Maverick Maniac's Musings

March 25, 2011

Summit League Introduction and History

Filed under: The Summit League — Jon Green @ 5:00 pm

Since UNO is joining the Summit League, something new and unfamiliar to all of us, I thought it’d be helpful to take a look at the League and the Sports that they offer, and what UNO can expect.

Here are links to the previews of the various sports.

Baseball
Men’s Basketball
Women’s Basketball
Men’s Cross Country
Women’s Cross Country
Men’s Golf
Women’s Golf
Men’s Soccer
Women’s Soccer
Softball
Men’s Swimming and Diving
Women’s Swimming and Diving
Men’s Tennis
Women’s Tennis
Men’s Track and Field
Women’s Track and Field
Volleyball

History of the Summit League

The Summit League was founded in 1982, known at that time as the Association of Mid-Continent Universities.  At its founding, the league consisted of 8 schools, Cleveland State, Eastern Illinois, UIC (University of Illinois at Chicago), Northern Iowa, Missouri State, Western Illinois, Wisconsin-Green Bay and Valparaiso.  The league even sponsored football for a couple years until dropping it in 1984.

The name was later changed in 1989 to the Mid-Continent Conference. Additionally around this time in 1990 Akron and Northern Illinois joined the league, replacing Missouri State who left for the Missouri Valley.  In 1991 the league lost Northern Iowa to the Missouri Valley, but replaced them with Wright State.  In 1992 the league lost Akron to the MAC, replacing them with Youngstown State. In 1993 the league added Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 1994 the league lost Cleveland State, UIC, Northern Illinois, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Wright State to the Horizon League.  This left the league with only 3 original schools (Eastern Illinois, Western Illinois, and Valparaiso), and only 4 overall (the other being Youngstown State).

The league was forced to reorganize and did so by adding Buffalo, Central Connecticut State, Chicago State, Northeastern Illinois, Troy University and UMKC (University of Missouri-Kansas City).  This setup lasted only 2 years when the league lost Eastern Illinois to the Ohio Valley Conference.  After 1997 the league lost Troy as well to the Sun Belt, but replaced them with Oral Roberts and Southern Utah.  In 1998 they lost Buffalo to the MAC, Northeastern Illinois dropped their sports programs, and Central Connecticut State left for the Northeast Conference.  These schools were replaced with Oakland and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

In 2001 the league lost Youngstown State to the Horizon League.  They were replaced in 2003 by Centenary College of Louisiana.  This lasted til 2006 when Chicago State went Independent.  In 2007 the league saw another major shakeup as Valparaiso left for the Horizon League, but the league added North Dakota State, South Dakota State, and Indiana University-Purdue University Forth Wayne(IPFW).  In June 2007 the conference was also renamed The Summit League.

There are currently ten schools in the Summit League.  Centenary College of Louisiana, is dropping out of the Summit League to move to Division III after this year.  South Dakota will replace them as a full member starting next year.  Southern Utah will be leaving the Summit League after next year to join the Big Sky Conference,  and UNO will replace them as the 10th school in the league once they join in the Fall of 2012.

The league will consist of IPFW, IUPUI, UMKC, North Dakota State (NDSU), Oakland (OU), Oral Roberts (ORU), South Dakota (USD), South Dakota State (SDSU), UNO, and Western Illinois (WIU) once UNO has joined.  Eastern Illinois (EIU) is an associate member in Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving and will be an associate member in Men’s Soccer starting in the fall.

The Summit League has seen some national success at times from its teams and even a few individual national champions in Track and Field, Swimming and Diving and Cross Country.   It will be interesting to see if this current group of Summit League members follows the pattern of the former members, moving on to something better once they find a spot, or if they are able to raise the profile of the league as a whole.

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2 Comments »

  1. […] Since UNO is joining the Summit League, something new and unfamiliar to all of us, I thought it’d be helpful to take a look at the League and the Sports that they offer, and what UNO can expect.  For a list of all the posts on the different sports, please refer back to this intro. […]

    Pingback by Summit League Preview – Baseball « Maverick Maniacs’ Musings — March 27, 2011 @ 1:38 pm | Reply

  2. […] Since UNO is joining the Summit League, something new and unfamiliar to all of us, I thought it’d be helpful to take a look at the League and the Sports that they offer, and what UNO can expect.  For a list of all the posts on the different sports, please refer back to this intro. […]

    Pingback by Summit League Preview – Men’s Basketball « Maverick Maniacs’ Musings — March 28, 2011 @ 11:03 pm | Reply


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