Elon Joins Southern Conference

Thursday, May 30, 2002

The Southern Conference Executive Committee Thursday voted to accept the recommendation of the league's Expansion Committee and extend an invitation to Elon University to join the Southern Conference.

The addition of Elon will keep the SoCon's membership at 12. VMI announced last fall that it will leave the SoCon for the Big South Conference. Elon is currently a member of the Big South.

A news conference will be held on Friday, May 31 at Elon University where University President Dr. Leo Lambert and Director of Athletics Dr. Alan White along with Southern Conference Commissioner Dr. Danny Morrison will make a formal announcement.

"We are delighted to have Elon join the Southern Conference," said Dr. Bruce Grube, the president of Georgia Southern University and the chair of the league's Council of Presidents.

"The institution fits all of the criteria we were seeking in a new member: it is within our regional footprint, it has a competitive football program and it has quality academic programs."

Elon University sponsors 16 intercollegiate sports: seven for men and nine for women. The men's sports include football, cross country, soccer, basketball, baseball, golf, and tennis. Women's sports include volleyball, cross country, track and indoor track, soccer, basketball, softball, golf, and tennis.

"Elon's football program has been able to crack the national rankings in
recent years," said Georgia Southern Director of Athletics Sam Baker.
"While many consider the Southern Conference to have the best brand of
football in I-AA, I would expect Elon should provide strong competition
during the league schedule."

The Southern Conference's expansion committee visited the Elon campus on April 8-9 and was impressed by both the academic and athletic programs.

"A number of our members who had not been on the Elon campus in over a decade, were both amazed and impressed with the beauty of the campus and the quality of the facilities," said Dr. Ted Monroe, the faculty athletics representative from Wofford College and the president of the Southern Conference.

"Furthermore, while one could easily recognize the tremendous improvement in the physical plant, as a faculty member, it was also great to see that same kind of improvement in the academic program," said Monroe. "Just as importantly, we were very impressed with their leadership."

"This is a strong, positive step forward for the Southern Conference," said Dr. David Knight, the faculty athletics representative at UNC Greensboro. "Elon's stature, on both the regional and national levels, is growing annually."

Elon became an NCAA Division I member in 1997. In just a short period since moving up from the Division II level, the Phoenix have experienced some memorable and high profile success. The football team defeated Furman in 1999, a year in which the Paladins would tie for the SoCon crown and earn a berth in the NCAA Playoffs. The Phoenix baseball team defeated national power the University of Miami in two of three games this season and also beat the Hurricanes in 1999, a year in which UM won the national championship.

Founded in 1889, Elon has experienced rapid growth in recent years. With an undergraduate enrollment of 4,160, Elon is North Carolina's second largest private university, trailing only Duke and having a larger undergraduate student body than Wake Forest.

We believe Elon will be a strong member of the Southern Conference, said Morrison. Elon has been a very competitive member of every conference in which they have belonged. Over the last 23 years, Elon has won 53 conference championships and had over 500 student-athletes named to all-conference teams.

The Southern Conference is an NCAA Division I athletics conference
consisting of 12 member institutions in the states of Georgia, North
Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia with headquarters in
Asheville, N.C.

Members include Appalachian State, College of Charleston, The Citadel, Davidson, East Tennessee State, Furman, Georgia Southern, UNC Greensboro, Chattanooga, Virginia Military Institute, Western Carolina and Wofford College.


Chattanoogan.com Prep Football Picks: Week Four

<iframe width="600" height="2000" frameborder="0" src=" https://docs.google.com/ spreadsheet/pub?key= 0AlRpAaeqeC1udDZQYTlvZ01OM3V6T ENPY3lERVA3Z1E&output=html& widget=true "></iframe> (click for more)

Best Polo Player In The U.S., Julio Arellano Set To Play This Weekend In Bendabout International Cup

The best polo player in the United States will lead the Bendabout Farm team against a team from Mexico on Sunday to play for the Bendabout International Cup. The warm up match begins at 10 a.m. Saturday with tournament play at 2 p.m. Sunday on the farm located south of Cleveland on U.S. Highway 11 in McDonald. Gates open to the public two hours before start time. ... (click for more)

EPB Officials Huddle With Attorneys Over City Street Lighting Issue

EPB board members huddled with attorneys on the issue of billing for city street lights on Friday morning. EPB Chairman Joe Ferguson asked for the private session with attorneys Rick Hitchcock and Tom Greenholtz of Chambliss Bahner. Don Lepard, owner of Global Green Lighting, earlier filed a $10 million "whistle blower" lawsuit, claiming overbilling by EPB on street lighting. ... (click for more)

City Council Taking Applications From Those Interested In Serving On City IDB

The City Council is taking applications from those interested in serving on the city industrial Development Board (IDB).   There are four vacancies on the board that has been in the news for its controversial approval and re-approval of $9 million in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for developers of Aetna Mountain. Resumes are due by Sept. 29.   ... (click for more)

Walking Among Memories, The USS LST-325

I have walked among the head stones at Flanders Fields and have seen the entrenchment of soldiers with only bayonet tips sticking out of the earth. Later I traveled to Normandy where I stood on the sand and made scuff marks with my shoes on Omaha Beach and climbed the hill to the magnificent American Cemetery there. I again walked among the many, many tomb stones so neatly and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Troubling Jameis Winston

One of the greatest things about the American legal system is that each and every crime is judged on its own merits. Just because Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer and Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy were each arrested for domestic abuse earlier this week, each National Football League football hero will be given an independent hearing and trial, if need be, ... (click for more)