|Split Decision: West Va. State to leave WVIAC; Bluefield State to stay|
The presidents of eight universities in West Virginia and one in Pennsylvania announced on Monday that they will create a new all-sports athletic conference and seek membership in Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). These nine schools are currently affiliated with the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC).
Two HBCUs are affected by this decision. West Virginia State University plans to leave while Bluefield State College will be one of six teams remaining.
West Virginia State will join the University of Charleston, Concord University, Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Seton Hill University, Shepherd University, West Liberty University and West Virginia Wesleyan University in departing.
Bluefield State, which doesn't sponsor football, will remain in the WVIAC along with Alderson-Broaddus College, Davis & Elkins College, Ohio Valley University, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, and Wheeling Jesuit University.
No determinations have been made regarding a name for the new conference or its operations.
The new conference intends to commence competition in the 2013-14 academic year. The pursuit of the creation of a new conference will not affect athletic schedules for the noted institutions for the 2012-13 seasons.
|Last Updated ( Wed Jun 20, 2012 - 7:58am )|