DePauw to Leave SCAC Effective 2011-12 Academic Year

DePauw to Leave SCAC Effective 2011-12 Academic Year

SUWANEE, Ga. - In an announcement made today, DePauw University has decided to leave the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference and accept an offer of membership in the North Coast Athletic Conference. The move will be effective July 1, 2011.

"DePauw has been an exemplary member of the SCAC since joining our conference in 1998," said commissioner Dwayne Hanberry. "We trust this was not an easy decision for President Casey and the Board of Trustees, but respect that the decision was made in the best interest of the institution.”

“The SCAC hates to lose DePauw, but we certainly respect their decision to switch conference affiliation in order for their student-athletes to compete in an area of the country that makes more sense geographically,” said Southwestern University President Jake Schrum, who is chair of the SCAC Executive Council. “Speaking on behalf of all of the presidents of the SCAC, we wish them well in all future endeavors.”

During its time with the SCAC (1998-2010), DePauw has captured 70 conference championships (32 in men’s sports; 38 in women’s sport). Over that 12-year span, only Trinity University with 98 championships has more total conference titles than DePauw.

DePauw’s decision currently leaves the SCAC with 11 member institutions. The league’s Board of Directors is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, June 9, in Atlanta, Ga., to attend to regular conference business.