Pre-Snap Read: LSC adding 8 schools in 2019, will be largest NCAA Division II Conference.

News Broke that The Lone Star Conference will be adding 8 teams to the league, making it a 19 member institution. The additions were some good schools and that is good news for sure, the not so good news is that none of them are schools that have football or will be starting programs anytime in the immediate future. I think it was done that way be design because the last time the LSC was this big, there was a mass exodus of football schools in 2011 and that left the schools with a hole for games to play. Here are the schools-

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Arkanas-Fort Smith

Located in Fort Smith, Ark., UAFS has an enrollment of more than 6,600 students.  The Lions sponsor 10 NCAA Division II sports (volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, men’s and women’s tennis).

Dallas Baptist
DBU is located in Dallas with an enrollment of 5,156 students.  The Patriots sponsor 14 NCAA Division II sports (volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field).

Lubbock Christian

Located in Lubbock, Texas, Lubbock Christian has an enrollment of 1,912 students.  The Chaparrals sponsor 15 NCAA Division II sports (volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field).

Oklahoma Christian

Oklahoma Christian is located in Oklahoma City, Okla., with an enrollment of 2,600 students.  The Eagles sponsor 16 NCAA Division II sports (men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s swimming).

Rogers State-

Located in Claremore, Okla., Rogers State has an enrollment of 3,889 students.  The Hillcats sponsor 14 NCAA Division II sports (men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field).

St. Edwards-

St. Edward’s is located in Austin, Texas, with an enrollment of 4,056 students.  The Hilltoppers sponsor 13 NCAA Division II sports (volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s tennis).

St. Mary’s-

Located in San Antonio, Texas, St. Mary’s has an enrollment of 3,567 students.  The Rattlers sponsor 11 NCAA Division II sports (volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s tennis).

Texas A&M International-

Texas A&M International is located in Laredo, Texas, with an enrollment of 7,200 students.  The Dustdevils sponsor 11 NCAA Division II sports (volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball).

Another thing that I like about this is that it adds a great amount of geographical parity to the conference. Commerce is no longer the furthest east LSC school and also some fellow Northeast Texas schools within an hour’s drive (Dallas Baptist) and Western New Mexico has more than just one school that is within 300-400 miles of them. Look for this expansion to build a strong case for New Mexico Highlands to join the conference and make it perfect.

Here is the Map of the New LSC in 2019-

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