SWAC

THE MISSION AND PURPOSE OF THE SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
 
The Southwestern Athletic Conference, Inc. (the “SWAC”, the “Conference”) is organized exclusively for the purpose of encouraging, promoting, advancing, and conducting intercollegiate sports activities and other recreational and not-for-profit activities among the members of the Conference. Its purposes are:
  1. To uphold the principles of institutional control of, and responsibility for all collegiate sports conducted by the members of this organization in conformity with the Constitution and Bylaws hereof;
  2. To stimulate and improve intercollegiate athletic sports;
  3. To comply with satisfactory standards of scholarship and amateur standing and good sportsmanship;
  4. To preserve and maintain the collegiate athletic records of the members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, and make them available upon request;
  5. To cooperate with other amateur athletic organizations in the promotion and conduct of intercollegiate athletic contests;
  6. To maintain fiscal management; and
  7. To legislate through Bylaws or Resolutions on subjects of general concern to the membership.
The members of the conference are committed to the philosophy of maintaining intercollegiate athletics as an integral part of the overall educational program. To this end, the conference believes in and subscribes to the fundamental principles of amateurism, institutional control, sound academic standards, financial aid, recruiting, and ethical conduct that governs intercollegiate athletics, and the enforcement of rules and regulations as adopted by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
SWAC HISTORY
n 1920, eight men representing six colleges from the state of Texas met to discuss collegiate athletics and the many challenges that face their respective institutions.  By the time the session in Houston had concluded, they had founded an athletic league that has slowly became one of the leading sports associations in the world of collegiate athletics, the Southwestern Athletic Conference
The founding fathers of the original “Super Six” were C.H. Fuller of Bishop College, Red Randolph and C.H. Patterson of Paul Quinn, E.G. Evans, H.J. Evans and H.J. Starns of Prairie View A&M, D.C. Fuller of Texas College and G. Whitte Jordan of Wiley College.

 

Membership Timeline
Bishop College 1920-56
Paul Quinn College 1920-29
Samuel Huston College (now Huston Tillotson) 1920-59
Texas College 1920-68
Wiley College 1920-68
Prairie View A&M University
1920-present
Langston University 1931-57
Arkansas AM&N University 1936-70
Southern University
1934-present
Texas Southern University
1954-present
Grambling State University
1958-present
Jackson State University
1958-present
Alcorn State University
1962-present
Mississippi Valley State University
1968-present
Alabama State University
1982-present
University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff
1997-present
Alabama A&M University
1999-present