Southland Conference fines two schools

DALLAS (AP) - The Southland Conference has fined Texas State

University and the University of Texas at San Antonio $250,000 each

for not giving sufficient notice of their withdrawals from the


The universities disclosed plans last month to leave the

conference to join the Western Athletic Conference, effective in

June 2012.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the Southland Conference says

both schools violated a requirement in the league's bylaws that

schools give two academic years' notice of their intention to

withdraw from the league. Aside from the fines, both schools were

stripped of voting privileges in all league matters, effective


Larry Teis, Texas State University athletic director, says the

school was not surprised by the decision but declined to comment

further. Texas-San Antonio spokesman Kyle Stephens says UTSA had no