Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2002-03-06

A Samford University debate team has qualified to compete in the National Debate Tournament.

Jim Smith and James Radford qualified for the national event by finishing in the top six at the Southeastern region's qualifying tournament hosted by Georgia State University on Feb. 23.

The Samford debaters defeated teams from the University of Louisville, State University of West Georgia, University of Alabama, Mercer University and the University of Florida. More than 50 schools competed.

Radford was ranked second best speaker at the tournament.

Smith and Radford, both from Troy, are former debaters at Troy's Charles Henderson High School.

The National Debate Tournament will be at Southwestern Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., March 22-27. Samford has qualified for the national tournament 23 times since 1973.

Dr. Mike Janas is Samford director of debate. Ben Coulter is debate coach.


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.