Even so, there are some alumni who want to leave the FCS, Phillips said. She has heard from a “nice, little body of supporters” who want the Tigers to move up to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Before TSU delves into researching that ambitious step, Phillips wants to meet with Glover and other university leaders to see if a move to the SWAC is a wise idea.
Question of conference affiliation awaits incoming TSU president
One of Glenda Baskin Glover’s first decisions at Tennessee State will involve conference affiliation.
Almost exactly two years ago, TSU received an invitation to join the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Then-president Melvin Johnson was a month from retirement and preferred not to make that decision. Portia Shields took over as interim president and also wanted to leave that choice up to TSU’s next permanent president.
So SWAC commissioner Duer Sharp has patiently waited. He’ll soon get an answer.
Glover was tabbed as the school’s president last month and will assume the position on Jan. 2. Athletics director Teresa Phillips said she’ll facilitate discussions between Glover and Sharp next month.
Sharp did not return messages seeking comment. Phillips said a decision will come within the next six to nine months.