The Horizon League is a NCAA conference that plays in the NCAA Division I. The conference is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and features universities and colleges from the Great Lakes Region. While it plays many sports, it has never played football.
History[change | change source]
The Horizon League was founded in 1979 as the Midwestern City Conference (MCC) with six members. None of these schools are in the league now. The school that has been in the league the longest is Detroit, which joined in 1980.
The conference changed its name in 1985 to Midwestern Collegiate Conference. In 1993, the largest conference expansion in NCAA history that did not involve a merger was announced. Six schools left the Mid-Continent Conference, now known as The Summit League, to join the Midwestern Collegiate Conference for the 1994–95 school year. In June 2001, the conference changed its name to the current Horizon League to avoid confusion with the "other" MCC (which did not become The Summit League until 2007).
Today, eight of the Horizon League's nine full members (those playing most, if not all, of their sports in the league) are former members of The Summit League. The only exception is Detroit.
On July 1, 2015, Northern Kentucky (NKU), which will finish a four-year transition from NCAA Division II to Division I in the 2015–16 school year, will join the Horizon League. Like Detroit, NKU has never been a member of The Summit League; its previous league was the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Members[change | change source]
Currently, the Horizon League has nine full members.
|Cleveland State University||Cleveland, Ohio||1964||Public||Vikings||1994|
|University of Detroit Mercy (Detroit)||Detroit. Michigan||1877||Private||Titans||1980|
|University of Wisconsin–Green Bay (Green Bay)||Green Bay, Wisconsin||1965||Public||Phoenix||1994|
|University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (Milwaukee)||Milwaukee, Wisconsin||1956||Public||Panthers||1994|
|Oakland University||Rochester, Michigan||1957||Public||Golden Grizzlies||2013|
|University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)||Chicago, Illinois||1946||Public||Flames||1994|
|Valparaiso University||Valparaiso, Indiana||1859||Private||Crusaders||2007|
|Wright State University||Dayton, Ohio[a 1]||1964||Public||Raiders||1994|
|Youngstown State University||Youngstown, Ohio||1908||Public||Penguins||2001|
A tenth member will join in July 2015.
|Northern Kentucky University||Highland Heights, Kentucky||1968||Public||Norse||2015|
- The Wright State campus has a mailing address of Dayton, but is actually located in the neighboring suburb of Fairborn.
Associate members[change | change source]
The Horizon League has one "associate" member that plays only one sport in the conference.
|Belmont University||Nashville, Tennessee||1890||Private||Bruins||Men's soccer||2014||OVC|
Former members[change | change source]
A total of 13 schools have been full members, but are no longer in the league.
Nicknames are those used when the schools were conference members.
- The Marquette men's basketball team joined in 1989, a year after the school joined in other sports.
- Marquette changed its nickname to "Golden Eagles" in 1994.
- Notre Dame was never a conference member in men's basketball.
- When Notre Dame rejoined the conference in 1987, it did so only for men's sports. Women's sports joined the next year.
- Oklahoma City changed its nickname to "Stars" in 1999.
- Oral Roberts changed its nickname to "Golden Eagles" in 1993.
- The Saint Louis men's basketball team joined in 1982, a year after the school joined in other sports.
References[change | change source]
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- Horizon League (May 11, 2015). "Northern Kentucky University to Join Horizon League in July". Press release. http://www.horizonleague.org/blog/northern-kentucky-university-to-join-horizon-league-in-july. Retrieved May 11, 2015.