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Southland Contemplating Requiring All League Members to Field Football Teams
College Sporting News has learned that the Southland Conference tabled a measure at their recently completed meetings that would require all league members to field teams in each of the league’s sponsored sports.
As it pertains to football, this rule would require Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and UT-Arlington to add football teams. TAMU-CC has not sponsored football at the Division I level, while UT-A shuttered their program in the the mid-1980s, just ahead of Lamar, who will return to the field this fall.
Whether or not this issue is viewed favorably amongst the league institutions remains to be seen. Outside of football, other sports in which a full league presences does not exist include men’s tennis, women’s soccer and softball, among others.
According to the Corpus Christi Caller, Commissioner Tom Burnett stated that the issue could be brought up during a teleconference amongst league presidents this fall or during the league’s winter meetings.
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