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|Sooner Athletic Conference|
|Members||11 (12 in 2018)|
|Region|| South Central United States |
Region VI of the NAIA
The Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) is a small college athletics conference affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Originally developed as a five-team conference of Oklahoma-based schools, the SAC now boasts 12 schools in a league that spans four states – Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Kansas.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is a college athletics association for small colleges and universities in North America. For the 2018–2019 season, it has 251 member institutions, of which two are in British Columbia, one in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the rest in the conterminous United States. The NAIA, whose headquarters is in Kansas City, Missouri, sponsors 26 national championships. The CBS Sports Network, formerly called CSTV, serves as the national media outlet for the NAIA. In 2014, ESPNU began carrying the NAIA Football National Championship.
As of December 2017, SAC member institutions have collected 102 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) team championships – the most among NAIA conferences – since the league formed in 1978.
Throughout the league's 39-year history, the SAC continues to be known as the conference "Where Champions Play". Various institutions have competed under the SAC banner over the years. Today only the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma remains from the original group that was formed when Bethany Nazarene (now Southern Nazarene), Oklahoma Baptist, Oklahoma Christian and Phillips University withdrew from the Texoma Conference to form the SAC.
Membership has changed over the years with today's current members being admitted as follows: Oklahoma City (1985), Wayland Baptist (1994), John Brown (1995), Mid-America Christian (2007), Southwestern Assemblies of God (2013), Texas Wesleyan (2013), Southwestern Christian (2013), Bacone (2014), Central Christian (2017) and Oklahoma Panhandle State (2017).
The league also includes associate members on a per-sport basis, with University of Houston-Victoria, University of the Southwest and University of St. Thomas being part of the SAC in women's golf since 2017. Indiana Institute of Technology and Lourdes University were added as associate members in men's wrestling for 2017–18.
The SAC in 2017–18 will crown league champions in 14 intercollegiate sports – seven for women and seven for men. They include for women: basketball, softball, golf, tennis, cross country, soccer and volleyball. Men compete in basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, cross country, soccer and wrestling.
The conference is known for a rich basketball tradition. Member schools have won the men's NAIA tournament 12 times and women's NAIA tournament 16 times. SAC member schools also boast 12 NAIA national titles in men's golf, 11 in softball, 10 in women's golf, 8 in women's indoor track and field, 7 in men's cross country, 5 in men's tennis, 4 each in men's and women's outdoor track and field, 3 in men's indoor track and field, 2 in baseball and 1 in competitive cheer.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Women's Basketball National Championship has been held annually since 1981. The NAIA Women's Tournament was established one year before the NCAA Women's Basketball tournament. It was created to crown a women's national title for smaller colleges and universities. Since 1992, the NAIA has sponsored a women's division II championship tournament. Also the entire tournament is played in one city. Contracts for host city for both divisions expired in 2017, pending renewal, the 2018 tournaments will be in new cities.
|Bacone College||Muskogee, Oklahoma||1880||990||Warriors||2015|
|Central Christian College||McPherson, Kansas||1884||1,013||Tigers||2017|
|John Brown University||Siloam Springs, Arkansas||1919||2,708||Golden Eagles||1980;|
|Langston University||Langston, Oklahoma||1897||2,554||Lions||2018|
|Mid-America Christian University||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||1953||2,405||Evangels||2007|
|Oklahoma City University||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||1904||2,968||Stars||1986|
|Oklahoma Panhandle State University||Goodwell, Oklahoma||1909||1,207||Aggies||2017|
|University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma||Chickasha, Oklahoma||1908||813||Drovers||1978;|
|Southwestern Assemblies of God University||Waxahachie, Texas||1927||2,080||Lions||2013|
|Southwestern Christian University||Bethany, Oklahoma||1946||764||Eagles||2013|
|Texas Wesleyan University||Fort Worth, Texas||1890||2,373||Rams||2013|
|Wayland Baptist University||Plainview, Texas||1908||5,077||Pioneers||1994|
|Arizona Christian University||Phoenix, Arizona||1960||820||Firestorm||2018||Golden State|
|Lyon College||Batesville, Arkansas||1872||700||Scots||2018||American Midwest|
|Texas College||Tyler, Texas||1894||972||Steers||2018||Red River|
|Lubbock Christian University||Lubbock, Texas||1957||Chaparrals||1994||2013|| Heartland |
|Northwestern Oklahoma State University||Alva, Oklahoma||1897||Rangers||2002||2012|| Great American |
|Northwood University||Cedar Hill, Texas||1966||Knights||2013||2014||Closed in 2014|
|Oklahoma Baptist University||Shawnee, Oklahoma||1910||Bison||1978||2015|| Great American |
|Oklahoma Christian University||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||1950||Eagles and Lady Eagles||1978||2012|| Heartland |
|Phillips University||Enid, Oklahoma||1906||Haymakers||1978||1998||Closed in 1998|
|Rogers State University||Claremore, Oklahoma||1909||Hillcats||2007||2013|| Heartland |
|St. Gregory's University||Shawnee, Oklahoma||1875||Cavaliers||1999||2017||Closed in 2017|
|Southern Nazarene University||Bethany, Oklahoma||1899||Crimson Storm||1978||2012|| Great American |
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