Six Arkansas schools are prepared to leave the Division II Gulf South Conference, The TimesDaily of Florence, Ala., reported on Wednesday.
Such a move would cause problems for the GSC’s eight remaining members, as only five of those schools – including Delta State, North Alabama and Valdosta State – play football. According to NCAA rules, six teams are needed to conduct a conference championship and the departure of the Arkansas teams would cause scheduling headaches for the remaining GSC teams.
The Arkansas schools – Arkansas Tech, Harding, Henderson State, Ouachita Baptist, Arkansas-Monticello and Southern Arkansas – reportedly plan to join with the six Oklahoma schools in the Lone Star Conference to form a new D-II league for the 2011-12 school year.
The GSC, which conducted its league basketball championships in Tupelo in 2001-05, has had 25 different members in its 40-year history, including Mississippi College (1972-96) and MUW (1993-2003).
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