The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) and the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) announced jointly Wednesday that the two NCAA Division II conferences have entered into a Strategic Conference Football Scheduling Alliance, which will enable MIAA members Lincoln University and Southwest Baptist University to join the GLVC in the sport of football only.
The proposed four-year agreement, which is slated to begin in 2014, will give both Lincoln and Southwest Baptist associate member status within the GLVC.
Each school will remain full active members of the MIAA in all other sports and will continue those MIAA competitive schedules.
The Strategic Conference Football Scheduling Alliance provides scheduling stability and non-conference flexibility for both conferences moving forward, while also addressing two major scheduling goals for each league, including:
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.
The MIAA is expected to release its 2014 schedule by week's end, while the GLVC will announce its new-look schedule at a later date.
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Courtesy Truman State University and the The Strategic Conference Football Scheduling Alliance