|Southwestern Athletic Conference|
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 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.
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.
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.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. 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.
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 (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 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 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.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 (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 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 is a public, historically black university in Mississippi Valley State, Mississippi. MVSU is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
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.
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.
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.
The SWAC comprises ten schools.
|Alabama A&M||Normal, Alabama||1875||Public||5,000||1999|| Bulldogs (men's)|
Lady Bulldogs (women's)
|Alabama State University||Montgomery, Alabama||1867||Public||5,000||1982|| Hornets (men's)|
Lady Hornets (women's)
|Alcorn State University||Lorman, Mississippi||1871||Public||3,400||1962|| Braves (men's)|
Lady Braves (women's)
|Jackson State University||Jackson, Mississippi||1877||Public||8,400||1958|| Tigers (men's)|
Lady Tigers (women's)
|Mississippi Valley State University||Itta Bena, Mississippi||1950||Public||2,500||1968|| Delta Devils (men's)|
|University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff||Pine Bluff, Arkansas||1873||Public||2,500||1936,|
| Golden Lions (men's)|
Golden Lady Lions (women's)
|Grambling State University||Grambling, Louisiana||1901||Public||4,500||1958|| Tigers (men's)|
Lady Tigers (women's)
|Prairie View A&M University||Prairie View, Texas||1876||Public||9,500||1920|| Panthers (men's)|
Lady Panthers (women's)
|Southern University||Baton Rouge, Louisiana||1880||Public||7,000||1935|| Jaguars (men's)|
Lady Jaguars (women's)
|Texas Southern University||Houston, Texas||1947||Public||10,000||1954|| Tigers (men's)|
Lady Tigers (women's)
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.
|Howard University||Washington, DC (672,228)||1867||Private||10,300||2014||Bison||soccer (W)||MEAC|
|Institution||Location (Population)||Founded||Type||Enrollment||Joined||Left||Nickname||Current Conference|
|Bishop College|| Marshall, Texas |
|1881||Private||n/a||1920||1956||Tigers||Closed in 19881|
|Langston University|| Langston, Oklahoma |
|Paul Quinn College|| Dallas, Texas |
|1872||Private||1,020||1920||1929||Tigers||RRAC/Red River (NAIA)|
|Huston–Tillotson University 2|| Austin, Texas |
|1881||Private||900||1920||1959||Rams||RRAC/Red River (NAIA)|
|Texas College|| Tyler, Texas |
|1894||Private||600||1920||1961||Steers|| RRAC/Red River (NAIA)|
|Wiley College|| Marshall, Texas |
|1873||Private||1,200||1920||1968||Wildcats||RRAC/Red River (NAIA)|
The SWAC sponsors championship competitions in eight men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports:
|Track and Field (Indoor)|
|Track and Field (Outdoor)|
|School||Football stadium||Capacity||Basketball arena||Capacity||Baseball stadium||Capacity|
|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||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|
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,although some other sources 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 vacatedits 1941 championship. No championship was awarded in 1943 due to World War II. Grambling State vacated its 1975 championship due to a violation of SWAC rules for scheduling opponents.
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.
|2000||Grambling State||Alabama A&M||14-6|
|2001||Grambling State||Alabama State||38-31|
|2002||Grambling State||Alabama A&M||31-19|
|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|
|2015||Alcorn State||Grambling State||49-21|
|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.
Texas Southern vacated its 2010 division championship due to violations of NCAA rules.
|Year||Western Division Champion(s)||Eastern Division Champion(s)|
|2000||Grambling State|| Alabama A&M*|
|2001||Grambling State||Alabama State|
|2002||Grambling State||Alabama A&M|
| 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)|
| Alabama State*|
|2011||Grambling State|| Alabama A&M*|
|2012||Arkansas-Pine Bluff|| Jackson 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 2011to 2014 concerning APR scores
The semi-final and championship SWAC Basketball Tournament games are held at the $35 million Delmar Fieldhouse (opened in 2017) near Uptown Houston.As of the 2017 tournaments, 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.
|1956–1957||Texas Southern||Ed Adams||not held|
|1957–1958||Texas Southern||Ed Adams||not held|
|1958–1959||Grambling State||Fred Hobdy||not held|
|1959–1960||Grambling State||Fred Hobdy||not 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 Hobdy||not held|
|1963–1964|| Grambling State |
|1964–1965||Southern||Richard Mack||not held|
|1965–1966|| Alcorn State |
|1966–1967|| Alcorn State |
|1967–1968|| Alcorn State |
|1968–1969||Alcorn State||Bob Hopkins||not held|
|1969–1970||Jackson State||Paul Covington||not held|
|1970–1971||Grambling State||Fred Hobdy||not held|
|1971–1972||Grambling State||Fred Hobdy||not held|
|1972–1973||Alcorn State||Davey L. Whitney||not held|
|1973–1974||Jackson State||Paul Covington||not held|
|1974–1975||Jackson State||Paul Covington||not held|
|1975–1976||Alcorn State||Davey L. Whitney||not held|
|1976–1977||Texas Southern||Robert Moreland||not 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 |
|Davey L. Whitney|
|1981–1982|| Alcorn State |
|Davey L. Whitney|
|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 |
|Davey L. Whitney|
|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 |
|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
|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
|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|
|Southern||1981, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1993, 2006, 2013, 2016|
|Texas Southern||1990, 1994, 1995, 2003, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018|
|Alcorn State||1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1999, 2002|
|Mississippi Valley State||1986, 1992, 1996, 2008, 2012|
|Jackson State||1978, 1991, 1997, 2000, 2007|
|Alabama State||2001, 2004 2009, 2011|
|Prairie View A&M||1998, 2019|
|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 |
|Mississippi Valley State||Jessie Harris|
|1993–1994||Alcorn State||Shirley Walker||Grambling State||Patricia Bibbs|
|1994–1995|| Alcorn State |
|Jackson State||Andrew Pennington|
|1995–1996|| Alcorn State |
|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 |
|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 |
|2006–2007|| Prairie View A&M |
| Cynthia Cooper-Dyke |
|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|
This is a list of the last 10 SWAC Baseball Tournament champions. For the full history, see Southwestern Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament.
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.
|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 State||Mighty Marching Hornets||Sensational Stingettes|
|Arkansas-Pine Bluff||Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South (M4)||Golden Girls|
|Alcorn State||Sounds of Dyn-O-mites||Golden Girls|
|Grambling State||"World Famed" Tiger Marching Band||Orchesis Dance Company|
|Prairie View A&M||Marching Storm||Black Foxes|
|Alabama A&M||Marching Maroon and White||Dancin' Divas|
|Mississippi Valley State||Mean Green Marching Machine||Satin Dolls|
The NCAA Division I Football Championship is a annual post-season college football game, played since 2006, used to determine a national champion of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). From 1978 to 2005, the game was known as the NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship.
The Heritage Bowl is a dormant National Collegiate Athletic Association Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) bowl game pitting a team from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) against a team from the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). It was hoped that it would become a true national championship game for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). It was a successor to the Pelican Bowl, which matched MEAC and SWAC teams during the 1970s, and a predecessor to the Celebration Bowl of the 2010s.
The black college football national championship is a national championship won by the best football team(s) among Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the United States.
The Grambling State Tigers represent Grambling State University in NCAA intercollegiate athletics. Grambling's sports teams participate in Division I as a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).
The Grambling State Tigers are the college football team representing the Grambling State University. The Tigers play in NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) as a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
The Jackson State Tigers are the college football team representing the Jackson State University. The Tigers play in NCAA Division I Football Championship as a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
The Prairie View A&M Panthers football team is the college football team representing the Prairie View A&M University. The Panthers play in NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) as a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. From 1989 to 1998, Prairie View A&M lost 80 straight games, the longest losing streak in NCAA history.
The Southern Jaguars are the National football team representing the Southern University. The Jaguars play in NCAA Division I Football Championship as a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The Jaguars started collegiate football in 1916, and played in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference before joining the SWAC in 1934.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.