ATLANTA – The Council of Presidents of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) has approved the provisional membership of Claflin University, Lincoln (MO) University, and Langston University to join the conference.
The NCAA defines a provisional membership as a prerequisite for active membership. Before the institutions can become an active member, they are limited to a four-year period to prepare their school to officially join the conference.
During this time, they make all of the necessary adjustments to administer their athletic programs in accordance with the SIAC constitution, bylaws, rules, and regulations.
“We are delighted to give Claflin, Lincoln, and Langston the opportunity to become a part of the SIAC family,” Dr. William Lide, Commissioner of the SIAC said. “We also consider it an honor that these fine institutions would like to be a part of the growth and expansion of the conference.”
Claflin and Lincoln are no strangers to the SIAC. Claflin’s basketball team will play SIAC members schools such as Benedict, Clark Atlanta, and Fort Valley State University during the basketball season this year.
Lincoln University plays Miles College in a football classic every year. All three schools will be incorporated into the playing schedules of SIAC schools in Fall 2005 and be recorded as non-conference games.
Currently, Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, AL is in its second year of provisional membership in the SIAC. The addition of three other schools will bring the conference’s institution total to 15. Once Stillman is activated, the conference plans to move forward with dividing the conference into east and west divisions.
SCHOOL QUICK FACTS
CLAFLIN UNIVERSITY President: Dr. Henry Tisdale Location: Orangeburg, SC – 40 miles south of Columbia Founded: 1869 – Oldest HBCU in the state of South Carolina Enrollment: 1700 Current Affiliation: NAIA – Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Sports: Men: Basketball, Baseball, Tennis, Cross Country, Track and Field Women: Basketball, Softball, Volleyball, Tennis, Track and Field Colors: Orange and Maroon Nickname: Panthers Athletic Director: Dr. Leroy Durant
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY President: David Henderson Location: Jefferson City, MO – Capital of Missouri Founded: 1866 Enrollment: 2900 Current Affiliation: NCAA Division II – Hartland Conference Sports: Men: Baseball, Basketball, Track, Football, Golf Women: Basketball, Cross Country, Track and Field, Softball, Tennis Colors: Navy and White Nickname: Blue Tigers Athletic Director: Tim Abney
LANGSTON UNIVERSITY President: Dr. E.L. Holloway Location: Langston, OK – 43 miles from Oklahoma City Founded: 1897 Enrollment: 3700 Current Affiliation: NAIA – Red River Athletic Conference and Central States Football League Sports: Men: Basketball, Track and Field, Golf, Football Women: Basketball, Cross Country, Track and Field, Golf (club sport) Colors: Orange and Navy Blue Nickname: Lions Athletic Director: Al Chandler