The seven easternmost members of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference have decided to break off and will join newcomer Berry College in a new NCAA Division III league that has yet to be named. The group includes Sewanee and Rhodes in Tennessee, Oglethorpe in Georgia, Birmingham-Southern in Alabama, Centre in Kentucky, Millsaps in Mississippi and Hendrix in Arkansas. Five of those have football teams, and at least two others are considering adding the fall sport, Sewanee athletic director Mark Webb said Tuesday. The new conference will officially begin competition in the summer of 2012, so this school year will continue as is, except for the departure of DePauw to the North Coast Conference and the addition of Dallas University as a fourth Texas member to go with Colorado College. The breakoff was largely a geographical decision, trying to get a handle on travel expenses and missed class time, Webb related. "Given the success of the SCAC over the last 20 years, the decision to start anew was difficult," Sewanee vice-chancellor John McCardell said in an official release. "This is an important and positive move for Sewanee and for its scholar-athletes."