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Posts Tagged ‘Atlantic Sun Conference.’

Belmont leaving Atlantic Sun for tougher Ohio Valley Conference


(courtesy of Belmont athletics)

The Belmont University Bruins have been the team to beat in the Atlantic Sun Conference which also includes: East Tennessee State, Florida Gulf Coast, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, Mercer, North Florida, South Carolina Upstate and Stetson.

The Bruins have won the conference championship in five of the past seven years, but the school is leaving after this school year.

Starting next year with the 2012-13 school year, Belmont will be competing in the Ohio Valley Conference.

The benchmark school in the OVC has the been the Murray State Racers who have dominated the league recently.

The OVC and the Atlantic Sun have been one-bid leagues and the NCAA has rarely taken two from a mid-major conference.

Belmont was established in 1890, has 6,374 students and located in Nashville, Tennessee. The school has 15 varsity sports, 8 for women, 7 for men.

Their most notable alumni includes: Jimmy Bowen, record producer; Christian music artist Steven Curtis Chapman; country artist Brad Paisley; TV star Minnie Pearl, born Sarah Cannon; country artist Pam Tillis, Mel Tillis’ daughter; country artist Lee Ann Womack and country artist Trisha Yearwood.


Info compiled from Belmont University news & basketball team media guide

Former UCLA, Memphis State, UAB coach Bartow dead at 81


Gene Bartow (Memphis State photo)

Gene Bartow, who is best remembered as succeeding John Wooden at UCLA and later in his career started up the Alabama-Birmingham basketball program, has died of stomach cancer at age 81.

Bartow coached the Memphis State Tigers from 1970-74 and led the school to the 1973 national championship game, where the Tigers lost to Wooden and the UCLA Bruins.

Bartow was one of the winningest coaches in NCAA Division I with 647 victories over 34 seasons.

He replaced the retiring Wooden as UCLA’s head coach in 1976 and led the Bruins to the Final Four.

Bartow left after just two seasons to start the basketball program at Alabama-Birmingham. He was UAB’s coach from 1978-96 before handing over the coaching job over to his son, Murry, who currently is the head coach at East Tennessee State University, where he is thriving with a record of 162-97 overall and 101-45 in the Atlantic Sun Conference.


Info compiled from UCLA. UAB & University of Memphis, Radio & TV news

Belmont Bruins moving athletic programs to Ohio Valley Conference


(courtesy of Belmont Bruins athletics via wikipedia commons)

The Belmont University Bruins from Nashville, Tennessee, who are a constant participant in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, is leaving the Atlantic Sun Conference to join the Ohio Valley Conference effective during the 2012-13 academic year.

Belmont, has an enrollment of 5,936 students, a member of NCAA Division I and has 15 athletic teams (7 men, 8 women). Established in 1890, Belmont is the largest christian university in Tennessee and the second-largest private university in Tennessee, second to Vanderbilt.

Belmont has some very famous alumni all connected to the music world: Steven Curtis Chapman, Brad Paisley, Minnie Pearl, Pam Tillis, Lee Ann Womack and Trisha Yearwood.


compiled from staff, Ohio Valley Conference, Atlantic Sun Conference & Belmont University news