Thursday , Mar , 15 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Samford headed to Southern Conference

Birmingham, AL (Sports Network) – Samford announced on Thursday that the
university will become a member of the Southern Conference in 2008 after
accepting an invitation.

On July 1, 2008, Samford will officially become the 12th member of the
conference, joining Appalachian State, College of Charleston, Chattanooga, The
Citadel, Davidson, Elon, Furman, Georgia Southern, UNC Greensboro, Western
Carolina and Wofford.

“The invitation from the Southern Conference comes at a unique point in
Samford’s history,” said university president Andrew Westmoreland. “Finding
the right balance of academics and athletics is a strategic planning priority
for Samford, and we share other peer relationships with Southern Conference
member institutions that make the athletics relationship right for us at this

For the 2007-08 academic year, Samford will participate as a member of the
Ohio Valley Conference for a fifth straight season.

“This has not been an easy decision for Samford University,” Westmoreland
added. “We are grateful for the good relationships we have enjoyed with our
fellow OVC institutions. The decision to join the OVC was the right one for
Samford at that time. It is important for us to focus on the long-term
academic and athletics priorities that will meet the goals that our trustees,
alumni, faculty and students expect for Samford.”