Southland Conference
Southland Conference logo
Established1963
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I
SubdivisionFCS
Members10
Sports fielded
  • 18
    • men's: 8
    • women's: 10
RegionWest South Central
Former namesSouthland Football League (1996–2002, football-only)
HeadquartersFrisco, Texas
CommissionerChris Grant (since 2022)
Websitesouthland.org
Locations
Southland Conference locations

The Southland Conference, abbreviated as SLC, is a collegiate athletic conference which operates in the South Central United States (specifically Texas and Louisiana). 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 18 sports, 10 for women and eight for men, and is governed by a presidential Board of Directors and an Advisory Council of athletic and academic administrators. Chris Grant became the Southland's seventh commissioner on April 5, 2022.[1] From 1996 to 2002, for football only, the Southland Conference was known as the Southland Football League.[2]

The conference's offices are located in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas. According to a press release from April 11, 2022, the conference will undergo a rebrand in 2022 that includes a new name and logo.[3]

History

Chronological timeline

Southland Conference
Location of Southland members:
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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 rejoined 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 and now also in the Sun Belt),[4] Lamar State College of Technology (now Lamar University; departed in 1987, but re-joined in 1999),[5] and Trinity University (departed in 1972, 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 University fielded a team from 1996 to 2000 and Jacksonville State University did so from 1997 to 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.

The Southland underwent major turmoil in 2021, losing five members. On January 14, the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) announced that four Southland members—Abilene Christian, Lamar, Sam Houston, and Stephen F. Austin—would join that conference in July 2022.[6] Within a week, the Southland expelled those four schools, leading the WAC to move their entry up to July 2021.[7][8] A fifth member, Central Arkansas, announced on January 29 that it would join the ASUN Conference effective that July.[9] At the time, the ASUN was a non-football conference, but soon entered into a football partnership with the WAC that gave Central Arkansas and two other incoming ASUN members a football home until an ASUN football league was established.[10]

The Southland began the process of rebuilding its core membership in September 2021, announcing that Texas A&M University–Commerce would start a transition from NCAA Division II and join the conference in July 2022.[11] The SLC also announced a football scheduling alliance with the Ohio Valley Conference, another FCS league that had experienced major membership losses during the 2021–22 realignment cycle, for the 2022 and 2023 seasons.[12] However, shortly after A&M–Commerce was announced as a future member, the SLC was set to experience further attrition when the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) announced that it would leave for the WAC after the 2021–22 school year.[13] Ultimately, however, this did not come to pass, as UIW announced it would be staying in the SLC only 7 months after announcing its departure.[14] McNeese was also courted by the WAC, and also flirted with a move to Conference USA, but eventually stayed in the SLC. According to the American Press, the daily newspaper of McNeese's home of Lake Charles, Louisiana, McNeese became "the de facto lead school in the league". It will host the SLC's football media day through at least the 2026 season, as well as the conference tournaments in men's and women's basketball, baseball, and softball through 2026.[15]

More recently, Lamar announced it would return to the SLC effective in 2023–24.[16] In addition, on April 11, 2022 the conference announced in a press release that it had partnered with Troika Media Group to institute a rebrand to be implemented before the end of the calendar year. The release stated that the rebrand would include, among other things, a new name for the conference.[17] On July 11, 2022, Lamar and the Southland Conference announced Lamar's accelerated return to the SLC effective immediately.[18]

Member schools

Current members

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment Nickname Colors
Houston Baptist University Houston, Texas 1960 2013 Private 4,120[19] Huskies    
University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, Texas 1881 2013 Private 9,366[20] Cardinals      
Lamar University Beaumont, Texas 1923 1963;
1999;
2022[21]
Public 16,191[22] Cardinals/ Lady Cardinals    
McNeese State University Lake Charles, Louisiana 1939 1972 Public 7,648[23] Cowboys/Cowgirls    
University of New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana 1958 2013 Public 8,151[24] Privateers      
Nicholls State University Thibodaux, Louisiana 1948 1991 Public 6,366[25] Colonels    
Northwestern State University Natchitoches, Louisiana 1884 1987 Public 10,979[26] Demons/Lady Demons      
Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond, Louisiana 1925 1997 Public 14,327[27] Lions/Lady Lions    
Texas A&M University–Commerce Commerce, Texas 1889 2022 Public 12,385[28] Lions    
Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, Texas 1947 2006 Public 11,929[29] Islanders      

Associate members

The Southland added four associate members in golf effective with the 2021–22 school year. One school joined in men's golf only, two in women's golf only, and one in both.[30][31] A fifth school joined at the same time for both men's and women's tennis,[32] and two more schools joined in July 2022, one for men's and women's golf and tennis and the other for beach volleyball.[33][34]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Current
primary
conference
Southland
sport(s)
Augusta University Jaguars Augusta, Georgia 1828 Public 9,274 2021–22m.gf.
2021–22w.gf.
Peach Belt
(NCAA Division II)
Men's golf
Women's golf
Boise State University Broncos Boise, Idaho 1932 Public 22,064 2022–23 Mountain West Beach volleyball
Bryant University Bulldogs Smithfield, Rhode Island 1863 Private 3,751 2022–23 America East Men's golf
Women's golf
Men's tennis
Women's tennis
Francis Marion University Patriots Florence, South Carolina 1970 Public 4,187 2021–22 Carolinas
(NCAA Division II)
Men's golf
New Jersey Institute of Technology Highlanders Newark, New Jersey 1881 Public 11,652 2021–22 America East Men's and women's tennis

Former members

School names and nicknames listed here reflect those in use in each institution's final school year of Southland Conference membership.

Institution Location Founded Joined Left Type Nickname Colors Current
conference
Abilene Christian University Abilene, Texas 1906 1963;
2013
1973;
2021
Private Wildcats     WAC
Arkansas State University Jonesboro, Arkansas 1909 1963 1987 Public Indians[a]     Sun Belt
University of Central Arkansas Conway, Arkansas 1907 2006 2021 Public Bears/Sugar Bears     ASUN
Louisiana Tech University Ruston, Louisiana 1894 1971 1987 Public Bulldogs
Lady Techsters
   
   
C-USA
University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe, Louisiana 1931 1982 2006 Public Indians[b]     Sun Belt
University of North Texas Denton, Texas 1890 1982 1996 Public Mean Green     C-USA
(The American in 2023)
Oral Roberts University Tulsa, Oklahoma 1963 2012 2014 Private Golden Eagles       Summit League
University of Southwestern Louisiana[c] Lafayette, Louisiana 1898 1971 1982 Public Ragin' Cajuns     Sun Belt
Sam Houston State University Huntsville, Texas 1879 1987 2021 Public Bearkats     WAC
(C-USA in 2023)
Stephen F. Austin State University Nacogdoches, Texas 1923 1987 2021 Public Lumberjacks/Ladyjacks     WAC
Texas State University[d] San Marcos, Texas 1899 1987 2012 Public Bobcats     Sun Belt
University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, Texas 1895 1963 2012 Public Mavericks       Sun Belt
(WAC in 2022)
University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, Texas 1969 1991 2012 Public Roadrunners       C-USA
(The American in 2023)
Trinity University San Antonio, Texas 1869 1963 1972 Private Tigers     SCAC
(NCAA Division III)
Notes
  1. ^ Arkansas State changed its nickname to Red Wolves after leaving the Southland Conference.
  2. ^ Louisiana–Monroe changed its nickname to Warhawks after leaving the Southland Conference.
  3. ^ Southwestern Louisiana changed its institutional name to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1999, after leaving the Southland Conference. Still later, the school changed its athletic branding to "Louisiana", with no city identifier.
  4. ^ Texas State dropped the directional identifier (Southwest) from its institutional name in 2013, a year after leaving the Southland Conference.

Former associate members

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
Delaware State University Hornets Dover, Delaware 1891 Public 5,054 2021–22 2021–22 MEAC Women's golf
Jacksonville State University Gamecocks Jacksonville, Alabama 1883 Public 9,490 1996–97 2002–03 ASUN football
University of Southwestern Louisiana[a] Ragin' Cajuns Lafayette, Louisiana 1898 Public 16,885 1982–83 1986–87 Sun Belt women's sports
University of Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks Princess Anne, Maryland 1886 Public 2,888 2021–22 2021–22 MEAC Women's golf
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[b] Broncs[c] Edinburg, Texas[d] 1927 Public 17,048 2000–01 2012–13 WAC men's tennis
Troy State University[e] Trojans Troy, Alabama 1887 Public 29,689 1996–97 2000–01 Sun Belt football
Notes
  1. ^ Currently known as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
  2. ^ 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).[35]
  3. ^ Nearly a year before the merger, the University of Texas System announced that UTRGV would directly inherit the UTPA athletic program.[36] The new nickname of Vaqueros was announced in November 2014.[37]
  4. ^ The UTRGV athletic program continues to be based at the former UTPA main campus in Edinburg.
  5. ^ Currently known as Troy University.

Membership timeline

Texas A&M University–CommerceUniversity of New OrleansUniversity of the Incarnate WordHouston Baptist UniversityOral Roberts UniversityTexas A&M University–Corpus ChristiUniversity of Central ArkansasSoutheastern Louisiana UniversityJacksonville State UniversityTroy UniversityNicholls State UniversityUniversity of Texas at San AntonioStephen F. Austin State UniversitySam Houston State UniversityNorthwestern State UniversityTexas State UniversityUniversity of Louisiana at MonroeUniversity of North TexasMcNeese State UniversityLouisiana Tech UniversityUniversity of Louisiana at LafayetteUniversity of Texas at ArlingtonLamar UniversityLamar UniversityArkansas State UniversityAbilene Christian UniversityAbilene Christian UniversityTrinity University (Texas)

Full members Full members (non-football) Associate members (football only)

1. - Southwestern Louisiana became the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Louisiana–Lafayette, now athletically branded as simply Louisiana) in 1999.
2. - Northeast Louisiana became the University of Louisiana at Monroe (Louisiana–Monroe) in 1999.

Sports

The Southland Conference sponsors championship competition in eight men's and 10 women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[38] The most recently added sport is beach volleyball, with SLC competition starting in 2019–20.[39]

Teams in Southland Conference competition
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball
8
Basketball
8
8
Beach Volleyball
4
Cross Country
8
8
Football
6
Golf
8
7
Soccer
7
Softball
7
Tennis
5
8
Track and Field (Indoor)
7
8
Track and Field (Outdoor)
7
8
Volleyball (Indoor)
8

Men's sponsored sports by school

School Baseball Basketball Cross Country Football Golf Tennis Track & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Total Southland Sports
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 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
Southeastern Louisiana Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 7
Texas A&M–Commerce Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 6
Texas A&M–Corpus Christi Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Totals 9 10 10 8 7 5 9 9 67
Affiliate members
Augusta Green tickY 1
Bryant Green tickY Green tickY 2
Francis Marion Green tickY 1
NJIT Green tickY 1

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

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

Women's sponsored sports by school

School Basketball Beach Volleyball Cross Country Golf Soccer Softball Tennis Track & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Volleyball Total Southland Sports
Houston Baptist Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Incarnate Word Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Lamar Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
McNeese State Green tickY Red XN 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 Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Nicholls Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Northwestern State Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Southeastern Louisiana Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Texas A&M–Commerce Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Texas A&M–Corpus Christi Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Totals 10 5 10 6 9 9 8 10 10 10 87
Affiliate members
Augusta Green tickY 1
Boise State Green tickY 1
Bryant Green tickY Green tickY 2
NJIT Green tickY 1

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

School Swimming &
Diving
Incarnate Word CCSA

Football

Former and current players from the Southland that would go on to star in the National Football League 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, Josh McCown, Tim McKyer, Jeff Novak, Kavika Pittman, Mike Quinn, Billy Ryckman, Ricky Sanders, Eugene Seale, Rafael Septién, 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.[40] On May 21, 2014, the Southland Conference approved the use of instant replay at all its home games becoming the first FCS league to fully commit to having all games utilize instant replay.[41][42]

Men's basketball

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

Women's basketball

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

Championships

Spending and revenue

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 (2017) National Rank (2017) Institution 2017 Total Revenue from Athletics[43] 2017 Total Expenses on Athletics[43]
1 202 Incarnate Word $18,929,629 $18,629,846
2 213 Lamar $18,138,816 $18,055,713
4 239 Houston Baptist $16,060,012 $16,060,012
6 260 Southeastern Louisiana $14,419,587 $13,395,835
9 294 Northwestern State $12,744,329 $11,693,998
10 317 McNeese State $11,018,462 $11,016,688
11 318 Texas A&M Corpus Christi $10,958,225 $10,958,225
12 331 Nicholls $8,463,641 $8,326,628
13 342 New Orleans $5,417,246 $5,417,246

Note: Data from U.S. Department of Education Equity in Athletics Data Analysis Cutting Tool Database. Ranking based on revenue position in selection of records using NCAA Division I-FBS, NCAA Division I-FCS, and NCAA Division I without football criteria. (346 records were retrieved.) OPE Equity in Athletics Data Analysis Cutting Tool used in order to provide ranking for private institutions in the conference.

Facilities

School Football stadium Capacity Soccer stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity Baseball stadium Capacity Softball stadium Capacity
Houston Baptist Husky Stadium 5,000[44] Sorrels Field 500 Sharp Gymnasium 1,000 Husky Field 500[45] 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 500[46]
McNeese Cowboy Stadium 17,410 Cowgirl Field 300 The Legacy Center 4,200[47] Joe Miller Ballpark 2,000 Joe Miller Field at Cowgirl Diamond 1,200
New Orleans Non-football school Non-soccer school Lakefront Arena 8,785[48] Maestri Field at Privateer Park 2,900[49] Non-softball school
Nicholls Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium 10,500 Nicholls Soccer Complex 1,000 Stopher Gymnasium 3,800 Ben Meyer Diamond at Ray E. Didier Field 2,100 Swanner Field at Geo Surfaces Park 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[50]
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
Texas A&M–Commerce Ernest Hawkins Field at Memorial Stadium 11,582 Lion Soccer Field 500 Texas A&M–Commerce Field House 5,000 Non-baseball school John Cain Family Softball Complex 800
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:

Media

Southland Conference Television Network

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,[52] while also continuing its association with ESPN3.[53] A separate deal will allow for Louisiana-based Cox Sports Television to air select games.[54]

After ASN folded following the 2016-17 academic year, the Southland announced a television agreement with Eleven Sports.[55] During 2017-18, conference-controlled games aired on ESPN3, Eleven Sports, Fox Sports Southwest and Cox Sports Television. For 2018-19, ESPN productions began to be split between ESPN3 and ESPN+ platforms.

Academics

Institution University System Endowment[56][57] U.S. News
rank[56]
Carnegie
Foundation
Classification
[58]
Forbes[59]
Houston Baptist University Not Applicable $90,638,537[56] 73
(Regional: West)
Masters
(Medium Programs)
N/A
University of the Incarnate Word Not Applicable $125,271,000[57] 68
(Regional: West)
Masters
(Larger Programs)
N/A
Lamar University Texas State University System $106,826,000[57] RNP
National
Masters
(Larger Programs)
624
McNeese State University University of Louisiana System $71,001,000[57] 87
(Regional: South)
Doctoral
(Moderate Research)
N/A
University of New Orleans University of Louisiana System $23,250,028[56] RNP
(National)
Doctoral
(Higher Research)
565
Nicholls State University University of Louisiana System $8,500,663[56] 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
Southeastern Louisiana University University of Louisiana System $14,503,193[56] RNP
(Regional: South)
Masters
(Larger Programs)
619
Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi Texas A&M University System $13,673,273[56] RNP
(National)
Doctoral
(Moderate Research)
632

See also

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