Elon University announced today that it was leaving the Southern Conference and taking its athletic programs to the Colonial Athletic Association.
The Phoenix, who joined the SoCon in 2003, are the fifth program to leave the SoCon since December, when the College of Charleston announced it was heading to the CAA. Also leaving are Georgia Southern and Appalachian State (for the Sun Belt Conference) and Davidson (Atlantic 10 Conference).
The remaining seven SoCon schools are the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Samford, Furman, Wofford, The Citadel, Western Carolina and UNC-Greensboro. Like Georgia Southern, App State and Davidson, Elon’s last year in the league will be 2013-14.
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John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...