The Southland Conference and Houston Baptist University announced today that Houston Baptist will become the 11th member of the conference beginning July 1, 2013. The newest member of the SLC will then become eligible for conference championships and NCAA automatic bids in most of the league's sports.
Houston Baptist was founded in 1960 as a independent Christian liberal arts institution located in Houston, TX with an enrollment of 2,700 students. The Huskies, along with Oral Roberts who will join the SLC in 2012, are the first private institutions to join the league since Trinity University and Abilene Christian University departed in 1970.
Houston Baptist and Oral Roberts are replacing departing members Texas State, Texas-Arlington, and Texas San Antonio, who are joing the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) after the 2012 season.
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