MGSC Knights leaving NJCAA for NAIA

Middle Georgia State College, the four-year institution created when Macon State College and Middle Georgia College combined in January 2013, is joining the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics this fall.
COCHRAN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Middle Georgia State College announces its athletic teams will move from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) starting this fall.

The school announced it was extended an invitation by the NAIA Monday in a news release.

By moving into the NAIA, the school's athletes will be able to compete for four years instead of two.

The release says the school hopes to compete in the Southern States Athletic Conference. 

Auburn University-Montgomery, Belhaven University, Bethel University, Blue Mountain College, Brenau University, Brewton-Parker College, College of Coastal Georgia, Emmanuel College, Faulkner University, Loyola University New Orleans, Martin Methodist College, Southern Polytechnic State University, Southern Wesleyan University, Spring Hill College, the University of Mobile and William Carey College are current members of the SSAC.  A final decision on conference affiliation won't come until June.

Macon State College (Macon) and Middle Georgia College (Cochran) merged in January 2013 to create MGSC, a four-year institution.  MGSC's athletic teams are based in Cochran, using the facilities that were already used by MGC.  For the first year of athletics at MGSC, the newly-named Knights stayed with the NJCAA membership the school inherited from MGC.

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