A&M-Commerce Lions

A&M-Commerce Lions

  A couple of news sources are reporting that the Texas A&M University-Commerce Lions will be leaving the Lone Star Conference in athletics to join the Southland Conference.

  A&M-Commerce, which is a charter member of the LSC, announced two public events on Tuesday "related to a special announcement which will have significant impact on the institution and its intercollegiate athletics program."

  One event is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Nursing/Health Sciences Building in Commerce and the other is planned for 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Toyota Stadium in Frisco. Toyota Stadium is the home of the FC Dallas Soccer team and also holds football games, including those involving high school teams from the Frisco ISD. The Southland Conference offices are located in Frisco.

  A&M-Commerce, then called East Texas State, was one of five universities to found the LSC in 1931. The other four universities, North Texas State, Sam Houston State, Southwest Texas State and Stephen F. Austin have since left the conference.

  The Southland Conference has been undergoing some changes after Abilene Christian, Lamar, Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin left the Southland to join the Western Athletic Conference.

  Current universities in the Southland Conference include Texas schools Houston Baptist, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Incarnate Word, plus Louisiana schools Southeastern Louisiana, the University of New Orleans, Nicholls State and Northwestern State.

  A&M-Commerce athletic director Tim McMurray would not comment about the Lions leaving the LSC when asked about it during an interview with KETR-FM's Charlie Chitwood at the halftime of the Lions' game on Saturday night at Texas A&M-Kingsville. McMurray instead noted the attention that the Lions' athletic program is currently receiving. CBS Sports and "Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine" are among the news outlets that have reported about the Lions leaving the LSC.

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