Report: VMI to exit Big South to return to SoCon in 2014

Virginia Military INstitute’s decade-long membership in the Big South Conference is coming to an end to return to the Southern Conference, the Roanoke Times reported this week.

Speaking to the Roanoke Valley Sports Club, VMI basketball coach Duggar Baucom told the crowd “all indications are that we’re going back to the Southern Conference” after next season, Duggar was quoted as saying in the report.”

The announcement is expected to come at the SoCon annual meetings at the end of the month, the report said. VMI belonged to the SoCon from 1924 to 2002 before entering the Big South in hopes of helping its struggling football program.

The move didn’t pan out as the Keydets are 111-38 in games against Big South foes. Their departure, along with Liberty’s plans to leave and join the Football Bowl Championship division and Stony Brooks exit, will leave the Big South with only four football-playing members, which would prevent the league champion from receiving an automatic bid to the FCS playoffs.

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