Southwestern; Texas Lutheran Accept Football Affiliate Membership Offer from ASC

Southwestern; Texas Lutheran Accept Football Affiliate Membership Offer from ASC

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - It was announced today that current Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference members Southwestern University and Texas Lutheran University will affiliate with the American Southwest Conference (ASC) in the sport of football beginning with the 2017 season.

Two weeks ago, Austin College and Trinity University announced their intention to join the Southern Athletic Association (SAA), also effective the 2017 season. 

"I'm excited and extremely pleased that a football home has now been secured by all four of our members who play the sport," said SCAC commissioner Dwayne Hanberry. "In particular, I know Southwestern and Texas Lutheran are excited to create and renew rivalries with many of their Texas neighbors in the American Southwest Conference."

With the Austin College and Trinity football programs moving to the SAA and the Southwestern and Texas Lutheran programs aligning with the ASC, the SCAC will no longer sponsor the sport of football which has been played in the conference since 1962 when the league was known as the College Athletic Conference.

The fact that the 2016 season will be the last year of SCAC football does make today's announcement a bittersweet one acknowledged Hanberry.

"Yes, our preference would obviously be to have a healthy and viable football conference. But the reality of trying to put together a schedule when your group of schools are among the last independent football-playing institutions in the country became too much to overcome. At the end of the day, we all felt like pursuing affiliate options was going to be in the best interest of all four institutions."

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