July 16, 2006

Fisk pulls out of GSAC

Fisk has withdrawn its membership from the Great South Athletic Conference effective immediately. Fisk was a charter member of the GSAC, which formed in 2000. Fisk notified GSAC commissioner Phil Williamson of its withdrawal in a letter from president Hazel O'Leary. In the letter, O'Leary said the decision was a difficult one but was in the best interest of the institution, student-athletes, the athletic department and staff.

"The Great South Athletic Conference and Fisk University have had a great relationship. We accept their withdrawal with deep regrets." Williamson said. "I'm sure some of our institutions will continue to play Fisk University in some sports. We wish Fisk University well as they continue their involvement in NCAA."

Fisk will continue its membership in NCAA Division III and to compete with current GSAC schools. The withdrawal of Fisk leaves the GSAC with seven members: Agnes Scott, Huntingdon, LaGrange, Maryville (Tenn.), Piedmont, Spelman and Wesleyan (Ga.). The withdrawal will not affect the conference's NCAA automatic bid status in women's basketball.

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