The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) will be gaining a new member in the Marauders of Central State University.

The SIAC has been around for a little over 100 years and have been home to a number of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) . A tradition that continues to this very day. The only public HBCU in Ohio, Central State, was granted full membership access to the division after the other conference schools came to an unchallenged decision.

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CSU president, Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, announced the news through a press release today. In the release President Jackson-Hammond mentions how the opportunity to join the SIAC is a “great opportunity” and that it “enhances the collegiate and academic experience”.

Central State University has been a partial member since 2013, they only participated in conference play for football. For all other sports The Marauders are members of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, which they joined shortly before they were recognized as a NCAA Division II institution in 2004.

Central State will finish the remainder of the sports season in the GMAC, before fully switching over to the SIAC at the close of the 2015 spring season.

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