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Fifteen Lone Star Conference presidents and one proxy unanimously agreed Wednesday on an exit plan in which five institutions will cease membership in the LSC after the 2010-11 seasons.
Five LSC members – Central Oklahoma, East Central, Northeastern State, Southeastern Oklahoma State and Southwestern Oklahoma State – announced their intentions earlier this summer to withdraw from the conference.
“The decision reflects a desire of our member institutions – the 11 that will remain and the five withdrawing – to move forward and look to the future,” Commissioner Stan Wagnon said. “Starting anew with the 2011-12 athletics seasons will allow everyone to get started down the respective paths that were made known earlier this summer.”
Presidents of the 11 remaining member schools also adopted a pledge of commitment to the LSC, affirming the league’s mission and making the following statement: “The league’s vision is to provide a first-class experience for member institutions while enabling student-athletes to excel in the playing arena and also prepare for life after intercollegiate athletics. As presidents, we are committed to the long-term viability of the Lone Star Conference and thereby pledge to work together in the years to come as the LSC strives to become the nation’s premier NCAA Division II conference.”
Beginning with the 2011-12, LSC members will include Abilene Christian, Angelo State, Cameron, Eastern New Mexico, Incarnate Word, Midwestern State, Tarleton State, Texas A&M-Commerce, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Texas Woman’s and West Texas A&M.