The membership is contingent upon a favorable decision by the NCAA later this month in regards to Birmingham-Southern's request for reclassification from NCAA Division I to NCAA Division III. A member of the Division I Big South Conference for the last seven years, Birmingham-Southern will begin the transition into the SCAC in the 2007-08 academic year with the addition of football.
The SCAC, originally known as the College Athletic Conference (CAC) upon its formation in 1962, is comprised of some of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges and universities in the nation.
A four-year, private liberal arts institution founded in 1856 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Birmingham-Southern has been ranked among the top National Liberal Arts Colleges in the country by U.S. News & World Report for 12 straight years.
"The addition of Birmingham-Southern College signals a message from our presidents that we are committed to providing an athletics environment for student-athletes that reflects two important aspects – a first-class liberal arts education and the opportunity to compete with similar colleges and universities at the Division III level,” said SCAC commissioner Steve Argo. "We are excited about the conference gaining Birmingham-Southern as our 12th member and we look forward to a long and lasting membership.”
“The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference is comprised of some of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges and universities in the nation, so we believe this is a natural fit for Birmingham-Southern College,” said BSC President Dr. David Pollick. “This is a group of institutions among which we belong in terms of our academic mission and our intercollegiate athletics program. Our scholar-athletes can compete on the playing fields and courts while at the same time preparing for extraordinary careers.”
"The SCAC is one of the premier Division III athletic conferences in the nation, and we are honored to have been invited to join this league and compete against some outstanding academic institutions," said BSC Director of Athletics Joe Dean
At a Glance
►Centre College - Danville, Ky. (1962)
►Rhodes College - Memphis, Tenn. (1962)
►Sewanee: University of the South - Sewanee, Tenn. (1962)
►Millsaps College - Jackson, Miss. (1989)
►Trinity University - San Antonio, Texas (1989)
►Oglethorpe University - Atlanta, Ga. (1991)
►Hendrix College - Conway, Ark. (1992)
►Southwestern University - Georgetown, Texas (1994)
►DePauw University - Greencastle, Ind. (1998)
►Austin College - Sherman, Texas (2006)
►Colorado College - Colorado Springs, Colo. (2006)
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Jr. "There is no question that the other 11 schools in the SCAC represent the best of what intercollegiate athletics is all about, and we are very pleased to be associated with them as we transition into NCAA Division III."
Birmingham-Southern joins Colorado College and Austin College as the newest members of the league. Austin College will begin full participation in 2006-07 while Colorado College will participate in specific sports for the 2006-07 academic year with full participation beginning in 2007-08.
Birmingham-Southern, whose mascot is the Panther, currently sponsors 13 of the 19 sports that are part of the conference lineup – baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, softball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis and volleyball.