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 Mercy, which joined in 1980 (when it was known as simply "Detroit").
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, nine of the Horizon League's 12 full members (those playing most, if not all, of their sports in the league) are former members of The Summit League. At this time, the only exceptions are longtime member Detroit Mercy, 2015 arrival Northern Kentucky, and 2020 arrival Robert Morris.
The most recent changes in the conference membership happened in July 2020 when Purdue Fort Wayne and Robert Morris joined.
Members[change | change source]
Currently, the Horizon League has 12 full members.
- Purdue Fort Wayne did not exist until 2018, but inherited its athletic program from Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), founded in 1964. In 2018, the Indiana University and Purdue University systems shut down their joint Fort Wayne campus. Each system then opened a new Fort Wayne campus of its own.
- The Wright State campus has a mailing address of Dayton, but is actually located in the neighboring suburb of Fairborn.
Former full members[change | change source]
A total of 14 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.
Former associate members[change | change source]
Many NCAA conferences have one or more "associate" members that play only a limited number of sports in the conference, usually one. The Horizon League does not have such a member now, but has had one in the past.
|Joined||Left||Main conference||Conference in former|
|Belmont University||Nashville, Tennessee||1890||Private||Bruins||Men's soccer||2014||2018||OVC||SoCon|
References[change | change source]
- "Horizon League". horizonleague.org. Retrieved 2014-07-26.
- Horizon League (May 11, 2015). "Northern Kentucky University to Join Horizon League in July". Press release. Archived from the original on May 14, 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20150514000904/http://www.horizonleague.org/blog/northern-kentucky-university-to-join-horizon-league-in-july. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
- Horizon League (June 15, 2020). "Robert Morris to Join Horizon League". Press release. https://horizonleague.org/news/2020/6/15/general-robert-morris-to-join-horizon-league.aspx. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
- Horizon League (August 5, 2019). "Purdue University Fort Wayne to Join Horizon League". Press release. http://horizonleague.org/news/2019/8/5/general-purdue-university-fort-wayne-to-join-horizon-league.aspx. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
- "Goodbye IPFW, hello Purdue Fort Wayne". Journal & Courier. Fort Wayne, IN. April 21, 2017. Retrieved December 3, 2017.