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The Missouri Valley Conference (known as the MVC or The Valley) is a conference participating in the NCAA's Division I, with member institutions in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Missouri; schools in Kentucky and Tennessee will join in 2022. It was founded in 1907.

Current members

Institution Location Type Nickname Joined
Bradley University Peoria, Illinois Private Braves 1948
1955
Drake University Des Moines, Iowa Private Bulldogs 1907
1956
University of Evansville Evansville, Indiana Private Purple Aces 1994
Illinois State University Normal, Illinois Public Redbirds 1981
Indiana State University Terre Haute, Indiana Public Sycamores 1976
Loyola University Chicago Chicago, Illinois Private Ramblers 2013
Missouri State University Springfield, Missouri Public Bears/Lady Bears 1990
University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, Iowa Public Panthers 1991
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
(Southern Illinois)
Carbondale, Illinois Public Salukis 1975
Valparaiso University Valparaiso, Indiana Private Beacons 2017
  • Bradley and Drake left the MVC at the end of the 1951–52 school year. During the 1951 football season, Drake's African-American football star Johnny Bright was the victim of a racially motivated on-field attack by an Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State) player that led to serious injuries. When the MVC and A&M refused to discipline the player responsible for the attack, Drake announced its departure and Bradley left in sympathy with Drake. Both schools would return for non-football sports, but Bradley never returned in football before dropping the sport in 1970 and Drake did not return in football until 1971.
  • Loyola will leave the MVC for the Atlantic 10 Conference after the 2021–22 season.

Future members

Institution Location Type Nickname Joining
Belmont University Nashville, Tennessee Private Bruins 2022
Murray State University Murray, Kentucky Public Racers 2022

Former members

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