Southland Conference Officials Visit UNO

The University of New Orleans welcomes to campus this week representatives of the Southland Conference as they continue to evaluate potential member institutions.

Southland Commissioner Tom Burnett will head a group consisting of administrators from around the league that will meet with campus leadership and athletic department staff, in addition to touring the University’s athletic facilities.

The two-day site visit follows a May meeting, wherein UNO President Dr. Peter Fos, athletic director Derek Morel, head men’s basketball coach Mark Slessinger and consultant Richard Giannini met with Southland’s Board of Directors as part of an application process to join the college athletic conference, which operates in NCAA Division I. The Southland Conference’s governing body has authorized site visits to Abilene Christian, Incarnate Word and UNO as the next step in the formal process set forth by the SLC.  Final decisions are expected in fall.

UNO will compete in 2012-13 as an NCAA Division I Independent in 13 of 14 sports. Earlier this summer, it was announced that the Privateer men’s tennis team will compete as an affiliate member of the Southland and is eligible for the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

The Southland membership presently consists of the University of Central Arkansas, Lamar University, Oral Roberts University, Sam Houston State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and several universities belonging to the University of Louisiana system: McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University and Southeastern Louisiana University.

Houston Baptist University will join the conference in time for the 2013-14 academic year.

To learn more about UNO athletics, visit the website of the UNO Privateers.