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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
Websitewww.mvc-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
Websitewww.mvc-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 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, but given that the Big Eight merged with four Texas schools of the Southwest Conference to form the Big 12 Conference in 1996,[1] only the MVC continues to have a claim to the original heritage.

During the 2006–07 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.[2]

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[edit]

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedTypeEnrollment[3]Endowment[3]NicknameColorsU.S. News
Ranking[3]
Bradley UniversityPeoria, Illinois

(119,698)

18971948,
1955
Private5,451$227,539,450BravesRed & White
         
5
(Regional-Midwest)
Drake UniversityDes Moines, Iowa

(203,433)

18811907,
1956
Private5,270$149,284,407BulldogsBlue & White
         
3
(Regional-Midwest)
University of EvansvilleEvansville, Indiana

(120,235)

18541994Private
(Methodist)
2,526$74,420,319Purple Aces (most)
Lady Aces (women's basketball)
Purple, White & Orange
              
9
(Regional-Midwest)
Illinois State UniversityNormal, Illinois

(53,837)

18571981Public20,706$67,288,958RedbirdsRed & White
         
152
(National)
Indiana State UniversityTerre Haute, Indiana

(61,112)

18651977Public12,114$47,585,398SycamoresBlue & White
         
Not published
(National)
Loyola University ChicagoChicago, Illinois

(2,718,782)

18702013[4]Private
(Catholic/Jesuit)
15,720$405,955,000RamblersMaroon & Gold
         
101
(National)
Missouri State UniversitySpringfield, Missouri

(164,122)

19051990Public20,629$62,262,517Bears (men's)
Lady Bears (women's basketball)
Maroon & White
         
68
(Regional-Midwest)
University of Northern IowaCedar Falls, Iowa

(39,993)

18761991Public12,273$68,600,583PanthersPurple & Gold
         
13
(Regional-Midwest)
Southern Illinois UniversityCarbondale, Illinois

(26,241)

18691975Public18,847$94,596,800SalukisMaroon & White
         
177
(National)
Wichita State UniversityWichita, Kansas

(385,577)

18951945Public14,893$210,567,384ShockersYellow & Black
         
Not published
(National)

† - 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]

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedTypeEnrollmentNicknamePrimary ConferenceMVC Sports
University of Arkansas at Little RockLittle Rock, Arkansas19272013Public13,167TrojansSun Beltwomen's swimming
University of Central ArkansasConway, Arkansas19072010Public13,863BearsSouthlandmen's soccer
Dallas Baptist UniversityDallas, Texas18982013Private5,545PatriotsHeartland
(NCAA Division II)
baseball
Southern Illinois University EdwardsvilleEdwardsville, Illinois19572010Public14,055CougarsOVCmen's soccer

Former members[edit]

Former full members[edit]

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedLeftTypeEnrollmentNicknameCurrent Conference
Butler UniversityIndianapolis, Indiana185519321934Private4,667BulldogsBig East
University of CincinnatiCincinnati, Ohio181919571969Public42,421BearcatsThe American
Creighton UniversityOmaha, Nebraska18781928,
1976[n 1]
1948,
2013
Private7,730BluejaysBig East
University of Detroit[n 2]Detroit, Michigan187719491956Private5,450TitansHorizon
Grinnell CollegeGrinnell, Iowa184619181939Private1,688PioneersMidwest
(NCAA Division III)
University of HoustonHouston, Texas192719511959Public39,820CougarsThe American
University of IowaIowa City, Iowa184719071908Public30,328HawkeyesBig Ten
Iowa State College[n 3]Ames, Iowa185819071928Public29,887CyclonesBig 12
University of KansasLawrence, Kansas186519071928Public29,462JayhawksBig 12
Kansas State College[n 4]Manhattan, Kansas186319131928Public23,863WildcatsBig 12
University of LouisvilleLouisville, Kentucky179819631974Public19,743CardinalsACC
Memphis State University[n 5]Memphis, Tennessee191219681973Public23,031TigersThe American
University of MissouriColumbia, Missouri183919071928Public33,805TigersSEC
University of NebraskaLincoln, Nebraska18691907,
1921
1919,
1928
Public24,593CornhuskersBig Ten
New Mexico State UniversityLas Cruces, New Mexico188819701983Public18,497AggiesWAC
North Texas State University[n 6]Denton, Texas189019571974Public35,694Mean GreenC-USA
University of OklahomaNorman, Oklahoma189019191928Public30,303SoonersBig 12
Oklahoma A&M College[n 7]Stillwater, Oklahoma189019251956Public21,419Aggies/Cowboys[n 8]Big 12
Saint Louis UniversitySt. Louis, Missouri181819371974Private13,785BillikensAtlantic 10
University of TulsaTulsa, Oklahoma189419351996Private4,165Golden HurricaneThe American
Washburn UniversityTopeka, Kansas186519351942Public7,303IchabodsMIAA
(NCAA Division II)
Washington University in St. LouisSt. Louis, Missouri185319071942Private14,070BearsUAA
(NCAA Division III)
West Texas State University[n 9]Canyon, Texas191019721985Public7,843BuffaloesLone 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]

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedLeftTypeEnrollmentNicknamePrimary ConferenceMVC Sports
University of Arkansas at Little RockLittle Rock, Arkansas19271998-991999-2000Public13,167TrojansSun Beltwomen's soccer
Belmont UniversityNashville, Tennessee18902000-012000-01Private6,374BruinsOVC
(Horizon League for men's soccer)
men's soccer
Drury UniversitySpringfield, Missouri18731999-20002004-05Private5,474PanthersGLVC
(NCAA Division II)
women's soccer
Eastern Illinois UniversityCharleston, Illinois18951996-972010-11Public11,651PanthersOVC
(The Summit League for men's soccer)
men's soccer
Southern Methodist UniversityUniversity Park, Texas19112000-012004-05Private12,000MustangsThe Americanmen's soccer
Texas Christian UniversityFort Worth, Texas18732000-012000-01Private9,518Horned FrogsBig 12men's soccer[A 1]
University of Tulsa[A 2]Tulsa, Oklahoma18942000-012004-05Private4,165Golden HurricaneThe Americanmen's soccer
Valparaiso UniversityValparaiso, Indiana18591996-971998-99Private4,061CrusadersHorizon Leaguewomen's soccer
Vanderbilt UniversityNashville, Tennessee18731997-982005-06Private12,714CommodoresSECmen's soccer[A 3]
Western Kentucky UniversityBowling Green, Kentucky19061997-982007-08Public21,048HilltoppersC-USAmen's soccer[A 4]
Notes
  1. ^ TCU dropped men's soccer after the 2002 season.
  2. ^ Tulsa, a full member from 1935 to 1996, re-joined the MVC only for men's soccer from 2000 to 2005.
  3. ^ Vanderbilt dropped men's soccer after the 2005 season.
  4. ^ WKU dropped men's soccer after the 2007 season.

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??)[5]
  2. Arthur (Artie) E. Eilers (1925 – 1957)[5]
  3. Norvell Neve (1957 – 1969)[5][6]
  4. DeWitt T. Weaver (1969 – 1972)[5]
  5. Mickey Holmes (1972 – 1979)[7][5]
  6. David Price (1979 – 1981)[8][5]
  7. Richard D. Martin (1981 – 1985)[5]
  8. James A. Haney (1985 – 1988)[9][5]
  9. Doug Elgin (1988 – present)[5][10]

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.[11] 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
5
8
Track and Field (Indoor)
7
9
Track and Field (outdoor)
8
9
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 XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY8
LoyolaGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY8
Missouri StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY10
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*78991088+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 StateBetty and Bobby Allison South Stadium1,000JQH 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 Complex400–bleachers
+ lawn seating
Soccer-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
2014Wichita StateWichita 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[13]
(NCAA Top 100 Rank)[14]
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:[14][15][16]

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.[17]

Football champions by year[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Merger Creates Dynamite Dozen". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "MVC in the NCAA and NIT". 
  3. ^ a b c "US News Education - Best Colleges - Best Graduate Schools - Online Schools - US News". US News & World Report. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  4. ^ ""Loyola Joins Missouri Valley Conference," Loyola University Chicago Athletics, Friday, April 19, 2013.". Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i "2011-12 Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball media guide". Missouri Valley Conference. 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "ACC Jobs Expected To Be Filled". Greensboro, North Carolina: Radford News Journal. April 29, 1969. pp. 8 (on page 5). Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Gregorian, Vahe (September 10, 2012). "FCS foes could pose problems for Mizzou, Illini; Former MVC head dies". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  8. ^ Missouri Valley Conference 75 1981 Football/Anniversary Issue. Missouri Valley Conference. p. Page 2. 
  9. ^ Weyler, John (March 9, 1988). "Haney Expected to Get PCAA Job : Missouri Valley Commissioner May Be Named This Week". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Doug Elgin, current Commissioner". MVC-Sports.com. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Missouri Valley Conference Sports". MVC-Sports.com. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "National Team Titles by Institution". Retrieved 2013-03-23. 
  13. ^ 2012–2013 Average Men's Basketball Conference Attendance
  14. ^ a b http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/m_basketball_RB/Reports/attend/2013.pdf
  15. ^ "Official NCAA attendance figures". 
  16. ^ http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/m_basketball_RB/2013/2013%2007%20Attendance%20section%2010-18.pdf
  17. ^ "MVC official site:"This is the MVC"". 

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