Mid-South Conference

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Mid-South Conference
MSC
Mid-South Conference logo
Established1995
AssociationNAIA
DivisionI
Members8 (21 for football)
Sports fielded
  • 23
    • men's: 11
    • women's: 10
RegionSouthern United States, Midwestern United States
Region XI of the NAIA
HeadquartersLouisville, Kentucky
CommissionerEric Ward (since November 15, 2013)
Websitemid-southconference.org
Locations
Mid-South Conference 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 eight full members: Campbellsville, Cumberland (TN), Cumberlands (KY), Georgetown College (KY), Lindsey Wilson, Life, Pikeville, and Shawnee State. Six of these members sponsor football; Life and Shawnee State do not.

The Mid-South Conference also has six associate members that compete primarily in other conferences. Faulkner, Kentucky Christian, Union and recently former member Bluefield are associate members of the MSC for football, Bethel is an associate member of the MSC for football and track and field, and Reinhardt is an associate member of the MSC for football. This gave the conference 13 members for football. In the spring of 2016, the conference expanded to 20 members, adding the six football members of The Sun Conference, as well as Faulkner University for football,[1] On January 4, 2018, the conference added Keiser University for football,[2] and St. Thomas announced in July they would be joining the conference for football in 2019.[3]

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

Member schools[edit]

Full members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Joined
Campbellsville University Campbellsville, Kentucky 1906 3,318 Tigers 1995
Cumberland University Lebanon, Tennessee 1842 1,345 Phoenix 1995,
2012
University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg, Kentucky 1887 1,743 Patriots 1995
Georgetown College Georgetown, Kentucky 1829 1,400 Tigers 1995
Life University Marietta, Georgia 1974 2,800 Running Eagles 2014
Lindsey Wilson College Columbia, Kentucky 1903 2,677 Blue Raiders 2000
University of Pikeville Pikeville, Kentucky 1889 1,156 Bears 2000
Shawnee State University Portsmouth, Ohio 1986 4,300 Bears 2010
  • Cumberland (TN) — left the Mid-South in 2002, and re-joined in 2012.

Future members[edit]

In April 2018, Thomas More College, which had been an NAIA member before moving to NCAA Division III in 1990, announced that it had been formally invited to rejoin the NAIA effective in 2019–20 as a member of the Mid-South Conference. The school, while acknowledging that it was considering this move, denied published reports that it had accepted the invitation.[4] Thomas More eventually confirmed in July 2018 that it would join the Mid-South in 2019.[5] Another Sun Conference member, St. Thomas in Miami Gardens, Florida will also be joining the MSC as an affiliate member for football in 2019.[3]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Joining Current conference
Thomas More College Crestview Hills, Kentucky 1921 1,963 Saints 2019 ACAA
(NCAA Division III)
St Thomas Miami Gardens, Florida 1961 4,674 Bobcats 2019 NAIA
Sun Conference

Affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Joined Mid-South
Sport
Primary
Conference
Ave Maria University Ave Maria, Florida 2003 1,080 Gyrenes 2017 Football Sun Conference
Bethel University McKenzie, Tennessee 1842 1,300 Wildcats 1995–96,
2003–04
Archery & Football Southern States
Bluefield College Bluefield, Virginia 1922 793 Rams 2014–15 Football Appalachian
Cincinnati Christian University Cincinnati, Ohio 1924 800 Eagles 2015–16 Football River States
Edward Waters College Jacksonville, Florida 1866 800 Tigers 2017 Football Gulf Coast
Faulkner University Montgomery, Alabama 1942 2,212 Eagles 2008–09 Football Southern States
Keiser University West Palm Beach, Florida 1977 16,760 Seahawks 2018 Football Sun Conference
Kentucky Christian University Grayson, Kentucky 1919 550 Knights 2009 Archery, Baseball, Football & Softball Independent
Point University West Point, Georgia 1937 1450 Skyhawks 2017 Football Appalachian
Southeastern University Lakeland, Florida 1935 7000 Fire 2017 Football Sun Conference
St. Andrews University Laurinburg, North Carolina 1896 600 Knights 2017 Football Appalachian
Reinhardt University Waleska, Georgia 1883 1,057 Eagles 2013–14 Football Appalachian
Union College Barbourville, Kentucky 1879 1,350 Bulldogs 2002–03 Football Appalachian
Warner University Lake Wales, Florida 1968 1,037 Royals 2017 Football Sun Conference
Webber International University Babson Park, Florida 1927 616 Warriors 2017 Football Sun Conference
  • Bethel (TN) — left the Mid-South after the 1996 fall season (1996–97 season); later re-joined in the 2003 fall season (2003–04 season).

Beginning with the 2017 season, The Sun Conference and Mid-South merged its football conferences into the largest football conference in college sports.[6][7] Edward Waters was previously a full member of the Sun Conference from 2006 to 2010 and a football affiliate member from 2014 to 2016 seasons. The divisions are divided below.

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Conference
Bluefield College Bluefield, Virginia 1922 Rams 2012 2014 Appalachian
Lambuth University Jackson, Tennessee 1843 Eagles 1995 2006 Closed in 2011
North Greenville University Tigerville, South Carolina 1891 Crusaders 1995 2001 Carolinas
(NCAA Division II)
St. Catharine College St. Catharine, Kentucky 1873 Patriots 2008 2016 Closed in 2016
University of Rio Grande Rio Grande, Ohio 1876 RedStorm 2009 2014 River States
Union College Barbourville, Kentucky 1879 Bulldogs 1995 2002 Appalachian
University of Virginia's College at Wise Wise, Virginia 1954 Highland Cavaliers 2010 2013 Mountain East[a]
(NCAA Division II)
West Virginia University
Institute of Technology
Montgomery, West Virginia[b] 1895 Golden Bears 2006 2012 River States
  1. ^ UVA–Wise will join the South Atlantic Conference, also in NCAA Division II, in 2019.
  2. ^ WVU Tech's campus is now in Beckley, West Virginia, but was in Montgomery during the school's tenure in the Mid-South Conference.

Former affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Mid-South
Sport
Primary
Conference
Belhaven University Jackson, Mississippi 1894 Blazers 1998–99 2014–15 football American Southwest
(NCAA Division III)
Cumberland University Lebanon, Tennessee 1842 Bulldogs[a] 2002–03 2011–12 football Mid-South
Bethel University McKenzie, Tennessee 1842 Wildcats 2007–08 2012–13 track & field SSAC
Kentucky Wesleyan College Owensboro, Kentucky 1858 Panthers 2004–05 2005–06 football G-MAC
(NCAA Division II)
Lambuth University Jackson, Tennessee 1843 Eagles 2006–07 2009–10 football Closed in 2011
Shorter University Rome, Georgia 1873 Hawks 2005–06fb.
2007–08t.f.
2011–12fb.
2011–12t.f.
football
track & field
Gulf South
(NCAA Division II)
University of Virginia's College at Wise Wise, Virginia 1954 Highland Cavaliers 2002–03 2009–10 football Mountain East[b]
(NCAA Division II)
  1. ^ Cumberland changed its nickname from Bulldogs to Phoenix in 2016.
  2. ^ UVA–Wise will join the South Atlantic Conference, also in NCAA Division II, in 2019.

Sports[edit]

Member teams compete in 23 sports: 11 men's, 10 women's and 2 mixed.

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's Mixed
Archery Green tickY
Baseball Green tickY
Basketball Green tickY Green tickY
Bowling Green tickY Green tickY
Cheerleading Green tickY
Cross Country Green tickY Green tickY
Football Green tickY
Golf Green tickY Green tickY
Soccer Green tickY Green tickY
Softball Green tickY
Swimming Green tickY Green tickY
Tennis Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Outdoor Green tickY Green tickY
Volleyball Green tickY
Wrestling Green tickY

Football divisions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilson, Michael (25 February 2016). "Local teams officially join Mid-South football conference". The Lakeland Ledger. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  2. ^ Evenson, Johyn (11 October 2016). "Keiser University Athletics adds football starting in 2018". Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b McPherson, Jordan (29 August 2018). "This South Florida college will have a football team. And it'll start playing next year". Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  4. ^ Brown, Kyle; Weber, James (April 17, 2018). "Thomas More College approved to move to NAIA beginning in 2019". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  5. ^ Weber, James (July 24, 2018). "Thomas More College to join the NAIA in 2019". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  6. ^ "Mid-South Conference Creates Largest College Football Conference". The Sun Conference. 2016-02-25. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  7. ^ 4:40 p.m. CST February 25, 2016 (2016-02-25). "Mid-South, Sun conferences unite for 20-team football league". Tennessean.com. Retrieved 2016-03-15.

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