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Big South Conference
Established1983
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I FCS
Members12
Sports fielded19 (men's: 9; women's: 10)
RegionSouth Atlantic States
HeadquartersCharlotte, North Carolina
CommissionerKyle Kallander (since 1996)
Websitewww<wbr/>.bigsouthsports<wbr/>.com
Locations

The Big South Conference is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA's Division I. The conference's football teams are part of the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA). The Big South, founded in 1983, is firmly rooted in the southeastern United States, with member institutions located in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.[1]

HistoryEdit

Charter members included Armstrong State (now Armstrong Atlantic State University) (1983–1987), Augusta (now Augusta State University) (1983–1990), Campbell University (1983–1994; 2011–present), Charleston Baptist (now Charleston Southern University) (1983–present), Coastal Carolina University (1983–present), Radford University (1983–present) and Winthrop University (1983–present).

The expansion of membership occurred during the 80's and 90's. Some of those members are University of North Carolina at Asheville (1984–present), Davidson College (1990–1992), Liberty University (1991–present), University of Maryland, Baltimore County (1992–1998), University of North Carolina at Greensboro (1992–1997), Towson University (1992–1995), Elon University (1999–2003), High Point University (1999–present) and Birmingham–Southern College (2000–2007).

The Big South Conference began sponsoring football in 2002, with Charleston Southern University, Gardner–Webb University, and Liberty University fielding teams; Coastal Carolina University and Virginia Military Institute joined the conference as football-playing members in 2003. VMI also joined the conference for all sports. Presbyterian joined the conference in 2007, moving up from Division II, and became eligible for regular-season championships and conference honors during the 2008 athletic year.[2] Gardner–Webb, which had been a football playing member since 2002, joined the conference for all sports on July 1, 2008.[2] Longwood accepted an invitation to join the Big South on January 23, 2012, with membership to formally begin July 1.[3]

Member schoolsEdit

Current full membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Endowment Joined Nickname
North Division
Campbell University Buies Creek, North Carolina 1887 Private 10,471 $104.7 million 1983,
2011*
Fighting Camels
High Point University High Point, North Carolina 1924 Private 3,603 $52 million 1999 Panthers
Liberty University Lynchburg, Virginia 1971 Private 12,000 $50.7 million 1991 Flames
Longwood University Farmville, Virginia 1839 Public 4,800 $41.1 million 2012 Lancers
Radford University Radford, Virginia 1910 Public 9,220 $58 million 1983 Highlanders
Virginia Military Institute Lexington, Virginia 1839 Public 1,500 $394 million 2003 Keydets
South Division
Charleston Southern University Charleston, South Carolina 1964 Private 3,224 $14 million 1983 Buccaneers
Coastal Carolina University Conway, South Carolina 1954 Public 8,360 $22 million 1983 Chanticleers
Gardner–Webb University Boiling Springs, North Carolina 1905 Private 4,000 $42 million 2008 Runnin' Bulldogs
Presbyterian College Clinton, South Carolina 1880 Private 1,300 $100 million 2007 Blue Hose
University of North Carolina at Asheville Asheville, North Carolina 1927 Public 3,897 $27 million 1984 Bulldogs
Winthrop University Rock Hill, South Carolina 1886 Public 6,292 $35 million 1983 Eagles
Notes

* - Campbell was a founding member of the Big South Conference in 1983. The Fighting Camels left in 1994 and re-joined in 2011 for all sports, except for their football program, which remains in the Pioneer Football League.[4]

Current associate membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Endowment Joined Nickname Big South Sports
Davidson College Davidson, North Carolina 1837 Private 1,756 $509.6 million 2012-13 Wildcats Lacrosse
Stony Brook University* Stony Brook, New York 1957 Public 24,594 $110.2 million 2008-09 Seawolves Football
Note

* - Stony Brook football will leave the Big South after the 2012 season to join the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).

Future associate membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Former Conference Joining Nickname Big South Sports
Monmouth University* West Long Branch, New Jersey 1933 Private 7,440 NEC/Independent* 2014 Hawks football
Note

* - The move of Monmouth to the Big South will involve a transition year as an FCS Independent.[5]

2011–2012 divisional realignmentEdit

With the additions of Campbell and Longwood to the Big South in 2011 and 2012, Big South commissioner Kyle Kallander stated the conference will break up into two divisions of six teams each beginning in 2012–2013.[6] He also said the Big South Tournament will be held at a single, neutral location. The divisional setup is as follows:

Teams will play the 5 other divisional opponents twice, one home and one away (10 games). They will play teams outside of the division once each (6 games). This cuts the number of conference games to 16, as opposed to 18 in previous years.

Former membersEdit

Institution Location Joined Left Nickname Current Conference
Armstrong Atlantic State University Savannah, Georgia 1983 1987 Pirates Peach Belt
(NCAA Division II)
Augusta State University Augusta, Georgia 1983 1990 Jaguars Peach Belt
(NCAA Division II)
Birmingham–Southern College Birmingham, Alabama 2000 2007 Panthers SAA
(NCAA Division III)
Davidson College Davidson, North Carolina 1990 1992 Wildcats SoCon
Elon University Elon, North Carolina 1999 2003 Phoenix SoCon
University of Maryland, Baltimore County Catonsville, Maryland 1992 1998 Retrievers America East
University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, North Carolina 1992 1997 Spartans SoCon
Towson University Towson, Maryland 1992 1995 Tigers CAA

Membership timelineEdit

Monmouth UniversityLongwood UniversityStony Brook UniversityPresbyterian CollegeVirginia Military InstituteGardner–Webb UniversitySouthern Athletic AssociationSouthern Collegiate Athletic ConferenceBirmingham–Southern CollegeHigh Point UniversitySouthern ConferenceElon UniversityAmerica East ConferenceNortheast ConferenceUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore CountySouthern ConferenceUniversity of North Carolina at GreensboroColonial Athletic AssociationAmerica East ConferenceTowson UniversityLiberty UniversitySouthern ConferenceDavidson CollegeUniversity of North Carolina at AshevilleWinthrop UniversityRadford UniversityCoastal Carolina UniversityCharleston Southern UniversityAtlantic Sun ConferenceCampbell UniversityPeach Belt ConferenceAugusta State UniversityPeach Belt ConferenceArmstrong Atlantic State University

SportsEdit

The Big South sponsors championship competition in nine men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports. Davidson competes as an associate in lacrosse. Stony Brook has competed as an associate in football, but is departing for membership in the Colonial Athletic Association.[7][8]

Teams in Big South competition
SportMen'sWomen's
Baseball
12
-
Basketball
12
12
Cross Country
12
12
Football
7
-
Golf
10
9
Lacrosse
-
8
Soccer
11
12
Softball
-
9
Tennis
9
10
Track and Field (Indoor)
10
10
Track and Field (Outdoor)
10
10
Volleyball
-
10

Football - players drafted to the NFLEdit

The Big South has had a number of players to get drafted and play football professionally in the NFL.

Name Position School Draft year Draft pick NFL team
Tyler Thigpen QB Coastal Carolina 2007 Round 7, Pick 217 Vikings
Jerome Simpson WR Coastal Carolina 2008 Round 2, Pick 46 Bengals
Brian Johnston DE Gardner–Webb 2008 Round 7, Pick 210 Chiefs
Rashad Jennings RB Liberty 2009 Round 7, Pick 250 Jaguars
Josh Norman CB Coastal Carolina 2012 Round 5, Pick 143 Panthers
Justin Bethel S Presbyterian 2012 Round 6, Pick 177 Cardinals
NFL Draftees from the Big South Conference

Conference championsEdit

Men's basketball

Season Regular Season Champion Tournament Champion Tournament final location
1986 Charleston Southern (5–1) Charleston Southern Savannah Civic Center, Savannah, Georgia
1987 Charleston Southern (12–2) Charleston Southern Savannah Civic Center
1988 Coastal Carolina (9–3) Winthrop Winthrop Coliseum, Rock Hill, South Carolina
1989 Coastal Carolina (9–3) UNC Asheville Winthrop Coliseum
1990 Coastal Carolina (11–1) Coastal Carolina Winthrop Coliseum
1991 Coastal Carolina (13–1) Coastal Carolina Civic Center of Anderson, Anderson, South Carolina
1992 Radford (12–2) Campbell Civic Center of Anderson
1993 Towson State (14–2) Coastal Carolina North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, South Carolina
1994 Towson State (15–3) Liberty North Charleston Coliseum
1995 UNC Greensboro (14–2) Charleston Southern Vines Center, Lynchburg, Virginia
1996 UNC Greensboro (11–3) UNC Greensboro Vines Center
1997 UNC Asheville (11–3) Charleston Southern Vines Center
1998 UNC Asheville (11–1) Radford Vines Center
1999 Winthrop (9–1) Winthrop Asheville Civic Center, Asheville, North Carolina
2000 Radford (12–2) Winthrop Asheville Civic Center
2001 Radford (12–2) Winthrop Roanoke Civic Center, Roanoke, Virginia
2002 Winthrop (10–4) (#1 seed)

UNC Asheville (10–4)

Winthrop Roanoke Civic Center
2003 Winthrop (11–3) UNC Asheville Vines Center (semis & finals only)
2004 Liberty (12–4) Liberty Vines Center (finals only)
2005 Winthrop (15–1) Winthrop Winthrop Coliseum (finals only)
2006 Winthrop (13–3) Winthrop Winthrop Coliseum (semis & finals only)
2007 Winthrop (14–0) Winthrop Winthrop Coliseum (semis & finals only)
2008 UNC Asheville (10–4)(#1 seed)

Winthrop (10–4)

Winthrop Justice Center, Asheville (semis & finals only)
2009 Radford (15-3) Radford Dedmon Center, Radford, Virginia (finals only)
2010 Coastal Carolina (15–3) Winthrop Kimbel Arena, Conway, South Carolina (semis & finals only)
2011 Coastal Carolina (16-2) UNC Asheville Kimbel Arena (semis & finals only)
2012 UNC Asheville (16-2) UNC Asheville Kimmel Arena (Quarters, Semis & final), Asheville, NC
2013 HTC Center, Conway, SC

Basketball Tournament Championships by school

School # of Tournament Championships Last Tournament Championship
Winthrop 10 2010
Charleston Southern 4 1997
UNC Asheville 4 2012
Coastal Carolina 3 1993
Liberty 2 2004
Radford 2 2009
Campbell 1 1992
UNC Greensboro 1 1996
  • Former member of the Big South

Football

Season Champion Record
2002 Gardner–Webb 3–0
2003 Gardner–Webb 4–0
2004 Coastal Carolina 4–0 (10–1)
2005 Charleston Southern 3–1 (7–4)
Coastal Carolina 3–1 (9–2)
2006 Coastal Carolina 4–0 (9–3)
2007 Liberty 4–0 (8–3)
2008 Liberty 5–0 (10–2)
2009 Stony Brook 5–1 (6–5)
Liberty 5–1 (8–3)
2010 Coastal Carolina* 5–1 (6–5)
Stony Brook 5–1 (6–5)
Liberty 5–1 (8–3)
2011 Stony Brook 6-0 (8-3)

Broadcasters (Big South Network)Edit

In addition to basketball games being broadcasted on regional and national television, member schools of the Big South Conference are required to provide a live stream of all home games for all sports when playing teams both within and outside of the conference. These streams are run by the university hosting the event. All streams are featured on the conference website and are available for a monthly fee. The football games broadcasted on the web are branded as part of a Big South Network.

FacilitiesEdit

School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity Baseball stadium Capacity Soccer stadium Capacity
Campbell Barker-Lane Stadium 5,000 John W. Pope, Jr. Convocation Center 3,095 Taylor Field 1,000 Eakes Athletic Complex 1,000
Charleston Southern Buccaneer Field 4,000 CSU Field House 790 Buccaneer Ballpark 1,500 Buccaneer Field 4,000
Coastal Carolina Brooks Stadium 9,112 HTC Center 3,600 Charles Watson Stadium 2,200 CCU Soccer Field N/A
Gardner Webb Ernest W. Spangler Stadium 7,800 Paul Porter Arena 5,000 John Henry Moss Stadium 700 Greene–Harbison Stadium N/A
High Point Non-football school Millis Athletic Convocation Center 1,750 George S. Erath Field at Coy O. Williard Baseball Stadium 700 Vert Track and Soccer Stadium 1,100
Liberty Williams Stadium 19,200 Vines Center 8,085 Al Worthington Stadium 2,500 Osborne Stadium 1,000
Longwood Non-football school Willett Hall 1,807 Bolding Stadium 500 Longwood University Athletics Complex 350
Presbyterian Bailey Memorial Stadium 6,500 Templeton Physical Education Center 2,300 Presbyterian College Baseball Complex N/A Martin Stadium at Edens Field 400
Radford Non-football school Dedmon Center 3,205 Radford University Baseball Stadium 700 Patrick D. Cupp Stadium 5,000
UNC Asheville Non-Football School Kimmel Arena 3,200 Greenwood Baseball Field,
McCormick Field
300,
4,000
Greenwood Field 1,000
VMI Alumni Memorial Field 10,000 Cameron Hall 5,020 Gray–Minor Stadium 1,400 Patchin Field 1,000
Winthrop Non-football school Winthrop Coliseum 6,100 Winthrop Ballpark 1,989 Eagle Field 1,500

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