American Football Database
Southern Athletic Association
EstablishedChartered: 2011
Began play: 2012
DivisionDivision III
Sports fielded21 (men's: 10; women's: 11)
CommissionerJay Gardiner

The Southern Athletic Association is a college athletic conference in NCAA Division III that began play in the 2012–13 school year. It was formed in 2011 by seven members of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference and independent Berry College.[1]

Member schools

Full members

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Colors Football?
Berry College Mount Berry, Georgia 1902 Private/Non-denominational 1,937 Vikings           2013
Birmingham–Southern College Birmingham, Alabama 1856 Private/United Methodist 1,600 Panthers           Yes
Centre College Danville, Kentucky 1819 Private 1,215 Colonels           Yes
Hendrix College Conway, Arkansas 1876 Private/United Methodist 1,400 Warriors           2013
Millsaps College Jackson, Mississippi 1890 Private/United Methodist 1,146 Majors           Yes
Oglethorpe University Atlanta, Georgia 1835 Private 1,000 Stormy Petrels           No
Rhodes College Memphis, Tennessee 1848 Private/Presbyterian 1,690 Lynx                Yes
Sewanee: The University of the South Sewanee, Tennessee 1857 Private/Episcopal 1,383 Tigers           Yes

Affiliate members

Two schools, the University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis, have announced their intention to become affiliate members of the conference for football, effective in 2015. Both are members of the University Athletic Association (UAA), which is currently in a football scheduling alliance with the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC). However, after the 2012 season, the NCAC will adopt a full round-robin football schedule, making it impossible for that conference to fill in all of its non-conference dates with the four UAA members that sponsor the sport.

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Colors SAA Sport
University of Chicago Chicago, Illinois 1890 Private/Non-denominational 5,134 Maroons           Football (2015)
Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri 1853 Private 5,997 Bears           Football (2015)

Membership timeline

Washington University in St. LouisUniversity of ChicagoSewanee: The University of the SouthRhodes CollegeOglethorpe UniversityMillsaps CollegeHendrix CollegeCentre CollegeBirmingham–Southern CollegeBerry College


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