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Prairie View A&M
School Name: Prairie View A&M University
Location: Prairie View, Texas
Arena: William Nicks Building
Capacity: 5,520
Conference: SWAC
Head coach: Byron Rimm II

Prairie View A&M University is a historically black university located in Prairie View, Texas and is a member of the Texas A&M University System. Founded in 1876, Prairie View A&M University is the second oldest state-sponsored institution of higher education in Texas. With an established reputation for producing engineers, nurses and educators, PVAMU offers baccalaureate degrees in 50 academic majors, 37 master’s degrees and four doctoral degree programs through nine colleges and schools. PVAMU is dedicated to fulfilling its land-grant mission of achieving excellence in teaching, research and service. It is also a school with a long and proud military tradition, producing some of the foremost Black flag officers in both the Army and Navy.

Men's and women's athletics teams at the University are nicknamed the Panthers, and the team colors are purple and gold. Prairie View A&M is a charter member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), and is a member of the West Division of the SWAC in sports where the conference is divided. Prairie View competes in NCAA Division I-AA in football, and Division I in all other varsity sports. The football team lost a record 80 consecutive games between 1989-98, almost doubling Columbia University's 44 straight losses between 1983-88.

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The women's basketball team received national attention in 2005 with the naming of Cynthia Cooper as the women's head basketball coach. Cooper is a two time WNBA MVP. Cooper brings a wealth of knowledge, connections, and expertise to the women's basketball program. In her second season as coach, Cooper led the Lady Panthers to the school's first ever SWAC title and NCAA Tournament birth.

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