East Central and Southeastern Oklahoma State are reportedly doing a little conference switching of their own.


East Central and Southeastern Oklahoma State are reportedly doing a little conference switching of their own.

The two area Division II schools have been members of the Lone Star Conference for 15 years, but according to newspaper reports, they’re considering forming a new league with Southwestern Oklahoma State and six Arkansas schools which are part of the Gulf South Conference. The Arkansas schools include Arkansas-Monticello, Arkansas Tech, Harding, Henderson State, Ouachita Baptist and Southern Arkansas.

“For East Central, we’re exploring all our options out there,” East Central athletic director Brian DeAngelis said. “Just something we do every year. Any school does.”

Messages for Southeastern athletic director Keith Baxter and public information officer Alan Burton were not returned Thursday afternoon.

Southeastern sports information director Matt Thomas said the possibility of forming a conference “is all rumor.”

“It’s something that’s bounced around here and there,” Thomas said. “It’s always been a good relationship between the Arkansas schools and Oklahoma schools going back to their days in the NAIA.”

Harding competed in the LSC from 1995-2000, and Ouachita Baptist was in it from 1997-99.