the Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association, was an NCAA-affiliated college athletic conference founded in 1931 that disbanded following the 1961–62 season. Centered in the southwestern United States, the conference included nine member institutions located in the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

History

Chronological timeline

Member schools

Final members

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Left Subsequent
conference(s)
Current
conference(s)
University of Arizona Tucson, Arizona 1885 Public 43,625 Wildcats 1931 1962 Western (WAC)
(1962–78)
Pacific-12 (Pac-12)
(1978–present)
Arizona State University[a] Tempe, Arizona 1885 Public 71,946 Sun Devils 1931 1962 Western (WAC)
(1962–78)
Pacific-12 (Pac-12)
(1978–present)
Hardin–Simmons University Abilene, Texas 1891 Baptist 2,333 Cowboys &
Cowgirls
1941 1962 D-III Independent
(1962–90)
Texas (TIAA)[b]
(1990–96)
American Southwest
(1996–present)
New Mexico State University[c] Las Cruces, New Mexico 1888 Public 21,694 Aggies 1931 1962 various[d] Western (WAC)
(2005–present)
(Conf. USA (C-USA) in 2023–24)
University of Texas at El Paso[e] El Paso, Texas 1914 Public 25,151 Miners 1935[f] 1962 FBS Independent
(1962–67)
Western (WAC)
(1967–2005)
Conf. USA (C-USA)
(2005–present)
West Texas A&M University[g] Canyon, Texas 1910 Public 10,169 Buffaloes 1941 1962 various[h] Lone Star (LSC)[i]
(1986–91; 1993–present)
Notes
  1. ^ Formerly known as Arizona State Teachers College at Tempe until 1958.
  2. ^ Currently an NCAA Division III athletic conference.
  3. ^ Formerly known as the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts (New Mexico A&M) until 1960.
  4. ^ New Mexico State had joined the following subsequent conferences: as an NCAA FBS Independent from 1962–63 to 1969–70; the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) from 1970–71 to 1982–83; the Big West Conference from 1983–84 to 1999–2000; and the Sun Belt Conference from 2000–01 to 2004–05.
  5. ^ Formerly known as the College of Mines and Metallurgy of the University of Texas (Texas Mines), later Texas Western College until 1967.
  6. ^ The UTEP men's basketball team joined the Border a few years after it became a full member for other sports (1938–39).
  7. ^ Formerly known as West Texas State Teachers College until 1990.
  8. ^ West Texas A&M had joined the following subsequent conferences: as an NCAA FBS Independent from 1962–63 to 1971–72; the Missouri Valley Conference from 1972–73 to 1985–86; and as an NCAA D-II Independent from 1991–92 to 1992–93.
  9. ^ Currently an NCAA Division II athletic conference.

Former members

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Joined Left Subsequent
conference(s)
Current
conference
Northern Arizona University[a] Flagstaff, Arizona 1899 Public 22,791 Lumberjacks 1931[b] 1953 New Mexico/Frontier
(1953–62)
NAIA Independent
(1962–70)
Big Sky
(1970–present)
University of New Mexico Albuquerque, New Mexico 1889 Public 25,441 Lobos 1931 1951 Skyline
(1951–62)
Western (WAC)
(1962–99)
Mountain West (MWC)
(1999–present)
Texas Tech University[c] Lubbock, Texas 1923 Public 40,666 Red Raiders 1932 1957[d] Southwest (SWC)
(1957–96)
Big 12
(1996–present)
Notes
  1. ^ Formerly known as Arizona State Teachers College at Flagstaff until 1966.
  2. ^ The Northern Arizona men's basketball team joined the Border a year after it became a full member for other sports (1932–33).
  3. ^ Formerly known as Texas Technological College until 1969.
  4. ^ The Texas Tech men's basketball team competed on an Independent schedule on its final season in the Border for its transition to the Southwest Conference as a full member.

Membership timeline

Lone Star ConferenceNCAA Division II independent schoolsLone Star ConferenceMissouri Valley ConferenceNCAA Division I FBS independent schoolsWest Texas A&M UniversityAmerican Southwest ConferenceTexas Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1976–1997)NCAA Division III independent schoolsHardin-Simmons UniversityConference USAWestern Athletic ConferenceNCAA Division I FBS independent schoolsUniversity of Texas at El PasoBig 12 ConferenceSouthwest ConferenceTexas Tech UniversityConference USAWestern Athletic ConferenceBig West ConferenceMissouri Valley ConferenceNCAA Division I FBS independent schoolsNew Mexico State UniversityMountain West ConferenceWestern Athletic ConferenceSkyline Conference (1938–1962)University of New MexicoPac-12 ConferenceWestern Athletic ConferenceArizona State UniversityBig Sky ConferenceNAIA independent schoolsFrontier Conference (1940–1962)Northern Arizona UniversityPac-12 ConferenceWestern Athletic ConferenceUniversity of Arizona

Football champions

Main article: List of Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association football champions

Texas Tech holds the most conference championships at seven. Arizona State won six conference championships followed by Arizona (three), Hardin–Simmons (two) and both West Texas State and the Texas State School of Mines hold one each. From 1932 to 1934 and 1943 to 1945 no champion was named. There were only two seasons where the title was split and two co-champions were named; 1938, New Mexico and New Mexico A&M and in 1942 Hardin–Simmons and Texas Tech. The winner of the conference title generally received an invitation to serve as the host team for the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.[1]

Current conference affiliations of former members

The nine former football-playing members of the Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association are currently affiliated with the following nine conferences (all NCAA Division I FBS unless indicated):

See also

References

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