NEW ORLEANS, La. – The annual Southwestern Athletic Conference Spring Meetings concluded Thursday in New Orleans as Commissioner Duer Sharp and staff hosted the league’s Council of Presidents and Chancellors, Athletics Directors, Senior Woman Administrators, Faculty Athletics Representatives, Director of Bands and various corporate partners for its 10 member institutions and the upcoming 2015-16 season.
The meetings launched on Tuesday with administrators discussing key topics, including the all new Celebration Bowl, gender equity, scheduling, revenue distribution and strategic planning
The conference approved a new seven game conference football schedule starting with the 2017 season. The league’s current format is a nine game schedule.
The SWAC Baseball regular season series will now be a Friday, Saturday and Sunday format migrating from the Saturday/Sunday layout. This goes into effect for the 2016 season.
In an effort to address the Academic Progress Report (APR) issues, academic support staff at member institutions will be required to be members of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A).
Sites for conference championships and tournaments were determined for 2015-16. The SWAC Football Championship has been set for December 5, while the 2016 SWAC Basketball Tournament is scheduled for March 8-12. Both will be held in Houston, Texas at NRG Stadium and the Toyota Center respectively.
The first official event of the 2015-16 year begins with the SWAC Football Media Day which is slated for July 17 in Birmingham, Ala.
2015-16 SWAC CHAMPIONSHIPS
11th Annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge – September 6 – Orlando, Fla.
Basketball Tip-Off Media Teleconference – October 14 – Via Teleconference
Cross Country – October 26 – Clinton, Miss.
Volleyball Tournament – November 20-22 – Baton Rouge, La.
Football Championship – December 5 – Houston, Texas
Celebration Bowl – December 19th – Atlanta, Ga.
Indoor Track and Field Championship – February 20-21 – Birmingham, Ala.
Basketball Tournament – March 8-12 – Houston, Texas
Bowling Championship – March 25 – 27 – Arlington, Texas
Tennis Tournament – April 15 – 17 – New Orleans, La.
Golf Championship – April 18 – 20 – Alexandria, La.
Softball Tournament – May 4 – 7 – Decatur, Ala.
Outdoor Track and Field Championship – TBA – Huntsville, Ala – TBA
Baseball Tournament – May 18 – 22 – New Orleans, La.