COLLEGE: SAC votes to go to divisional play in some sports in 2022-23

Published Tuesday, June 8th, 2021

Lenoir-Rhyne in with Anderson, Catawba.

Coker, Newberry, Queens and Wingate



ROCK HILL, S.C. – The South Atlantic Conference (SAC) announced Monday it is moving to divisions in volleyball, baseball and men’s and women’s basketball in 2022-2023.

At its annual meeting, the league said it is making the switch with the addition of Emory & Henry College.

The move is designed to help with travel and missed class time and will also allow schools to schedule more non-conference opponents.

The divisions have not yet been named. They will be divided geographically:

— Anderson (S.C.), Catawba, Coker, Lenoir-Rhyne, Newberry (S.C.), Queens and Wingate will be a division.

— Carson-Newman (Tenn.), Emory & Henry, Limestone, Lincoln Memorial, Mars Hill, Tusculum and UVA Wise will be in a division.

In other moves decided at the annual meeting:

— The conference will have men’s and women’s swimming championships starting in 2022-23, upping the conference’s total of titles to 24.

— Barton College and Erskine College will join the SAC for the 2022 and 2023 football seasons as affiliate members in football only.

— The league decided its intra-conference transfer bylaw will require student-athletes to serve a year of residence if they transfer directly from one SAC school to another.

Also, a student-athlete who has graduated with an undergraduate degree but still has eligibility remaining, may transfer within the league one time and be immediately eligible.

— The SAC Hall of Fame inducted five new members: Stacy Mark Fisk, Mars Hill (women’s cross country), Dr. Jarrell NeSmith, Tusculum (football), Paige Haverty Stalcup, Catawba (women’s golf), Kerrie Porter Unger, Wingate (softball) and Wendell Davis, Newberry (football).

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