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In 1920, eight men representing six colleges from the state of Texas met to discuss collegiate athletics and the many challenges that face their respective institutions. By the time the session in Houston had concluded, they had founded the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

The Southwestern Athletic Conference’s current members include; Alabama A&M University (Huntsville, AL), Alabama State University (Montgomery, AL), Alcorn State University (Alcorn State, MS), Grambling State University (Grambling, LA), Jackson State University (Jackson, MS), Mississippi Valley State University (Itta Bena, MS), Prairie View A&M University (Prairie View, TX), Southern University and A&M College (Baton Rouge, LA), Texas Southern University (Houston, TX) and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (Pine Bluff, AR).

Former members of the SWAC include Bishop College (1920-56), Paul Quinn College (1920-29), Sam Houston College (1920-59), Texas College (1920-68), Wiley College (1920-68), Langston University (1931-57) and Arkansas AM&N (1936-70).

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