|Missouri Valley Conference|
|MVC, The Valley|
|Region||Midwestern United States|
|Headquarters||St. Louis, Missouri|
The Missouri Valley Conference (also called MVC or simply "The Valley") is the third-oldest collegiate athletic conference in the United States. Currently, its members are located in the midwestern United States.
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The MVC was founded in 1907 as the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association or MVIAA, 12 years after the Big Ten, the only Division I conference that is older. It is the third oldest college athletic conference in the United States, after the Big Ten conference and the NCAA Division III MIAA (Michigan Intercollegiate Athletics Association). In 1928 the MVIAA split and most of the larger schools formed a conference that retained the MVIAA name and ultimately became the Big Eight Conference. The smaller schools, plus Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University–Stillwater, which joined the Big Eight in 1957), formed the MVC, which retained the old MVIAA's administrative staff. During the Big Eight's existence, both conferences claimed 1907 as their founding date. In 1996 the Big Eight merged with four Texas schools of the Southwest Conference to form the Big 12 Conference.
During the 2006–07 college basketball season, MVC teams held a 74–27 non-conference record, including a record of 44–1 at home. The Valley finished in the top six of the RPI and ahead of a BCS conference for the second consecutive year, while also garnering multiple NCAA bids for the ninth straight year and 12th of 14.
The MVC has not sponsored football since 1985, when it was a hybrid I-A/I-AA (now FBS and FCS), respectively. However, five members have football programs in the Missouri Valley Football Conference (known as the Gateway from 1985 to 2008) of Division I FCS, and a sixth and a seventh compete in another FCS conference, the Pioneer Football League. The Missouri Valley Conference shares its name with the Missouri Valley Football Conference, and the two also operate from the same headquarters complex in St. Louis. However, the two are separate administratively.
After weeks of speculation, it was announced on April 7, 2017 that Wichita State would be leaving the conference to join the American Athletic Conference starting with the 2017–18 season. On May 9, 2017, the Conference announced it had extended an invitation to Valparaiso University, and on May 25, the MVC announced that Valparaiso would officially join the following July 1.
|Bradley University||Peoria, Illinois||1897||1948,
|Drake University||Des Moines, Iowa||1881||1907,
|University of Evansville||Evansville, Indiana||1854||1994||Private||2,526||Purple Aces|
|Illinois State University||Normal, Illinois||1857||1981||Public||20,706||Redbirds|
|Indiana State University||Terre Haute, Indiana||1865||1976||Public||13,584||Sycamores|
|Loyola University Chicago||Chicago, Illinois||1870||2013||Private||16,437||Ramblers|
|Missouri State University||Springfield, Missouri||1905||1990||Public||26,000 ||Bears
|University of Northern Iowa||Cedar Falls, Iowa||1876||1991||Public||12,273||Panthers|
|Southern Illinois University||Carbondale, Illinois||1869||1975||Public||15,987||Salukis|
|Valparaiso University||Valparaiso, Indiana||1859||2017[b]||Private||4,500||Crusaders|
- Bradley and Drake both withdrew from the MVC during the 1951–52 academic year in protest over the Johnny Bright incident, a racially motivated on-field attack by an Oklahoma A&M football player against Drake player Johnny Bright in a 1951 game. Bradley returned to the MVC for non-football sports in the 1955–56 school year, with Drake doing the same a year later. However, Bradley never returned to MVC football, dropping the sport in 1970, and Drake did not return for football until 1971.
- Valparaiso had been an MVC affiliate in women's soccer in the 1996–1998 seasons (ending with the 1998–99 school year).
Note: In the case of spring sports, the year of joining is the calendar year before the start of competition.
|Dallas Baptist University||Dallas, Texas||1898||2013||Private||5,545||Patriots||Lone Star
(NCAA Division II)
|University of Arkansas
at Little Rock
|Little Rock, Arkansas||1927||2013||Public||13,167||Trojans||Sun Belt||women's swimming|
|Stony Brook University||Stony Brook, New York||1957||2016||Public||24,594||Seawolves||America East||women's tennis|
Former full members
- Creighton previously withdrew from the MVC from 1948–49 to 1975–76
- Currently known as the University of Detroit Mercy.
- Currently known as Iowa State University.
- Currently known as Kansas State University.
- Currently known as the University of Memphis.
- Currently known as the University of North Texas.
- Currently known as Oklahoma State University–Stillwater.
- During Oklahoma A&M's tenure in the MVC, the nicknames "Aggies" and "Cowboys" were used interchangeably. When the school adopted its current name in 1957, the "Cowboys" nickname was exclusively adopted.
- Currently known as West Texas A&M University.
Former affiliate members
This list does not include current full member Valparaiso. As noted above, the Crusaders played women's soccer in the MVC from 1996 to 1998 (ending in the 1998–99 school year).
- Hartford dropped men's tennis after the 2015–16 season.
- Stony Brook dropped men's tennis after the 2016–17 season. The school's women's tennis team remains an MVC affiliate.
- TCU dropped men's soccer after the 2002 season.
- Tulsa, a full member from 1935 to 1996, rejoined the MVC as a men's soccer associate from 2000 to 2005.
- UMBC dropped men's tennis after the 2015–16 season.
- Vanderbilt dropped men's soccer after the 2005 season.
- WKU dropped men's soccer after the 2007 season.
Full members (non-football) (Full members) Assoc. members (football only) Assoc. member (other sports)
- C. E. McClung (1907–19??)
- Arthur (Artie) E. Eilers (1925–1957)
- Norvell Neve (1957–1969)
- DeWitt T. Weaver (1969–1972)
- Mickey Holmes (1972–1979)
- David Price (1979–1981)
- Richard D. Martin (1981–1985)
- James A. Haney (1985–1988)
- Doug Elgin (1988 – present)
The Missouri Valley Conference sponsors championship competition in seven men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports. Dallas Baptist is an affiliate for baseball, Little Rock is an affiliate for swimming and diving, and Stony Brook is an affiliate in women's tennis.
The most recent change to the roster of sports was the dropping of men's tennis after the 2016–17 school year due to a lack of participating teams. Two of the four full conference members that sponsored the sport in that season no longer play men's tennis in the MVC. Southern Illinois dropped both men's and women's tennis, and Wichita State joined the American Athletic Conference. Affiliate member Stony Brook dropped men's tennis after the 2016–17 season. The two remaining MVC men's tennis schools from 2016–17, Drake and Illinois State, joined the Summit League for that sport, and incoming MVC member Valparaiso also joined the Summit League in men's tennis.
|Swimming & Diving|
|Track and field (indoor)|
|Track and field (outdoor)|
Men's sponsored sports by school
|Golf||Soccer||Track & Field
|Track & Field
- Valparaiso dropped men's soccer at the end of the 2019 season (2019–20 school year).
- Baseball associate Dallas Baptist.
Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Missouri Valley Conference which are played by Valley schools:
|School||Football||Swimming & Diving||Tennis||Volleyball||Wrestling|
- Valparaiso does not include diving in its intercollegiate aquatics program.
- Valparaiso will drop men's tennis at the end of the 2019–20 season.
Women's sponsored sports by school
|Golf||Soccer||Softball||Swimming||Tennis||Track & Field
|Track & Field
- Valparaiso does not include diving in its intercollegiate aquatics program for either men or women.
- Swimming & diving associate Little Rock.
- Tennis associate Stony Brook.
Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Missouri Valley Conference which are played by Valley schools:
|School||Soccer stadium||Capacity||Basketball arena||Capacity||Softball field||Capacity||Baseball field||Capacity|
|Bradley||Shea Stadium||3,800||Peoria Civic Center (men)
Renaissance Coliseum (women)
|Petersen Hotels Field ||1,000||Dozer Park||7,500|
|Drake||James W. Cownie Soccer Complex||2,000||Knapp Center||7,152||Ron Buel Field||500||Non-baseball school|
|Evansville||Arad McCutchan Stadium||2,500||Ford Center||10,000||James & Dorothy
|650||Charles H. Braun Stadium||1,200|
|Illinois State||Adelaide Street Field||1,000||Redbird Arena||10,200||Marian Kneer
|1,050||Duffy Bass Field||1,200|
|Indiana State||Non-soccer school||Hulman Center||10,200||Price Field At
Eleanor Forsythe St. John
|Loyola||Loyola Soccer Park||500||Joseph J. Gentile Arena||4,486||Loyola Softball Park||500||Non-baseball school|
|Missouri State||Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium||1,000||JQH Arena||11,000||Killian Softball Stadium||1,200||Hammons Field||7,986|
|UNI||Cedar Valley Soccer Complex||N/A||McLeod Center||7,018||Robinson-Dresser
|Southern Illinois||Non-soccer school||SIU Arena||8,339||Charlotte West Stadium||502||Abe Martin Field||2,000|
|Valparaiso||Brown Field||5,000||Athletics–Recreation Center||5,000||Valpo Softball Complex||N/A||Emory G. Bauer Field||500|
|Dallas Baptist||Baseball-only member||Horner Ballpark||2,000|
- For the football venues of schools who participate in the sport, see Facilities of the Missouri Valley Football Conference and Facilities of the Pioneer Football League.
Basketball tournament champions by year
The Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Championship is often referred to as Arch Madness, in reference to the Gateway Arch at the tournament's present location of St. Louis, Missouri, and a play on "March Madness".
|Season||Men's Champion||Women's Champion|
|1977||Southern Illinois||No Tournament|
|1979||Indiana State||No Tournament|
|1983||Illinois State||Illinois State|
|1985||Wichita State||No Tournament|
|1987||Wichita State||Southern Illinois|
|1990||Illinois State||Southern Illinois|
|1992||Missouri State||Missouri State|
|1993||Southern Illinois||Missouri State|
|1994||Southern Illinois||Missouri State|
|1997||Illinois State||Illinois State|
|1998||Illinois State||Illinois State|
|2001||Indiana State||Missouri State|
|2006||Southern Illinois||Missouri State|
|2014||Wichita State||Wichita State|
|2020||Bradley||Cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic|
NB: Missouri State was known as Southwest Missouri State until August 2005.
National team titles by institution
School – Number – NCAA Championships
- Bradley – 9 
- Drake – 3 
- Evansville – 0+5* 
- Illinois State – 0+1* 
- Indiana State – 1 
- Loyola University Chicago – 3 
- Missouri State – 0 +2* 
- UNI – 1+2* 
- Southern Illinois – 5+3* 
- Valparaiso – 0
NCAA Championships as of March, 2013
(*-Titles won by schools in Division II/College Division prior to their moving to Division I in the late 1960s or early 1970s.)
Football poll, Helms and AIAW titles are not included in the NCAA Championship count.
Men's basketball attendance
The Valley is well known for having some of the most dedicated fanbases in all of college basketball, with several members regularly selling out their large arenas on a nightly basis throughout the year. Former member (Creighton) had the sixth highest attendance for Division I in 2012–13 while Bradley, Illinois State, Missouri State, and Indiana State were all among the NCAA's top 100 teams in home attendance.
In 2010–11, 2011–12, and 2012–13, the Valley maintained its position as the eighth ranked conference in average attendance.
The Valley made history in March 2007 with record attendance for four days at St. Louis' Scottrade Center as 85,074 fans turned out to watch the five sessions of the tournament. The two sellout crowds of 22,612 for the semifinals and final of the 2007 State Farm Tournament set an all-time attendance record for basketball at the arena and also gave The Valley the distinction of having the largest championship crowd for any of the 30 NCAA conference tournaments in 2007.
Football champions by year
- All MVC schools that currently play football are part of the Missouri Valley Football Conference except for Drake and Valparaiso, which play in the Pioneer Football League.
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