Washington University football to join Southern Athletic Association
The Washington University football team found a new home on Tuesday morning, as it was announced that beginning in the fall of 2015, the Bears will play in the newly formed Southern Athletic Association (SAA).
The University of Chicago will also move its football program to the SAA. Both teams will have the same rights and privileges as all other football playing schools in the conference.
“Washington University is honored to affiliate its football program, effective with the 2015 season, with the newly formed Southern Athletic Association,” Director of Athletics John Schael said in an interview with bearsports.wustl.edu. “We have a history with several SAA member institutions dating back to 1962 when the Bears were a member of the former College Athletic Conference. It will be nice to re-connect.”
The SAA will include Berry College in Ga., Birmingham Southern College in Ala., Centre College of Kent., Hendrix College of Ark., Millsaps College in Miss., Oglethorpe University in Ga. and Rhodes College and Sewanee: University of the South in Tenn.
Due to the size of the SAA, it could, pending approval from the NCAA, have “automatic-qualifer” status, meaning that the conference champion will automatically receive a bid to the NCAA Division III football playoffs.
Carnegie Mellon University and Case Western Reserve University will move their football programs to the President Athletic Conference. All four schools will continue to face one another in the football regular season and will remain as members of the University Athletic Association in all intercollegiate sports programs.