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Lincoln (Mo.) And Langston To Opt Out of The SIAC
– After careful review and consideration, Lincoln University (MO) and Langston University officials notified the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and its member institutions that they will not be joining the conference. TUCKER, Ga.
A final review of financial obligations as well as location proximity proved to be the final and overall reason for the withdrawal from the conference.
Langston University located in Langston, Oklahoma was in their first year of provisional membership in both the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the SIAC.
The University sponsored four (4) men’s sports and three (3) women’s sports including football, basketball, cross country/track & field, and golf. Langston will remain a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) competing in the Red River Athletic Conference.
Lincoln University (MO) located in Jefferson City, MO is currently a NCAA Division II member competing as an independent.
The University currently sponsors five (5) men’s sports and (5) women’s sports including, basketball, baseball, cross country, football, golf, softball, tennis and track & field. Lincoln was also in their first year as a provisional member of the SIAC.
Discussions about the institutions and their stance with the conference were mentioned at the SIAC Council of Presidents Meeting on March 3, 2006 however formal notice of withdrawal from the two institutions was received in the conference office earlier this week.
SIAC Commissioner Dr. William E. Lide stated, “Location proximity and financial obligations throughout their tenure in the SIAC was a concern of both institutions and after further review both found it not to be in their best interest to join the conference at this time”.
“The decision to withdraw from the conference was completely the decision of Lincoln University (MO) and Langston University. Many great relationships and bonds were acquired through this provisional stage and we are sorry to receive their notice of withdrawal; however we are happy to have had such stupendous institutions as Lincoln University (MO) and Langston University display their interest in the SIAC as it continues to grow.”
As a result of the withdrawal of Lincoln University (MO) and Langston University the conference will remain twelve institutions strong. Claflin University will still join the SIAC and is eligible to be a full member beginning Spring 2007, which will push the conference to thirteen teams and amongst the largest conferences in Division II.