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Gulf South Conference
Data
Classification NCAA Division II
Established 1970
Members 14
Sports fielded 14 (7 men's, 7 women's)
Region Southern United States
States 6 - Alabamamarker, Arkansasmarker, Georgiamarker,
Floridamarker, Mississippimarker, Tennesseemarker
Past names Mid-South Conference
Headquarters Birmingham, Alabamamarker
Commissioner Nate Salant, Esq.
Locations
The Gulf South Conference (GSC) is a College Athletic Conference which operates in the southeastern United Statesmarker. It participates in the NCAA's Division II.

History

Originally known as the Mid-South Conference, the GSC was formed by six universities in the summer of 1970: Delta Statemarker, Florence State (now North Alabamamarker), Jacksonville Statemarker, Livingston (now West Alabamamarker), Tennessee-Martinmarker and Troy State (now Troymarker). Scheduling problems for the 1970–71 academic year limited the league to football, won by Jacksonville State.

In 1971, the league changed its name to the Gulf South Conference; added Southeastern Louisiana marker and Nicholls State (increasing the membership to eight); opened an office in Hammond, Louisianamarker; and began championships in all men’s sports. The following year, Mississippi College and Northwestern Louisiana marker were admitted. NWLA withdrew to go Division I two years later, followed by SELA and Nicholls State in 1979.

The conference continued with seven teams until 1981, when the presidents admitted Valdosta State. West Georgia joined in 1983. Eight years of stability ended in 1991 when Tennessee-Martin and Troy State went Division I, briefly dropping the GSC back to seven members, before the beginning of an expansion resulting in ten new members: Lincoln Memorialmarker (1992–93); Alabama-Huntsvillemarker, Henderson Statemarker, Central Arkansas, and Mississippi University for Women (MUW) (1993–94); West Floridamarker (1994–95); and Arkansas-Monticellomarker, Arkansas Techmarker, Montevallomarker, and Southern Arkansasmarker (1995–96). Jacksonville State went Division I at the end of 1992-93. Mississippi College dropped to Division III at the end of 1995–96 and was replaced by Christian Brothersmarker to keep the Conference at 16 schools. In July 2000, the GSC welcomed Harding University and Ouachita Baptist University, making it the largest NCAA conference at any level with 18 schools. The Conference membership decreased to 17 when MUW dropped its athletics program at the end of the 2002–03 season.

2006–07 was another season of change for the GSC. Central Arkansas moved to Division I, leaving the West Division with eight schools while Lincoln Memorial left for the South Atlantic Conference due to travel and location issues, leaving the East Division with seven schools.

Montevallo announced on June 27, 2008 that they will be leaving for the Peach Belt Conference following the 2008-09 season.

Former Commissioner Jim McCullough moved the GSC office to its present Birmingham, Alabamamarker, location. The current Commissioner, Nate Salant, has been in office since October 1992.

Current members

Institution Nickname Location Affiliation Enrollment Year Joined Division
University of Alabama in Huntsvillemarker Chargers Huntsville, Alabamamarker Public 7,100 1993 East
University of Arkansas at Monticellomarker Boll Weevils and Cotton Blossoms Monticello, Arkansasmarker Public 2,942 1995 West
Arkansas Tech Universitymarker Wonder Boys and Golden Suns Russellville, Arkansasmarker Public 7,498 1995 West
Christian Brothers Universitymarker Buccaneers Memphis, Tennesseemarker Private/Roman Catholic 1,720 1996 West
Delta State Universitymarker Statesmen Cleveland, Mississippimarker Public 4,392 1970 West
Harding University Bisons Searcy, Arkansasmarker Private/Church of Christ 6,108 2000 West
Henderson State Universitymarker Reddies Arkadelphia, Arkansasmarker Public 3,584 1993 West
University of North Alabamamarker Lions Florence, Alabamamarker Public 7,243 1970 East
Ouachita Baptist University Tigers Arkadelphia, Arkansasmarker Private/Southern Baptist 1,448 2000 West
Southern Arkansas Universitymarker Muleriders Magnolia, Arkansasmarker Public 3,224 1995 West
Valdosta State Universitymarker Blazers Valdosta, Georgiamarker Public 12,372 1981 East
The University of West Alabamamarker Tigers Livingston, Alabamamarker Public 4,888 1970 East
University of West Floridamarker Argonauts Pensacola, Floridamarker Public 11,300 1994 East
University of West Georgia Wolves Carrollton, Georgiamarker Public 11,252 1983 East


Conference venues

School Football Basketball
Stadium Capacity Arena Capacity
Alabama-Huntsville Non-football School N/A Spragins Hall 2,250
Arkansas-Monticello Convoy Leslie-Cotton Boll Stadium 5,000 Steelman Fieldhouse 1,500
Arkansas Tech Thone Stadium 6,000 Tucker Coliseum 3,500
Christian Brothers Non-football School N/A Canale Arenamarker 1,000
Delta State Parker Field at McCool Stadium 8,000 Walter Sillers Coliseum 4,000
Harding First Security Stadium 6,500 Rhodes Field House 3,000
Henderson State Carpenter-Haygood Stadium 9,600 Duke Wells Center 3,000
North Alabama Braly Municipal Stadiummarker 14,215 Flowers Hallmarker 3,900
Ouachita Baptist A.U. Williams Field 5,225 Bill Vining Arena 2,500
Southern Arkansas Wilkins Stadium 6,000 W.T. Watson Athletic Center 2,600
Valdosta State Bazemore-Hyder Stadiummarker 11,500 The Complex 5,350
West Alabama Tiger Stadiummarker 7,000 Pruitt Hall 1,500
West Florida Non-football School N/A UWF Fieldhouse 2,380
West Georgia University Stadium 9,000 The Coliseum 6,790


Former members

Institution Location Conference Tenure New Conference Classification
University of Central Arkansas Conway, Arkansasmarker 1993–2006 Southland Conference NCAA Division I FCS
Jacksonville State Universitymarker Jacksonville, Alabamamarker 1970–1993 Ohio Valley Conference NCAA Division I FCS
Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate, Tennesseemarker 1992–2006 South Atlantic Conference NCAA Division II
Mississippi College Clinton, Mississippimarker 1972–1996 American Southwest Conference NCAA Division III
Mississippi University for Women Columbus, Mississippimarker 1993–2003 Athletic Programs Discontinued N/A
University of Montevallomarker Montevallo, Alabamamarker 1995-2009 Peach Belt Conference NCAA Division II
Nicholls State University Thibodaux, Louisianamarker 1971–1979 Southland Conference NCAA Division I FCS
Northwestern State Universitymarker Natchitoches, Louisianamarker 1971–1973 Southland Conference NCAA Division I FCS
Southeastern Louisiana Universitymarker Hammond, Louisianamarker 1971–1979 Southland Conference NCAA Division I FCS
University of Tennessee at Martinmarker Martin, Tennesseemarker 1970–1991 Ohio Valley Conference NCAA Division I FCS
Troy Universitymarker Troy, Alabamamarker 1970–1991 Sun Belt Conference NCAA Division I FBS


Sanctioned sports

GSC members feature comprehensive athletic programs that compete for 14 official conference championships: football, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s golf.

The GSC is perhaps best known for being the premier conference in NCAA Division II football. The three-year run put together by North Alabama in the mid-1990s is one of the most amazing feats in college football history. North Alabama went 41-1 during that span with the only loss being a 3 point loss to that season’s NCAA Division I-AA champion Youngstown State. No other football team on any level has ever won 41 games during a 3 year period.

National championships

Sport School Year(s)
Baseball Valdosta State 1979
Delta State 2004
Troy State 1986, 87
Jacksonville State 1990, 91
Men's Basketball North Alabama 1979, 91
Jacksonville State 1985
Women's Basketball Delta State 1975, 76, 77, 89, 90, 92
Southeastern Louisiana 1977
Football Valdosta State 2004, 07
Delta State 2000
North Alabama 1993, 94, 95
West Alabama 1971
Troy 1984, 87
Jacksonville State 1992
Men's Golf West Florida 2001, 08
Troy 1976, 77, 84
Women's Golf Troy 1984, 86, 89
Women's Gymnastics Jacksonville State 1984, 85
Men's Ice Hockey Alabama-Huntsville 1996, 98
Women's Soccer Christian Brothers 2002
Men's Tennis Valdosta State 2006
West Florida 2004, 05
Track and Field Southeastern Louisiana 1975
Women's Volleyball North Alabama 2003


Notes

  1. Valdosta State was not a member of the GSC in 1979
  2. Although not a conference-sanctioned sport, Alabama-Huntsville fields a men's ice hockey team. It won the Division II national championship in 1996 and 1998. After the NCAA discontinued Division II ice hockey, UAH moved to Division I for that sport, and currently competes in the College Hockey America conference.


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