ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It’s confirmed. The Missouri Valley Conference is replacing Creighton with Loyola-Chicago.
The MVC President’s Council voted without dissent to invite the nation’s largest Jesuit Catholic university to become a member of the conference, and the university accepted the offer.
The Ramblers will officially join the St. Louis-based conference on July 1.
Loyola most-recently competed in the Horizon League. The school celebrated the 50th anniversary of its men’s basketball team’s lone national championship, this past year.
“This is a historic moment for the Missouri Valley and for Loyola University, and we strongly believe in the commitment and the potential that is very evident with this institution,” said Commissioner Doug Elgin. “Their university leadership has made a very significant investment in athletics facilities and in staffing in recent years, and we are confident that Loyola is going to be a great competitive fit in our conference.”
“I am confident Loyola will not only be a strong and valued new member of the conference athletically, but will also enhance the reputation of the conference through the addition of a world-class university in a world-class city, with student-athletes who excel academically, athletically, and in life, ” said Loyola Direcor of Athletics Dr. M. Grace Calhoun.
This is the first time in 20 years the Missouri Valley Conference has added a new member school.