After 9 years as a member Of The SIAC, Claflin University, has announced it is leaving the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAC). The Panthers will now join The (CIAA) The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Claflin left the NAIA and joined the SIAC in 2008.

Claflin does not have a football team but currently offers 10 sports for its student body. One of those sports are Men’s Basketball who won The SIAC Championship 2 weeks ago. The Panthers Softball team are also defending SIAC champions from the 2017 season. The Panthers look to carry this momentum into CIAA competition.

CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams said Claflin was a good fit for the CIAA based on the school’s location and its athletic programs. “They will expand our footprint into the South Carolina market, reinforce our commitment to the student-athlete experience and employ strategies that engage alumni and fans within the region to support our mission and vision.”

Claflin President Dr. Henry N. Tisdale called the move a “win-win.”

This will take effect on July 1, and all of the panther programs will be eligible for competition beginning in the fall of 2018.