Southland Conference

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Southland Conference
Southland Conference logo.svg
Established1963
Association NCAA
Division Division I
Subdivision FCS
Members13
Sports fielded
  • 17
    • men's: 8
    • women's: 9
Region West South Central
Former namesSouthland Football League (1996–2002, football-only)
Headquarters Frisco, Texas
CommissionerTom Burnett (since 2002)
Website southland.org
Locations
Southland Conference Map.svg

The Southland Conference, abbreviated to SLC, is a collegiate athletic conference which operates in the South Central United States (specifically Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas). It participates in the NCAA's Division I for all sports; for football, it participates in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The Southland sponsors 17 sports, nine for women and eight for men (it will add an 18th overall sport and 10th for women for the 2019-20 academic year with beach volleyball), and is governed by a presidential Board of Directors and an Advisory Council of athletic and academic administrators. Tom Burnett was named the Southland's sixth commissioner on Dec. 23, 2002. From 1996 to 2002, for football only, the Southland Conference was known as the Southland Football League. [1]

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Contents

The conference's offices are located in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas.

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Locations of Southland Conference full member institutions as of July 1, 2014 SouthlandLocations.png
Locations of Southland Conference full member institutions as of July 1, 2014

History

Founded in 1963, its members were Abilene Christian College (now Abilene Christian University; departed in 1973 for NCAA Division II, but moved to Division I and re-joined the Southland in 2013), Arkansas State College (now Arkansas State University; departed in 1987, now a member of the Sun Belt Conference), Arlington State College (now The University of Texas at Arlington, departed in 2012 now also in the Sun Belt), [2] Lamar State College of Technology (now Lamar University; departed in 1987, but re-joined in 1999), [3] and Trinity University (departed in 1971, now participating in NCAA Division III).

Abilene Christian University Private Christian university in Abilene, Texas

Abilene Christian University (ACU) is a private Christian university in Abilene, Texas. It was founded in 1906 as Childers Classical Institute.

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Since its founding, the Southland Conference has been the home for 18 college and university all-sports programs (see membership timeline below). In addition, the conference has also been home to some schools for one sport only. In the case of football, Troy University fielded a team from 1996 to 2000 and Jacksonville State University did so from 1997 to 2002. This has also been the case for some Olympic sports like men's tennis, in which the University of Texas–Pan American (UTPA) and the University of New Orleans (UNO) fielded teams as affiliate members before 2013, when UTPA joined the WAC and UNO became a full Southland member.

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Jacksonville State University university

Jacksonville State University (JSU) is a public university in Jacksonville, Alabama. Founded in 1883, Jacksonville State offers programs of study in five academic units leading to bachelor's, master's, education specialist, and doctorate degrees in addition to continuing and distance education programs. In the Fall semester of 2011, JSU began offering the school's first doctoral degree, Doctor of Science in Emergency Management.

Olympic sports type of sport with events at the Olympic Games

Olympic sports are contested in the Summer Olympic Games and Winter Olympic Games. The 2016 Summer Olympics included 28 sports, with five additional sports due to be added to the 2020 Summer Olympics program; the 2014 Winter Olympics included seven sports. The number and types of events may change slightly from one Olympiad to another. Each Olympic sport is represented by an international governing body, namely an International Federation (IF). The International Olympic Committee (IOC) establishes a hierarchy of sports, disciplines, and events. According to this hierarchy, each Olympic sport can be subdivided into multiple disciplines, which are often mistaken as distinct sports. Examples include swimming and water polo, which are in fact disciplines of the sport of aquatics, and figure skating and speed skating, which are both disciplines of the sport of ice skating. In turn, disciplines are subdivided into events, for which Olympic medals are awarded. A sport or discipline is included in the Olympic program if the IOC determines it to be widely practiced around the world, that is, the popularity of a given sport or discipline is indicated by the number of countries that compete in it. The IOC's requirements also reflect participation in the Olympic Games – more stringent conditions are applied to men's sports/disciplines and to summer sports/disciplines.

Member schools

Current members

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedTypeEnrollmentNicknameColors
Abilene Christian University Abilene, Texas 19061963; 20131Private4,544 [4] Wildcats          
University of Central Arkansas Conway, Arkansas 19072006Public11,754 [5] Bears/Sugar Bears          
Houston Baptist University Houston, Texas 19602013Private3,432 [6] Huskies          
University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, Texas 18812013Private10,389 [7] Cardinals               
Lamar University Beaumont, Texas 19231963; 19992Public15,022 [8] Cardinals/Lady Cardinals          
McNeese State University Lake Charles, Louisiana 19391972Public8,162 [9] Cowboys/Cowgirls          
University of New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana 19582013Public8,423 [10] Privateers               
Nicholls State University Thibodaux, Louisiana 19481991Public6,267 [11] Colonels          
Northwestern State University Natchitoches, Louisiana 18841987Public10,572 [12] Demons/Lady Demons               
Sam Houston State University Huntsville, Texas 18791987Public20,181 [13] Bearkats          
Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond, Louisiana 19251997Public14,594 [14] Lions/Lady Lions          
Stephen F. Austin State University Nacogdoches, Texas 19231987Public13,144 [15] Lumberjacks/Ladyjacks          
Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, Texas 19472006Public11,693 [16] Islanders               
Notes
  1. Abilene Christian re-joined the Southland Conference in 2013 after joining the NAIA and Lone Star Conference after the 1972–73 season.
  2. Lamar re-joined the Southland Conference after competing in the American South and Sun Belt conferences between the 1987–88 and 1998–99 seasons.

Former members

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedLeftTypeNicknameColorsCurrent
Conference
Arkansas State University Jonesboro, Arkansas 190919631987Public Indians [n 1]           Sun Belt
Louisiana Tech University Ruston, Louisiana 189419711987Public Bulldogs
Lady Techsters
         
         
C-USA
University of North Texas Denton, Texas 189019821996Public Mean Green           C-USA
University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe, Louisiana 193119822006Public Indians [n 2]           Sun Belt
Oral Roberts University Tulsa, Oklahoma 196320122014Private Golden Eagles                Summit League
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette, Louisiana 189819711982Public Ragin' Cajuns           Sun Belt
Texas State University San Marcos, Texas 189919872012Public Bobcats           Sun Belt
University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, Texas 189519632012Public Mavericks                Sun Belt
University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, Texas 196919912012Public Roadrunners                C-USA
Trinity University San Antonio, Texas 186919631972Private Tigers           SCAC
(NCAA Division III)
Notes
  1. Arkansas State changed its nickname to Red Wolves after leaving the Southland Conference.
  2. Louisiana–Monroe changed its nickname to Warhawks after leaving the Southland Conference.

Former associate members

InstitutionNicknameLocationFoundedTypeEnrollmentJoinedLeftCurrent
Primary
Conference
Southland
Sport(s)
Centenary College of Louisiana Gentlemen Shreveport, Louisiana 1825Private/United Methodist5002000–012002–03 American Southwest
(NCAA Division III)
men's tennis
Jacksonville State University Gamecocks Jacksonville, Alabama 1883Public9,4901996–972002–03 Ohio Valley (OVC) football
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
(formerly University of Southwestern Louisiana)
Ragin' Cajuns Lafayette, Louisiana 1898Public16,8851982–831986–87 Sun Belt women's sports
University of New Orleans Privateers New Orleans, Louisiana 1958Public9,8252012–132012–13Southlandmen's tennis
Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi Islanders Corpus Christi, Texas 1947Public9,6002003–042005–06Southlandmen's tennis
University of Texas–Pan American [fa 1] Broncs [fa 2] Edinburg, Texas [fa 3] 1927Public17,0482000–012012–13 WAC men's tennis
Troy University
(formerly Troy State University)
Trojans Troy, Alabama 1887Public29,6891996–972000–01 Sun Belt football
  1. Texas–Pan American (UTPA) ceased to exist at the start of the 2015–16 school year, when it merged with the nearby University of Texas at Brownsville to create the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). [17]
  2. Nearly a year before the merger, the University of Texas System announced that UTRGV would directly inherit the UTPA athletic program. [18] The new nickname of Vaqueros was announced in November 2014. [19]
  3. The UTRGV athletic program continues to be based at the former UTPA main campus in Edinburg.

Membership timeline

University of New OrleansUniversity of the Incarnate WordHouston Baptist UniversityOral Roberts UniversityTexas A&M University–Corpus ChristiUniversity of Central ArkansasSoutheastern Louisiana UniversityJacksonville State UniversityTroy UniversityNicholls State UniversityUniversity of Texas at San AntonioStephen F. Austin State UniversitySam Houston State UniversityNorthwestern State UniversityTexas State UniversityUniversity of Louisiana at MonroeUniversity of North TexasMcNeese State UniversityLouisiana Tech UniversityUniversity of Louisiana at LafayetteUniversity of Texas at ArlingtonLamar UniversityLamar UniversityArkansas State UniversityAbilene Christian UniversityAbilene Christian UniversityTrinity University (Texas)Southland Conference

Full membersFull members (non-football)Associate members (football only)

1. - Southwestern Louisiana became the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Louisiana–Lafayette, now athletically branded as simply Louisiana) in 1999.
2. - Northeast Louisiana became the University of Louisiana at Monroe (Louisiana–Monroe) in 1999.

Sports

The Southland Conference sponsors championship competition in eight men's and nine women's NCAA sanctioned sports. [20]

Teams in Southland Conference competition
SportMen'sWomen's
Baseball
13
-
Basketball
13
13
Cross Country
13
13
Football
11
-
Golf
11
8
Soccer
-
12
Softball
-
12
Tennis
6
12
Track and Field (Indoor)
12
13
Track and Field (Outdoor)
12
13
Volleyball
-
13

Men's sponsored sports by school

SchoolBaseballBasketballCross CountryFootballGolfTennisTrack & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Total Southland Sports
Abilene ChristianGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
Central ArkansasGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg7
Houston BaptistGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg7
Incarnate WordGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
LamarGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
McNeese StateGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg7
New OrleansGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg7
NichollsGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svg6
Northwestern StateGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg6
Sam Houston StateGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg7
Southeastern LouisianaGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg7
Stephen F. AustinGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg7
Texas A&M–Corpus ChristiGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg6
Totals13131311116121291

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Southland Conference which are played by SLC schools:

SchoolSoccerSwimming &
Diving
Central Arkansas MVC [lower-alpha 1] No
Houston Baptist WAC No
Incarnate Word WAC CCSA
  1. Central Arkansas men's soccer joins the Sun Belt Conference in 2019.

Women's sponsored sports by school

SchoolBasketballCross CountryGolfSoccerSoftballTennisTrack & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
VolleyballTotal Southland Sports
Abilene ChristianGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
Central ArkansasGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
Houston BaptistGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
Incarnate WordGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
LamarGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
McNeese StateGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
New OrleansGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg6
NichollsGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
Northwestern StateGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
Sam Houston StateGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
Southeastern LouisianaGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
Stephen F. AustinGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
Texas A&M–Corpus ChristiGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
Totals13138121212131313109

Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Southland Conference which are played by SLC schools:

SchoolBowlingBeach VolleyballSwimming &
Diving
Abilene ChristianNoIndependentNo
Central ArkansasNoIndependentNo
Houston BaptistNoIndependentNo
Incarnate WordNoNo CCSA
New OrleansNoIndependentNo
Sam Houston StateSouthland Bowling LeagueNoNo
Stephen F. AustinSouthland Bowling LeagueNoNo
Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiNoIndependentNo
Southland Bowling League

The Southland Bowling League (SBL) is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) bowling-only conference. The SBL was founded in 2015 for schools that sponsor women's bowling teams, but do not have bowling sponsored by their primary conferences. The SBL champion has received an automatic bid to the NCAA Bowling Championship since the NCAA first awarded such bids in 2018. While the conference operates independently, administrative services are provided by the Southland Conference.

Arkansas State Red Wolves

The Arkansas State Red Wolves are the athletic teams of Arkansas State University. They are a member of the Sun Belt Conference in all sports except women's bowling, a sport not sponsored by that league, competing at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I level. The bowling team competes in the single-sport Southland Bowling League.

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and Lady Techsters

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and Lady Techsters, commonly abbreviated La. Tech and Dawgs, refer to the sports teams of Louisiana Tech University, in Ruston, Louisiana. The teams compete in Division I of NCAA sports. Since 2013, Louisiana Tech has been a member of Conference USA (C-USA).

Football

Former and current players from the Southland that would go on to star in the National Football League include Gary Barbaro, Mike Barber, Fred Barnett, Bill Bergey, Derrick Blaylock, Bubby Brister, Ray Brown, Roger Carr, Mark Carrier, Larry Centers, Bruce Collie, Keith Davis, Fred Dean, Jackie Harris, Stan Humphries, Buford Jordan, Wade Key, Josh McCown, Tim McKyer, Jeff Novak, Kavika Pittman, Mike Quinn, Billy Ryckman, Ricky Sanders, Eugene Seale, Rafael Septién, Terrance Shaw, Marcus Spears, Chad Stanley, Pat Tilley, Jeremiah Trotter, Marvin Upshaw, Lardarius Webb and Spergon Wynn. The Southland was instrumental in founding the Independence Bowl, and the Southland champion served as the automatic home team for that bowl from 19761980. [22] On May 21, 2014, the Southland Conference approved the use of instant replay at all its home games becoming the first FCS league to fully commit to having all games utilize instant replay. [23] [24]

Men's basketball

Among notable NBA stars attending Southland Conference schools include Karl Malone (Louisiana Tech), Joe Dumars (McNeese State), Scottie Pippen (Central Arkansas), Jeff Foster (Southwest Texas State, now known as Texas State), and Andrew Toney (Southwestern Louisiana, now known as Louisiana).

Women's basketball

Former member Louisiana-Monroe (then Northeast Louisiana) advanced to the 1985 NCAA Women's Final Four.

Championships

Spending and revenue

Total revenue includes ticket sales, contributions and donations, rights/licensing, student fees, school funds and all other sources including TV income, camp income, food and novelties. Total expenses includes coaching/staff, scholarships, buildings/ground, maintenance, utilities and rental fees and all other costs including recruiting, team travel, equipment and uniforms, conference dues and insurance costs.

Conference Rank (2017)National Rank (2017)Institution2017 Total Revenue from Athletics [25] 2017 Total Expenses on Athletics [25]
1202 Incarnate Word $18,929,629$18,629,846
2213 Lamar $18,138,816$18,055,713
3215 Sam Houston State $17,913,191$17,623,293
4239 Houston Baptist $16,060,012$16,060,012
5244 Stephen F. Austin $15,518,495$15,518,495
6260 Southeastern Louisiana $14,419,587$13,395,835
7269 Abilene Christian $13,701,403$13,701,403
8287 Central Arkansas $13,031,924$13,031,924
9294 Northwestern State $12,744,329$11,693,998
10317 McNeese State $11,018,462$11,016,688
11318 Texas A&M Corpus Christi $10,958,225$10,958,225
12331 Nicholls $8,463,641$8,326,628
13342 New Orleans $5,417,246$5,417,246

Note: Data from U.S. Department of Education Equity in Athletics Data Analysis Cutting Tool Database. Ranking based on revenue position in selection of records using NCAA Division I-FBS, NCAA Division I-FCS, and NCAA Division I without football criteria. (346 records were retrieved.) OPE Equity in Athletics Data Analysis Cutting Tool used in order to provide ranking for private institutions in the conference.

Facilities

SchoolFootball stadiumCapacitySoccer stadiumCapacityBasketball arenaCapacityBaseball stadiumCapacitySoftball stadiumCapacity
Abilene Christian Anthony Field at Wildcat Stadium 12,000 [26] Elmer Gray Stadium 1,000 Moody Coliseum 4,600 Crutcher Scott Field 4,500 Poly Wells Field 1,000 [27]
Central Arkansas Estes Stadium 9,000 [28] Bill Stephens Track/Soccer Complex 1,000 Farris Center 6,000 Bear Stadium 1,000 Farris Field 1,000
Houston Baptist Husky Stadium 5,000 [29] Sorrels Field 500 Sharp Gymnasium 1,000 Husky Field 500 [30] Husky Field 300
Incarnate Word Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium 6,000 Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium 6,000 McDermott Convocation Center 2,000 Sullivan Field 1,000 Cardinals Field 250
Lamar Provost Umphrey Stadium 16,000 Lamar Soccer Complex 500 Montagne Center 10,080 Vincent-Beck Stadium 3,500 Lamar Softball Complex 467 [31]
McNeese State Cowboy Stadium 17,410 Cowgirl Field 300 Health and Human Performance Education Complex 4,200 [32] Joe Miller Ballpark 2,000 Joe Miller Field at Cowgirl Diamond 1,200
New Orleans Non-football schoolNon-soccer school Lakefront Arena 8,785 [33] Maestri Field at Privateer Park 2,900 [34] Non-softball school
Nicholls Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium 10,500 Nicholls Soccer Complex 1,000 Stopher Gymnasium 3,800 Ben Meyer Diamond at Ray E. Didier Field 3,200 Colonels Softball Complex 500
Northwestern State Harry Turpin Stadium 15,971 Lady Demon Soccer Complex 1,000 Prather Coliseum 3,900 H. Alvin Brown–C. C. Stroud Field 1,200 Lady Demon Diamond 1,000 [35]
Sam Houston State Bowers Stadium 12,593 Pritchett Field 2,100 Bernard Johnson Coliseum 6,110 Don Sanders Stadium 1,163 Bearkat Softball Complex 400
Southeastern Louisiana Strawberry Stadium 7,408 Southeastern Soccer Complex 1,000 University Center 7,500 Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field 2,500 North Oak Park 500
Stephen F. Austin Homer Bryce Stadium 14,575 SFA Soccer Complex 400 William R. Johnson Coliseum 7,203 Jaycees Field 1,000 SFA Softball Field 750
Texas A&M–Corpus Christi Non-football school Dr. Jack Dugan Soccer & Track Stadium 1,000 American Bank Center 8,000 Chapman Field 750 Chapman Field 200

Notes:

Media

Southland Conference Television Network

The Conference began its own syndicated broadcast entity in 2008, the Southland Conference Television Network. It aired in over 25 markets in the league's four-state region, plus on national networks such as Fox College Sports, ESPN GamePlan, and ESPN3. In 2008-09, the network featured 35 broadcasts, and over 30 in each of the next four seasons.

For 2013 and 2014, the syndicated network was restricted to only regular season football games. The remainder of the schedule was available on ESPN3 or regional sports networks, including regular season and tournament basketball as well as championships in soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball. ESPN3 also carried an exclusive package of football games beyond the syndicated network's schedule.

SLCTV dissolved on July 1, 2015. Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, the Southland Conference entered into an agreement with the American Sports Network to syndicate and televise selected games, [40] while also continuing its association with ESPN3. [41] A separate deal will allow for Louisiana-based Cox Sports Television to air select games. [42]

After ASN folded following the 2016-17 academic year, the Southland announced a television agreement with Eleven Sports. [43] During 2017-18, conference-controlled games aired on ESPN3, Eleven Sports, Fox Sports Southwest and Cox Sports Television. For 2018-19, ESPN productions began to be split between ESPN3 and ESPN+ platforms.

Academics

InstitutionUniversity System Endowment [44] [45] U.S. News
rank [44]
Carnegie
Foundation
Classification
[46]
Forbes [47]
Abilene Christian UniversityNot Applicable$425,000,000 [45] 21
(Regional: West)
Masters
(Larger Programs)
463
University of Central ArkansasNot Applicable$25,952,861 [44] 68
(Regional: South)
Masters
(Larger Programs)
N/A
Houston Baptist UniversityNot Applicable$90,638,537 [44] 73
(Regional: West)
Masters
(Medium Programs)
N/A
University of the Incarnate WordNot Applicable$125,271,000 [45] 68
(Regional: West)
Masters
(Larger Programs)
N/A
Lamar University Texas State University System $106,826,000 [45] RNP
(National)
Doctoral
(Moderate Research)
624
McNeese State University University of Louisiana System $71,001,000 [45] 87
(Regional: South)
Masters
(Larger Programs)
N/A
University of New OrleansUniversity of Louisiana System$23,250,028 [44] RNP
(National)
Doctoral
(Higher Research)
565
Nicholls State UniversityUniversity of Louisiana System$8,500,663 [44] 87
(Regional: South)
Masters
(Medium Programs)
N/A
Northwestern State UniversityUniversity of Louisiana SystemNot AvailableRNP
(Regional: South)
Masters
(Larger Programs)
N/A
Sam Houston State UniversityTexas State University System$97,510,000 [45] RNP
(National)
Doctoral
(Moderate Research)
598
Southeastern Louisiana UniversityUniversity of Louisiana System$14,503,193 [44] RNP
(Regional: South)
Masters
(Larger Programs)
619
Stephen F. Austin State UniversityNot Applicable$81,300,000 [44] 75
(Regional: West)
Doctoral

(Moderate Research)

N/A
Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi Texas A&M University System $13,673,273 [44] RNP
(National)
Doctoral
(Moderate Research)
632

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The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football program is a college football team that represents the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the Sun Belt Conference. Between 2011 and 2014, the Cajuns won four consecutive New Orleans Bowls, representing the most successful stretch in the program's history, but later had to vacate two of the victories due to NCAA violations.

2014 Abilene Christian Wildcats football team

The 2014 Abilene Christian Wildcats football team represented Abilene Christian University in the 2014 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Wildcats played their second transition season of at the FCS level. They were led by third-year head coach Ken Collums. Home games were played at Shotwell Stadium. This was the Wildcats first season in the Southland Conference. They finished the season 6–6, 4–4 in Southland play to finish in a three-way tie for sixth place.

The 2014 Lamar Cardinals football team represented Lamar University in the 2014 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Cardinals were led by fifth-year head coach Ray Woodard and played their home games at Provost Umphrey Stadium. They are a member of the Southland Conference. The Cardinals finished the season 8–4, 5–3 in Southland play to finish in a three-way tie for third place. The eight win overall and five win conference record matched the Cardinals' best overall win record in both categories as a four year program.

The 2015 Lamar Cardinals football team represented Lamar University in the 2015 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Cardinals were led by sixth-year head coach Ray Woodard and played their home games at Provost Umphrey Stadium. They are a member of the Southland Conference.

2015 Abilene Christian Wildcats football team

The 2015 Abilene Christian Wildcats football team represented Abilene Christian University in the 2015 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Wildcats were in their third transition season of at the FCS level. They were led by fourth-year head coach Ken Collums. They play their home games at Shotwell Stadium. This was the Wildcats second season in the Southland Conference since their return to the conference. They finished the season 3–8, 3–6 in Southland play to finish in a three way tie for eighth place.

2015 Nicholls State Colonels football team

The 2015 Nicholls State Colonels football team represents Nicholls State University in the 2015 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Colonels are led by first-year head coach Tim Rebowe. They play their home games at Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium and are a member of the Southland Conference. They finished the season 3–8, 3–6 in Southland play to finish in a three way tie for eighth place.

2016 Houston Baptist Huskies football team

The 2016 Houston Baptist Huskies football team represented Houston Baptist University in the 2016 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Huskies were led by fourth-year head coach Vic Shealy. They played their home games at Husky Stadium and are members of the Southland Conference. They finished the season 4–7, 3–5 in Southland play to finish in seventh place.

2016 Abilene Christian Wildcats football team

The 2016 Abilene Christian Wildcats football team represented Abilene Christian University in the 2016 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Wildcats were in their final transition season at the FCS level. They were led by fifth-year head coach Ken Collums. They played their home games at Shotwell Stadium. The 2016 season was to be the final season for the Wildcats at Shotwell Stadium. Beginning with the 2017 season, the Wildcats' home will be the on-campus Wildcat Stadium which is currently under construction. They finished the season 2–9, 2–7 in Southland play to finish in tenth place.

The 2016–17 Lamar Cardinals basketball team represented Lamar University during the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Cardinals were led by third-year head coach Tic Price and played their home games at the Montagne Center in Beaumont, Texas as members of the Southland Conference. They finished the season 19–15, 10–8 in Southland play to finish in a tie for fifth place. They defeated Southeastern Louisiana in the first round of the Southland Tournament to advance to the quarterfinals where they lost to Stephen F. Austin. They were invited to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament where they lost in the first round to Texas State.

The 1986 Lamar Cardinals football team represented Lamar University in the 1986 NCAA Division I-AA football season as a member of the Southland Conference. The Cardinals played their home games at Cardinal Stadium now named Provost Umphrey Stadium in Beaumont, Texas. Lamar finished the 1986 season with a 2–9 overall record and a 0–5 conference record. The season marked the first year with Ray Alborn as Lamar Cardinals head football coach. The 1986 season was also the Cardinals' last season as a member of the Southland Conference in football until the 2010 season. Lamar joined the non–football American South Conference as a charter member along with fellow SLC members, Louisiana Tech and Arkansas State and three other universities.

The 1987 Lamar Cardinals football team represented Lamar University in the 1987 NCAA Division I-AA football season as an NCAA Division I-AA independent. The Cardinals played their home games at Cardinal Stadium now named Provost Umphrey Stadium in Beaumont, Texas. Lamar finished the 1987 season with a 3–8 overall record. The season marked the first year competing as an independent. Lamar left the Southland Conference to join the non–football American South Conference as a charter member along with fellow former SLC members, Louisiana Tech and Arkansas State and three other universities.

2018 Incarnate Word Cardinals football team

The 2018 Incarnate Word Cardinals football team represented the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) in the 2018 NCAA Division I FCS football season as a member of the Southland Conference. The Cardinals played their home games at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium in San Antonio, Texas. They were led by first year head coach Eric Morris. They finished the season 6–5, 6–2 in Southland play to win a share of the Southland Conference championship. They received an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs, where they lost in the first round to Montana State.

The 2018 Lamar Cardinals football team represented Lamar University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Cardinals were led by second-year head coach Mike Schultz and played their home games at Provost Umphrey Stadium. They played as a member of the Southland Conference. They finished the season 7–5, 6–3 in Southland play to finish in third place. They received an at-large berth to the FCS Playoffs, where they lost in the first round to Northern Iowa.

The 2018 Southland Conference Women's Soccer Tournament, the postseason women's soccer tournament for the Southland Conference, was held from October 31–November 4, 2018. The seven-match tournament took place at the Lamar Soccer Complex in Beaumont, Texas. The eight-team single-elimination tournament consisted of three rounds based on seeding from regular season conference play.

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