TranSouth Conference moves on after losing four schools
WEST TENNESSEE - It is happening on every level of collegiate athletics. Universities are changing conferences at a rapid pace, just ask the Commissioner of the TranSouth Conference, Charlie Smith. "When I came aboard as commissioner last September we knew we were gonna have a challenge," Smith said. Four of the nine teams that made up the conference last season are now gone. "We lost Lyon college who went to the American Mid-West," Smith said. "Cumberland to the Mid-South and Union and Trevecca to NCAA Division two." Smith understands the reason schools are making the jump. "NCAA Division II is appealing to some people," Smith said. "They feel its a step forward. It will help them as a university as well as an athletic program." With the absence of some top tier programs such as Union or Trevecca, it's now up to teams like Freed-Hardeman and Bethel to carry the conference. "They have both been part of the backbone of the TranSouth," Smith said. "These schools have a great tradition and have respect to competition to each other and bring a lot to the TranSouth." With the addition of Life University out of Georgia the TranSouth will compete with six members. Now they can focus on rebuilding. "Our goal is to stabilize it," Smith said. "If we can grow it as we like it will be great for West Tennessee and great for the Mid-South area."