PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL APPROVES CLAFLIN, LINCOLN, AND LANGSTON FOR PROVISIONAL MEMBERSHIP IN THE SIAC

December 20, 2004

ATLANTA – The Council of Presidents of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has approved the provisional membership of Claflin University, Lincoln (MO) University, and Langston University to join the conference.

The NCAA defines a provisional membership as a prerequisite for active membership. Before the institutions can become an active member, they are limited to a four-year period to prepare their school to officially join the conference. During this time, they make all of the necessary adjustments to administer their athletic programs in accordance with the SIAC constitution, bylaws, rules, and regulations.

“We are delighted to give Claflin, Lincoln, and Langston the opportunity to become a part of the SIAC family,” Dr. William Lide, Commissioner of the SIAC said. “We also consider it an honor that these fine institutions would like to be a part of the growth and expansion of the conference.”

Claflin and Lincoln are no strangers to the SIAC. Claflin’s basketball team will play SIAC members schools such as Benedict, Clark Atlanta, and Fort Valley State University during the basketball season this year. Lincoln University plays Miles College in a football classic every year. All three schools will be incorporated into the playing schedules of SIAC schools in Fall 2005 and be recorded as non-conference games.

Currently, Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, AL is in its second year of provisional membership in the SIAC. The addition of three other schools will bring the conference’s institution total to 15. Once Stillman is activated, the conference plans to move forward with dividing the conference into east and west divisions.

SCHOOL QUICK FACTS

CLAFLIN UNIVERSITY
President: Dr. Henry Tisdale
Location: Orangeburg, SC – 40 miles south of Columbia
Founded: 1869 – Oldest HBCU in the state of South Carolina
Enrollment: 1700
Current Affiliation: NAIA – Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Sports: Men: Basketball, Baseball, Tennis, Cross Country, Track and Field
Women: Basketball, Softball, Volleyball, Tennis, Track and Field
Colors: Orange and Maroon
Nickname: Panthers
Athletic Director: Dr. Leroy Durant

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY
President: David Henderson
Location: Jefferson City, MO – Capital of Missouri
Founded: 1866
Enrollment: 2900
Current Affiliation: NCAA Division II – Hartland Conference
Sports: Men: Baseball, Basketball, Track, Football, Golf
Women: Basketball, Cross Country, Track and Field, Softball, Tennis
Colors: Navy and White
Nickname: Blue Tigers
Athletic Director: Tim Abney

LANGSTON UNIVERSITY
President: Dr. E.L. Holloway
Location: Langston, OK – 43 miles from Oklahoma City
Founded: 1897
Enrollment: 3700
Current Affiliation: NAIA – Red River Athletic Conference and Central States Football League
Sports: Men: Basketball, Track and Field, Golf, Football
Women: Basketball, Cross Country, Track and Field, Golf (club sport)
Colors: Orange and Navy Blue
Nickname: Lions
Athletic Director: Al Chandler