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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The student athletes get a lot of support from the community. Athletic facilities are great for both athletes and non-athletes.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The facilities are small but up to date.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: There is a lot of school spirit shown at sporting events even though some of the teams aren't the greatest.

4 College Junior

Athletics: I don't play myself, but the facilities and quality is second to none in the league

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: BSC is a Division three athletic school, and even though we don't have the best facilities in the country, our spirit and involvement ranks high because of our close-knit community and expectations for success. Many students on campus are involved in either intramural sports or an athletic team--if not, our fitness center (Striplin) is widely used for physical activities. Our Student government and greek life encourages the student body to go out and support our sports teams; our student-athlete relationships are different than they would be if at a larger university.


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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.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
School Colors
Black and gold
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
258 - 34%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
91 - 12%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Bill Battle Coliseum
  • Larry D. Striplin Physical Fitness and Recreation Center
  • Outdoor Tennis Courts
  • Softball Complex
Most Popular Sports
Basketball and baseball are probably the most attended sports. At certain important games, they will offer free pizza and T-shirts to entice people to attend.
Most Overlooked Teams
Most sports at BSC other than basketball and baseball don't get much crowd attendance simply because the school is in a small conference and trying to make a name for itself in the NCAA. But this just means that if you're an avid sports follower, you will always have a good seat.
School Spirit
It's not very common to see anyone walking around with "BSC" or a panther tattooed on their body, but in general, the students at Southern are at least enthusiastic when the time calls for it. Being such a small school, there seems to be an atmosphere of camaraderie between people anyway. For sporting events, students sometimes have to be coaxed into attendance with free T-shirts or pizza to the first 50 spectators, but once you're there, you're bound to spot some hardcore fans, maybe even some face-painters. Probably the most spirited time of the year is around Homecoming, when students participate in activities during the week, including a bonfire to cheer on the team. The BSC logo is everywhere on campus, but that seems to be more of a clever marketing ploy than something having any real ties to school spirit.
Getting Tickets
All regular season athletic events are free to BSC faculty, staff, and students by presenting an ID card. Tickets to special tournament events can be purchased by contacting the BSC athletic offices and are usually inexpensive.
Best Place to Take a Walk
There is a track that runs around the soccer field that is always open for running and walking, as well as the indoor track located in the Striplin Fitness Center. For outdoor nature walking, students can take a walk down to the Ecoscape.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 4% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 50% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 46% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 24 responses

  • 42% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 33% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 21% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 4% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 23 responses

  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 70% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 17% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 13% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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