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Oral Roberts leaves Summit for Southland

BCS conferences aren’t the only leagues affected by teams switching allegiances. Oral Roberts announced it will leave the Summit League in July and join the Southland Conference, the school said at a press conference on Tuesday.

Oral Roberts’ move would give the Southland Conference 10 teams and leave the Summit League with nine programs.

Oral Roberts isn’t the first non-BCS school/conference to make a major move recently. Conference USA and the Mountain West conference announced a merger earlier this month.

What does this mean? It means once the dominoes begin to fall, there’s no telling where they will stop. Oral Roberts’ decision may not be directly related to any of the other conference shuffling, but the idea of being left without a conference has seemingly scared many school presidents to death.

Oral Roberts’ officials cited the proximity of the school to other Southland institutions as a primary reason for the move.

"Our number one consideration in this and all decisions is the well being of our student-athletes," Oral Roberts President Dr. Mark Rutland said during a Tuesday press conference. "We look forward to being a competitive member of such an excellent conference right here in our own neighborhood. This change in geography that the Southland Conference provides us will greatly benefit our athletes."

Oral Roberts will join Nicholls State, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Central Arkansas, Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston State, Lamar, Northwestern State (La.), McNeese State, and Southeastern Louisiana on July 1, 2012.

We could see more non-BCS schools make a move in the coming month. The Big East has reportedly been trying to lure Central Florida, Houston, Navy and SMU to the league. Army, Air Force and Boise State are also reportedly on the Big East's short list.  


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