The Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Lone Star Conference says three of its Oklahoma members plan to withdraw from the NCAA Division II league.
Conference commissioner Stan Wagnon says the Richardson, Texas-based league has been notified that East Central University in Ada, Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant and Southwestern Oklahoma State in Weatherford are leaving the conference. He says league policy makes their withdrawal effective in June 2012.
The presidents of the three schools met Friday in Russellville, Ark., with leaders of six Arkansas Division II schools to discuss the possibility of forming a new conference in an attempt to reduce travel.
The three Oklahoma schools joined the Lone Star Conference in 1995. The conference has 16 members — nine in Texas, six in Oklahoma and Eastern New Mexico. Wagnon says he remains confident in the future success of the league.