Bethune-Cookman Moves to SWAC


By David Johnson / BNC Digital Reporter

Birmingham, Alabama (BNC) — The rich get richer as the South Western Athletics Conference (SWAC) adds it’s 12th member in Bethune-Cookman University, who will be joining the SWAC with FAMU in the 2021-2022 academic school year.

The decision was reached during the executive meeting of the SWAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors.

SWAC commissioner Dr. Charles McClelland released the following statement,:

“We’re extremely excited to welcome Bethune-Cookman University to the Southwestern Athletic Conference,” said SWAC Commissioner Dr. Charles McClelland. “The Wildcats undoubtedly align with our core principles and strategic plan; and they also align with our overall vision and forward movement within our strategic plan. The addition also brings to our league an institution with academic prowess, a world-renowned marching band, along with an enthusiastic base of alumni, fans and supporters.”

The Wildcats sponsor 17 varsity sports at the Division I level, with all 17 of those sports sponsored by the Southwestern Athletic Conference: football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track & field, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s golf, women’s volleyball and women’s bowling.

With the addition of Bethune-Cookman, the Southwestern Athletic Conference will now have three members based in Mississippi (Alcorn State, Jackson State, Mississippi Valley State), two in Alabama (Alabama A&M, Alabama State), two in Louisiana (Grambling State, Southern), two in Texas (Prairie View A&M, Texas Southern), one in Arkansas (Arkansas-Pine Bluff), and two in Florida (Florida A&M, Bethune-Cookman).

With Dr. Charles McClelland voicing his efforts in past interviews to one day see the SWAC move to the FBS level, the sky is truly the limit with the SWAC adding its 12th member.