The Southern Conference is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I. Southern Conference football teams compete in the Football Championship Subdivision, member institutions are located in the states of Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The Southern Conference ranks as the fifth-oldest major college conference in the United States. Among conferences currently in operation, the Big Ten and Missouri Valley are indisputably older, the Pac-12 Conference did not operate under its current charter until 1959, but claims the history of the Pacific Coast Conference, founded in 1915, as its own. The Southwest Conference was founded in 1914, but ceased operation in 1996 once the Big 12 Conference began play, the Southern Conference is considered one of the stronger football conferences in the Football Championship Subdivision and is considered a mid-major conference in basketball. In 2015, Furman defeated UCF 16–15 and The Citadel topped South Carolina 23–22 for their win over the Gamecocks in the past three meetings.
The SoCon frequently sees multiple teams selected to participate in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, talks of a new conference for southern athletics had started as early as fall of 1920. The conference was formed on February 25,1921 in Atlanta as fourteen member institutions split from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, in 1922, six more universities – Florida, LSU, South Carolina and Vanderbilt joined the conference. The first year of competition for the conference was in 1922, the new rules banned freshman play. Later additions included Sewanee, Virginia Military Institute, and Duke, the SoCon is particularly notable for having spawned two other major conferences. In 1932, the 13 schools located south and west of the Appalachians all departed the SoCon to form the Southeastern Conference, in 1953, seven additional schools withdrew from the SoCon to form the Atlantic Coast Conference. The SoCon became the first league to hold a basketball tournament to decide a conference champion.
Although first played in 1921, it did not become official until 1922, held at the Municipal Auditorium in Atlanta from February 24 – March 2,1922, the first meeting was won by North Carolina who defeated non-member Mercer in the Finals 40-25. The SoCon Basketball Tournament continues as the nations oldest conference tournament, the next-oldest tournament overall is the SEC Mens Basketball Tournament, founded in 1933, but that event was suspended after its 1952 edition and did not resume until 1979. The all-sports membership changed to 10 schools in 2014 following the departure of Appalachian State, Davidson and Georgia Southern, plus the arrival of East Tennessee State, the current football membership stands at nine. UNC Greensboro does not sponsor football, while ETSU, which relaunched its previously dormant football program in 2015, on January 9,2014, the SoCon and Atlantic Sun Conference announced a new alliance in lacrosse that took effect with the 2014–15 school year. Under its terms, sponsorship of mens lacrosse shifted from the ASUN to the SoCon, which had announced it would join the ASUN for mens lacrosse for the 2015 season, instead joined the SoCon.
The most recent additions to the associate membership came with the start of the 2016–17 school year, Full members Full members Other Conference Other Conference Due to space limitations, one portion of Washington and Lees affiliation history is not indicated in the table
Scott Stadium, located in Charlottesville, Virginia, is the home of the Virginia Cavaliers football team. It sits on the University of Virginias Grounds, east of Hereford College and first-year dorms on Alderman Road but west of Brown College, constructed in 1931, it is the oldest active football stadium in Virginia. It hosts events, such as concerts for bands that can fill an entire stadium, such as the Dave Matthews Band in 2001, The Rolling Stones in 2005. The Virginia High School League held its Group AAA Division 5 and 6 football state championship games at the stadium in 2007 and 2009, the facility has hosted the Division I NCAA Mens Lacrosse Championship in 1977 and 1982 and the ACC Womens Lacrosse Tournament in 2008. Built as a replacement for the old Lambeth Field or Colonnades, Scott Stadium bears the name of donor and University Rector Frederic Scott, the stadium had a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and specifically Monticello Mountain out the south end of the stadium. An artificial turf system was installed in 1974, making it impossible a long tradition of a mounted Cavalier riding into the stadium with the football team.
David A. Harrison III provided a gift allowing natural grass to be reinstalled in the stadium, another unique feature of Scott Stadium is the Adventures of Cavman, which takes place a few minutes prior to kickoff, on the videoboard. In this computer generated skit, the mascot of the team is causing trouble on the Grounds of UVA. After the skit is over, the live Cavalier rides onto the field accompanied by orange, the first expansion to the stadiums capacity came in 1981, when upper decks and grass hill seating allowed 40,000 fans. The facilitys official name is a result of this string of donations, Scott Stadium received a new scoreboard and a larger video screen, Hoo Vision. Traditionally, men wear coats and ties and women wear sundresses to games, which is tradition at Alabama, Georgia, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tulane. Beginning during the 2003 season, head coach Al Groh called upon fans to set aside traditional attire for orange clothing, the T-shirt movement has been welcomed by many, but ties and sundresses can still be easily spotted at Scott Stadium among students and alumni.
Some have compromised by wearing ties with orange dress shirts or orange sundresses, the Cavalier Daily, the Universitys daily student-published newspaper, weighed in on the debate in its September 1,2005, lead editorial. The Declaration, a weekly news magazine at the University. UVa entered this game with an 0-29 record against Clemson, the win was Virginias first-ever victory over an opponent ranked in the top ten. Both goalposts came down when the fans stormed the field, the first actually fell with 48 seconds still on the clock. The win proved to be something of a watershed in UVA football history in that it set the stage for the 1990 squad to begin the season 7–0, rising to #1 in the polls for the first time. The Yellow Jackets ended Virginias three-week reign at #1 in the polls as they overcame a halftime deficit to win on Scott Sissons 37-yard field goal with 0,07 left
Virginia Cavaliers football
The Virginia Cavaliers football team represents the University of Virginia in the sport of American football. The Cavaliers compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, starting in the early 1900s, the program has played an outsized role in the shaping of the modern games ethics and eligibility rules. Three traditional rivals—North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Maryland—have all played the Cavaliers more times than any other among their chief rivals, however and North Carolina have played 121 games against each other, whereas Georgia and Auburn have played 120. The Cavaliers compete for the Commonwealth Cup against in-state rival Virginia Tech, both the Tarheels and the Hokies play in the Coastal Division of the ACC alongside the Cavaliers. The previous winners of the Cup have enjoyed far greater football successes, UVA has a Nike contract paying $3.5 million per year that is significantly more lucrative than a similar agreement with its in-state rival.
But no record has been found of the score of this contest, there is record of a game between Washington & Lee and VMI in 1873, the first such game in the south. In 1874, University students were introduced to the sport of rugby when they played to a tie against a team of Englishmen from Albemarle County. Eight years later, in November 1883, a club was reorganized, a constitution drawn up. 75 men competed against one another, but not against another collegiate club, the University Magazine describes how pluck is cultivated by throttling ones competitor and violently throwing him to the ground. Finally, in the fall of 1887, Willcox and Reid, after garnering interest in their fellow students throughout the year, but in these early days they had had no one to play. Fortunately, Pantops Academy, a school founded just up the road from the UVA Grounds. After playing to a tie, a rematch was scheduled for March 1888. The historic first touchdown was scored by quarterback Herbert Barry and the University won 26–0, the following season, on December 8,1888, UVA would play their first intercollegiate game, a 26–0 loss to Johns Hopkins.
The loss did not dampen their enthusiasm for the sport, Virginia returned the favor with a 58–0 drubbing of Hopkins the following season when they went 4–2, with a 180–4 margin in its victories and two close losses to an eight-win Lehigh team and Navy. The 1889,1890,1892,1893,1894,1895,1896, the 116–0 drubbing by Princeton in 1890 signaled footballs arrival in the south. The Souths Oldest Rivalry started in 1892, when Virginia split games with North Carolina, the 1897 team had a scoreless tie with Vanderbilt in a game billed as the championship of the South. The 1900,1901,1902,1908,1914, and 1915 teams claim Southern championships, in 1900 the team gave the Sewanee Tigers its first loss since 1897. The teams captain was tackle John Loyd, Virginia lost to Pop Warners Carlisle Indians
NC State Wolfpack football
The NC State Wolfpack football team represents North Carolina State University in the sport of American football. The Wolfpack competes in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, prior to joining the ACC in 1953, the Wolfpack were a member of the Southern Conference. As a member of the ACC, the Wolfpack has won seven championships and participated in 30 bowl games. NC State is currently coached by Dave Doeren, in their latest season under Doeren, the Wolfpack finished 7-6 after a 41-17 victory over Vanderbilt in the Independence Bowl. Since 1966, the Wolfpack has played its games at Carter-Finley Stadium. On September 16,2010, NC State restored the tradition of having a mascot on the field as a wolf-like Tamaskan Dog named Tuffy was on the sidelines for the Cincinnati game in Raleigh. Since then, Tuffy has not missed a Wolfpack football game in Carter-Finley Stadium, NC State played its first football game against a team from the Raleigh Male Academy on March 12,1892 in what is now Pullen Park.
The Aggies, whose colors were blue and pink, won 12-6 in front of more than 200 spectators, the following year, the school played its first intercollegiate game, a 12-6 victory over Tennessee College. The programs long-standing rivalry with nearby University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill began on October 12,1894 with a 44-0 UNC victory in Chapel Hill, eight days later, the team lost again to UNC, 16-0 in Raleigh. In 1895, under third-year coach Bart Gatling, the team wore red, over the next five seasons the program continued to try to establish itself, achieving only one winning season during the period. The football team has only had scholarship football players since 1933. In 1906, in a game against Randolph-Macon in Raleigh, the Farmers attempted their first forward pass, the following season was the programs most successful yet. Under coach Mickey Whitehurst, A&M won the South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship with a 6–0–1 record and that season, the program recorded its first ever victory over Virginia.
The Farmers played their games that season on campus at the New Athletic Park. In addition to Pullen Park, the fairgrounds had hosted some games prior to the opening of the new stadium. The team won a second South Atlantic championship in 1910 under coach Edward Green, a win over Virginia Tech in Norfolk that season was dubbed the biggest game ever played in the South. Coach Green led team to a conference championship in 1913. The 1918 season was cut due to the United States entrance into World War I
Blacksburg is an incorporated town in Montgomery County, United States, with a population of 42,620 at the 2010 census. Blacksburg is dominated economically and demographically by the presence of Virginia Tech, the MSA has an estimated population of 159,587 and is currently one of the faster-growing MSAs in Virginia. The town and Virginia Tech campus have a tradition of safety and living satisfaction. In 2011, BusinessWeek named Blacksburg the Best Place in the U. S. to Raise Kids, in 2011, readers of Southern Living named Blacksburg the Best College Town in the South. Its public transportation system, Blacksburg Transit, which connects to the neighboring town of Christiansburg, has repeatedly received recognition for the quality of its service. Abraham Wood, who commanded Fort Henry on the frontier, and operated an Indian trading post nearby, a passage over the ridge was finally found in 1671 when explorers Batts and Fallam, sent by Wood, reached the present-day location of Blacksburg, Virginia.
Their expedition followed Stroubles Creek, through the current locations of the town and they reported the area inhabited by the Monacan and Moneton, Siouan groups, but the Virginia legislature had authorized Wood to claim it. Accordingly, on September 17,1671, the Batts and Fallam party claimed all of the comprising the rivers drainage basin for King Charles II. However, the region was not yet open to English patent, as early as 1718, the Iroquois had agreed to sell the parts they had conquered east of the Blue Ridge to the Virginia Colony. However, following another cession at the 1744 Treaty of Lancaster, the site of Blacksburg lay just within this disputed zone. By the 1740s, the Woods River Land Company, represented by Col. James Patton, the Draper and Ingles families were among those who built their homes between present location of the campus and the subdivision of Hethwood. This came to known as Drapers Meadow by 1748. About four settlers were killed in the attacks, and five were taken captive to Kentucky by the Shawnee, among them Mary Draper Ingles, the memorial to Drapers Meadow massacre was dedicated on a bridge located near Duck Pond.
By the end of the war, Drapers Meadow was deserted and it remained so until 1768, when native claims to the land including Blacksburg were cleared by the Treaty of Hard Labour with the Cherokee, and the Treaty of Fort Stanwix with the Six Nations. The Shawnee finally abandoned their claim to territory in 1774 following Dunmores War. Samuel Black, whose family settled in Staunton, bought 600 acres of land in the Draper’s Meadow area for his sons John and William in 1772. Smithfield Plantation, built in approximately 1774 by Col. William Preston, sits on the original Drapers Meadow site, when Samuel Black died in 1792, the land was evenly divided into two sections by his sons. The road now known as Draper Road is the line between the sections
Hanover, New Hampshire
Hanover is a town along the Connecticut River in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 11,260 at the 2010 census, CNN and Money magazine rated Hanover the sixth best place to live in America in 2011, and the second best in 2007. This just might be the best college town, read the headline of a story in the January-February 2017 issue of Yankee, Dartmouth College and the US Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory are located there. The Appalachian Trail crosses the town, the town contains the villages of Etna and Hanover Center. Hanover was chartered by Governor Benning Wentworth on July 4,1761, and in 1765–1766 its first European inhabitants arrived, although the surface is uneven, the town developed into an agricultural community. Dartmouth College was established in 1769 beside the Common at a called the Plain—an extensive and level tract of land a mile from the Connecticut River. For a time, Dresden was capital of the republic, after various political posturings, the towns returned to New Hampshire at the heated insistence of George Washington.
Hannover was named either after a parish in Sprague, Connecticut, or after the House of Hanover in honor of the reigning British king. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has an area of 50.3 square miles, of which 49.0 square miles is land and 1.3 square miles is water. The CDP has an area of 5.0 square miles. Hanover borders the towns of Lyme and Enfield, New Hampshire, Vermont, inside the limits of Hanover are the small rural villages of Etna and Hanover Center. The highest point in Hanover is the peak of Moose Mountain. Hanover lies fully within the Connecticut River watershed, there are a number of trails and nature preserves in Hanover, and the majority of these trails are suitable for snowshoes and cross-country skis. The Velvet Rocks Trail, located on the Appalachian Trail, has a number of climbing and bouldering spots. Hanover experiences a warm summer climate, with long, snowy winters. Temperatures average 19.0 °F in January to 70.9 °F in July, as of the census of 2010, there were 11,260 people,3,119 households, and 1,797 families residing in the town.
The population density was 220 people per square mile, there were 3,278 housing units at an average density of 65.2 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 81. 0% White,3. 4% Black,0. 8% Native American,10. 8% Asian,0. 03% Pacific Islander,0. 7% from other races, and 3. 2% from two or more races
Griffith Stadium was a sports stadium that stood in Washington, D. C. from 1911 to 1965, between Georgia Avenue and 5th Street, and between W Street and Florida Avenue NW. An earlier wooden baseball park had built on the same site in 1891. It was called Boundary Field, or National Park as its occupants were primarily by the nickname Nationals. The stadium was home to the American League Senators from 1911 through 1960, the venue hosted the All-Star Game in 1937 and 1956, as well as World Series games in 1924,1925, and 1933. It served as home for the Negro league Homestead Grays during the 1940s and it was home to the Washington Redskins of the National Football League for 24 seasons, from the time they transferred from Boston in 1937 through the 1960 season. The ballpark was demolished in 1965 and the Howard University Hospital now occupies the site, on March 17,1911, Boundary Field, known as National Park and American League Park, was destroyed by a fire started by a plumbers blowtorch. This left the owners of the Washington Senators in a situation, due to the fact that spring training had already begun.
Noyes, president of the Senators, gained approval from the board of directors to build a new ballpark with a steel grandstand on the same site as Boundary Field. Opening Day 1911, the grandstand was sufficiently stable to host President William Howard Taft, construction of Griffith Stadium continued while the Senators were on the road, and was not completed until July 24,1911. The stadium was out at an angle within its block in the Washington street grid. Thus it was over 400 feet down the field line to the bleachers. The elevation of the grass playing field was approximately 100 feet above sea level. The Senators groundskeepers maintained a downhill slope from home plate to first base, Griffiths groundskeepers were still adept at keeping a fine sod field that was compared to that of the best golf courses. This was in sharp contrast to the field that can be seen in photographs of Griffith prior to 1923. For many years, the right field grandstand wall served as the foul line for the last 15 feet before the foul pole.
The 41-foot tall, hand-operated scoreboard in right-center was in play, as was the National Bohemian beer sign, at one point in his youth, future MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn was the operator of the scoreboard. The outfield seats in left and center field butted up against 5th Street, the football field ran along the third base line. Clark Griffith took advantage of this trend by making improvements in the stadium in 1920 and 1921
Lexington is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. At the 2010 census, the population was 7,042 and it is the county seat of Rockbridge County, although the two are separate jurisdictions. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Lexington with Rockbridge County for statistical purposes, Lexington is about 57 miles east of the West Virginia border and is about 50 miles north of Roanoke, Virginia. It was first settled in 1777, Lexington is the location of the Virginia Military Institute and of Washington and Lee University. It was one of the first of what would be many American places named after Lexington, the Union General David Hunter led a raid on Virginia Military Institute during the American Civil War. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson are buried here and it is the site of the only house Jackson ever owned, now open to the public as a museum. Cyrus McCormick invented the mechanical reaper at his familys farm in Rockbridge County. McCormick Farm is now owned by Virginia Tech and is an agricultural research center.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has an area of 2.5 square miles. The Maury River, a tributary of the James River, forms the northeastern boundary. The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers, according to the Köppen climate classification system, Lexington has a humid subtropical climate, similar to Northern Italy, abbreviated Cfa on climate maps. As of the census of 2000, there were 6,867 people,2,232 households, the population density was 2,753.8 per square mile. The racial makeup was 86. 01% White,10. 38% African American,0. 26% Native American,1. 92% Asian,0. 01% Pacific Islander and 0. 48% from other races, and 0. 93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4. 1% of the population,41. 0% of all households were made up of individuals and 17. 7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.06 and the family size was 2.76. In the city, the population was out with 11. 0% under the age of 18,41. 4% from 18 to 24,14. 5% from 25 to 44,16. 7% from 45 to 64.
The median age was 23 years, for every 100 females there were 123.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 127.2 males, the median income for a household in the city was $28,982, and the median income for a family was $58,529