Missouri Valley Conference

US college athletic conference

The Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) is a college sports conference in the United States that sponsors many sports, but has not played football since the 1984 season.

The MVC has its roots in the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MVIAA), a league formed in 1907 by several schools in the Midwestern United States. The MVIAA split into two leagues in 1928. One league, made up mostly of large schools, kept the MVIAA name and years later became the Big Eight Conference. The smaller schools formed the MVC. Both groups claimed a 1907 founding date, and the same history up to the 1928 split. However, the Big Eight merged in 1996 with several schools from the collapsing Southwest Conference to form today's Big 12 Conference, which does not claim any of the Big Eight's history. Because of this, only the MVC now has a claim to any of the MVIAA's history.

Members change

Following the departure of one school and the arrival of three in July 2022, the MVC has 12 members.

School Location Founded Type Nickname Joined
Belmont University Nashville, Tennessee 1890 Private Bruins 2022
Bradley University Peoria, Illinois 1897 Private Braves 1948, 1955[a]
Drake University Des Moines, Iowa 1881 Private Bulldogs 1907, 1956[a]
University of Evansville Evansville, Indiana 1854 Private Purple Aces 1994
Illinois State University Normal, Illinois 1857 Public Redbirds 1981
Indiana State University Terre Haute, Indiana 1865 Public Sycamores 1977
Missouri State University Springfield, Missouri 1905 Public Bears 1990
Murray State University Murray, Kentucky 1922 Public Racers 2022
University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, Iowa 1890 Public Panthers 1979
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale, Illinois 1869 Public Salukis 1975
University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) Chicago, Illinois 1859 Public Flames 2022
Valparaiso University Valparaiso, Indiana 1859 Private Beacons 2017
  1. 1.0 1.1 During the 1951–52 school year, Bradley and Drake left the MVC. This followed a race-related attack against black Drake football player Johnny Bright by a white Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State) player during a 1951 game. Bradley came back to the MVC in 1955, and Drake did so a year later.

Associate members change

The MVC has three "associate members", each of which plays one sport in the conference.

School Location Founded Type Joined Sport Current main conference Nickname
University of Arkansas at Little Rock (Little Rock) Little Rock, Arkansas 1927 Public 2010 Women's swimming and diving Ohio Valley Trojans
Marshall University Huntington, West Virginia 1837 Public 2022[a] Women's swimming and diving Sun Belt Thundering Herd
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIU Edwardsville) Edwardsville, Illinois 1966 Public 2021[b] Men's soccer Ohio Valley Cougars
  1. Marshall women's swimming & diving will compete in the MVC in 2022–23 only. The school's full-time home of the Sun Belt Conference will add that sport in July 2023.
  2. SIU Edwardsville had been an MVC men's soccer member from 2010 to 2017 (2010–2016 seasons) before returning for that sport in 2021.

References change

  • "Missouri Valley Conference". mvc-sports.com. Retrieved 2014-06-02.