Oglethorpe’s New Athletic Conference to be Named Southern Athletic Association

With the new academic year, starting in less than a week, comes the announcement of the name of Oglethorpe’s new athletic conference that will launch in 2012-13: the Southern Athletic Association (SAA). 

The new conference is truly southern, in that all eight member schools represent six southern states, its territory reaching from Georgia and Alabama over to colleges in Kentucky and Arkansas.  The geographic focus will result in reduced travel time and fewer missed classes, while still allowing for a strong conference of like-minded institutions, all of which integrate competitive athletics into the whole of the student’s educational experience.

In a statement released today, the SAA announced its commitment to “fostering athletic competition and cooperation among academically selective, residential liberal arts colleges located in the southeastern region of the United States.” 

The SAA member schools are Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama, Centre College in Kentucky, Hendrix College in Arkansas, Millsaps College in Mississippi, Oglethorpe University and Berry College in Georgia, and Rhodes College and Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee.

Jay Gardiner, athletics director at Oglethorpe, will serve as the Southern Athletic Association interim commissioner. Oglethorpe president Lawrence Schall will serve as convener of the conference’s Presidential Council during the 2011-12 academic year while Brian Chafin, athletics director at Centre, will serve as convener of the Athletics Director Council in 2011-12. 

 

Oglethorpe’s Steioff Named to National Team-of-the-Week

Oglethorpe University junior forward Andrew Steioff of Duluth, Ga. has been named to the D3hoops.com Men’s Basketball Team-of-the-Week. Steioff is one of only five men’s players nationally selected for the award, bestowed by D3hoops.com, the premiere national news source for Division III men’s and women’s basketball.

Steioff had a perfect weekend to help guide Oglethorpe to back-to-back wins over Millsaps and Hendrix. In the January 28 game, he connected on all ten of his field goal attempts to finish with a team-high 20 points to go along with five rebounds, three assists and three blocks. He picked up where he left off on Sunday, making all seven of his attempts from the field to finish with 16 points, three rebounds, three blocks and one assist. For the weekend Steioff was 17 of 17 from the field while averaging 18 points per game, four rebounds per game, three blocks per game and two assists per game. He can challenge the NCAA record of 24 consecutive made field goals over the course of multiple games when the Petrels face Rhodes College on Friday, February4.

At 8-3 in league play, Oglethorpe is currently tied for second place in the SCAC East standings amongst teams who can qualify for a postseason berth. The Petrels are back in action for their final two home games of the season this weekend with Rhodes College at 8:00 p.m. (Homecoming) on Friday, February 4, and Birmingham-Southern (16-1 overall record) at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 6.

Congratulations, Andrew!