LSC, GNAC agree to a football scheduling alliance

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The Lone Star Conference and the Great Northwest Athletic Conference announced a non-conference football scheduling alliance covering the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

        LSC and GNAC teams will meet a total of 26 times in the two-year period with 13 games each season. The agreement, which was unanimously approved by the executive boards of both conferences, includes participation by all 13 football-playing members of the two leagues.

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        The scheduling alliance does not affect either the LSC or GNAC normal conference schedule models. The LSC will continue a single round-robin model with eight league games for each of the nine teams, while the GNAC will play with a double round-robin format for a total of six games for each of the four teams.

        The LSC and GNAC are two of the four conferences assigned to NCAA Division II Super Region 4.

        “The LSC and GNAC football alliance provide a model for collaboration across conferences.  By adding teams from the GNAC to the football schedules of LSC members the competitiveness and completeness of both conference schedules is enhanced.  We are grateful to have GNAC universities as our partners in producing first-rate football experiences for our players, our students, and our fans,” said Dr. Suzanne Shipley, Midwestern State University President, and chair of the LSC Council of Presidents.

        “I applaud the leadership of both conferences for approving this scheduling alliance. Football non-conference scheduling can be difficult and costly for our schools and this agreement provides a creative solution. These quality in-region nonconference matchups will not only benefit our schools in regards to NCAA postseason access, but they’ll also provide a great experience for our student-athletes and position our football programs for future success,” said LSC Commissioner Jay Poerner.

        “GNAC and LSC teams have routinely faced each other in non-conference play over the years and this agreement takes the relationship to a new level,” said Dr. Jim Gaudino, president of Central Washington University and chair of the GNAC CEO Board of Directors. “The arrangement is unanimously supported by the GNAC presidents and athletic directors as a fiscally prudent approach to mitigating the non-conference scheduling challenges faced by teams in both conferences. We are appreciative of our LSC partners in seeing the value of this alliance.”

        “This is an extremely valuable arrangement for both conferences, and we are excited to be significantly increasing the number of times our teams meet for non-conference Super Region 4 contests,” said GNAC commissioner Dave Haglund. “In addition to supporting the Division II philosophy of in-region competition, these games are critical to the evaluation process used in determining at-large berths from our region into the NCAA Championship field.”

LSC and GNAC Non-Conference Football Scheduling Alliance
2020 LSC-GNAC Non-Conference Football GamesSept. 5
West Texas A&M at Azusa Pacific
Simon Fraser at Texas A&M-Commerce

Sept. 12
Azusa Pacific at Angelo State
Tarleton State at Simon Fraser
Texas A&M-Kingsville at Western Oregon

Oct. 3
Western Oregon at West Texas A&M
Texas A&M-Commerce at Azusa Pacific
Simon Fraser at UT Permian Basin
Central Washington at Midwestern State

Oct. 24
Angelo State at Simon Fraser

Oct. 31
Western Oregon at Tarleton State

Nov. 7
Azusa Pacific at Eastern New Mexico

Nov. 14
Western New Mexico at Central Washington


2021 LSC-GNAC Non-Conference Football Games
Sept. 4
Azusa Pacific at West Texas A&M
Central Washington at Eastern New Mexico

Sept. 11
Angelo State at Azusa Pacific
Simon Fraser at Tarleton State
Western Oregon at Texas A&M-Kingsville

Oct. 2
West Texas A&M at Western Oregon
Azusa Pacific at Texas A&M-Commerce
UT Permian Basin at Simon Fraser
Midwestern State at Central Washington

Oct. 23
Simon Fraser at Angelo State

Oct. 30
Tarleton State at Western Oregon

Nov. 6
Eastern New Mexico at Azusa Pacific

Nov. 13
Central Washington at Western New Mexico

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