Mid-South Conference

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For the Michigan high school athletics conference, see Mid South Conference (MHSAA).
Mid-South Conferencee
Mid-South Conferencee logo
Established 1995
Association NAIA
Members 16 (10 full, 6 associate)
Sports fielded 18 (men's: 9; women's: 8)
Region Southern United States, Midwestern United States
Region XI of the NAIA
Headquarters Louisville, Kentucky
Commissioner Eric Ward (since Nov. 15, 2013)
Website mid-southconference.org
Mid-South Conferencee locations

The Mid-South Conference (MSC) is an athletic conference affiliated with the NAIA. Member institutions are located in Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, and Virginia.

The Mid-South Conference has 10 full members: Bluefield, Campbellsville, Cumberland (TN), Cumberlands (KY), Georgetown College (KY), Lindsey Wilson, Pikeville, Rio Grande, Shawnee State, St. Catharine. Eight of these members sponsor football; Rio Grande, Shawnee State, and St. Catharine do not.

The Mid-South Conference also has 5 associate members that compete primarily in other conferences. Belhaven, Faulkner, Kentucky Christian and Union are associate members of the MSC for football, and Bethel is an associate member of the MSC for football and track and field. This gives the MSC 13 members for football.

The league is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, and the commissioner is Eric Ward.

Member schools[edit]

Full members[edit]

Institution Location
Founded Type Enrollment Nickname
Football? Joined
Bluefield College Bluefield, Virginia
1922 Private / Baptist General Association of Virginia 793 Rams
(Blue & Red)
Yes 2012
Campbellsville University Campbellsville, Kentucky
1906 Private / SBC 3,318 Tigers
Yes 1995
Cumberland University Lebanon, Tennessee
1842 Private / No Affiliation 1,345 Bulldogs
(Maroon & White)
Yes 2012
University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg, Kentucky
1887 Private / SBC 1,743 Patriots
(Red, Navy, Light Gray)
Yes 1995
Georgetown College Georgetown, Kentucky
1829 Private / SBC 1,400 Tigers
(Orange & Black)
Yes 1995
Lindsey Wilson College Columbia, Kentucky
1903 Private / Methodist 2,677 Blue Raiders
(Blue & White)
Yes 2000
University of Pikeville Pikeville, Kentucky
1889 Private / Presbyterian 1,156 Bears
Yes 2000
University of Rio Grande Rio Grande, Ohio
1876 Private / No affiliation 1,893 RedStorm
(Red & Black)
No 2009
Shawnee State University Portsmouth, Ohio
1986 Public 4,300 Bears
(Royal Blue & Gray)
No 2010
St. Catharine College St. Catharine, Kentucky
1873 Private / Catholic 700 Patriots
(Purple & Gold)
No 2008
  • - Current member Georgetown is currently transitioning to NCAA Division II and also have provisional membership in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC). Georgetown is still actively seeking NCAA membership, but was initially denied by that organization. It will become a full G-MAC member once approved by the NCAA. However, Georgetown did not re-apply to join NCAA Division II in 2013-14 and is still a full member of the M-SC.
  • - Other current member Cumberland (Tenn.) has recently joined the NCAA to seek Division II membership by applying to the G-MAC as a provisional member.
  • - On March 3, 2014, Bluefield College announced that they will leave the MSC and return to the Appalachian Athletic Conference, effective Fall, 2014. The football team will remain in the MSC as an associate member.[1]

Associate members[edit]

Institution Location
Founded Type Enrollment Nickname
Primary Conference Mid-South Sports
Belhaven University Jackson, Mississippi
1894 Private / Presbyterian 2,400 Blazers
(Green & Gold)
SSAC Football
Bethel University McKenzie, Tennessee
1842 Private / Cumberland Presbyterian 1,300 Wildcats
(Purple & Gold)
SSAC Football
Track and field
Faulkner University Montgomery, Alabama
1942 Private / Churches of Christ 2,212 Eagles
(Blue & White)
SSAC Football
Kentucky Christian University Grayson, Kentucky
1919 Private / Christian churches and churches of Christ 550 Knights
(Black & Red)
NAIA Independent Football
Union College Barbourville, Kentucky
1879 Private / Methodist 1,350 Bulldogs
(Orange & Black)
AAC Football
Reinhardt University Waleska, Georgia
1883 Private / Methodist 1,057 Eagles
(Navy & Gold)
AAC Football

Former members[edit]

Institution Location
Founded Type Enrollment Nickname
Football? Joined Left Current Conference
Lambuth University Jackson, Tennessee
1843 Private 406 Lambuth Eagles
(Blue & White)
Yes 1995 2010 N/A (University closed)
University of Virginia's College at Wise Wise, Virginia
1954 Public 1,911 Highland Cavaliers
(Red & Gray)
Yes 1995 2013 Mountain East
(NCAA Division II)
West Virginia University Institute of Technology Montgomery, West Virginia
1895 Public 2,252 Golden Bears
(Navy Blue & New Gold)
No 2006 2012 Independent
  • - Former member UVa–Wise, after being approved as a provisional NCAA member, left the G-MAC in July 2013 to become a charter member of the Mountain East Conference.

Football divisions[edit]

West East
Belhaven Bluefield
Bethel Cumberlands (KY)
Campbellsville Georgetown
Cumberland (TN) Kentucky Christian
Faulkner Lindsey Wilson
Reinhardt Pikeville



Member teams compete in 18 sports: 9 men's, 8 women's and 1 mixed.

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's Mixed
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Cross Country
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Track and field
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY

* Cheerleading is a coeducational sport in the MSC. Squads are not separated by gender.


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