Southwestern Athletic Conference

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Southwestern Athletic Conference
Southwestern Athletic Conference logo.svg
Established1920
Association NCAA
Division Division I
Subdivision FCS
Members10
Sports fielded
  • 18
    • men's: 8
    • women's: 10
Region Southern
Headquarters Birmingham, Alabama
CommissionerCharles McClelland
Website www.swac.org
Locations
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The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) is a collegiate athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, which is made up of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the Southern United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division I for all sports; in football, it participates in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), formerly referred to as Division I-AA.

Birmingham, Alabama Most populous city in Alabama, United States

Birmingham is a city located in the north central region of the U.S. state of Alabama. With an estimated 2017 population of 210,710, it is the most populous city in Alabama. Birmingham is the seat of Jefferson County, Alabama's most populous and fifth largest county. As of 2017, the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Statistical Area had a population of 1,149,807, making it the most populous in Alabama and 49th-most populous in the United States. Birmingham serves as an important regional hub and is associated with the Deep South, Piedmont, and Appalachian regions of the nation.

Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African-American community. This was because the overwhelming majority of predominantly white institutions of higher-learning disqualified African Americans from enrollment during segregation. From the time of slavery in the 19th century through to the second half of the 20th century, majority schools in the Southern United States prohibited all African Americans from attending, while historic schools in other parts of the country regularly employed quotas to limit admissions of blacks.

Southern United States Cultural region of the United States

The southern United States, also known as the American South, Dixie, Dixieland, or simply the South, is a region of the United States of America. It is located between the Atlantic Ocean and the western United States, with the midwestern United States and northeastern United States to its north and the Gulf of Mexico and Mexico to its south.

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The SWAC is widely considered the premier HBCU conference and ranks among the elite in the nation in terms of alumni affiliated with professional sports teams, particularly in football. [1] On the gridiron, the conference has been the biggest draw on the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level of the NCAA, leading the nation in average home attendance for 37 of the 38 years the FCS has been in existence. [2] In 1994, the SWAC fell just 40,000 fans short of becoming the first non-Football Bowl Subdivision conference to attract one million fans to its home games.

History

In 1920, athletic officials from six Texas HBCUs C.H. Fuller of Bishop College, Red Randolph and C.H. Patterson of Paul Quinn College, E.G. Evans, H.J. Evans and H.J. Starns of Prairie View A&M, D.C. Fuller of Texas College and G. Whitte Jordan of Wiley College met in Houston, Texas, to discuss common interests. At this meeting, they agreed to form a new league, the SWAC.

Bishop College was an historically black college, founded in Marshall, Texas, United States, in 1881 by the Baptist Home Mission Society. It was intended to serve students in east Texas, where the majority of the black population lived at the time. In 1961 the administration moved the college into Dallas, Texas. Being based in a major city helped it attract more students. It operated until 1988, but a major financial scandal caused it to lose accreditation and funding.

Paul Quinn College (PQC) is a private historically black Methodist college in Dallas, Texas. The college is affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME). It is the oldest historically black college west of the Mississippi River and the nation's first urban work college.

Texas College is an accredited historically black four-year college located in Tyler, Texas, that is affiliated with the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. On January 9, 1894, Texas College was founded by a group of ministers affiliated with the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church, a predominantly black denomination which was at the time known as the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church in America.

Paul Quinn became the first of the original members to withdraw from the league in 1929. When Langston University of Oklahoma was admitted into the conference two years later, it began the migration of state-supported institutions into the SWAC. Southern University entered the ranks in 1934, followed by Arkansas AM&N (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) in 1936 and Texas Southern University in 1954.

Langston University

Langston University (LU), is a public university in Langston, Oklahoma. It is the only historically black college in the state. Though located in a rural setting 10 miles (16 km) east of Guthrie, Langston also serves an urban mission, with University Centers in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City, and a nursing program set to open in Ardmore. The university is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Oklahoma State of the United States of America

Oklahoma is a state in the South Central region of the United States, bordered by Kansas on the north, Missouri on the northeast, Arkansas on the east, Texas on the south, New Mexico on the west, and Colorado on the northwest. It is the 20th-most extensive and the 28th-most populous of the fifty United States. The state's name is derived from the Choctaw words okla and humma, meaning "red people". It is also known informally by its nickname, "The Sooner State", in reference to the non-Native settlers who staked their claims on land before the official opening date of lands in the western Oklahoma Territory or before the Indian Appropriations Act of 1889, which dramatically increased European-American settlement in the eastern Indian Territory. Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory were merged into the State of Oklahoma when it became the 46th state to enter the union on November 16, 1907. Its residents are known as Oklahomans, and its capital and largest city is Oklahoma City.

Southern University college located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Southern University and A&M College is a public historically black university in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The campus is on Scott's Bluff overlooking the Mississippi River in the northern section of the city. The campus encompasses 512 acres, with an agricultural experimental station on an additional 372-acre site, five miles north of the main campus. The university is the largest HBCU in Louisiana, a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the flagship institution of the Southern University System.

Rapid growth in enrollment of the state-supported schools made it difficult for the church-supported schools to finance their athletics programs and one by one they fell victim to the growing prowess of the state-supported colleges. Bishop withdrew from the conference in 1956, Langston in 1957 and Huston-Tillotson (formerly Samuel Huston) in 1959, one year after the admittance of two more state-supported schools: Grambling College and Jackson State College. The enter-exit cycle continued in 1961 when Texas College withdrew, followed by the admittance of Alcorn A&M (now Alcorn State University) in 1962. Wiley left in 1968, the same year Mississippi Valley State College entered. Arkansas AM&N exited in 1970 and Alabama State University entered in 1982. Arkansas–Pine Bluff (formerly Arkansas AM&N) rejoined the SWAC on July 1, 1997, regaining full-member status one year later. Alabama A&M University became the conference’s tenth member when it became a full member in September, 1999 after a one-year period as an affiliate SWAC member. [3] Most of the former SWAC members that have left the conference are currently a part of the Red River Athletic Conference of the NAIA.

Grambling State University historically black university in Louisiana

Grambling State University (GSU) is a historically black public university in Grambling, Louisiana. The university is home of the Eddie G. Robinson Museum and is listed on the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail. The university is a member-school of the University of Louisiana System and Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Alcorn State University comprehensive land-grant institution located northwest of Lorman, Mississippi in rural Claiborne County

Alcorn State University is a public, historically black, comprehensive, land-grant institution located northwest of Lorman, Mississippi in rural Claiborne County. It was founded in 1871 by the Reconstruction-era legislature to provide higher education for freedmen. It is the first black land grant college established in the United States. Its main campus is approximately 80 miles southwest of Jackson, Mississippi.

Mississippi Valley State University

Mississippi Valley State University is a public, historically black university in Mississippi Valley State, Mississippi. MVSU is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Competitions

The SWAC is one of three conferences the others being the Ivy League and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference that does not participate in the FCS football playoffs. The SWAC instead splits its schools into two divisions, and plays a conference championship game. Three of the SWAC's teams, Alabama State in the Turkey Day Classic and Grambling and Southern in the Bayou Classic, play their last games of the regular season on Thanksgiving weekend, preventing the SWAC Championship from being decided until the first weekend of December, long after the tournament is underway. The SWAC has occasionally been a participant in bowl games, the most recent being the Celebration Bowl, which features the SWAC as one of its tie-ins.

Ivy League Athletic conference of 8 American universities

The Ivy League is an American collegiate athletic conference comprising sports teams from eight private universities in the Northeastern United States. The term Ivy League is typically used to refer to those eight schools as a group of elite colleges beyond the sports context. The eight members are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University. Ivy League has connotations of academic excellence, selectivity in admissions, and social elitism.

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) is a collegiate athletic conference whose full members are historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the Southeastern and the Mid-Atlantic United States. It participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I, and in football, in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

The Turkey Day Classic is a college football game, traditionally held annually on Thanksgiving Day. Originally, it was played between Alabama State University and Tuskegee University, two historically black universities. The game was originally played in Montgomery, Alabama's Cramton Bowl, but relocated to Alabama State's new Hornet Stadium in 2012. The game is one of two black college football classics to be associated with Thanksgiving weekend; the other is the younger, but more widely known, Bayou Classic, held two days later.

Current championship competition offered by the SWAC includes competition for men in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, indoor track, outdoor track & field and tennis. Women’s competition is offered in the sports of basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, indoor track, outdoor track & field, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. [3]

Member schools

Current full members

The SWAC comprises ten schools.

InstitutionLocationFoundedTypeEnrollmentJoinedMascotColors
East Division
Alabama A&M Normal, Alabama 1875Public5,0001999 Bulldogs (men's)
Lady Bulldogs (women's)
         
Alabama State University Montgomery, Alabama 1867Public5,0001982 Hornets (men's)
Lady Hornets (women's)
         
Alcorn State University Lorman, Mississippi 1871Public3,4001962 Braves (men's)
Lady Braves (women's)
         
Jackson State University Jackson, Mississippi 1877Public8,4001958 Tigers (men's)
Lady Tigers (women's)
              
Mississippi Valley State University Itta Bena, Mississippi 1950Public2,5001968 Delta Devils (men's)
Devilettes (women's)
         
West Division
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Pine Bluff, Arkansas 1873Public2,5001936,
1997UAPB
Golden Lions (men's)
Golden Lady Lions (women's)
         
Grambling State University Grambling, Louisiana 1901Public4,5001958 Tigers (men's)
Lady Tigers (women's)
         
Prairie View A&M University Prairie View, Texas 1876Public9,5001920 Panthers (men's)
Lady Panthers (women's)
         
Southern University Baton Rouge, Louisiana 1880Public7,0001935 Jaguars (men's)
Lady Jaguars (women's)
         
Texas Southern University Houston, Texas 1947Public10,0001954 Tigers (men's)
Lady Tigers (women's)
         
Note

UAPB – Arkansas–Pine Bluff was a member of the SWAC from 1936 to 1970 as Arkansas AM&N before re-joining in the 1997–98 academic season, and to gain full member status a year later.

Associate members

InstitutionLocation (Population)FoundedTypeEnrollmentJoinedMascotColorsSportPrimary
conference
Howard University Washington, DC (672,228)1867Private10,3002014 Bison             soccer (W) MEAC

Former members

InstitutionLocation (Population)FoundedTypeEnrollmentJoinedLeftNicknameCurrent Conference
Bishop College Marshall, Texas
(23,523)
Dallas, Texas
(1,197,816)
1881Privaten/a19201956TigersClosed in 19881
Langston University Langston, Oklahoma
(1,724)
1897Public3,92219311957 Lions Sooner (NAIA)
Paul Quinn College Dallas, Texas
(1,197,816)
1872Private1,02019201929 Tigers RRAC/Red River (NAIA)
Huston–Tillotson University 2 Austin, Texas
(820,611)
1881Private90019201959 Rams RRAC/Red River (NAIA)
Texas College Tyler, Texas
(96,900)
1894Private60019201961 Steers RRAC/Red River (NAIA)
Sooner (football)
Wiley College Marshall, Texas
(23,523)
1873Private1,20019201968 Wildcats RRAC/Red River (NAIA)

Note

  1. - Upon the closure of Bishop College, Paul Quinn College relocated from Waco to Dallas and re-established itself at the Bishop College campus.
  2. - Huston–Tillotson University was formerly known as Samuel Huston College.

Membership timeline

Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical UniversityAlabama State UniversityMississippi Valley State UniversityAlcorn State UniversityJackson State UniversityGrambling State UniversityTexas Southern UniversityUniversity of Arkansas at Pine BluffSouthern UniversityLangston UniversityWiley CollegeTexas CollegeHuston–Tillotson UniversityPrairie View UniversityPaul Quinn CollegeBishop CollegeSouthwestern Athletic Conference

Sports

The SWAC sponsors championship competitions in eight men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports: [4]

Teams in Southwestern Athletic Conference competition
SportMen'sWomen's
Baseball
10
-
Basketball
10
10
Bowling
-
7
Cross Country
9
10
Football
10
-
Golf
8
5
Soccer
-
10
Softball
-
10
Tennis
6
8
Track and Field (Indoor)
9
9
Track and Field (Outdoor)
9
10
Volleyball
-
10

Facilities

SchoolFootball stadiumCapacityBasketball arenaCapacityBaseball stadiumCapacity
Alabama A&M Louis Crews Stadium 21,000 Elmore Gymnasium 6,000 Bulldog Field N/A
Alabama State Hornet Stadium 26,500 ASU Acadome 7,400 Wheeler–Watkins Baseball Complex 500
Alcorn State Jack Spinks Stadium 22,500 Davey Whitney Complex 7,000 Foster Baseball Field at McGowan Stadium N/A
Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lion Stadium 12,500 K. L. Johnson Complex 4,500 Torii Hunter Baseball/Softball Complex N/A
Grambling State Eddie Robinson Stadium 19,600 Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center 7,500 Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones Park and Wilbert Ellis Field N/A
Jackson State Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium 62,000 Williams Assembly Center 8,000 Braddy Field 800
Mississippi Valley Rice–Totten Stadium 10,000 Harrison HPER Complex 5,000 Magnolia Field N/A
Prairie View A&M Panther Stadium at Blackshear Field 15,000 William Nicks Building 5,520 Tankersley Field [5] 512
Southern Ace W. Mumford Stadium 29,000 F. G. Clark Center 7,500 Lee–Hines Field N/A
Texas Southern BBVA Compass Stadium 22,000 Health and Physical Education Arena 8,100 MacGregor Park N/A

SWAC Championships

Football

Prior to splitting into divisions and using a postseason championship game to decide its overall champion, the SWAC determined its champions by winning-percentage against conference opponents in regular season play.

In 1933 Langston appeared to win the title outright with a 4-0 conference record after the regular season, while Wiley finished 4-1, and Prairie View A&M finished 3-1. Langston was invited to the Prairie View Bowl, which was won by Prairie View. The Panthers subsequently declared themselves SWAC champions even though their claim was based on a postseason game. The SWAC seems to acknowledge both schools' claims to the title in the conference's football media guide, [6] although some other sources [7] including Michael Hurd's Black College Football, 1892–1992: One Hundred Years of History, Education, and Pride (1993) also list Wiley as an additional co-champion, apparently since all three schools had 4-1 records against conference opponents if the postseason game is incorporated into the regular season conference standings.

Prairie View vacated [7] its 1941 championship. [8] No championship was awarded in 1943 due to World War II. [7] Grambling State vacated its 1975 championship [9] due to a violation of SWAC rules for scheduling opponents. [10]

Games from 1999–2012 were played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. The conference moved the game in 2013 to NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Starting in 2015, the winner of the SWAC will play the winner of the MEAC conference in an overall HBCU championship bowl game called the Celebration Bowl in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The MEAC gave up its automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs for this game.

Texas Southern vacated its 2010 championship due to violations of NCAA rules. [11]

YearChampionRunner-upScore
1999 Southern Jackson State 31-30
2000 Grambling State Alabama A&M 14-6
2001 Grambling State Alabama State 38-31
2002 Grambling State Alabama A&M 31-19
2003 Southern Alabama State 20-9
2004 Alabama State Southern 40-35
2005 Grambling State Alabama A&M 45-6
2006 Alabama A&M Arkansas-Pine Bluff 22–13
2007 Jackson State Grambling State 42–31
2008 Grambling State Jackson State 41-9
2009 Prairie View A&M Alabama A&M 30-24
2010 Texas Southern (vacated) Alabama State 11-6
2011 Grambling State Alabama A&M 16-15
2012 Arkansas-Pine Bluff Jackson State 24-21
2013 Southern Jackson State 34-27
2014 Alcorn State Southern 38-24
2015 Alcorn State Grambling State 49-21 [12]
2016 Grambling State Alcorn State 27-20
2017 Grambling State Alcorn State 40-32

Since splitting into western and eastern divisions and using a postseason championship game to decide its overall champion, the SWAC determines its division champions by winning-percentage against conference opponents in regular season play. For the 1999 season only, inter-divisional conference games did not count in the conference standings. Each division's outright champion or top-seeded co-champion advances to the championship game. [6]

Texas Southern vacated its 2010 division championship due to violations of NCAA rules. [11]

YearWestern Division Champion(s)Eastern Division Champion(s)
1999 Southern Jackson State
2000 Grambling State Alabama A&M*
Alabama State
2001 Grambling State Alabama State
2002 Grambling State Alabama A&M
2003 Southern*
Grambling State
Alabama State*
Alcorn State
2004 Southern Alabama State
2005 Grambling State Alabama A&M
2006 Arkansas-Pine Bluff Alabama A&M
2007 Grambling State Jackson State
2008 Grambling State Jackson State
2009 Prairie View A&M Alabama A&M
2010 Texas Southern* (vacated)
Grambling State
Alabama State*
Jackson State
2011 Grambling State Alabama A&M*
Alabama State
Jackson State**
2012 Arkansas-Pine Bluff Jackson State*
Alabama State
2013 Southern Jackson State
2014 Southern Alcorn State
2015 Grambling State Alcorn State
2016 Grambling State Alcorn State
2017 Grambling State Alcorn State

Note: an asterisk denotes the division's top-seeded co-champion and representative in the SWAC Championship Game; a double-asterisk denotes that the division's co-champion was ineligible for the SWAC Championship Game due to a violation of SWAC rules that were in effect from 2011 [13] to 2014 [14] concerning APR scores

Men's basketball

The semi-final and championship SWAC Basketball Tournament games are held at the $35 million Delmar Fieldhouse (opened in 2017) near Uptown Houston. [15] [16] As of the 2017 tournaments, [17] they feature an eight team three-day layout with the quarterfinal rounds hosted on campus sites. This changes the previous 10-team, five-day tournament format. The higher seeded teams will host a combined eight games leaving two days for travel and practice rounds. The tournament concludes with the semi-finals and championship rounds inside Houston’s Delmar Fieldhouse. Winners of the tournaments earn automatic bids to their respective NCAA Division I Tournaments. The championship games are nationally televised live annually on an ESPN network.

YearRegular SeasonCoachTournamentCoach
1956–1957 Texas Southern Ed Adamsnot held
1957–1958 Texas Southern Ed Adamsnot held
1958–1959 Grambling State Fred Hobdynot held
1959–1960 Grambling State Fred Hobdynot held
1960–1961 Prairie View A&M Leroy Moore, Jr.not held
1961–1962 Prairie View A&M Leroy Moore, Jr.not held
1962–1963 Grambling State Fred Hobdynot held
1963–1964 Grambling State
Jackson State
Fred Hobdy
Harrison Wilson
not held
1964–1965 Southern Richard Macknot held
1965–1966 Alcorn State
Grambling State
E.E. Simmons
Fred Hobby
not held
1966–1967 Alcorn State
Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Grambling State
E.E. Simmons
Hubert Clemens
Fred Hobby
not held
1967–1968 Alcorn State
Jackson State
Bob Hopkins
Paul Covington
not held
1968–1969 Alcorn State Bob Hopkinsnot held
1969–1970 Jackson State Paul Covingtonnot held
1970–1971 Grambling State Fred Hobdynot held
1971–1972 Grambling State Fred Hobdynot held
1972–1973 Alcorn State Davey L. Whitneynot held
1973–1974 Jackson State Paul Covingtonnot held
1974–1975 Jackson State Paul Covingtonnot held
1975–1976 Alcorn State Davey L. Whitneynot held
1976–1977 Texas Southern Robert Morelandnot held
1977–1978 Southern Carl Stewart Jackson State Paul Covington
1978–1979 Alcorn State Davey L. Whitney Alcorn State Davey L. Whitney
1979–1980 Alcorn State Davey L. Whitney Alcorn State Davey L. Whitney
1980–1981 Alcorn State
Southern
Davey L. Whitney
Carl Stewart
Southern Carl Stewart
1981–1982 Alcorn State
Jackson State
Davey L. Whitney
Paul Covington
Alcorn State Davey L. Whitney
1982–1983 Texas Southern Robert Moreland Alcorn State Davey L. Whitney
1983–1984 Alcorn State Davey L. Whitney Alcorn State Davey L. Whitney
1984–1985 Alcorn State Davey L. Whitney Southern Bob Hopkins
1985–1986 Alcorn State
Southern
Davey L. Whitney
Bob Hopkins
Mississippi Valley State Lafayette Stribling
1986–1987 Grambling State Bob Hopkins Southern Ben Jobe
1987–1988 Southern Ben Jobe Southern Ben Jobe
1988–1989 Grambling State
Southern
Texas Southern
Bob Hopkins
Ben Jobe
Robert Moreland
Southern Ben Jobe
1989–1990 Southern Ben Jobe Texas Southern Robert Moreland
1990–1991 Jackson State Andy Stoglin Jackson State Andy Stoglin
1991–1992 Texas Southern
Mississippi Valley State
Robert Moreland
Lafayette Stribling
Mississippi Valley State Lafayette Stribling
1992–1993 Jackson State Andy Stoglin Southern Ben Jobe
1993–1994 Texas Southern Robert Moreland Texas Southern Robert Moreland
1994–1995 Texas Southern Robert Moreland Texas Southern Robert Moreland
1995–1996 Jackson State
Mississippi Valley State
Andy Stoglin
Lafayette Stribling
Mississippi Valley State Lafayette Stribling
1996–1997 Mississippi Valley State Lafayette Stribling Jackson State Andy Stoglin
1997–1998 Texas Southern Robert Moreland Prairie View A&M Elwood Plummer
1998–1999 Alcorn State Davey L. Whitney Alcorn State Davey L. Whitney
1999–2000 Alcorn State Davey L. Whitney Jackson State Andy Stoglin
2000–2001 Alabama State Rob Spivery Alabama State Rob Spivery
2001–2002 Alcorn State Davey L. Whitney Alcorn State Davey L. Whitney
2002–2003 Prairie View A&M Jerome Francis Texas Southern Ronnie Courtney
2003–2004 Alabama State Rob Spivery Alabama State Rob Spivery
2004–2005 Alabama A&M L. Vann Pettaway Alabama A&M L. Vann Pettaway
2005–2006 Southern Rob Spivery Southern Rob Spivery
2006–2007 Mississippi Valley State James Green Jackson State Tevester Anderson
2007–2008 Alabama State Lewis Jackson Mississippi Valley State James Green
2008–2009 Alabama State Lewis Jackson Alabama State Lewis Jackson
2009–2010 Arkansas-Pine Bluff George Ivory Arkansas-Pine Bluff George Ivory
2010–2011 Texas Southern Tony Harvey Alabama State Lewis Jackson
2011–2012 Mississippi Valley State Sean Woods Mississippi Valley State Sean Woods
2012–2013 Southern Roman Banks Southern Roman Banks
2013–2014 Southern Roman Banks Texas Southern Mike Davis
2014–2015 Texas Southern Mike Davis Texas Southern Mike Davis
2015–2016 Texas Southern Mike Davis Southern Roman Banks
2016–2017 Texas Southern Mike Davis Texas Southern Mike Davis
2017–2018 Grambling State Donte Jackson Texas Southern Mike Davis
2018–2019 Prairie View A&M Byron Rimm II Prairie View A&M Byron Rimm II

Men's basketball tournament performance by school

SchoolChampionshipsChampionship Years
Southern
9
1981, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1993, 2006, 2013, 2016
Texas Southern
8
1990, 1994, 1995, 2003, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
Alcorn State
7
1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1999, 2002
Mississippi Valley State
6
1986, 1992, 1996, 2008, 2012
Jackson State
5
1978, 1991, 1997, 2000, 2007
Alabama State
3
2001, 2004 2009, 2011
Prairie View A&M
2
1998, 2019
Alabama A&M
1
2005
Arkansas-Pine Bluff
1
2010

Women's basketball

YearRegular seasonCoachTournamentCoach
1981–1982 Jackson State Sadie Magee Jackson State Sadie Magee
1982–1983 Jackson State Sadie Magee Jackson State Sadie Magee
1983–1984 Alcorn State Shirley Walker Jackson State Sadie Magee
1984–1985 Alcorn State Shirley Walker Jackson State Sadie Magee
1985–1986 Alcorn State Shirley Walker Alcorn State Shirley Walker
1986–1987 Grambling State Patricia Bibbs Mississippi Valley State Jessie Harris
1987–1988 Mississippi Valley State Jessie Harris Grambling State Patricia Bibbs
1988–1989 Grambling State Patricia Bibbs Alabama State Ron Mitchell
1989–1990 Grambling State Patricia Bibbs Jackson State Andrew Pennington
1990–1991 Alcorn State Shirley Walker Alcorn State Shirley Walker
1991–1992 Alcorn State Shirley Walker Alcorn State Shirley Walker
1992–1993 Alcorn State
Southern
Shirley Walker
Herman Hartman
Mississippi Valley State Jessie Harris
1993–1994 Alcorn State Shirley Walker Grambling State Patricia Bibbs
1994–1995 Alcorn State
Grambling State
Jackson State
Shirley Walker
Patricia Bibbs
Andrew Pennington
Jackson State Andrew Pennington
1995–1996 Alcorn State
Jackson State
Shirley Walker
Andrew Pennington
Grambling State Patricia Bibbs
1996–1997 Grambling State Patricia Bibbs Grambling State Patricia Bibbs
1997–1998 Grambling State David Ponton Grambling State David Ponton
1998–1999 Grambling State David Ponton Grambling State David Ponton
1999–2000 Grambling State David Ponton Alcorn State Shirley Walker
2000–2001 Alcorn State Shirley Walker Alcorn State Shirley Walker
2001–2002 Southern Sandy Pugh Southern Sandy Pugh
2002–2003 Alabama State
Jackson State
Freda Freeman-Jackson
Denise Taylor
Alabama State Freda Freeman-Jackson
2003–2004 Alabama State Freda Freeman-Jackson Southern Sandy Pugh
2004–2005 Alcorn State Shirley Walker Alcorn State Shirley Walker
2005–2006 Jackson State
Southern
Denise Taylor
Sandy Pugh
Southern Sandy Pugh
2006–2007 Prairie View A&M
Jackson State
Cynthia Cooper-Dyke
Denise Taylor
Prairie View A&M Cynthia Cooper-Dyke
2007–2008 Prairie View A&M Cynthia Cooper-Dyke Jackson State Denise Taylor
2008–2009 Prairie View A&M Cynthia Cooper-Dyke Prairie View A&M Cynthia Cooper-Dyke
2009–2010 Southern Sandy Pugh Southern Sandy Pugh
2010–2011 Southern Sandy Pugh Prairie View A&M Toyelle Wilson
2011-2012 Mississippi Valley State Nate Kilbert Prairie View A&M Toyelle Wilson
2012-2013 Texas Southern Cynthia Cooper-Dyke Prairie View A&M Toyelle Wilson
2013-2014 Southern Sandy Pugh Prairie View A&M Dawn Brown
2014-2015 Alabama State Freda Freeman-Jackson Alabama State Freda Freeman-Jackson
2015-2016 Alabama State Freda Freeman-Jackson Alabama State Freda Freeman-Jackson
2016-2017 Texas Southern Johnetta Hayes-Perry Texas Southern Johnetta Hayes-Perry

Baseball

This is a list of the last 10 SWAC Baseball Tournament champions. For the full history, see Southwestern Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament.

YearProgram
2007 Prairie View
2008 Texas Southern
2009 Southern
2010 Grambling State
2011 Alcorn State
2012 Prairie View
2013 Jackson State
2014 Jackson State
2015 Texas Southern
2016 Alabama State
2017 Texas Southern

SWAC marching bands

Marching bands have a rich tradition being a centerpiece of pride and school spirit for each institution in the conference. Furthermore, the competitiveness, prestige, pageantry, and showmanship of SWAC marching bands significantly add to the unique identity and culture of the conference.

SchoolBandDance Auxiliary
Texas Southern Ocean of Soul Motion of the Ocean
Southern Human Jukebox Fabulous Dancing Dolls
Jackson State Sonic Boom of the South Prancing J-Settes
Alabama StateMighty Marching HornetsSensational Stingettes
Arkansas-Pine BluffMarching Musical Machine of the Mid-South (M4)Golden Girls
Alcorn StateSounds of Dyn-O-mitesGolden Girls
Grambling State "World Famed" Tiger Marching Band Orchesis Dance Company
Prairie View A&MMarching StormBlack Foxes
Alabama A&MMarching Maroon and WhiteDancin' Divas
Mississippi Valley StateMean Green Marching MachineSatin Dolls

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The Texas Southern Tigers is the college football team representing Texas Southern University, a historically black university (HBCU) in Houston. The Tigers play in the NCAA's Division I FCS as a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), a conference whose members are all HBCUs. In 2012, the Tigers moved into the new BBVA Compass Stadium, built for the city's Major League Soccer team, the Houston Dynamo. It replaced the Alexander Durley Sports Complex as the home of Tiger football. On December 3, 2015, Houston native Michael Haywood was hired as the Tigers' 16th all-time head coach.

The State Fair Classic is an annual college football game between the Grambling State University Tigers and the Prairie View A&M University Panthers of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The game is played on a neutral site at the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park, Dallas, Texas during the State Fair of Texas. The game often occurs the weekend before the Oklahoma–Texas Red River Showdown game; the new Texas State Fair Football Showdown is also scheduled to take place on the third weekends of the 2018 and 2019 fairs and will feature Southern and Texas Southern.

SWAC Championship Game

The SWAC Championship Game is an American college football game that is held annually on the first Saturday in December by the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) to determine its football champion. The game pits the champion of the Eastern Division against the champion of the Western Division in a game that follows the conclusion of the regular season. From 2015 onward, the winner of the game has represented the SWAC in the Celebration Bowl. Since 2013, Toyota has been the title sponsor and the contest is officially named the Toyota SWAC Football Championship.

Celebration Bowl

The Celebration Bowl is a postseason college football bowl game. Sponsored by the Air Force Reserve, it was first played in the 2015 season. The game, organized by ESPN Events, is contested between the champions of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) — the two prominent conferences of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in NCAA Division I. It serves as the de facto national championship of black college football and is the only active bowl game to feature teams from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). Starting with the December 2017 game, it is played at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium; the first two games were played at the Georgia Dome.

The 2015 Celebration Bowl was a post-season American college football bowl game played on December 19, 2015 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. The inaugural Celebration Bowl game pitted the North Carolina A&T Aggies, co-champion of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, against the Alcorn State Braves, champion of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The event was the finale of the 2015 FCS football season for both conferences as their champions abstain from the NCAA Division I FCS football playoffs.

2016 Grambling State Tigers football team

The 2016 Grambling State Tigers football team represented Grambling State University in the 2016 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Tigers were led by third year head coach Broderick Fobbs. They competed as members of the West Division of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and played their home games at Eddie Robinson Stadium in Grambling, Louisiana. They finished the season 12–1, 9–0 in SWAC play to be champions of the West Division. They represented the West Division in the SWAC Championship Game where they defeated Alcorn State. The Tigers also defeated MEAC champion North Carolina Central in the Celebration Bowl, earning their fifteenth black college football national championship.

2017 Grambling State Tigers football team

The 2017 Grambling State Tigers football team represented Grambling State University in the 2017 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Tigers were led by fourth-year head coach Broderick Fobbs and played their home games at Eddie Robinson Stadium in Grambling, Louisiana as members of the West Division of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). The Tigers finished the season 11–2, 7–0 in SWAC play to win the West Division. They defeated Alcorn State in the SWAC Championship Game, receiving the conference's bid to the Celebration Bowl where they lost to North Carolina A&T.

2017–18 Grambling State Tigers mens basketball team

The 2017–18 Grambling State Tigers men's basketball team represented Grambling State University during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Tigers, led by first-year head coach Donte Jackson, played their home games at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center in Grambling, Louisiana as members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

2017–18 Texas Southern Tigers basketball team

The 2017–18 Texas Southern Tigers basketball team represented Texas Southern University during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Tigers, led by sixth-year head coach Mike Davis, played their home games at the Health and Physical Education Arena in Houston, Texas as members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. They finished the season 16–20, 12–6 in SWAC play to finish in a three-way tie for second place. Due to Grambling State's Academic Progress Rate violations and subsequent postseason ineligibility, they received the No. 3 seed in the SWAC Tournament where they defeated Alabama State, Prairie View A&M and Arkansas–Pine Bluff to become SWAC Tournament champions. They received the SWAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated North Carolina Central in the First Four before losing in the First Round to Xavier.

The 2017 Celebration Bowl was a post-season American college football bowl game that was played on December 16, 2017 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. This third Celebration Bowl game matched the champion of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, against the champion of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, the two historically black division I conferences. The event was the finale of the 2017 FCS football season for both conferences as neither had teams earn an at large selections into the NCAA Division I FCS football playoffs and their champions abstain from the tournament.

The 2018 SWAC Men's Basketball Tournament was the postseason men's basketball tournament for the Southwestern Athletic Conference for the 2017–18 season. Tournament first round games were played at the campus of the higher seeded team on March 6. The remainder of the tournament was held on March 9 and 10, 2018 at the Delmar Fieldhouse in Houston.

The 2018 Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl was a college football bowl game that was played on December 15, 2018, with kickoff at 12:00 p.m. EST. It was the first game of the 2018–19 bowl season, and the only bowl to feature FCS teams. It was the fourth edition of the Celebration Bowl and the final game of the 2018 NCAA Division I FCS football season for the participating teams. The Air Force Reserve resumed its role as the title sponsor after a one-year absence.

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