BSC recently downgraded from NCAA Division I to Division III, which means athletics at Southern are a work in progress. Similarly, since the Panthers are the newest members of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, there are limited opportunities to play nationally-known teams. The newest addition to the athletic department, the football program, has been dormant since 1939 and many people are excited to see how the brand new team fares in the new division. While sports are not the most prominent thing on campus, there are a few die-hard groupies that you will see at almost every game. At basketball games, guys with their shirts off gather in the "Panther Pit" to hassle the other teams during free throws. The athletic department does a great job of promoting games in order to entice more students to attend. Admission is already free, but sometimes they offer free food or prizes to try to boost the crowd numbers for big games. Once inside the arena, however, it's clear that Panther pride outrivals the guest team's every time.
Intramural sports are almost as big as varsity sports at BSC. It's so easy to get involved with them that the majority of students play on an IM team at least once during their time at Southern. There are heavy rivalries between the Greek teams, and there are usually a fair number of independent teams to spice up the mix even more. BSC students tend to be active, whether or not it is on the varsity level.