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Wayland Baptist, Oklahoma Baptist fill void

SNU, NWOSU depart for NCAA’s D2

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  A year after Southern Nazarene University and Northwest Oklahoma State University left the NAIA to join the NCAA’s Division II, two replacement teams have joined the Central States Football League in their place.

The CSFL has announced the addition of two new members for the 2013 football season. Oklahoma Baptist University and Wayland Baptist University (Tx) will join forces with four other teams to make a six-team conference in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

The two universities will even the numbers between Oklahoma and Texas schools, joining Bacone College and Langston University in Oklahoma and Southwestern Assemblies of God University and Texas College from Texas.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University Head Football Coach and Athletic Director, Jesse Godding, approves.

“With the addition of these two schools the CSFL has enough schools to allow SAGU to return from independent status to an affiliated conference within the NAIA,” he stated after this month's league meetings.

“The capacity to compete for championships, allow our athletes to have All-Conference, academic and Player of the Week recognitions is invaluable,” Coach Godding said. “WBU and OBU are quality institutions who will produce solid programs.”

“We’re extremely excited and ready to get started,” remarked Oklahoma Baptist University head coach Chris Jensen. “We are very pleased to be part of the conference. Everyone has been very welcoming and open to us.”

Oklahoma Baptist, located in Shawnee, Okla., announced in December of 2010 that it would be adding football, reviving it from their last game that was played in 1940 when the Bison recorded an 8-2-1 record.

“The CSFL just seems like the right fit for us as we begin football and we are pleased they thought so, too,” stated Athletic Director Robert Davenport. “We’re excited for the season to begin.”

Based out of Plainview, Tx., Wayland Baptist will begin its second consecutive season in more than 70 years. Last season the Plainsmen finished 2-7 and played as an NAIA independent team. The school also announced in 2010 that it would be fielding a football team.

“That’s (the CSFL) something we have been looking forward to,” said Wayland Head Football Coach Butch Henderson about joining the league.

“The winner of the conference will get an automatic playoff bid. We have some tough games ahead of us.”

Both new conference additions will begin competing on a full-time member status during the upcoming 2013 season.

The CSFL, founded in 1999, has been well represented on a national stage with teams receiving Top 25 rankings in the NAIA poll and multiple appearances in the NAIA Football Championship Series.

Along with the six members, CSFL teams play Oklahoma Panhandle State University, who are considered an associate in the Central States. OPSU cannot compete for conference or individual titles or honors.

The Aggies are an NCAA D2 independent with location challenges in regards to scheduling.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at or at 469-658-2847.

Central States Football League

School Location Mascot Record Stadium / Surface
Bacone College Muskogee, OK Warriors 6-3 Indian Bowl / Artificial
Langston Univ Langston, OK Lions 6-4 W. E. Anderson / Artificial
Oklahoma Baptist Shawnee, OK Bison DNP TBA
SAGU Waxahachie, TX Lions 4-6 Lumpkins Stadium / Artificial
Texas College Tyler, TX Steers 2-9 Mewbourne Stadium / Artificial
Wayland Baptist Plainview, TX Plainsmen 2-7 Bulldog Stadium / Grass
*OK Panhandle St Goodwell, OK Aggies 4-6 Carl Wooten Field / Grass

*Associate member (NCAA Division 2)