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Oral Roberts to Join Southland Conference

Category: Featured News, NCAA Conference Expansion & Realignment

Oral Roberts is headed to the Southland. The school has scheduled a 3:30ET press conference to announce its intentions (can be watched a online here).

The Southland has been in a tough spot with the losses of Texas St., UTSA and Texas-Arlington to the WAC, leaving the Southland with with 8 football members and 1 non-football member. Oral Roberts will give the Southland a total of 10 members and expand the conference footprint to include a 4th state, Oklahoma, to go along with Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana.

The loss of Oral Roberts will certainly be deemed a con for the Summit League as they have been one of the more successful programs in the Summit. But with the shift in the Summit footprint over the past decade, the loss of Oral Roberts actually makes the Summit a more compacted and focused conference. They recently lost Centenary in Louisiana, the Summit outpost the furthest south. Southern Utah, the school furthest west, is headed to the Big Sky. With the addition of University of Nebraska at Omaha, the Summit League will now be down to 9 members. There has been some dialog with potential D1 upgrades such as NKU, although that school is expected to join the OVC should they upgrade.



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  • if chicago st cleaned up their act, then they might be a target again but like matt stated TSL asked them to leave.

  • Yes, but summit asked them to leave. Would rather work hard to get NKU.

  • Chicago State can be invited back at any time.


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