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The Southern Athletic Association (SAA) is a conference that competes in NCAA Division III. It was founded in 2011 by seven former members of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) plus former D-III independent Berry College, and began play in 2012. All of the founding members, located in Southern states, remain in the SAA today, and no new schools have become full members.
The formation of the SAA was largely driven by the desire of certain SCAC members for a more geographically compact league. At the dawn of the 2010s, the SCAC had an unusually large geographic footprint for a D-III league, with members ranging from Indiana in the north to Texas in the south, plus an east-west span from Kentucky to Colorado.
A harbinger of the split came in 2010 when DePauw announced its departure for the North Coast Athletic Conference effective in 2011. At that time, DePauw's place was taken by the University of Dallas, which became the SCAC's fourth Texas member.
Shortly before DePauw's formal departure, the school's student newspaper reported that four SCAC members—Centre, Hendrix, Rhodes, and Sewanee—had notified the league that they planned to leave after the 2011–12 school year. In June 2011, the four named schools, plus three other SCAC members (Birmingham–Southern, Millsaps, and Oglethorpe) and D-III independent Berry, announced they would form a new D-III conference that eventually became the SAA.
|Berry College||Mount Berry, Georgia||Private (nondenominational)||Vikings||2012|
|Birmingham–Southern College||Birmingham, Alabama||Private (United Methodist)||Panthers||2012|
|Centre College||Danville, Kentucky||Private (Presbyterian)||Colonels||2012|
|Hendrix College||Conway, Arkansas||Private (United Methodist)||Warriors||2012|
|Millsaps College||Jackson, Mississippi||Private (United Methodist)||Majors||2012|
|Oglethorpe University||Brookhaven, Georgia||Private (nonsectarian)||Stormy Petrels||2012|
|Rhodes College||Memphis, Tennessee||Private (Presbyterian)||Lynx||2012|
|Sewanee: The University of the South||Sewanee, Tennessee||Private (Episcopal)||Tigers||2012|
- Appelgate, Michael; Gaber, Leslie (May 4, 2011). "Four schools consider SCAC departure in 2012". The DePauw. http://www.thedepauw.com/sports/four-schools-consider-scac-departure-in-2012-1.2225563#.T-Te545lI0M. Retrieved June 22, 2012.
- "Seven SCAC schools to form new DIII conference". NCAA. June 8, 2011. https://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/public/NCAA/Resources/Latest+News/2011/June/Seven+SCAC+schools+to+form+new+DIII+conference. Retrieved June 22, 2012.
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