JSU To Join Ohio Valley Conference
JACKSONVILLE -- April 16, 2001 -- The Jacksonville State University Board
of Trustees voted unanimously today to accept an invitation to join the
Ohio Valley Conference, which will place all of JSU's athletic programs in
the same conference.
JSU must work out a two-year notice in the two conferences in which the University now has membership. The Gamecocks will begin competition in the OVC no later than July 1, 2003.
"We have enjoyed our association with both the Trans America Athletic Conference and the Southland Football League," said Athletic Director Tom Seitz. "They allowed our first step into Division I play. However, it has been our goal for some time to get all sports in one league that is geographically suitable for our teams and fans.
"We believe joining the OVC not only accomplishes this goal but also puts JSU in a conference with a rich tradition and bright future. We look forward to this affiliation for years to come."
JSU has competed in the Trans America Athletic Conference since gaining NCAA Division 1 status in 1995 for all sports except football. JSU is a charter member of the Southland Football league, which formed July 28, 1995.
Other members of OVC include Austin Pea, Clarksville, Tenn.; Eastern Illinois, Charleston, Ill.; Eastern Kentucky, Richmond, Ky.; Morehead State, Morehead, Ky.; Murray State, Murray, Ky.; Southeast Missouri State, Cape Girardau, Mo.; UT-Martin, Martin, Tenn.; and Tennessee Tech, Cookeville, Tenn.
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