Edward Waters College invited to join SIAC

Tigers plan to apply for membership as early as next year

Edward Waters College invited to join the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Edward Waters College has been extended an invitation to join the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC).

The announcement was made at the SIAC media day in Atlanta on Tuesday and sets the stage for a massive shift across the board for the Tigers from an athletic standpoint. 

EWC will not officially be a part of the SIAC in 2019 but, EWC and the SIAC have a scheduling agreement allowing EWC to play games this upcoming season against SIAC opponents. EWC is currently a member of the NAIA and competes in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference. The Tigers do compete as an independent in football. 

The SIAC is NCAA Division II and is comprised of historically black colleges and universities, with all but one of its members located in the southeast. EWC was a member of the SIAC from 1930-35. 

“The SIAC is excited to extend an invitation to President Faison and the Tigers of Edward Waters College to join the nation’s premier athletic conference at the NCAA Division II level," said SIAC Commissioner Mr. Gregory Moore in a statement. "We believe EWC’s historic mission and its overall academic and athletic competitive profile aligns very closely with our current member institutions and we are fully supportive of their potential NCAA candidacy."

The Tigers home opener is against Morehouse College they also have dates with Tuskegee University, Miles College, Savannah State University, Kentucky State University, Central State University, and Lane College. 

EWC will be applying to the NCAA to accept the invitation in 2020.

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