Big South Conference

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Big South Conference
Big South Conference logo.svg
Association NCAA
Founded1983;41 years ago (1983)
CommissionerSherika A. Montgomery (since 2023)
Sports fielded
  • 19
    • men's: 9
    • women's: 10
Division Division I
Subdivision FCS
No. of teams9
Headquarters Charlotte, North Carolina
Region South Atlantic States
Official website www.bigsouthsports.com
Locations
Big South Map.svg

The Big South Conference is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA's Division I. Originally a non-football conference, the Big South began sponsoring football in 2002 as part of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), and began operating the Big South–OVC Football Association in partnership with the Ohio Valley Conference in 2023. The Big South, founded in 1983, is firmly rooted in the South Atlantic region of the United States, with full member institutions located in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Associate members are located in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and South Carolina. [1]

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History

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Charleston Southern
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USC Upstate
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Longwood
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Gardner–Webb
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Presbyterian
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High Point
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UNC Asheville
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Winthrop
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Radford
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Charter members included Armstrong State (later Armstrong Atlantic State University and now merged into Georgia Southern University as its Armstrong Campus) (1983–1987), Augusta (later Augusta State University and now merged into Augusta University) (1983–1990), Campbell University (1983–1994; 2011–2023), Baptist College (now Charleston Southern University) (1983–present), Coastal Carolina University (1983–2016), Radford University (1983–present) and Winthrop University (1983–present).

The expansion of membership occurred during the 1980s and '90s. Some of those members are the University of North Carolina at Asheville (1984–present), Davidson College (1990–1992), Liberty University (1991–2018), the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (1992–1998), the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (1992–1997), Towson University (1992–1995), Elon University (1999–2003), High Point University (1999–present) and Birmingham–Southern College (2000–2006).

The Big South Conference began sponsoring football in 2002, with Charleston Southern, Elon (at the time) and Liberty (Gardner–Webb University also joined as a football-only member) fielding teams; Coastal Carolina and Virginia Military Institute (VMI) joined the conference as football-only members in 2003. In that same athletic year, VMI also joined the conference for all sports, but left to re-join the Southern Conference in 2014. Presbyterian College joined the conference in 2007, moving up from Division II, and became eligible for regular-season championships and conference honors during the 2008–09 athletic year. [2] Gardner–Webb, which had been a football-only member since 2002, joined the conference for all sports on July 1, 2008. [2] Campbell rejoined the Big South for all sports except football in the 2011–12 athletic year. Longwood University accepted an invitation to join the Big South on January 23, 2012, and membership formally began July 1 of that year; Longwood had been independent since 2004, during their transition to Division I. [3] In 2014, following the departure of VMI, the conference returned to a single-division structure. [4] On September 1, 2015, Coastal Carolina announced they would leave the conference following the 2015–16 school year to transition to FBS-level football and the Sun Belt Conference. [5] On June 30, 2016, the day before the school joined the Sun Belt, Coastal Carolina won the 2016 College World Series in baseball. This was the first time in conference history that a team won an NCAA championship in any sport.

In September 2016, the Big South and the ASUN Conference (ASUN) announced a football partnership that effectively combined the two conferences in that sport. Under its terms, any members of either conference that add or upgrade to scholarship football, provided they fall within the current geographic footprint of the two leagues, automatically join Big South football. At the time of announcement, the only ASUN member that played scholarship football, Kennesaw State, was already a Big South football member. The partnership also provides a guaranteed football home to the leagues' non-scholarship football programs (at that time, Campbell from the Big South, and Jacksonville and Stetson from the ASUN) should they upgrade to scholarship status. [6]

In November 2016, Campbell announced that it would begin offering scholarships and move its football program from the Pioneer Football League to the Big South in 2018. [7]

In December 2016, the University of North Alabama, ASUN, and the Big South Conference announced that, effective in 2018, the school will leave the Division II Gulf South Conference and will join ASUN in non-football sports and the Big South in football. UNA has won three Division II NCAA national championships in football and has won at least a share of the Gulf South Conference football championship for four consecutive seasons through 2016.

Three months later, Liberty announced that it would begin a transition to FBS football in July 2017 and leave the Big South football league in 2018. [8] Liberty and the Big South agreed later in 2017 that the school would continue to house all of its non-football sports (except for field hockey and women's swimming, neither of which is sponsored by the Big South) in that conference for the immediate future. Once Liberty became a full FBS member at the start of the 2019–20 school year, it would have technically become a Big South associate member (barring the school joining an FBS conference). [9] However, Liberty's plans would change several months later, as it instead announced in May 2018 that it would move its non-football sports to the ASUN effective that July (except for the aforementioned field hockey and women's swimming, also not sponsored by the ASUN). [10]

In November 2017, the University of South Carolina Upstate and Hampton University announced that they would be leaving the ASUN and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, respectively, to join the Big South, starting in the fall of 2018. [11] [12]

On November 19, 2017, Presbyterian College announced it would be moving its football program to the non-scholarship Pioneer Football League. [13] Presbyterian's last Big South football season was in 2019; the Blue Hose planned to play the 2020 season as an independent before joining the Pioneer League for 2021 and beyond. [14] The Blue Hose remain a member of the Big South in all other sports. [15]

A more recent change to its core membership was the July 2021 arrival of North Carolina A&T State University from the MEAC as a full member, including football. [16] At the same time, Robert Morris University was planned to join as a football-only member. [17] North Carolina A&T joined on the originally planned schedule, but Robert Morris became a Big South football member in November 2020. COVID-19 led the conference to move its 2020 football season to spring 2021. Since two of the eight Big South football members (apart from RMU) chose to play in the originally scheduled fall 2020 season and a third chose not to play football at all in 2020–21, the Big South chose to bring the Colonials into the football league for spring 2021. [18]

More recently, the Big South added three new single-sport members in women's lacrosse effective with the 2022 season (2021–22 school year): Furman University, Mercer University, and Wofford College. All three are full members of the Southern Conference (SoCon), which disbanded its women's lacrosse league after the 2021 season. [19]

On January 25, 2022, the Colonial Athletic Association (now the Coastal Athletic Association) announced that Hampton University would join that conference, as well as CAA Football, its technically separate football league, on July 1, 2022. [20] On February 22, that conference announced that North Carolina A&T State University would be leaving the Big South, joining the all-sports CAA on July 1. North Carolina A&T would play Big South football in 2022 and join CAA Football on July 1, 2023. [21]

Also on February 22, the conference announced its intent to combine its football membership with the Ohio Valley Conference beginning in 2023 and operate as the Big South–OVC Football Association. [22] The following month saw Bryant University announced as a new football-only member effective with the 2022 season. [23] Campbell announced on August 3 that it would join both sides of the CAA in 2023 as well. [24] This was followed by Bryant announcing that it would join CAA Football in 2024. [25] On November 28, it was announced that Robert Morris would also leave the association and return football to its previous home, the Northeast Conference effective after the 2023 football season.

Member schools

Current full members

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedTypeEnrollmentEndowment
(millions)
NicknameColorsFootball
Charleston Southern University North Charleston, South Carolina 19641983Private
(Southern Baptist)
3,414$24 Buccaneers    Yes
Gardner–Webb University Boiling Springs, North Carolina 19052008Private
(Southern Baptist)
3,594$70.5 Runnin' Bulldogs    Yes
High Point University High Point, North Carolina 19241999Private
(United Methodist)
4,545$138.5 Panthers    No
Longwood University Farmville, Virginia 18392012Public4,470$100 Lancers    No
Presbyterian College Clinton, South Carolina 18802007Private
(PCUSA)
1,330$88.1 Blue Hose    No [lower-alpha 1]
Radford University Radford, Virginia 19101983Public10,700$55.2 Highlanders      No
University of North Carolina at Asheville Asheville, North Carolina 19271984Public
(UNC)
3,762$52.4 Bulldogs    No
University of South Carolina Upstate Spartanburg, South Carolina 19672018Public
(USCS)
6,000$74 Spartans      No
Winthrop University Rock Hill, South Carolina 18861983Public6,073$62.3 Eagles    No
Notes
  1. Presbyterian's football team competes in the Pioneer Football League, a Division I FCS football-only conference whose members choose not to offer athletic scholarships for football.

Current associate members

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedTypeEnrollmentNicknameColorsBig South
sport
Primary
conference
Bryant University Smithfield, Rhode Island 18632022 [26] Private
(Nonsectarian)
3,751 Bulldogs    Football America East
Furman University Greenville, South Carolina 18262021Private
(Nonsectarian)
2,629 Paladins    Women's lacrosse SoCon
Mercer University Macon, Georgia 18332021Private
(Nonsectarian)
9,026 Bears    Women's lacrosse SoCon
Robert Morris University Moon Township, Pennsylvania 19212020 [lower-alpha 1] Private
(Nonsectarian)
4,895 Colonials      Football Horizon
Wofford College Spartanburg, South Carolina 18542021Private
(United Methodist)
1,773 Terriers    Women's lacrosse SoCon
Notes
  1. Robert Morris was originally intended to join Big South football in the 2021 football season (part of the 2021–22 academic year). With the 2020 Big South football season moved to spring 2021, RMU was brought into the football league early.


Former full members

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedLeftTypeNicknameColorsCurrent
conference
Armstrong State University Savannah, Georgia 193519831987Public Pirates    none [lower-alpha 1]
Augusta University [lower-alpha 2] Augusta, Georgia 17851990 Jaguars     Peach Belt [lower-alpha 3]
Birmingham–Southern College Birmingham, Alabama 185620002007Private
(Methodist)
Panthers     SAA [lower-alpha 4]
Campbell University Buies Creek, North Carolina 18871983 [lower-alpha 5]
2011
1994
2023
Private
(Southern Baptist)
Fighting Camels     CAA
Coastal Carolina University Conway, South Carolina 195419832016Public Chanticleers       Sun Belt
Davidson College Davidson, North Carolina 183719901992Private
(PCUSA)
Wildcats     Atlantic 10
Elon University Elon, North Carolina 188919992003Private
(Nonsectarian)
Phoenix     CAA
Hampton University Hampton, Virginia 186820182022Private
(Nonsectarian, HBCU)
Pirates     CAA
Liberty University Lynchburg, Virginia 19711991 [lower-alpha 6] 2018Private
(Nondenominational)
Flames and Lady Flames       CUSA
University of Maryland, Baltimore County Catonsville, Maryland 196619921998Public Retrievers     America East
North Carolina A&T State University Greensboro, North Carolina 189120212022Public
(UNC, HBCU)
Aggies     CAA
University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, North Carolina 189119921997Public Spartans       SoCon
Towson University Towson, Maryland 186619921995Public Tigers     CAA
Virginia Military Institute Lexington, Virginia 183920032014 Senior Military College Keydets       SoCon
Notes
  1. Armstrong State, which was last a member of the NCAA Division II Peach Belt Conference, dropped intercollegiate athletics at the end of the 2016–17 school year due to its impending consolidation with Georgia Southern University.
  2. Formerly known as Augusta State University until January 2013, when it merged with another Augusta institution (Georgia Health Sciences University) to create Georgia Regents University. At the time of the merger, only GRU (as Augusta State) had an athletic program, and GRU's sports teams continued to compete as "Augusta State" through the end of the 2012–13 school year. The school changed its name again to the current Augusta University in 2015.
  3. Currently an NCAA Division II athletic conference.
  4. Currently an NCAA Division III athletic conference.
  5. Campbell was a founding member of the Big South in 1983. The Fighting Camels left the Big South after the 1993–94 school year to join the Trans Atlantic Athletic Conference (TAAC; later the Atlantic Sun Conference, now the ASUN Conference); before rejoining effective the 2011–12 school year for all sports, except for their football program, which remained in the Pioneer Football League until joining Big South football in the 2018 fall season (2018–19 school year). Campbell then left the Big South again in 2023 to the Colonial Athletic Association as its primary athletic conference. [27]
  6. Liberty was ineligible for the Big South football title in its final conference season of 2017 (2017–18 school year), as it had started a transition to FBS football in that season.

Former associate members

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedLeftTypeNicknameColorsBig South
sport
Primary
conference
Conference
in former
Big South sport
North Carolina A&T State University Greensboro, North Carolina 18912022 [lower-alpha 1] 2023Public
(UNC, HBCU)
Aggies    Football CAA CAA Football [lower-alpha 2]
Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, Georgia 196320152022Public Owls    Football ASUN
(C-USA in 2024)
FCS independent
(C-USA in 2024)
Monmouth University West Long Branch, New Jersey 193320142022Private Hawks    Football CAA CAA Football [lower-alpha 2]
University of North Alabama Florence, Alabama 183020192022Public Lions    Football ASUN UAC
Davidson College Davidson, North Carolina 183720122014Private
(PCUSA)
Wildcats    Lacrosse (w) Atlantic 10
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, New York 195720082013Public Seawolves      Football CAA CAA Football [lower-alpha 2]
University of North Carolina Wilmington Wilmington, North Carolina 194720002004 Seahawks      Golf (w) CAA
Notes

    Membership timeline

    Bryant UniversityColonial Athletic AssociationNorth Carolina A&T State UniversityMid-Eastern Athletic ConferenceRobert Morris UniversityUniversity of North AlabamaColonial Athletic AssociationHampton UniversityMid-Eastern Athletic ConferenceCentral Intercollegiate Athletic AssociationUSC Upstate SpartansASUN ConferencePeach Belt ConferencePeach Belt ConferenceNAIA independent schoolsKennesaw State UniversityMonmouth UniversityLongwood UniversityConference CarolinasStony Brook UniversityPresbyterian CollegeSouth Atlantic ConferenceNAIA independent schoolsSouthern ConferenceVirginia Military InstituteSouthern ConferenceGardner–Webb UniversityNCAA Division I FCS independent schoolsSouth Atlantic ConferenceNAIA independent schoolsSouthern Athletic AssociationSouthern Collegiate Athletic ConferenceBirmingham–Southern CollegeTranSouth Athletic ConferenceSouthern States ConferenceHigh Point UniversityNCAA Division II independent schoolsConference CarolinasConference CarolinasColonial Athletic AssociationSouthern ConferenceElon UniversityNCAA Division I independent schoolsSouth Atlantic ConferenceConference CarolinasAmerica East ConferenceNortheast ConferenceUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore CountyEast Coast Conference (Division I)Southern ConferenceUniversity of North Carolina at GreensboroUSA South Athletic ConferenceColonial Athletic AssociationAmerica East ConferenceTowson UniversityEast Coast Conference (Division I)Conference USAASUN ConferenceLiberty UniversityAtlantic 10 ConferenceSouthern ConferenceDavidson CollegeNCAA Division I FCS independent schoolsSouthern ConferenceUniversity of North Carolina at AshevilleWinthrop UniversityRadford UniversitySun Belt ConferenceCoastal Carolina UniversityCoastal Athletic AssociationASUN ConferenceCampbell UniversityCharleston Southern UniversityCharleston Southern UniversityPeach Belt ConferenceAugusta UniversityPeach Belt ConferenceArmstrong State UniversityBig South Conference

    Full members Full members (non-football) Assoc. members (football only) Other Conference Other Conference 

    Sports

    Teams in Big South competition
    SportMen'sWomen's
    Baseball 9-
    Basketball 99
    Cross Country 99
    Football 4-
    Golf 89
    Lacrosse -9
    Soccer 89
    Softball -7
    Tennis 67
    Track and Field (Indoor) 67
    Track and Field (Outdoor) 78
    Volleyball -8

    Men's sponsored sports by school

    SchoolBaseballBasketballCross CountryFootballGolfSoccerTennisTrack & Field
    (Indoor)
    Track & Field
    (Outdoor)
    Total Big South Sports
    Charleston SouthernYesYesYesYesYesNoNoYesYes7
    Gardner–WebbYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes9
    High PointYesYesYesNoYesYesNoYesYes7
    LongwoodYesYesYesNoYesYesYesNoYes7
    PresbyterianYesYesYesNo [lower-alpha 3] YesYesYesNoNo6
    RadfordYesYesYesNoYesYesYesNoNo6
    UNC AshevilleYesYesYesNoNoYesYesYesYes7
    USC UpstateYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYes8
    WinthropYesYesYesNoYesYesNoYesYes7
    Totals9992+28866764+2
    Affiliate members
    BryantYes1
    Robert MorrisYes1
    Notes
    1. Measured from North Carolina A&T's departure as a full Big South member.
    2. 1 2 3 CAA Football is technically a separate entity from the all-sports CAA.
    3. Presbyterian football left the Big South after the 2019 season. It played as an FCS independent in the 2020–21 school year and is now in the Pioneer Football League.

    Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Big South Conference which are played by Big South schools:

    SchoolLacrosseSwimmingWrestling
    Gardner–WebbNo ASUN SoCon
    High Point A-10 NoNo
    PresbyterianNoNo SoCon
    Notes

      In addition to the above, Campbell counts both its male and female cheerleaders as varsity athletes.

      Women's sponsored sports by school

      SchoolBasketballCross CountryGolfLacrosseSoccerSoftballTennisTrack & Field
      (Indoor)
      Track & Field
      (Outdoor)
      VolleyballTotal Big South Sports
      Charleston SouthernYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYes9
      Gardner–WebbYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes10
      High PointYesYesYesYesYesNoNoYesYesYes8
      LongwoodYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesNo8
      PresbyterianYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoYes8
      RadfordYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes10
      UNC AshevilleYesYesYesNoYesNoYesYesYesYes8
      USC UpstateYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYes9
      WinthropYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYes9
      Totals9996+397778879+3
      Affiliate members
      FurmanYes1
      MercerYes1
      WoffordYes1
      Notes

        Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Big South Conference which are played by Big South schools:

        SchoolAcrobatics &
        Tumbling [lower-alpha 1]
        Field HockeySwimmingWrestling [lower-alpha 2]
        Gardner–WebbNoNo ASUN No
        LongwoodNo MAC NoNo
        PresbyterianIndependentNoNoIndependent
        UNC AshevilleNoNo ASUN No
        Notes
        1. Part of the NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program; national championship competition is governed by the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association.
        2. Part of the NCAA Emerging Sports program; national championship competition is governed by the Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association.

        In addition to the above, Campbell, Gardner–Webb, and Presbyterian consider their female cheerleaders to be varsity athletes, with Campbell also considering its male cheerleaders as such.

        Football – players drafted to the NFL

        The Big South has had a number of players to get drafted and play football professionally in the NFL.

        NamePositionSchoolDraft yearDraft pickNFL team
        Tyler Thigpen QB Coastal Carolina 2007Round 7, Pick 217 Vikings
        Jerome Simpson WRCoastal Carolina2008Round 2, Pick 46 Bengals
        Brian Johnston DEGardner–Webb2008Round 7, Pick 210 Chiefs
        Rashad Jennings RB Liberty 2009Round 7, Pick 250 Jaguars
        Josh Norman CBCoastal Carolina2012Round 5, Pick 143 Panthers
        Justin Bethel SPresbyterian2012Round 6, Pick 177 Cardinals
        Walt Aikens CBLiberty2014Round 4, Pick 125 Dolphins
        NFL Draftees from the Big South Conference

        Conference champions

        Men's basketball

        SeasonRegular season championTournament championTournament final location
        1986 Charleston Southern (5–1)Charleston Southern Savannah Civic Center, Savannah, GA
        1987 Charleston Southern (12–2)Charleston SouthernSavannah Civic Center
        1988 Coastal Carolina (9–3)Winthrop Winthrop Coliseum, Rock Hill, SC
        1989 Coastal Carolina (9–3)UNC AshevilleWinthrop Coliseum
        1990 Coastal Carolina (11–1)Coastal CarolinaWinthrop Coliseum
        1991 Coastal Carolina (13–1)Coastal Carolina Civic Center of Anderson, Anderson, SC
        1992 Radford (12–2)CampbellCivic Center of Anderson
        1993 Towson State (14–2)Coastal Carolina North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, SC
        1994 Towson State (15–3)LibertyNorth Charleston Coliseum
        1995 UNC Greensboro (14–2)Charleston Southern Vines Center, Lynchburg, VA
        1996 UNC Greensboro (11–3)UNC GreensboroVines Center
        1997 UNC Asheville (11–3)Charleston SouthernVines Center
        1998 UNC Asheville (11–1)RadfordVines Center
        1999 Winthrop (9–1)Winthrop Asheville Civic Center, Asheville, NC
        2000 Radford (12–2)WinthropAsheville Civic Center
        2001 Radford (12–2)Winthrop Roanoke Civic Center, Roanoke, VA
        2002 Winthrop, UNC Asheville (10–4)WinthropRoanoke Civic Center
        2003 Winthrop (11–3)UNC AshevilleVines Center (semis & finals only)
        2004 Liberty (12–4)LibertyVines Center (finals only)
        2005 Winthrop (15–1)WinthropWinthrop Coliseum (finals only)
        2006 Winthrop (13–3)WinthropWinthrop Coliseum (semis & finals only)
        2007 Winthrop (14–0)WinthropWinthrop Coliseum (semis & finals only)
        2008 UNC Asheville, Winthrop (10–4)Winthrop Justice Center, Asheville, NC (semis & finals only)
        2009 Radford (15–3)Radford Dedmon Center, Radford, VA (finals only)
        2010 Coastal Carolina (15–3) Winthrop Kimbel Arena, Conway, SC (semis & finals only)
        2011 Coastal Carolina (16–2) UNC Asheville Kimbel Arena (semis & finals only)
        2012 UNC Asheville (16–2)UNC AshevilleKimmel Arena, Asheville, NC (quarters, semis & final)
        2013 Charleston Southern, High Point (12–4) Liberty HTC Center, Conway, SC
        2014 High Point (12–4) Coastal Carolina HTC Center, Conway, SC
        2015 Charleston Southern, High Point (13–5) Coastal Carolina HTC Center, Conway, SC
        2016 High Point, Winthrop (13–5) UNC Asheville Gore Arena, Buies Creek, NC
        2017 Winthrop, UNC Asheville (15–3)Winthrop Winthrop Coliseum, Rock Hill, SC (quarters, semis, & finals)
        2018 UNC Asheville (13–5) Radford Dedmon Center, Radford, VA
        2019 Campbell, Radford (12–4) Gardner–Webb Dedmon Center, Radford, VA
        2020 Radford, Winthrop (15–3)WinthropWinthrop Coliseum, Rock Hill, SC
        2021 Winthrop (17–1)WinthropWinthrop Coliseum, Rock Hill, SC
        2022 Longwood (15–1)Longwood Bojangles Coliseum, Charlotte, NC
        2023 UNC Asheville (16–2)UNC AshevilleBojangles Coliseum, Charlotte, NC

        Basketball Tournament Championships by school

        School# of Tournament ChampionshipsLast Tournament Championship
        Winthrop 132021
        UNC Asheville 62023
        Coastal Carolina 52015
        Charleston Southern 41997
        Liberty 32013
        Radford 32018
        Longwood 22024
        Campbell 11992
        Gardner–Webb 12019
        UNC Greensboro 11996

        Football

        SeasonChampionRecord
        2002Gardner-Webb3–0
        2003Gardner-Webb4–0
        2004Coastal Carolina4–0 (10–1)
        2005Charleston Southern3–1 (7–4)
        Coastal Carolina3–1 (9–2)
        2006Coastal Carolina4–0 (9–3)
        2007Liberty4–0 (8–3)
        2008Liberty5–0 (10–2)
        2009Stony Brook5–1 (6–5)
        Liberty5–1 (8–3)
        2010Coastal Carolina [lower-alpha 1] 5–1 (6–5)
        Stony Brook5–1 (6–5)
        Liberty5–1 (8–3)
        2011Stony Brook6–0 (8–3)
        2012Coastal Carolina [lower-alpha 1] 5–1 (7–4)
        Stony Brook5–1 (9–2)
        Liberty5–1 (6–5)
        2013Coastal Carolina4–1 (10–2)
        Liberty4–1 (8–4)
        2014Liberty [lower-alpha 1] 4–1 (8–4)
        Coastal Carolina4–1 (11–1)
        2015Charleston Southern6–0 (9–2)
        2016Charleston Southern [lower-alpha 1] 4–1 (7–4)
        Liberty4–1 (6–5)
        2017Kennesaw State5–0 (12–2)
        2018Kennesaw State5–0 (11–2)
        2019Monmouth6–0 (11–3)
        2020Monmouth3–0 (3–1)
        2021Kennesaw State7–0 (11–2)
        2022Gardner-Webb5–0 (7–6)
        2023Gardner-Webb5-1 (7-4)
        1. 1 2 3 4 Won the Big South Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Football Championship playoffs.

        Women's basketball

        SeasonRegular Season ChampionTournament ChampionTournament Runner-up
        1986–87RadfordRadfordCampbell
        1987–88Radford & CampbellRadfordCampbell
        1988–89RadfordCampbellRadford
        1989–90RadfordRadfordCampbell
        1990–91CampbellRadfordCampbell
        1991–92RadfordRadfordCampbell
        1992–93UNC GreensboroRadfordUNC Greensboro
        1993–94UNC GreensboroRadfordUNC Greensboro
        1994–95UNC GreensboroRadfordUNC Greensboro
        1995–96UNC GreensboroRadfordWinthrop
        1996–97UNC GreensboroLibertyUNC Greensboro
        1997–98LibertyLibertyUNC Asheville
        1998–99LibertyLibertyCoastal Carolina
        1999-00LibertyLibertyCoastal Carolina
        2000–01LibertyLibertyElon
        2001–02LibertyLibertyCoastal Carolina
        2002–03LibertyLibertyHigh Point
        2003–04LibertyLibertyBirmingham-Southern
        2004–05LibertyLibertyUNC Asheville
        2005–06LibertyLibertyHigh Point
        2006–07High PointUNC AshevilleRadford
        2007–08LibertyLibertyRadford
        2008–09LibertyLibertyGardner-Webb
        2009–10Gardner-WebbLibertyGardner-Webb
        2010–11LibertyGardner-WebbLiberty
        2011–12LibertyLibertyHigh Point
        2012–13LibertyLibertyLongwood
        2013–14 High PointWinthropHigh Point
        2014–15 LibertyLibertyHigh Point
        2015–16 UNC AshevilleUNC AshevilleLiberty
        2016–17 RadfordUNC AshevilleRadford
        2017–18 Liberty LibertyUNC Asheville
        2018–19 Radford RadfordCampbell
        2020–21 High Point High PointCampbell
        2021–22 Campbell Longwood Campbell
        2022–23 Gardner-Webb Gardner-WebbHigh Point

        Men's Soccer

        Broadcasters (Big South Network)

        In addition to basketball games being broadcast on regional and national television, member schools of the Big South Conference are required to provide a live stream of all home games for all sports when playing teams both within and outside the conference. These streams are run by the university hosting the event. All streams are featured on the conference website and are available for free. The football games broadcast on the web are branded as part of a Big South Network.

        National champions

        SchoolSportCoachYearOpponentOpponent's Conference
        Coastal Carolina Baseball Gary Gilmore 2016 Arizona Pac-12

        Facilities

        SchoolFootball stadiumCapacityBasketball arenaCapacityBaseball stadiumCapacitySoccer stadiumCapacity
        Bryant Beirne Stadium 5,500Football-only member
        Charleston Southern Buccaneer Field 4,000 CSU Field House [lower-alpha 1]
        North Charleston Coliseum
        790
        11,475
        Buccaneer Ballpark 1,500 Buccaneer Field 4,000
        Gardner–Webb Ernest W. Spangler Stadium 7,800 Paul Porter Arena 3,500 John Henry Moss Stadium 700 Greene–Harbison Stadium 1,000
        High Point Non-football school Qubein Center 4,200 George S. Erath Field at Coy O. Williard Baseball Stadium 700Vert Track and Soccer Stadium1,100
        Longwood Non-football school Joan Perry Brock Center 3,000 Bolding Stadium 500 Longwood University Athletics Complex 350
        Presbyterian Plays in the Pioneer Football League Templeton Physical Education Center 2,300 Presbyterian College Baseball Complex 500 Martin Stadium at Edens Field 400
        Radford Non-football school Dedmon Center 3,205 Williams field at Carter Memorial Stadium 700 Patrick D. Cupp Stadium 5,000
        Robert Morris Joe Walton Stadium 3,000Football-only member
        UNC Asheville Non-football school Kimmel Arena 3,200 Greenwood Baseball Field,
        McCormick Field
        300,
        4,000
        Greenwood Field 1,000
        USC Upstate Non-football school G. B. Hodge Center 878 Cleveland S. Harley Baseball Park 500 County University Soccer Stadium 3,000
        Winthrop Non-football school Winthrop Coliseum 6,100 Winthrop Ballpark 1,989 Eagle Field 1,500
        Notes
        1. Charleston Southern uses the CSU Field House for all conference basketball games. Home games against local rivals or major-conference teams are played at the North Charleston Coliseum when available.

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