Southern Conference

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Southern Conference
Southern Conference logo.svg
Established1921
Association NCAA
Division Division I
Subdivision FCS
Members10
Sports fielded
  • 22
    • men's: 11
    • women's: 10
    • coeducational: 1
Region Southeast
Headquarters Spartanburg, South Carolina
CommissionerJim Schaus (since 2019)
Website www.soconsports.com
Locations
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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.

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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. [1] 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.

Big Ten Conference American collegiate athletics conference

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.

Missouri Valley Conference US college athletic conference

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.

Pac-12 Conference American collegiate athletics conference

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. [2] [3]

Three-point field goal A field goal in a basketball game made from beyond the three-point line, a designated arc surrounding the basket

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.

Western Carolina Catamounts mens basketball

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.

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders mens basketball

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; [4] 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. [5] 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. [6] 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. [7]

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.

NCAA Division I Football Championship

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.

Appalachian State Mountaineers football

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.

History

Conference Commissioners
Wallace Wade 1951–1960
Lloyd Jordon1960–1973
Ken Germann1974–1986
Dave Hart 1986–1991
Wright Waters1991–1998
Alfred B. White1998–2001
Danny Morrison2001–2005
John Iamarino2006–2019
Jim Schaus2019–

Talks of a new conference for southern athletics had started as early as fall of 1920. [8] The conference was formed on February 25, 1921 in Atlanta as fourteen member institutions split from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association. [1] 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. [9] [10] The new rules banned freshman play. [11] Later additions included Sewanee (1924), Virginia Military Institute (1924), and Duke (1929).

Atlanta Capital of Georgia, United States

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.

Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association

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.

University of Alabama public university located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States

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). [1] 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.

Southeastern Conference College athletics conference of universities in the southern United States

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.

Atlantic Coast Conference American collegiate athletics conference

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. [12] 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. [13] 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.

Member schools

Current members

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, [14] rejoined SoCon football in 2016 after one season as an independent.

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedTypeEnrollmentNicknameColors
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chattanooga, Tennessee 18861976Public
(UT system)
11,388 Mocs               
The Citadel Charleston, South Carolina 18421936Public
(Military College)
3,400 Bulldogs          
East Tennessee State University Johnson City, Tennessee 19111978 [a 1]
2014
Public
(TBR)
14,587 Buccaneers          
Furman University Greenville, South Carolina 18261936Private2,668 Paladins          
Mercer University Macon, Georgia 18332014Private8,603 Bears          
Samford University Homewood, Alabama 18412008Private
(ABC)
5,206 Bulldogs          
University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, North Carolina 18911997Public
(UNC system)
19,393 Spartans               
Virginia Military Institute Lexington, Virginia 18391924 [a 2]
2014
Public
(Military College)
1,717 Keydets               
Western Carolina University Cullowhee, North Carolina 18891976Public
(UNC system)
10,340 Catamounts          
Wofford College Spartanburg, South Carolina 18541997Private
(UMC)
1,613 Terriers          
  1. ETSU had previously been a SoCon member from 1978 to 2005. [14]
  2. VMI had previously been a SoCon member from 1924 to 2003. [14]

Associate members

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. [15] 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. [16]

The most recent addition to the associate membership is Presbyterian wrestling, which joined during summer 2019. [17]

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.

InstitutionLocationFoundedTypeEnrollmentNicknamePrimary ConferenceJoinedSoCon Sport
United States Air Force Academy Colorado Springs, Colorado 1954Federal (Service academy)4,417 Falcons Mountain West 2015men's lacrosse
Appalachian State University Boone, North Carolina 1899Public (UNC)17,589 Mountaineers Sun Belt 2013 [lower-alpha 1] wrestling
Bellarmine University [15] Louisville, Kentucky 1950Private (Catholic Church)3,846 Knights GLVC
(NCAA Division II)
(ASUN in 2020)
2014men's lacrosse
Belmont University Nashville, Tennessee 1890Private8,080 Bruins OVC 2018men's soccer
Campbell University [18] Buies Creek, North Carolina 1887Private11,241 Fighting Camels Big South 2011wrestling
Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, Michigan 1892Public27,693 Chippewas MAC 2017women's lacrosse
Davidson College Davidson, North Carolina 1837Private (Presbyterian Church (USA))1,850 Wildcats Atlantic 10 2014 [lower-alpha 2] wrestling
Delaware State University Dover, Delaware 1891Public3,400 Hornets MEAC 2017women's lacrosse
University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, Michigan 1877Private (Catholic Church)5,700 Titans Horizon League 2017women's lacrosse
Gardner–Webb University [18] Boiling Springs, North Carolina 1905Private (BSCNC)5,000 Runnin' Bulldogs Big South 2011wrestling
Georgia Southern University [19] Statesboro, Georgia 1906Public (USG)20,517 Eagles Sun Belt Conference 2016 rifle
High Point University [15] High Point, North Carolina 1924Private (United Methodist Church)4,500 Panthers Big South 2014men's lacrosse
Jacksonville University [15] Jacksonville, Florida 1934Private3,741 Dolphins Atlantic Sun (ASUN) 2014men's lacrosse
University of North Georgia [19] Dahlonega, Georgia 1873/2013Public (USG)
(Military College)
16,064 Nighthawks Peach Belt Conference
(NCAA Division II)
2016 rifle
Presbyterian College Clinton, South Carolina 1880Private (Presbyterian Church (USA))1,403 Blue Hose Big South Conference 2019wrestling
University of Richmond [15] Richmond, Virginia 1830Private4,361 Spiders Atlantic 10 (A-10) 2014men's lacrosse
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) [19] Birmingham, Alabama 1969Public (UA)18,568 Blazers Conference USA 2016 rifle
Notes
  1. The 2013 date reflects the departure of Appalachian State from the SoCon to join the Sun Belt Conference. The Mountaineers have competed in SoCon wrestling continuously since the league first sponsored the sport in 1993–94.
  2. The 2014 date reflects the departure of Davidson from the SoCon to join the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Wildcats have competed in SoCon wrestling continuously since the league first sponsored the sport in 1993–94.

Former members

Membership timeline

Mercer UniversitySamford UniversityColonial Athletic AssociationElon UniversityColonial Athletic AssociationCollege of CharlestonWofford CollegeUniversity of North Carolina at GreensboroSun Belt ConferenceGeorgia Southern UniversityAtlantic Sun ConferenceEast Tennessee State UniversityWestern Carolina UniversityUniversity of Tennessee at ChattanoogaConference USAMid-American ConferenceMarshall UniversitySun Belt ConferenceAppalachian State UniversityAmerican Athletic ConferenceConference USAColonial Athletic AssociationEast Carolina UniversityBig 12 ConferenceBig East Conference (1979-2013)Atlantic 10 ConferenceWest Virginia UniversityFurman UniversityAtlantic-10 ConferenceDavidson CollegeThe Citadel, The Military College of South CarolinaColonial Athletic AssociationEastern College Athletic ConferenceCollege of William & MaryAtlantic 10 ConferenceColonial Athletic AssociationEastern College Athletic ConferenceUniversity of RichmondAtlantic 10 ConferenceGeorge Washington UniversityAtlantic Coast ConferenceWake Forest UniversityAtlantic Coast ConferenceDuke UniversityBig South ConferenceVirginia Military InstituteSouthern Athletic AssociationSouthern Collegiate Athletic ConferenceSoutheastern ConferenceSewanee: The University of the SouthSoutheastern ConferenceMetro ConferenceAtlantic Coast ConferenceUniversity of South CarolinaSoutheastern ConferenceVanderbilt UniversityAmerican Athletic ConferenceConference USAMetro ConferenceSoutheastern ConferenceTulane UniversitySoutheastern ConferenceUniversity of MississippiSoutheastern ConferenceLouisiana State UniversitySoutheastern ConferenceUniversity of FloridaAtlantic Coast ConferenceBig East Conference (1979-2004)Atlantic 10 ConferenceMetro ConferenceVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityOld Dominion Athletic ConferenceSouthern Collegiate Athletic ConferenceWashington and Lee UniversityBig Ten ConferenceAtlantic Coast ConferenceUniversity of Maryland, College ParkAtlantic Coast ConferenceNorth Carolina State UniversityAtlantic Coast ConferenceUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillAtlantic Coast ConferenceClemson UniversityAtlantic Coast ConferenceUniversity of VirginiaSoutheastern ConferenceUniversity of TennesseeSoutheastern ConferenceMississippi State UniversitySoutheastern ConferenceUniversity of KentuckyAtlantic Coast ConferenceMetro ConferenceSoutheastern ConferenceGeorgia Institute of TechnologySoutheastern ConferenceUniversity of GeorgiaSoutheastern ConferenceAuburn UniversitySoutheastern ConferenceUniversity of AlabamaSouthern Conference

Full membersFull members (except football)Other ConferenceOther Conference

Sports

The Southern Conference sponsors championship competition in 11 men's, 10 women's, and one coeducational NCAA-sanctioned sports. [20] 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, [15] after which the SoCon launched its own women's lacrosse league. [16] 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. [21] Women's lacrosse was added as the 22nd sport for 2017–18.

Teams in Southern Conference competition
SportMen'sWomen'sCo-ed
Baseball
9
-
-
Basketball
10
8
-
Cross Country
10
10
-
Football
9
-
-
Golf
8
9
-
Lacrosse
8
6
-
Rifle
2
3
3
Soccer
6
10
-
Softball
-
7
-
Tennis
8
8
-
Track and Field (Indoor)
9
9
-
Track and Field (Outdoor)
9
10
-
Volleyball
-
9
-
Wrestling
9
-
-

Men's sponsored sports by school

SchoolBaseballBasketballCross CountryFootballGolfLacrosseRifle [lower-alpha 1] SoccerTennisTrack & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
WrestlingTotal SoCon Sports
Chattanooga
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The Citadel
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East Tennessee State
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Furman
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10
Mercer
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8
Samford
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UNC Greensboro
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VMI
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10
Western Carolina
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7
Wofford
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10
Totals
9
10
10
9
8
3+5 [lower-alpha 4]
3+2 [lower-alpha 5]
6+1 [lower-alpha 6]
8
9
9
3+5 [lower-alpha 7]
87+13
Notes
  1. Rifle is technically a men's sport, but men's, women's, and coed teams all compete against each other.
  2. 1 2 Men's rifle team; school also fields a women's team.
  3. Coed rifle team.
  4. Associates Air Force, Bellarmine, High Point, Jacksonville, and Richmond.
  5. Associates North Georgia and UAB, both with coed teams.
  6. Associate is Belmont
  7. Associates Appalachian State, Campbell, Davidson, Gardner–Webb, and Presbyterian.

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Southern Conference which are played by SoCon schools:

School Swimming &
Diving
VMI America East

    Women's sponsored sports by school

    SchoolBasketballCross CountryGolfLacrosseRifle [lower-alpha 1] SoccerSoftballTennisTrack & Field
    (Indoor)
    Track & Field
    (Outdoor)
    VolleyballTotal SoCon Teams
    Chattanooga
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    9
    The Citadel
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    7
    East Tennessee State
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    9
    Furman
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    10
    Mercer
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    9
    Samford
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    9
    UNC Greensboro
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    9
    VMI
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    5
    Western Carolina
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    9
    Wofford
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    10
    Totals
    8
    10
    9
    3+3 [lower-alpha 4]
    3+3 [lower-alpha 5]
    10
    7
    8
    9
    10
    9
    86+6
    Notes
    1. Rifle is technically a men's sport, but men's, women's, and coed teams all compete against each other.
    2. 1 2 Women's rifle team; school also fields a men's team.
    3. Coed rifle team.
    4. Associate members Central Michigan, Delaware State, and Detroit Mercy.
    5. Associate members Georgia Southern (women-only team), North Georgia (coed team), and UAB (coed team).

    Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Southern Conference which are played by SoCon schools:

    School Beach VolleyballSwimming &
    Diving
    Water Polo
    Mercer ASUN NoNo
    VMINo America East MAAC

      Facilities

      SchoolFootball stadiumCapacityBasketball arenaCapacityBaseball stadiumCapacitySoftball stadiumCapacitySoccer fieldCapacity
      Belmont Men's soccer-only member E. S. Rose Park 300
      Chattanooga Finley Stadium 20,668 McKenzie Arena 10,928Non-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 6,000Non-softball school WLI Field
      East Tennessee State William B. Greene Jr. Stadium 7,694 [lower-alpha 1] 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)
      7,617
      2,320
      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 1,400Non-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 2,500Non-softball school Snyder Field 2,250
      Notes
      1. Seated capacity; 10,000+ with standing room.

      Conference champions

      Football

      This is a partial list of the last 10 champions. For the full history, see List of Southern Conference football champions.

      YearChampionRecord
      2009 Appalachian State 8–0
      2010 Appalachian State+
      Wofford
      7–1
      2011 Georgia Southern 7–1
      2012 Appalachian State
      Georgia Southern+
      Wofford
      6–2
      2013 Chattanooga
      Furman+
      Samford
      6–2
      2014 Chattanooga 7–0
      2015 Chattanooga+
      The Citadel
      6–1
      2016 The Citadel+8–0
      2017 Wofford+7–1
      2018 East Tennessee State
      Furman
      Wofford+
      6–2

      +Denotes automatic bid to NCAA Division I Football Championship

      Men's basketball

      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.

      YearRegular Season Champion (North)RecordRegular Season Champion (South)RecordTournament Champion
      2009–10 Appalachian State 13–5 Wofford 15–3 Wofford
      2010–11 Chattanooga
      Western Carolina
      12–6 College of Charleston
      Wofford
      14–4 Wofford
      2011–12 UNC Greensboro 10–8 Davidson 16–2 Davidson
      2012–13 Elon 10–8 Davidson 17–1 Davidson

      However, the divisional format was abandoned beginning with the 2013–14 season.

      YearRegular Season ChampionRecordTournament Champion
      2013–14 Davidson 15–1 Wofford
      2014–15 Wofford 16–2 Wofford
      2015–16 Chattanooga 15–3 Chattanooga
      2016–17 East Tennessee State [lower-alpha 1]
      UNC Greensboro
      Furman
      14–4 East Tennessee State
      2017–18 UNC Greensboro 15–3 UNC Greensboro
      2018–19 Wofford 18–0 Wofford
      1. Listed in order of seeding in the conference tournament.

      Women's basketball

      This is a partial list of the last 10 tournament champions. For the full history, see Southern Conference Women's Basketball Tournament

      YearChampion
      2010 Chattanooga
      2011 Samford
      2012 Samford
      2013 Chattanooga
      2014 Chattanooga
      2015 Chattanooga
      2016 Chattanooga
      2017 Chattanooga
      2018 Mercer
      2019 Mercer

      Baseball

      This is a partial list of the last 10 champions. For the full history, see Southern Conference Baseball Tournament.

      YearReg. Season ChampionTournament Champion
      2010 The Citadel The Citadel
      2011 Elon Georgia Southern
      2012 Appalachian State
      College of Charleston
      Samford
      2013 Western Carolina Elon
      2014 Western Carolina Georgia Southern
      2015 Mercer Mercer
      2016 Mercer Western Carolina
      2017 Mercer UNC Greensboro
      2018 UNC Greensboro Samford
      2019 Samford Mercer

      Commissioner's and Germann Cups

      The Commissioner's and Germann Cups are awarded each year to the top men's and women's program in the conference. [22] 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. [23]

      YearCommissioner's CupGermann Cup
      1969–70East Carolina
      William & Mary
      1970–71William & Mary
      1971–72William & Mary
      1972–73William & Mary
      1973–74East Carolina
      1974–75East Carolina
      1975–76William & Mary
      1976–77East Carolina
      1977–78Appalachian State
      1978–79Appalachian State
      1979–80Appalachian State
      1980–81Appalachian State
      1981–82Appalachian State
      1982–83East Tennessee State
      1983–84Appalachian State
      1984–85Appalachian State
      1985–86Appalachian State
      1986–87Appalachian StateAppalachian State
      1987–88Appalachian StateAppalachian State
      1988–89Appalachian StateAppalachian State
      1989–90Appalachian StateAppalachian State
      1990–91FurmanAppalachian State
      1991–92Appalachian StateAppalachian State
      1992–93Appalachian StateFurman
      1993–94Appalachian StateFurman
      1994–95Appalachian StateFurman
      1995–96Appalachian StateFurman
      1996–97Appalachian StateFurman
      1997–98Appalachian StateFurman
      1998–99Appalachian StateFurman
      1999–00Appalachian StateFurman
      2000–01Appalachian StateFurman
      2001–02Appalachian StateFurman
      2002–03Appalachian StateFurman
      2003–04Appalachian StateFurman
      2004–05ChattanoogaCollege of Charleston
      2005–06Appalachian StateAppalachian State
      2006–07Appalachian StateAppalachian State
      2007–08Appalachian StateChattanooga
      2008–09Appalachian StateCollege of Charleston
      2009–10Appalachian StateSamford
      2010–11Appalachian StateAppalachian State
      2011–12Appalachian StateCollege of Charleston
      2012–13Appalachian StateAppalachian State
      2013–14Appalachian StateFurman
      2014–15ChattanoogaSamford
      2015–16East Tennessee StateFurman
      2016–17East Tennessee StateFurman
      2017–18East Tennessee StateFurman
      2018–19East Tennessee StateFurman

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