The Southland Conference will fine Texas State University-San Marcos and the University of Texas at San Antonio $250,000 each for not giving two academic years’ notice of their intention to withdraw from the league. Conference officials said both schools also must forfeit voting privileges on all league matters, effective immediately.
Texas State and UTSA announced November 11 that they would join the Western Athletic Conference on June 30, 2012.
The Southland board of directors reviewed the league’s constitutional articles related to membership withdrawal and reaffirmed the withdrawal policies, including the financial penalty. The board, composed of the presidents of Southland institutions, also confirmed the schools will forfeit their shares of revenue distributed by the Southland, effective immediately, and will remain subject to all applicable dues and fees before their withdrawal date.
Teams at both schools will remain eligible for all conference championship events through the 2011-12 academic year with one exception. Texas State’s football team will be ineligible for the 2011 Southland championship, due to NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision transition requirements, which make it ineligible for the NCAA Division I Football Championship.
The Bobcats will remain in the 2011 schedule as a nonconference opponent, and the team will be removed from the previously approved 2012-14 schedules.
In all other sports, individual student-athletes from both institutions will remain eligible to receive all awards through the withdrawal date.
The presidents also decided that all personnel from both schools who serve Southland-assigned positions on NCAA committees, Councils and cabinets shall resign immediately and be replaced by others from within the conference.
The board agreed that the withdrawing institutions remain subject to and must comply with all applicable provisions of the conference’s constitution and bylaws through the withdrawal date.