|Headquarters||Spartanburg, South Carolina|
|Commissioner||Jim Schaus (since 2019)|
The Southern Conference (SoCon) is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I. Southern Conference football teams compete in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-AA). Member institutions are located in the states of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a nonprofit organization that regulates student athletes from 1,268 North American institutions and conferences. It also organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and helps more than 480,000 college student-athletes who compete annually in college sports. The organization is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.
NCAA Division I (D-I) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States. D-I schools include the major collegiate athletic powers, with larger budgets, more elaborate facilities and more athletic scholarships than Divisions II and III as well as many smaller schools committed to the highest level of intercollegiate competition.
College football is gridiron football consisting of American football played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities, colleges, and military academies, or Canadian football played by teams of student athletes fielded by Canadian universities. It was through college football play that American football rules first gained popularity in the United States.
Established in 1921, the Southern Conference ranks as the fifth-oldest major college athletic conference in the United States, and either the third- or fourth-oldest in continuous operation, depending on definitions.Among conferences currently in operation, the Big Ten (1896) and Missouri Valley (1907) are indisputably older. The Pac-12 Conference did not operate under its current charter until 1959, but claims the history of the Pacific Coast Conference, founded in 1915, as its own. The Southwest Conference (SWC) was founded in 1914, but ceased operation in 1996. The Big Eight Conference claimed the same history as the Missouri Valley from 1907 to 1928 during its existence; though it essentially merged with four SWC members to form the Big 12 Conference in 1996, the Big 12 does not claim the Big Eight's legacy. The Ivy League was formally organized in 1954 with athletic competition starting in 1955, but claims the history of the Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League, which competed from 1901 to 1955, as its own.
The Big Ten Conference is the oldest Division I collegiate athletic conference in the United States. It is based in suburban Chicago, Illinois. For decades the conference consisted of 10 universities but the present conference has 14 member institutions. They compete in the NCAA Division I; its football teams compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), formerly known as Division I-A, the highest level of NCAA competition in that sport. The conference includes the flagship public university in each of 11 states stretching from New Jersey to Nebraska, as well as two additional public land-grant schools and a private university.
The Missouri Valley Conference is the second-oldest collegiate athletic conference in the United States. Currently, its members are located in the midwestern United States.
The Pac-12 Conference is a collegiate athletic conference that operates in the Western United States, participating in 24 sports at the NCAA Division I level. Its football teams compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision, the higher of two tiers of NCAA Division I football competition.
The SoCon was the first conference to use the three-point field goal in basketball in a November 29, 1980 game at Western Carolina against Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), where Ronnie Carr shot the historic shot from 22 feet (6.7 m) away and the Catamounts won 77–70.
A three-point field goal is a field goal in a basketball game made from beyond the three-point line, a designated arc surrounding the basket. A successful attempt is worth three points, in contrast to the two points awarded for field goals made within the three-point line and the one point for each made free throw.
The Western Carolina Catamounts men's basketball team is the basketball team that represents Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, United States. The school's team currently competes in the Southern Conference.
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders men's basketball team is the basketball team that represents Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States. The school's team currently competes in Conference USA and are currently led by first-year head coach Nick McDevitt.
The Southern Conference is considered one of the stronger football conferences in the Football Championship Subdivision and is considered a mid-major conference in basketball. It has also garnered considerable national attention from its recent success in these sports: in particular, former member, three-time Division I NCAA Football champion Appalachian State Mountaineers, who stunned the fifth-ranked Michigan Wolverines 34–32 on September 1, 2007;from the Davidson Wildcats, who reached the Elite Eight in the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament by upsetting power programs Gonzaga (a mid-major school which became a power program in the 2000s), Georgetown, and Wisconsin. More recently, the six-time Division I NCAA Football champion Georgia Southern Eagles stunned Southeastern Conference power-house Florida Gators 26–20 in The Swamp on November 23, 2013—the first loss to a lower division opponent in the Florida program's history. In 2015, Furman defeated UCF 16–15 and The Citadel topped South Carolina 23–22 for their second win over the Gamecocks in the past three meetings. The SoCon also frequently sees multiple teams selected to participate in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.
Mid-major is a term used in American NCAA Division I college sports, especially men's basketball, to refer to athletic conferences that are not among the so-called "Power Five conferences". These conferences are sometimes referred to as "high majors" by comparison. The term "mid-major" was coined in 1977 by Jack Kvancz, head coach of Catholic University's men's basketball team. Such a distinction is not officially acknowledged by the NCAA, nor does the NCAA use the terms "major" and "mid-major" to differentiate between Division I athletic conferences. It is considered offensive and derogatory by some fans and schools.
The NCAA Division I Football Championship is an annual post-season college football game, played since 2006, used to determine a national champion of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). From 1978 to 2005, the game was known as the NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship.
The Appalachian State Mountaineers football team is the college football team at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. The Mountaineers have competed in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and the Sun Belt Conference since 2014. Appalachian plays its home games in Kidd Brewer Stadium, named after former head coach Kidd Brewer, whose 1937 squad was unbeaten and unscored upon during the regular season.
|Alfred B. White||1998–2001|
Talks of a new conference for southern athletics had started as early as fall of 1920.The conference was formed on February 25, 1921 in Atlanta as fourteen member institutions split from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Southern Conference charter members were Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Washington & Lee. In 1922, six more universities – Florida, LSU, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tulane, and Vanderbilt joined the conference. The first year of competition for the conference was in 1922, effective January 1. The new rules banned freshman play. Later additions included Sewanee (1924), Virginia Military Institute (1924), and Duke (1929).
Atlanta is the capital and most populous city in the U.S. state of Georgia. With an estimated 2018 population of 498,044, it is also the 37th most-populous city in the United States. The city serves as the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, home to 5.9 million people and the ninth-largest metropolitan area in the nation. Atlanta is the seat of Fulton County, the most populous county in Georgia. Portions of the city extend eastward into neighboring DeKalb County.
The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) was one of the first collegiate athletic conferences in the United States. Twenty-seven of the current Division I FBS football programs were members of this conference at some point, as were at least 19 other schools. Every member of the current Southeastern Conference except Arkansas and Missouri, as well as six of the 15 current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference plus the University of Texas at Austin, now of the Big 12 Conference, formerly held membership in the SIAA.
The University of Alabama is a public research university in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Established in 1820, the University of Alabama (UA) is the oldest and largest of the public universities in Alabama as well as the flagship of the University of Alabama System. The university offers programs of study in 13 academic divisions leading to bachelor's, master's, Education Specialist, and doctoral degrees. The only publicly supported law school in the state is at UA. Other academic programs unavailable elsewhere in Alabama include doctoral programs in anthropology, communication and information sciences, metallurgical engineering, music, Romance languages, and social work.
The SoCon is particularly notable for having spawned two other major conferences. In 1932, the 13 schools located south and west of the Appalachians (Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, University of the South(Sewanee), Tennessee, Tulane, and Vanderbilt) all departed the SoCon to form the Southeastern Conference (SEC). In 1953, seven additional schools (Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest) withdrew from the SoCon to form the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).The SEC and ACC have gone on to surpass their parent conference in prestige; while the SEC and ACC are considered "power" conferences in Division I FBS (formerly Division I-A), the SoCon dropped to Division I-AA (FCS) in 1982, four years after the top division was split into two levels in 1978.
The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is an American college athletic conference whose member institutions are located primarily in the South Central and Southeastern United States. Its fourteen members include the flagship public universities of ten states, three additional public land grant universities, and one private research university. The conference is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. The SEC participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I in sports competitions; for football, it is part of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), formerly known as Division I-A.
The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is a collegiate athletic conference in the United States of America in which its fifteen member universities compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division I, with its football teams competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the highest levels for athletic competition in US-based collegiate sports. The ACC sponsors competition in twenty-five sports with many of its member institutions' athletic programs held in high regard nationally. Current members of the conference are Boston College, Clemson University, Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Florida State University, North Carolina State University, Syracuse University, the University of Louisville, the University of Miami, the University of North Carolina, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Wake Forest University.
The SoCon became the first league to hold a post-season basketball tournament to decide a conference champion. Although first played in 1921, it did not become "official" until 1922, and in its first few years included teams which were not conference members.Held at the Municipal Auditorium in Atlanta from February 24 – March 2, 1922, the first meeting was won by North Carolina who defeated non-member Mercer in the Finals 40–25. The SoCon Basketball Tournament continues as the nation's oldest conference tournament. The next-oldest tournament overall is the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament, founded in 1933, but that event was suspended after its 1952 edition and did not resume until 1979. With the demise of the Division II West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 2013, whose tournament had been continuously held since 1936, the next-oldest conference tournament in continuous existence is now the ACC Men's Basketball Tournament, first held in 1954.
The all-sports membership changed to 10 schools in 2014 following the departure of Appalachian State, Davidson, Elon, and Georgia Southern, plus the arrival of East Tennessee State (ETSU), Mercer, and VMI. The current football membership stands at nine. UNC Greensboro does not sponsor football, while ETSU, which relaunched its previously dormant football program in 2015,rejoined SoCon football in 2016 after one season as an independent.
|University of Tennessee at Chattanooga||Chattanooga, Tennessee||1886||1976||Public|
|The Citadel||Charleston, South Carolina||1842||1936||Public|
|East Tennessee State University||Johnson City, Tennessee||1911||1978 |
|Furman University||Greenville, South Carolina||1826||1936||Private||2,668||Paladins|
|Mercer University||Macon, Georgia||1833||2014||Private||8,603||Bears|
|Samford University||Homewood, Alabama||1841||2008||Private|
|University of North Carolina at Greensboro||Greensboro, North Carolina||1891||1997||Public|
|Virginia Military Institute||Lexington, Virginia||1839||1924 |
|Western Carolina University||Cullowhee, North Carolina||1889||1976||Public|
|Wofford College||Spartanburg, South Carolina||1854||1997||Private|
On January 9, 2014, the SoCon and Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN) announced a new alliance in lacrosse that took effect with the 2014–15 school year (2015 lacrosse season). Under its terms, sponsorship of men's lacrosse shifted from the ASUN to the SoCon, while women's lacrosse sponsorship remained with the ASUN. Bellarmine, which had announced it would join the ASUN for men's lacrosse for the 2015 season, instead joined the SoCon.The alliance remains in full effect in men's lacrosse, but the leagues amicably ended their full alliance in women's lacrosse once the SoCon began sponsoring that sport in the 2018 season.
The most recent addition to the associate membership is Presbyterian wrestling, which joined during summer 2019.
In the table below, the "Joined" column denotes the start of the school year in which the institution became an associate member, which for spring sports differs from the first season of competition.
|Institution||Location||Founded||Type||Enrollment||Nickname||Primary Conference||Joined||SoCon Sport|
|United States Air Force Academy||Colorado Springs, Colorado||1954||Federal (Service academy)||4,417||Falcons||Mountain West||2015||men's lacrosse|
|Appalachian State University||Boone, North Carolina||1899||Public (UNC)||17,589||Mountaineers||Sun Belt||2013||wrestling|
|Bellarmine University||Louisville, Kentucky||1950||Private (Catholic Church)||3,846||Knights|| GLVC |
(NCAA Division II)
(ASUN in 2020)
|Belmont University||Nashville, Tennessee||1890||Private||8,080||Bruins||OVC||2018||men's soccer|
|Campbell University||Buies Creek, North Carolina||1887||Private||11,241||Fighting Camels||Big South||2011||wrestling|
|Central Michigan University||Mount Pleasant, Michigan||1892||Public||27,693||Chippewas||MAC||2017||women's lacrosse|
|Davidson College||Davidson, North Carolina||1837||Private (Presbyterian Church (USA))||1,850||Wildcats||Atlantic 10||2014||wrestling|
|Delaware State University||Dover, Delaware||1891||Public||3,400||Hornets||MEAC||2017||women's lacrosse|
|University of Detroit Mercy||Detroit, Michigan||1877||Private (Catholic Church)||5,700||Titans||Horizon League||2017||women's lacrosse|
|Gardner–Webb University||Boiling Springs, North Carolina||1905||Private (BSCNC)||5,000||Runnin' Bulldogs||Big South||2011||wrestling|
|Georgia Southern University||Statesboro, Georgia||1906||Public (USG)||20,517||Eagles||Sun Belt Conference||2016||rifle|
|High Point University||High Point, North Carolina||1924||Private (United Methodist Church)||4,500||Panthers||Big South||2014||men's lacrosse|
|Jacksonville University||Jacksonville, Florida||1934||Private||3,741||Dolphins||Atlantic Sun (ASUN)||2014||men's lacrosse|
|University of North Georgia||Dahlonega, Georgia||1873/2013||Public (USG)|
|16,064||Nighthawks|| Peach Belt Conference |
(NCAA Division II)
|Presbyterian College||Clinton, South Carolina||1880||Private (Presbyterian Church (USA))||1,403||Blue Hose||Big South Conference||2019||wrestling|
|University of Richmond||Richmond, Virginia||1830||Private||4,361||Spiders||Atlantic 10 (A-10)||2014||men's lacrosse|
|University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)||Birmingham, Alabama||1969||Public (UA)||18,568||Blazers||Conference USA||2016||rifle|
Full membersFull members (except football)Other ConferenceOther Conference
The Southern Conference sponsors championship competition in 11 men's, 10 women's, and one coeducational NCAA-sanctioned sports.Five schools are associate members for wrestling. Under a cooperative agreement with the Atlantic Sun Conference, the SoCon began sponsoring men's lacrosse in the 2014–15 school year (2015 season) with three full members (Furman, Mercer, VMI) and four associates (Bellarmine, High Point, Jacksonville, Richmond). SoCon men's lacrosse has since added Air Force. Women's lacrosse was sponsored by the ASUN through the 2017 season, after which the SoCon launched its own women's lacrosse league. Beginning in the 2016–17 academic year, after a 30-year hiatus, the SoCon resumed rifle as its 21st sport. Members for conference competition are full members The Citadel, VMI, and Wofford as well as associate members UAB, Georgia Southern, and North Georgia. The SoCon is one of only two all-sports conferences to sponsor rifle, joining the Ohio Valley Conference. Rifle is technically a men's sport for NCAA purposes, but men's, women's, and coed teams all compete against each other. Women's lacrosse was added as the 22nd sport for 2017–18.
|Track and Field (Indoor)|
|Track and Field (Outdoor)|
|School||Baseball||Basketball||Cross Country||Football||Golf||Lacrosse||Rifle||Soccer||Tennis||Track & Field|
|Track & Field|
|Wrestling||Total SoCon Sports|
|East Tennessee State|
Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Southern Conference which are played by SoCon schools:
|School||Basketball||Cross Country||Golf||Lacrosse||Rifle||Soccer||Softball||Tennis||Track & Field|
|Track & Field|
|Volleyball||Total SoCon Teams|
|East Tennessee State|
Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Southern Conference which are played by SoCon schools:
|School||Beach Volleyball||Swimming &|
|School||Football stadium||Capacity||Basketball arena||Capacity||Baseball stadium||Capacity||Softball stadium||Capacity||Soccer field||Capacity|
|Belmont||Men's soccer-only member||E. S. Rose Park||300|
|Chattanooga||Finley Stadium||20,668||McKenzie Arena||10,928||Non-baseball school||Jim Frost Stadium||3,000||Finley Stadium||20,668|
|The Citadel||Johnson Hagood Stadium||11,500||McAlister Field House||6,000||Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park||6,000||Non-softball school||WLI Field|
|East Tennessee State||William B. Greene Jr. Stadium||7,694||Freedom Hall Civic Center||8,500||Thomas Stadium||1,200||Betty Basler Field||500+||Summers-Taylor Stadium||2,000+|
|Furman||Paladin Stadium||16,000||Timmons Arena||5,000||Latham Baseball Stadium||2,000||Pepsi Softball Stadium||300||Eugene E. Stone III Stadium||3,000|
|Mercer||Moye Complex||10,200||Hawkins Arena||3,500||Claude Smith Field||500||Sikes Field||300||Bear Field||300|
|Samford||Seibert Stadium||6,700||Pete Hanna Center||4,974||Joe Lee Griffin Stadium||1,000||J.T. Haywood Field House||200||Samford Track and Soccer Complex||1,200|
|UNC Greensboro||Non-football school|| Greensboro Coliseum (men's)|
Fleming Gymnasium (women's)
|UNCG Baseball Stadium||3,500||UNCG Softball Stadium||500+||UNCG Soccer Stadium||3,540|
|VMI||Alumni Memorial Field||10,000||Cameron Hall||5,020||Gray–Minor Stadium||1,400||Non-softball school||Patchin Field||1,000|
|Western Carolina||E. J. Whitmire Stadium||13,742||Ramsey Center||7,826||Hennon Stadium||1,500||Catamount Softball Complex||250+||Catamount Athletic Complex||1,000|
|Wofford||Gibbs Stadium||13,000||Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium||3,400||Russell C. King Field||2,500||Non-softball school||Snyder Field||2,250|
This is a partial list of the last 10 champions. For the full history, see List of Southern Conference football champions.
|2010|| Appalachian State+|
|2012|| Appalachian State |
|2013|| Chattanooga |
|2018|| East Tennessee State |
+Denotes automatic bid to NCAA Division I Football Championship
This is a partial list of the last 10 regular-season and tournament champions. For the full history, see List of Southern Conference men's basketball champions.
The Southern Conference split into a divisional format for basketball beginning with the 1994–95 season.
|Year||Regular Season Champion (North)||Record||Regular Season Champion (South)||Record||Tournament Champion|
|2010–11|| Chattanooga |
|12–6|| College of Charleston |
However, the divisional format was abandoned beginning with the 2013–14 season.
|Year||Regular Season Champion||Record||Tournament Champion|
|2016–17|| East Tennessee State |
|14–4||East Tennessee State|
|2017–18||UNC Greensboro||15–3||UNC Greensboro|
This is a partial list of the last 10 tournament champions. For the full history, see Southern Conference Women's Basketball Tournament
This is a partial list of the last 10 champions. For the full history, see Southern Conference Baseball Tournament.
|Year||Reg. Season Champion||Tournament Champion|
|2010||The Citadel||The Citadel|
|2012|| Appalachian State |
College of Charleston
|2014||Western Carolina||Georgia Southern|
The Commissioner's and Germann Cups are awarded each year to the top men's and women's program in the conference.The Commissioner's Cup was inaugurated in 1970. The Germann Cup, named for former Southern Conference Commissioner Ken Germann, was first awarded in 1987. The completion of the 2013–2014 athletics season saw Appalachian State winning its 33rd Commissioner's Cup and Furman its 13th Germann Cup.
|Year||Commissioner's Cup||Germann Cup|
William & Mary
|1970–71||William & Mary||—|
|1971–72||William & Mary||—|
|1972–73||William & Mary||—|
|1975–76||William & Mary||—|
|1982–83||East Tennessee State||—|
|1986–87||Appalachian State||Appalachian State|
|1987–88||Appalachian State||Appalachian State|
|1988–89||Appalachian State||Appalachian State|
|1989–90||Appalachian State||Appalachian State|
|1991–92||Appalachian State||Appalachian State|
|2004–05||Chattanooga||College of Charleston|
|2005–06||Appalachian State||Appalachian State|
|2006–07||Appalachian State||Appalachian State|
|2008–09||Appalachian State||College of Charleston|
|2010–11||Appalachian State||Appalachian State|
|2011–12||Appalachian State||College of Charleston|
|2012–13||Appalachian State||Appalachian State|
|2015–16||East Tennessee State||Furman|
|2016–17||East Tennessee State||Furman|
|2017–18||East Tennessee State||Furman|
|2018–19||East Tennessee State||Furman|
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