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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The MIAA announced that Southwest Baptist University has formally withdrawn from the conference and accepted an invitation from the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The departure is effective August 1, 2019.


    “We are disappointed to see Southwest Baptist leave the MIAA. They have been an outstanding representative of our conference since they joined the MIAA in 1986,” stated MIAA Commissioner Mike Racy. “We appreciate that SBU leadership has kept the conference informed about their membership study this past year, and we support SBU’s efforts to do what they believe is best for their programs and student-athletes. We wish them well and much success in the GLVC.”


    Last January, the MIAA CEO Council appointed two task forces to take a strategic look at important issues facing the MIAA. One task force is working on football-related issues, including a study of various scheduling models to help strengthen MIAA football programs. The other task force is exploring membership issues, including the development of tools to help communicate the mission, alignment and value of the MIAA for member institutions and communities. “In an ever-changing climate in college athletics, the MIAA is committed to being proactive, resourceful and innovative in order to maintain our reputation as one of the most successful conferences in the NCAA,” Racy added.


    Since being founded in 1912, the MIAA has a rich tradition of success with 42 National Team

    Championships and hundreds of student-athletes recognized as Academic All-Americans in their sports. The MIAA competes in the NCAA Central Region and has member institutions based throughout Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

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    Not surprised. SBU was already a GLVC football member and it seemed like they fit in better there.

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    This is why you never say never. At one time, GLVC members scoffed at the thought of allowing SBU to join because of perceived poor academics. But when you need members you need members and the things that seemed so important a few years ago don't mean so much today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandon View Post
    This is why you never say never. At one time, GLVC members scoffed at the thought of allowing SBU to join because of perceived poor academics. But when you need members you need members and the things that seemed so important a few years ago don't mean so much today.
    With UMSL, McKendree, Maryville, IL-Springfield, Truman, SBU etc. in that league, Lindenwood should be the next to go. Shoot, they should take Lincoln too and the MIAA is down to 12 (with Newman coming aboard next year).

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    Na na na na goodbye.

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    SBU leaves and we pick up Newman. Very exciting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Try II View Post
    With UMSL, McKendree, Maryville, IL-Springfield, Truman, SBU etc. in that league, Lindenwood should be the next to go. Shoot, they should take Lincoln too and the MIAA is down to 12 (with Newman coming aboard next year).
    If the GLVC decides to take Lincoln in the near future, it wouldn't be a huge shock (especially since both LU and SBU already play football in the GLVC); lose Lindenwood as well, and you're looking at a scheduling mess for football with just 11 teams.
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    Uggghhh... hate to see the hate on Lindenwood. I know football hasn't held up it's end of the bargain, but everywhere else, Lindenwood is competing just fine in the MIAA. Last year they had the highest point total of any MIAA team in the Director's cup standing, and this year they're second only to UCM.

    Give football some time. They've got a proven head coach that is doing some great things around the program right now.

    I know the GLVC makes more geographic sense, but the MIAA is where it's at in terms of nationally recognized programs. I don't want them to go anywhere.
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    Even though Lincoln plays football in the GLVC, would Lincoln want to make the total jump from the MIAA to the GLVC? I don't know...just asking. I don't want anybody in the MIAA that doesn't play football in the MIAA.....so that includes SBU, Lincoln, and Newman. Still don't understand the Newman thing.

    I don't see the Lindenwood (St.Louis) location as that much of a big deal for the other MIAA schools. Lindenwood themselves suffer the most from the extra driving distance. I think Lindenwood is a good fit and a real asset for the MIAA. Our little party group likes football road games to Lindenwood. We make a weekend out of it and St. Charles is a great place to stay and party. Last year Sig recommended several great restaurants, bars, and clubs. We had a great experience, but next time we need to keep our women away from the casinos while the guys attend the game.

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    At a time when colleges and universities are under financial stress, it's likely that conference decisions are made with more than football in mind.
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    For what it's worth, I believe that Lindenwood is a good fit for and belongs in the MIAA. Their resources, facilities, pedigree, and enrollment all fit the profile with the exception of their status as a private institution. However, Lindenwood being a private institution doesn't bother me at all. All the other aspects of their university and athletics programs look like a strong MIAA institution to me, with a lot of potential to improve their competitiveness in football and other sports that might not be contending yet. If UCM, Pitt, NW, or UCO were ever to move up, I feel that keeping LU in the conference makes even more sense in the long term. The 'Wood is Good.

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    We also like having Lindenwood in the MIAA....nice stadium and we love St Charles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stubintner View Post
    At a time when colleges and universities are under financial stress, it's likely that conference decisions are made with more than football in mind.
    well that's absurd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GRIFFan_Kyle@MoWest View Post
    For what it's worth, I believe that Lindenwood is a good fit for and belongs in the MIAA. Their resources, facilities, pedigree, and enrollment all fit the profile with the exception of their status as a private institution. However, Lindenwood being a private institution doesn't bother me at all. All the other aspects of their university and athletics programs look like a strong MIAA institution to me, with a lot of potential to improve their competitiveness in football and other sports that might not be contending yet. If UCM, Pitt, NW, or UCO were ever to move up, I feel that keeping LU in the conference makes even more sense in the long term. The 'Wood is Good.
    i agree they fit & are committed to what it takes to win here.

    not winning or not having won isn't necessarily the same thing as not being committed although b/c the 2 go hand in hand quite often some marry them unnecessarily instead of looking at each situation on it's own merit.

    sbu left when they ditched in terms of fball. this day was always going to happen. they haven't been missed for the same reason rolla & truman haven't, the latter being a shame for us specifically b/c of what was once upon a time our chief rival. losers choosing to be losers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NWFanatic View Post
    We also like having Lindenwood in the MIAA....nice stadium and we love St Charles.
    Thumbs up for lindenWOOD in st.CHUCK, mo

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    Quote Originally Posted by stubintner View Post
    At a time when colleges and universities are under financial stress, it's likely that conference decisions are made with more than football in mind.
    Bless You Stu......you're adorable, but don't anger the football gods.



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    While y'all are talking about Lindenwood I'm pretty sure Northeastern State would love to find a new home for their football. A lot of disgruntled folks over there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Techster88 View Post
    While y'all are talking about Lindenwood I'm pretty sure Northeastern State would love to find a new home for their football. A lot of disgruntled folks over there.
    Hopefully the LSC would welcome them back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiss My Ass View Post
    Even though Lincoln plays football in the GLVC, would Lincoln want to make the total jump from the MIAA to the GLVC? I don't know...just asking. I don't want anybody in the MIAA that doesn't play football in the MIAA.....so that includes SBU, Lincoln, and Newman. Still don't understand the Newman thing.
    Lincoln won't be jumping to the GLVC since they don't sponsor the required number of core sports needed for membership in that league (as I found out after I posted my previous reply).

    As I had said in an earlier thread (which may or may not be on these boards at this rate), it wasn't so much that the MIAA needed Newman, but Newman needed a landing spot once the Heartland-Lone Star merger takes place in 2019.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandon View Post
    Hopefully the LSC would welcome them back.
    Right, so the LSC can expand to 22 teams (presuming (1) the NCAA accepts UT-Tyler's transition from D3 into D2 AND (2) UT-Dallas follows suit)? If the GAC didn't have such a strong stance re: football as a requirement for membership, they could just as easily poach Cameron, Oklahoma Christian, Rogers State and UA-Fort Smith from the Lone Star, but that's a whole different thread...
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