University and two other Texas schools will move to the Sooner Athletic
Conference (SAC) beginning in the 2013-2014 academic year.
Northwood University, and Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) –
all longtime members of the Red River Athletic Conference – will join SAC next
was made jointly by the schools’ presidents – Texas Wesleyan’s Frederick G.
Slabach, SAGU’s Kermit Bridges, and Northwood’s Kevin Fegan on Tuesday.
as well as Northwood and SAGU, have enjoyed their tenure with RRAC, but are
looking forward to what the new relationship will offer, Slabach said.
“This move isn’t
just about joining a more competitive conference,” Slabach said. “The closer
proximity of other conference schools gives our student-athletes the benefit of
spending more time in class and less time on the road.”
schools in the SAC means the conference will be able to advance two teams out
of the conference to post-season competitions.
environment in the Sooner is demanding,” Slabach said. “But we look
forward to the challenge.”
John Hudson said the conference is delighted with the additions of these three
great institutions and believes the move creates one of the strongest
conferences in the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate
schools are John Brown, Mid-America Christian, Oklahoma Baptist, Oklahoma City,
St. Gregory’s, Wayland Baptist, and the University of Science and Arts of
offices are located in Oklahoma City.