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Missouri Valley Conference
(MVC)
Missouri Valley Conference logo
Established1907
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I non-football
Members10
Sports fielded18 (men's: 8; women's: 10)
RegionMidwestern United States
HeadquartersSt. Louis, Missouri
CommissionerDoug Elgin
Websitemvc-sports.com
Locations
Missouri Valley Conference locations
 
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Missouri Valley Conference
(MVC)
Missouri Valley Conference logo
Established1907
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I non-football
Members10
Sports fielded18 (men's: 8; women's: 10)
RegionMidwestern United States
HeadquartersSt. Louis, Missouri
CommissionerDoug Elgin
Websitemvc-sports.com
Locations
Missouri Valley Conference locations

The Missouri Valley Conference (also called MVC or simply "The Valley") is the second-oldest collegiate athletic conference in the United States. Currently, its members are located in the midwestern United States. The conference participates in the NCAA's Division I.

The MVC was founded in 1907 as the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MVIAA), 12 years after the Big Ten, the only conference that is older. However, some consider the MVC to have been formed from a split of the MVIAA in 1928. Most of the larger schools formed a conference that retained the MVIAA name and would ultimately become the Big Eight Conference. The smaller schools, plus Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University–Stillwater, which ultimately [re]joined the Big Eight in 1957), formed the MVC. During the Big Eight's existence, both conferences claimed 1907 as their founding date, as well as the same history through 1927. It was never definitively established which conference was the original and which was the spin-off, but given that the Big Eight was folded into the Big 12 Conference in 1996, only the MVC continues to have a claim to the original heritage.

During the 2006–2007 college basketball season, MVC teams held a 74–27 non-conference record, including a record of 44–1 at home. The Valley finished in the Top 6 of the RPI and ahead of a BCS conference for the second consecutive year, while also garnering multiple NCAA bids for the ninth straight year and 12th of 14.[1]

The MVC has not sponsored football since 1985, when it was a hybrid I-A/I-AA (now FBS and FCS), respectively. However, five members have football programs in the Missouri Valley Football Conference (known as the Gateway from 1985–2008) of Division I FCS, and a sixth competes in another FCS conference, the Pioneer Football League. The Missouri Valley Conference shares its name with the Missouri Valley Football Conference, and the two also operate from the same headquarters complex in St. Louis. However, the two are separate administratively.

Member schools[edit]

Current members (2013-14)[edit]

InstitutionLocationFoundedTypeEnrollmentEndowmentU.S.News
Ranking
NicknameJoinedColors
Bradley UniversityPeoria, Illinois1897Private6,100$263M6
(Regional-Midwest)
Braves1948,
1955
Red & White
         
Drake UniversityDes Moines, Iowa1881Private5,200$158M3
(Regional-Midwest)
Bulldogs1907,
1956
Blue & White
         
University of EvansvilleEvansville, Indiana1854Private3,050$118M9
(Regional-Midwest)
Purple Aces (most)
Lady Aces (women's basketball)
1994Purple, White & Orange
              
Illinois State UniversityNormal, Illinois1857Public20,800$88M156
(National)
Redbirds1981Red & White
         
Indiana State UniversityTerre Haute, Indiana1865Public12,144$42MRank not published
(National)
Sycamores1977Blue & White
         
Loyola University ChicagoChicago, Illinois1870Private15,670$430M106
{National)
Ramblers2013[2]Maroon & Gold
         
Missouri State UniversitySpringfield, Missouri1905Public21,059$61M60
(Regional-Midwest)
Bears (men's)
Lady Bears (women's basketball)
1990Maroon & White
         
University of Northern IowaCedar Falls, Iowa1876Public13,080$66M22
(Regional-Midwest)
Panthers1991Purple & Gold
         
Southern Illinois UniversityCarbondale, Illinois1869Public18,847$100M179
(National)
Salukis1975Maroon & White
         
Wichita State UniversityWichita, Kansas1895Public14,806$199MRank not published
(National)
Shockers1945Yellow & Black
         

† = Bradley and Drake both withdrew from the MVC during the 1951–52 academic year in protest over the Johnny Bright Incident, a racially motivated on-field attack by an Oklahoma A&M football player against Drake player Johnny Bright in a 1951 game. Bradley returned to the MVC for non-football sports in the 1955–56 school year, with Drake doing the same a year later. However, Bradley never returned to MVC football, dropping the sport in 1970, and Drake did not return for football until 1971.

Affiliate members[edit]

InstitutionLocationFoundedTypeEnrollmentNicknameJoinedPrimary ConferenceMVC Sports
University of Arkansas at Little RockLittle Rock, Arkansas1927Public13,167Trojans2013Sun Beltwomen's swimming
University of Central ArkansasConway, Arkansas1907Public13,863Bears2010Southlandmen's soccer
Dallas Baptist UniversityDallas, Texas1898Private5,545Patriots2013Heartland
(NCAA Division II)
baseball
Southern Illinois University EdwardsvilleEdwardsville, Illinois1957Public14,055Cougars2010OVCmen's soccer

Former members[edit]

Former full members[edit]

InstitutionLocationFoundedTypeEnrollmentNicknameJoinedLeftCurrent Conference
Butler UniversityIndianapolis, Indiana1855Private4,667Bulldogs19321934Big East
University of CincinnatiCincinnati, Ohio1819Public42,421Bearcats19571969The American
Creighton UniversityOmaha, Nebraska1878Private7,730Bluejays1928,
1976[n 1]
1948,
2013
Big East
University of Detroit[n 2]Detroit, Michigan1877Private5,450Titans19491956Horizon
Grinnell CollegeGrinnell, Iowa1846Private1,688Pioneers19181939Midwest
(NCAA Division III)
University of HoustonHouston, Texas1927Public39,820Cougars19511959The American
University of IowaIowa City, Iowa1847Public30,328Hawkeyes19071908Big Ten
Iowa State College[n 3]Ames, Iowa1858Public29,887Cyclones19071928Big 12
University of KansasLawrence, Kansas1865Public29,462Jayhawks19071928Big 12
Kansas State College[n 4]Manhattan, Kansas1863Public23,863Wildcats19131928Big 12
University of LouisvilleLouisville, Kentucky1798Public19,743Cardinals19631974The American
(ACC in 2014)
Memphis State University[n 5]Memphis, Tennessee1912Public23,031Tigers19681973The American
University of MissouriColumbia, Missouri1839Public33,805Tigers19071928SEC
University of NebraskaLincoln, Nebraska1869Public24,593Cornhuskers1907,
1921
1919,
1928
Big Ten
New Mexico State UniversityLas Cruces, New Mexico1888Public18,497Aggies19701983WAC
North Texas State University[n 6]Denton, Texas1890Public35,694Mean Green19571974C-USA
University of OklahomaNorman, Oklahoma1890Public30,303Sooners19191928Big 12
Oklahoma A&M College[n 7]Stillwater, Oklahoma1890Public21,419Aggies/Cowboys[n 8]19251956Big 12
Saint Louis UniversitySt. Louis, Missouri1818Private13,785Billikens19371974Atlantic 10
University of TulsaTulsa, Oklahoma1894Private4,165Golden Hurricane19351996C-USA
(The American in 2014)
Washburn UniversityTopeka, Kansas1865Public7,303Ichabods19351942MIAA
(NCAA Division II)
Washington University in St. LouisSt. Louis, Missouri1853Private14,070Bears19071942UAA
(NCAA Division III)
West Texas State University[n 9]Canyon, Texas1910Public7,843Buffaloes19721985Lone Star
(NCAA Division II)
Notes
  1. ^ Creighton previously withdrew from the MVC from 1948-49 to 1975-76
  2. ^ Currently known as the University of Detroit Mercy.
  3. ^ Currently known as Iowa State University.
  4. ^ Currently known as Kansas State University.
  5. ^ Currently known as the University of Memphis.
  6. ^ Currently known as the University of North Texas.
  7. ^ Currently known as Oklahoma State University–Stillwater.
  8. ^ During Oklahoma A&M's tenure in the MVC, the nicknames "Aggies" and "Cowboys" were used interchangeably. When the school adopted its current name in 1957, the "Cowboys" nickname was exclusively adopted.
  9. ^ Currently known as West Texas A&M University.

Former affiliate members[edit]

InstitutionLocationFoundedTypeEnrollmentNicknameJoinedLeftPrimary ConferenceMVC Sports
University of Arkansas at Little RockLittle Rock, Arkansas1927Public13,167Trojans1998-991999-2000Sun Beltwomen's soccer
Belmont UniversityNashville, Tennessee1890Private6,374Bruins2000-012000-01OVCmen's soccer
Drury UniversitySpringfield, Missouri1873Private5,474Panthers1999-20002004-05GLVC
(NCAA Division II)
women's soccer
Eastern Illinois UniversityCharleston, Illinois1895Public11,651Panthers1996-972010-11OVCmen's soccer
Southern Methodist UniversityUniversity Park, Texas1911Private12,000Mustangs2000-012004-05The Americanmen's soccer
Texas Christian UniversityFort Worth, Texas1873Private9,518Horned Frogs2000-012000-01Big 12men's soccer
University of Tulsa*Tulsa, Oklahoma1894Private4,165Golden Hurricane2000-012004-05C-USA
(The American in 2014)
men's soccer
Valparaiso UniversityValparaiso, Indiana1859Private4,061Crusaders1996-971998-99Horizon Leaguewomen's soccer
Vanderbilt UniversityNashville, Tennessee1873Private12,714Commodores1997-982005-06SECmen's soccer
Western Kentucky UniversityBowling Green, Kentucky1906Public21,048Hilltoppers1997-982007-08Sun Belt
(C-USA in 2014)
men's soccer
Notes

* - Tulsa, a full member from 1935 to 1996, re-joined the MVC only for men's soccer from 2000 to 2005.

Membership timeline[edit]

Locations of current Missouri Valley Conference full member institutions.

Dallas Baptist UniversityLoyola University ChicagoUniversity of Central ArkansasSouthern Illinois University EdwardsvilleBelmont UniversityTexas Christian UniversitySouthern Methodist UniversityDrury UniversityUniversity of Arkansas at Little RockVanderbilt UniversityWestern Kentucky UniversityValparaiso UniversityUniversity of Eastern IllinoisUniversity of EvansvilleUniversity of Northern IowaMissouri State UniversityIllinois State UniversityIndiana State UniversitySouthern Illinois University CarbondaleWest Texas A&M UniversityNew Mexico State UniversityUniversity of MemphisUniversity of LouisvilleUniversity of North TexasUniversity of CincinnatiUniversity of HoustonUniversity of Detroit MercyBradley UniversityWichita State UniversitySaint Louis UniversityWashburn UniversityUniversity of TulsaButler UniversityCreighton UniversityOklahoma State University–StillwaterUniversity of OklahomaGrinnell CollegeKansas State UniversityWashington University in St. LouisUniversity of NebraskaUniversity of MissouriUniversity of KansasIowa State UniversityUniversity of IowaDrake University

Full members (non-football) (Full members) Assoc. members (football only) Assoc. member (other sports)

Commissioners[edit]

  1. C.E. McClung (1907 – 19??)[3]
  2. Arthur (Artie) E. Eilers (1925 – 1957)[3]
  3. Norvell Neve (1957 – 1969)[3][4]
  4. DeWitt T. Weaver (1969 – 1972)[3]
  5. Mickey Holmes (1972 – 1979)[5][3]
  6. David Price (1979 – 1981)[6][3]
  7. Richard D. Martin (1981 – 1985)[3]
  8. James A. Haney (1985 – 1988)[7][3]
  9. Doug Elgin (1988 – present)[3][8]

Sports[edit]

Former Missouri Valley Conference logo

The Missouri Valley Conference sponsors championship competition in eight men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[9] Central Arkansas and SIU Edwardsville are Affiliate members for men's soccer, Dallas Baptist is an Affiliate member for baseball, and Arkansas-Little Rock is an Affiliate member for swimming and diving.

Teams in Missouri Valley Conference competition
SportMen'sWomen's
Baseball
8
-
Basketball
10
10
Cross Country
9
10
Golf
9
10
Soccer
7
7
Softball
-
10
Swimming & Diving
-
6
Tennis
6
8
Track and Field (Indoor)
7
8
Track and Field (outdoor)
7
8
Volleyball
-
10


Men's sponsored sports by school[edit]

SchoolBaseballBasketballCross
Country
GolfSoccerTennisTrack & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Total MVC
Sports
BradleyGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickY7
DrakeRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY7
EvansvilleGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNRed XN5
Illinois StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY7
Indiana StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickY5
LoyolaRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickY6
Missouri StateGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNRed XN4
Northern IowaRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickY5
Southern IllinoisGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY7
Wichita StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY7
Totals7+1*10995+2**57860+3

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Missouri Valley Conference which are played by Valley schools:

SchoolFootballSwimming & DivingVolleyballWrestling
DrakePioneer LeagueNoNoNo
EvansvilleNoMACNoNo
Illinois StateMVFCNoNoNo
Indiana StateMVFCNoNoNo
LoyolaNoNoMIVANo
Missouri StateMVFCMACNoNo
Northern IowaMVFCNoNoMAC
Southern IllinoisMVFCMACNoNo

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

SchoolBasketballCross
Country
GolfSoccerSoftballSwimmingTennisTrack & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
VolleyballTotal MVC
Sports
BradleyGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY8
DrakeGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY9
EvansvilleGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickY8
Illinois StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY10
Indiana StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY9
LoyolaGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY8
Missouri StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY9
Northern IowaGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY10
Southern IllinoisGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY9
Wichita StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY8
Totals1010107105+1*8991088+1

Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Missouri Valley Conference which are played by Valley schools:

SchoolField hockeyGymnasticsRowing
DrakeNoNoMAAC
Illinois StateNoMICNo
Missouri StateMACNoNo

Facilities[edit]

SchoolSoccer stadiumCapacityBasketball arenaCapacitySoftball fieldCapacityBaseball fieldCapacity
BradleyShea Stadium3,800Peoria Civic Center (men)
Renaissance Coliseum (women)
11,164
4,200
Laura Bradley ParkN/ADozer Park7,500
DrakeJames W. Cownie Soccer Complex2,000Knapp Center7,152Ron Buel Field500Non-baseball school
EvansvilleArad McCutchan Stadium2,500Ford Center11,000James & Dorothy
Cooper Stadium
650Charles H. Braun Stadium1,200
Illinois StateNon-soccer schoolRedbird Arena10,200Marian Kneer
Softball Stadium
1,050Duffy Bass Field1,200
Indiana StateNon-soccer schoolHulman Center10,200Price Field At
Eleanor Forsythe St. John
Softball Complex
700Sycamore Stadium1,000
LoyolaLoyola Soccer ParkN/AJoseph J. Gentile Arena4,486Loyola Softball Park500Non-baseball school
Missouri StatePlaster Sports Complex16,300JQH Arena11,000Killian Softball Stadium1,200Hammons Field7,986
Northern IowaNon-soccer schoolMcLeod Center7,018Robinson-Dresser
Sports Complex
N/ANon-baseball school
Southern IllinoisNon-soccer schoolSIU Arena8,339Charlotte West Stadium502Abe Martin Field2,000
Wichita StateNon-soccer schoolCharles Koch Arena10,506Wilkins Stadium1,000Eck Stadium7,851
Affiliate Members
Central ArkansasBill Stephens Track/Soccer ComplexN/ASoccer-only member
Dallas BaptistBaseball-only memberHorner Ballpark2,000
SIU EdwardsvilleRalph Korte Stadium4,000Soccer-only member
Note
  1. For the football venues of schools who participate in the sport, see Facilities of the Missouri Valley Football Conference and Facilities of the Pioneer Football League.

Basketball tournament champions by year[edit]

The Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Championship is often referred to as Arch Madness, in reference to the Gateway Arch at the tournament's present location of St. Louis, Missouri, and a play on "March Madness".

SeasonMen's ChampionWomen's Champion
1977Southern IllinoisNo Tournament
1978CreightonNo Tournament
1979Indiana StateNo Tournament
1980BradleyNo Tournament
1981CreightonNo Tournament
1982TulsaNo Tournament
1983Illinois StateIllinois State
1984TulsaNo Tournament
1985Wichita StateNo Tournament
1986TulsaNo Tournament
1987Wichita StateSouthern Illinois
1988BradleyEastern Illinois
1989CreightonIllinois State
1990Illinois StateSouthern Illinois
1991CreightonMissouri State
1992Missouri StateMissouri State
1993Southern IllinoisMissouri State
1994Southern IllinoisMissouri State
1995Southern IllinoisDrake
1996TulsaMissouri State
1997Illinois StateIllinois State
1998Illinois StateIllinois State
1999CreightonEvansville
2000CreightonDrake
2001Indiana StateMissouri State
2002CreightonCreighton
2003CreightonMissouri State
2004Northern IowaMissouri State
2005CreightonIllinois State
2006Southern IllinoisMissouri State
2007CreightonDrake
2008DrakeIllinois State
2009Northern IowaEvansville
2010Northern IowaNorthern Iowa
2011Indiana StateMissouri State
2012CreightonCreighton
2013CreightonWichita State

NB: Missouri State was known as Southwest Missouri State until August 2005.

National team titles by institution[edit]

School - Number - NCAA Championships

NCAA Championships as of March, 2013

(*-Titles won by schools in Division II/College Division prior to their moving to Division I in the late 1960s or early 1970s.)

Football poll, Helms and AIAW titles are not included in the NCAA Championship count.

Men's basketball attendance[edit]

2012–13 Men's Basketball Avg. Attendance
SchoolAverage Attendance[12]
(NCAA Top 100 Rank)[13]
Creighton17,884 (6)
Wichita State10,398 (39)
Bradley7,595 (79)
Illinois State7,260 (80)
Missouri State6,372 (92)
Indiana State6,149 (98)
Southern Illinois5,137
Evansville5,025
Northern Iowa4,814
Drake4,488

Sources:[13][14][15]

The Valley is well known for having some of the most dedicated fanbases in all of college basketball, with several members regularly selling out their large arenas on a nightly basis throughout the year. One member (Wichita State) sold out every single game for the 2006–07 season and in 2012-13 averaged 10,312 attendees in their 10,506 seat arena. Former member (Creighton) had the sixth highest attendance for Division I in 2012-13 while Wichita State, Bradley, Illinois State, Missouri State, and Indiana State were all among the NCAA's top 100 teams in home attendance.

In 2010–11, 2011–12, and 2012–13, the Valley maintained its position as the eighth ranked conference in average attendance.

The Valley made history in March 2007 with record attendance for four days at St. Louis' Scottrade Center as 85,074 fans turned out to watch the five sessions of the tournament. The two sellout crowds of 22,612 for the semifinals and final of the 2007 State Farm Tournament set an all-time attendance record for basketball at the arena and also gave The Valley the distinction of having the largest championship crowd for any of the 30 NCAA conference tournaments in 2007.[16]

Football champions by year[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]