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Oral Roberts leaving Southland to return to Summit League

Posted: December 5, 2013 - 9:13pm

Beginning July 1, 2014, Oral Roberts is leaving the Southland Conference for the Summit League, where it spent 15 seasons, university officials announced Thursday.

ORU has spent two seasons in the SLC. The school will return to the Summit League in all 16 sports.

"When the Southland Conference expanded to 14 teams, some of our primary objectives in joining the Southland, such as improving travel costs and developing rivalries with selected schools, are no longer possible to achieve," said Mike Carter, ORU athletic director. "With these changes in circumstances, we believe that returning to The Summit League is in the best interest of our programs and student-athletes."

In expanding, the SLC added the University of New Orleans, Incarnate Word (San Antonio), Houston Baptist and Abilene Christian, all of which are a distance away from the ORU campus in Tulsa. It also means the University of Central Arkansas will lose a conference rival closest to it.

In just over one full year of competition in the Southland Conference, the Golden Eagles recorded one regular season and one tournament championship, had eight individual conference champions, 42 all-conference selections, five players of the year and two freshmen/newcomers of the year.

The Southland Conference issued the following statement:

Oral Roberts University will return to The Summit League in all sports, beginning July 1, 2014, it was announced on Thursday.With the announcement, ORU returns to a league where it spent 15 seasons, leaving the Southland Conference after two seasons of competition. All 16 sports sponsored by ORU will compete in The Summit League."We are excited to have Oral Roberts University join The Summit League for the 2014-15 season," said Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple. "ORU brings very strong and well-rounded athletics and academics programs to our league.""We are appreciative of our time in the Southland Conference and enjoy our friendships and competition with its outstanding member institutions," said ORU Director of Athletics Mike Carter. "When the Southland Conference expanded to 14 teams, some of our primary objectives in joining the Southland, such as improving travel costs and developing rivalries with selected schools, are no longer possible to achieve. With these changes in circumstances, we believe that returning to The Summit League is in the best interest of our programs and student-athletes. We look forward to returning to The Summit League and renewing the rivalries we developed there during our 15 year membership."In just over one full year of competition in the Southland Conference, the Golden Eagles recorded one regular season and one tournament championship, had eight individual conference champions, 42 all-conference selections, five players of the year and two freshmen/newcomers of the year."The Southland Conference has been informed by officials from Oral Roberts University that the institution will withdraw its membership from the Conference at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year. We appreciate the past and ongoing contributions of ORU athletics to the Southland since 2012, and we are very pleased to have provided the entire athletic program and its student-athletes with the opportunity to be competitively successful. The Southland Conference wishes everyone in the ORU community the best of luck in the future."

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