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New Orleans to join Southland Conference

Frisco, TX (Sports Network) - The Southland Conference has announced the addition of the University of New Orleans, effective next July.

New Orleans left the Sun Belt Conference in 2010 and is currently competing as a Division I independent. The Privateers will compete in 14 of the Southland's 17 sponsored championships.

"Finding a conference home in the Southland is significant for the University of New Orleans because it will allow us to reestablish our proud Division I athletic tradition," said UNO president Peter J. Fos. "Southland membership gives our student-athletes an opportunity to compete for championships, play in the postseason and receive recognition for their academic achievements."

The men will take part in basketball, baseball, cross country, golf, tennis and indoor and outdoor track and field. On the women's side, UNO will compete in basketball, cross country, golf, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, and volleyball.

"It's another proud day for the Southland Conference as the addition of the University of New Orleans further solidifies our future success," said Southland commissioner Tom Burnett. "In addition to strong academic performance throughout the institution, the athletic department has always enjoyed a historic record of competitive success. We expect UNO to be a great member of the Southland Conference."

The New Orleans athletic program started in Division II in 1969 and moved up to Division I in 1975. It was a founding member of the Sun Belt Conference in 1976.

08/23 12:47:06 ET