Loyola (Ill.) University will join the Missouri Valley Conference, according to the Chicago Tribune.
According to the newspaper, Loyola accepted an invitation and will become a member on July 1. Loyola, located in Chicago, replaces Creighton to keep the MVC membership at 10.
Loyola was a charter member of the Horizon League, founded in 1979 as the Midwestern City Conference. It sponsors six men’s sports and seven women’s. It does not field a baseball team.
Loyola is a Catholic school with an enrollment of 16,040 and was founded in 1870.
The Valley is adding a men’s basketball program with a strong tradition, but no recent success.
The Ramblers won the NCAA men’s basketball title in 1963. Loyola last appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 1985 and has one winning season in the past six. According to bbstate.com, it has not finished with an RPI in the top 100 in the past 20 seasons.
Former Illinois State coach Porter Moser went 15-16 in his second season, finishing 5-11 in the Horizon League.
The women’s basketball team recently hired Sheryl Swoopes as coach. Former Wichita State cross country coach Randy Hasenbank is Loyola’s track and field and cross country coach.
Loyola is enjoying one of its best all-around athletic years. It leads the Horizon League’s all-sports standings entering the spring.