Lincoln and Southwest Baptist football to leave MIAA
Michael Bauer | Sports Editor
Both Southwest Baptist and Lincoln University’s football teams are bidding farewell to the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA).
On Wednesday, Oct. 2, the MIAA announced on their website that Southwest Baptist and Lincoln are leaving to join the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) in 2014 for football only. The rest of their athletic teams will continue to compete in the MIAA.
The move is a part of a plan by both National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II conferences to enter a Strategic Conference Football Scheduling Alliance (SCFSA) and is a part of a four-year agreement.
The move will decrease the number of football teams in the MIAA from 14 to 12.
According to the MIAA’s official website, the SCFSA provides scheduling stability and non-conference flexibility for both conferences while addressing two major scheduling goals for each league which includes:
* The desire of Lincoln and Southwest Baptist to obtain more flexibility with their non-conference schedule
* A scheduling model for the MIAA that would allow all conference schools to play one another; thus crowning a true league champion at year’s end
* The GLVC’s interest in growing and stabilizing its football membership
* A schedule for the GLVC that addresses challenges current membership has faced with non-conference scheduling.
Five of the current GLVC schools include Missouri S&T (in Rolla, Mo.), Truman State (Kirksville, Mo.), William Jewell (Liberty, Mo.), Quincy (Quincy, Ill.) and McKendree (Lebanon, Ill.)- are all within a three-hour drive from Lincoln (located in Jefferson City, Mo.) and a four-hour trip from Southwest Baptist, which is located in Bolivar, Mo.
Missouri S&T and Truman State are former members of the MIAA.
Missouri S&T was apart of the MIAA from 1935-2005 while Truman State just recently made the transition to the GLVC before this school year.
The MIAA is expected to release its 2014 schedule by week’s end while the GVLC will announce its new-look schedule at a later date.