Summer 2001
Vol 18 No. 2

Celebrating 160 Years, and a Bright Future

Overcoming Years of Bitterness

New Arts & Sciences Dean

Kelly Jones Claims Miss Alabama

The Business of Jets

Picturing Samford's History

Choir Pleases Russian Audiences

Exciting Swiss Winter Escapade

A Conference for All Sports

Bulldogs To Spread Field, Rely on Defense

Other Stories

Samford Names Brad Creed to be Associate Provost

Samford Gets $100,000 FIPSE Grant for PBL Project with Maastricht

Faculty Compendium: Ross Article Cited in Microsoft Ruling; Bass Book Nominated for Pulitzer Prize

New Arts and Sciences Dean Samford ÔAnything But SleepyÕ: Chapman Davis

Davis Proudest of Hiring Strong Faculty

Teaching Aspect of Nursing Has Always Attracted New Dean

Baur Steps Down as Nursing Dean, Will Continue to Teach

John Carroll Brings Breadth of Legal Experience to Role as Cumberland Dean

Early Edmund D. Pellegrino Medal Honors Namesake, Secundy and Fletcher for Bioethics Contributions

Biology Students to Map Nature Conservancy Properties

Cumberland Professor Ware Writes the Book on Alternative Dispute Resolution

Samford ODK Celebrates 50th Year, Recognizes 50 Leaders with Impact

Samford hosts Alabama GovernorÕs School

Halbrooks Inaugurated as President of Colgate Rochester Crozer

Frank Stagg Library Adds Greatly to Samford Baptist Collection

Student Callers Raise More than $137,000 in Phonathon Effort

Issue Photo: SCIENCENTER

 
Samford Heads to the Ohio Valley Conference

After more than two decades as a charter member of the Trans America Athletic Conference, Samford will leave the non-football playing league to join the Ohio Valley Conference.

The move from the TAAC-which recently changed its name to the Atlantic Sun Conference—means that Samford football will have a conference home for the first time in almost half a century.

Bulldog gridders have competed as independents since the days of the old Dixie Conference, which disbanded in the 1950s.

Samford will join the OVC no later than June 1, 2003, placing all 17 Bulldog men's and women's sports in the same league for the first time in history. The OVC is the nation’s eighth oldest Division I conference. Like Samford, it plays I-AA football.

Samford President Thomas E. Corts described the OVC as "a respected, mainline conference that plays highly competitive sports." He added, "We are impressed that the OVC maintains a lively spirit of competition, while enjoying the full involvement of presidents of the universities. I have been impressed with the steady, even-handed operation of the conference since we first discussed this possibility more than 10 years ago."

Dan Beebe serves as OVC commissioner. The league is headquartered in Nashville.

The move will facilitate football scheduling, which has become more and more difficult for I-AA independents. It will also give Samford football players a chance to compete for a league championship and earn all-conference honors.

The OVC football champion earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs and many times a second at-large entry from the OVC is also invited.

"One of the conference’s highest profile events is the post-season basketball tournament for men and women, usually held in Nashville at the 17,000-seat Gaylord Entertainment Center. The tournament-along with the league’s football and basketball television packages—affords OVC members excellent public exposure.

"The move unifies our entire department and allows Samford the opportunity to compete for 17 championships in the coming years," said Director of Athletics Bob Roller. "We have competed against most OVC schools in the past decade and have greatly increased our recruiting base of student-athletes into this geographic region in recent years."

Director of Athletics Bob Roller talks to the media about Samford"s new conference.