Neb.-Kearney wants to join MIAA in 2012

KEARNEY, Neb. —The University of Nebraska-Kearney wants to join the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, starting in the 2012-13 school year.

In a news release, UNK officials say they'll ask the University of Nebraska Board of Regents to support UNK's application. The UNK request is on the regents' Aug. 17 agenda.

UNK's application requires a vote of the MIAA's CEO Council.

UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen says joining the MIAA would reduce "travel burdens."

The Kearney school has been a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference since 1994. Its 14 schools ranging geographically from Nebraska to western Colorado to southern New Mexico.

The MIAA's members are in Kansas (Emporia State, Fort Hays State, Pittsburg State and Washburn), Missouri and Nebraska and include Nebraska-Omaha.