06-04-2010 06:38 PM

GALVESTON, Texas - The Southland Conference’s Board of Directors has redefined the league’s sports sponsorship standards for its member institutions, requiring all institutional varsity sports programs to participate fully within the conference’s competitive structure if the league also sponsors the sport.

The decision, with an effective date of July 1, 2011, was announced by the Southland’s governing presidential body at the conclusion of the conference’s annual spring business meeting Friday. If an institution chooses not to meet this requirement, then it shall relinquish its membership and notify the Conference per the withdrawal provisions listed in Article 3.04 of the league’s constitution, which requires a two-year notification of withdrawal or $250,000 penalty.

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