Mid-South Conference

Mid-South Conference
Mid-South Conference logo.png
AssociationNAIA
Founded1995
CommissionerEric Ward (since November 15, 2013)
Sports fielded
  • 26
    • men's: 13
    • women's: 13
No. of teams12 (8 in 2023; 8 for football)
HeadquartersLouisville, Kentucky
RegionSouthern United States and Ohio
Official websitemid-southconference.org
Locations
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The Mid-South Conference (MSC) is a college athletic conference affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Member institutions are located in Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee. The league is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, and the commissioner is Eric Ward.

The Mid-South Conference has 11 full members: Bethel (TN), Campbellsville, Cumberland (TN), Cumberlands (KY), Freed–Hardeman, Georgetown College (KY), Lindsey Wilson, Pikeville, Shawnee State, Thomas More, and UT Southern. Eight of these members sponsor football; Freed–Hardeman, Shawnee State, and UT Southern do not.

The Mid-South Conference also has six associate members that compete primarily in other conferences. Faulkner, Kentucky Christian, Union and recently former member Bluefield are associate members of the MSC for football and men's volleyball, and Reinhardt is an associate member of the MSC for football and men's volleyball. This gave the conference 13 members for football. In the spring of 2016, the conference expanded to 20 members, adding the six football members of the Sun Conference, as well as Faulkner University for football, On January 4, 2018, the conference added Keiser University for football, and St. Thomas announced in July they were joining the conference for football in 2019. Another Sun Conference member, Florida Memorial in Miami Gardens, Florida joined the MSC as an affiliate member for football in 2020, after re-adding the sport.

History

In April 2018, Thomas More University (then Thomas More College), which had been an NAIA member before moving to NCAA Division III in 1990, announced that it had been formally invited to re-join the NAIA in the 2019–20 academic year as a member of the Mid-South Conference. The school, while acknowledging that it was considering this move, denied published reports that it had accepted the invitation. Thomas More eventually confirmed in July that it would join the Mid-South in 2019.

In 2020, Bethel University became a Mid-South full member, brought track and field back to the MSC, and transferred all sports other than football and archery to the conference (prior to that, Bethel was an associate member of the MSC for football and archery only); additionally, Freed–Hardeman and UT Southern, then known as Martin Methodist College, also joined Mid-South.

In December 2020, Life University also announced its departure from the MSC for the Southern States Athletic Conference in 2022–23.

Most recently, Thomas More announced in August 2021 that it would return to the NCAA, but this time in Division II as a member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC). It will join the G-MAC as a provisional member in July 2022, but will continue as an NAIA member and in the Mid-South through 2022–23, after which it will start G-MAC competition. Later, the Sun Conference published on December 22 its reinstatement of football for the 2022 season. Recently, in July 2022, the Appalachian Athletic Conference announced of adding football as a sponsored sport.

Chronlogical timeline

  • 1995 - The Mid-South Conference (MSC) was founded. Charter members included Campbellsville College (now Campbellsville University), Cumberland College of Kentucky (now the University of the Cumberlands), Georgetown College, North Greenville College (now North Greenville University), and Union College beginning the 1995–96 academic year.
  • 1996 - Cumberland College of Tennessee (now Cumberland University) and Lambuth University joined the Mid-South in the 1996–97 academic year.
  • 1996 - Bethel College of Tennessee joined the Mid-South as an affiliate member for football in the 1996 fall season (1996-97 academic year).
  • 1997 - Bethel (Tenn.) left the Mid-South as an affiliate member for football after the 1996 fall season (1996-97 academic year).
  • 2000 - Lindsey Wilson College and Pikeville College (now the University of Pikeville; a.k.a. UPike) joined the Mid-South in the 2000–01 academic year.
  • 2001 - North Greenville left the Mid-South to join the Division II ranks of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as an NCAA D-II Independent after the 2000–01 academic year.
  • 2002 - Cumberland (Tenn.) and Union (Ky.) left the Mid-South as full members, while remaining in the conference as associate members for football and some Olympic sports after the 2001–02 academic year.
  • 2003 - The University of Virginia's College at Wise (UVA Wise) joined the Mid-South as an affiliate member for football (with Bethel (Tenn.) re-joining for football and some Olympic sports in the 2003 fall season (2003–04 academic year).
  • 2006 - Lambuth left the Mid-South as a full member, while remaining in the conference as an associate member for football after the 2005–06 academic year.
  • 2006 - West Virginia University Institute of Technology (West Virginia Tech or WVU Tech) joined the Mid-South in the 2006–07 academic year.
  • 2008 - St. Catharine College joined the Mid-South in the 2008–09 academic year.
  • 2009 - The University of Rio Grande joined the Mid-South in the 2009–10 academic year.
  • 2010 - Lambuth left the Mid-South as an affiliate member for football after the 2009 fall season (2009-10 academic year).
  • 2010 - Shawnee State University joined the Mid-South (with UVA Wise joining for all sports) in the 2010–11 academic year.
  • 2012 - West Virginia Tech left the Mid-South to become an NAIA Independent (which would later join the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC; now known as the River States Conference) beginning the 2015–16 academic year) after the 2011–12 academic year.
  • 2012 - Bluefield College (now Bluefield University) joined the Mid-South (with Cumberland (Tenn.) re-joining for all sports) in the 2012–13 academic year.
  • 2013 - UVA Wise left the Mid-South and the NAIA entirely to fully align with the NCAA Division II ranks, while joining the Mountain East Conference after spending provisionally one season in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) after the 2012–13 academic year.
  • 2014 - Bluefield left the Mid-South as a full member to re-join the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC), while remaining in the conference as an associate member for football and some Olympic sports after the 2013–14 academic year.
  • 2014 - Rio Grande left the Mid-South to join the KIAC after the 2013–14 academic year.
  • 2014 - Life University joined the Mid-South in the 2014–15 academic year.
  • 2016 - St. Catherine's left the Mid-South as the school announced that it would close after the 2015–16 academic year.
  • 2019 - Thomas More University joined the Mid-South in the 2019–20 academic year.
  • 2020 - Freed–Hardeman University and Martin Methodist College (now the University of Tennessee Southern) joined the Mid-South (with Bethel (Tenn.) joining for all sports) in the 2020–21 academic year.
  • 2022 - Life would leave the Mid-South to join the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) beginning the 2022–23 academic year.
  • 2022 - Thomas More would return the NCAA, but in the NCAA Division II ranks and is to join the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) as a provisional member in the 2022–23 academic year. Until then, they would remain committed in the Mid-South and the NAIA, until full membership in the G-MAC and NCAA D-II would begin in the 2023–24 academic year.
  • 2022 - Wilberforce University joined the Mid-South in the 2022–23 academic year.
  • 2022 - Two institutions will leave the Mid-South to join their respective new home primary conferences: Shawnee State to the RSC, and Pikeville (UPike) to the AAC, both beginning the 2023–24 academic year.

Member schools

Current members

The Mid-South currently has 12 full members, all but two are private schools:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined
Bethel University McKenzie, Tennessee 1842 Cumberland
Presbyterian
2,975 Wildcats 2020
Campbellsville University Campbellsville, Kentucky 1906 Baptist 3,318 Tigers 1995
Cumberland University Lebanon, Tennessee 1842 Nonsectarian 1,345 Phoenix 1996,
2012.
University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg, Kentucky 1889 Nondenominational 1,743 Patriots 1995
Freed–Hardeman University Henderson, Tennessee 1869 Churches of Christ 2,050+ Lions 2020
Georgetown College Georgetown, Kentucky 1829 Baptist 1,400 Tigers 1995
Lindsey Wilson College Columbia, Kentucky 1903 United Methodist 2,677 Blue Raiders 2000
University of Pikeville Pikeville, Kentucky 1889 Presbyterian
(PCUSA)
1,156 Bears 2000
Shawnee State University Portsmouth, Ohio 1986 Public 4,300 Bears 2010
Thomas More University Crestview Hills, Kentucky 1921 Catholic
(Diocese of Covington/
Benedictines)
1,963 Saints 2019
University of Tennessee Southern
(UT Southern)
Pulaski, Tennessee 1870 Public 1,000 FireHawks 2020
Wilberforce University Wilberforce, Ohio 1856 A.M.E. Church 900 Bulldogs 2022
Notes
  1. ^ Represents the calendar year when fall sports competition begins.
  2. ^ Bethel (TN) left the Mid-South after the 1996 fall season (1996–97 season) for football; later re-joined in the 2003 fall season (2003–04 school year). It also added archery during the 2017–18 school year. In the 2020 fall season (2020–21 school year), Bethel moved track & field back to the Mid-South after initially joining as an affiliate from 2007–08 to 2012–13, and transferred all other sports to the conference as a full member.
  3. ^ Cumberland (TN) left the Mid-South after the 2001–02 school year to join the TranSouth Athletic Conference (TranSouth); before re-joining the Mid-South, which transferred all other sports to the conference as a full member in the 2012–13 school year
  4. ^ UT Southern was previously known was Martin Methodist College until July 2021. Martin Methodist was an associate member for men's and women's bowling from 2015–16 to 2019–20; before transferring all other sports to the conference as a full member in the 2020–21 school year.
  5. ^ UT Southern (formerly Martin Methodist) was a private institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church until July 2021.
  6. ^ Also a Historically black college and university.


Affiliate members

The Mid-South currently has 23 associate members, all are private schools:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Mid-South
sport
Primary
conference
Ave Maria University Ave Maria, Florida 2003 Catholic
(Diocese of Venice)
1,200 Gyrenes 2018w.lax. women's lacrosse The Sun
Bluefield University Bluefield, Virginia 1922 Baptist 793 Rams 2018m.vb. men's volleyball Appalachian (AAC)
Blue Mountain College Blue Mountain, Mississippi 1873 Baptist 505 Toppers 2019m.bw.
2019w.bw.
men's bowling
women's bowling
Southern States (SSAC)
Brewton–Parker College Mount Vernon, Georgia 1904 Baptist 1,050 Barons 2015m.wr.
2017w.wr.
men's wrestling
women's wrestling
Southern States (SSAC)
Faulkner University Montgomery, Alabama 1942 Churches of Christ 2,212 Eagles 2008 football Southern States (SSAC)
Indiana Institute of Technology Fort Wayne, Indiana 1930 Nonsectarian 7,000 Warriors 2020 women's wrestling Wolverine–Hoosier (WHAC)
Indiana Wesleyan University Marion, Indiana 1920 Wesleyan Church 2,969 Wildcats 2018 women's swimming Crossroads
Keiser University West Palm Beach, Florida 1977 Nonsectarian 16,760 Seahawks 2018w.lax.
2019m.wr.
women's lacrosse
men's wrestling
The Sun
Kentucky Christian University Grayson, Kentucky 1919 Christian 550 Knights 2017arch. archery Appalachian (AAC)
Lourdes University Sylvania, Ohio 1958 Catholic 1,500 Gray Wolves 2020 women's wrestling Wolverine–Hoosier (WHAC)
Loyola University New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana 1904 Catholic
(Jesuit)
4,858 Wolf Pack 2016m.sw.
2016w.sw.
men's swimming
women's swimming
Southern States (SSAC)
Marian University Indianapolis, Indiana 1851 Catholic
(S.S.F.)
3,595 Knights 2018 women's lacrosse Crossroads
Midway University Midway, Kentucky 1847 Disciples of Christ 1,800 Eagles 2018m.vb.
2018m.wr.
2019m.bw.
2019w.bw.
2020m.sw.
2020w.sw.
men's volleyball
men's wrestling
men's bowling
women's bowling
men's swimming
women's swimming
River States (RSC)
Reinhardt University Waleska, Georgia 1883 United Methodist 1,057 Eagles 2019m.vb. men's volleyball Appalachian (AAC)
University of Rio Grande Rio Grande, Ohio 1876 Nonsectarian 1,893 RedStorm 2020m.wr.
2021m.vb.
men's wrestling
men's volleyball
River States (RSC)
St. Andrews University Laurinburg, North Carolina 1896 Presbyterian
(PCUSA)
600 Knights 2018m.vb.
2020w.wr.
men's volleyball
women's wrestling
Appalachian (AAC)
St. Thomas University Miami Gardens, Florida 1961 Catholic
(Archdiocese of Miami)
4,674 Bobcats 2020 men's wrestling The Sun
Southeastern University Lakeland, Florida 1935 Assemblies of God 7,000 Fire 2015 men's wrestling The Sun
Tennessee Wesleyan University Athens, Tennessee 1857 United Methodist 1,103 Bulldogs 2015m.bw.
2015w.bw.
men's bowling
women's bowling
Appalachian (AAC)
Truett McConnell University Cleveland, Georgia 1946 Baptist 1,600 Eagles 2020 men's volleyball Appalachian (AAC)
Union College Barbourville, Kentucky 1879 United Methodist 1,350 Bulldogs 2012m.bw.
2012w.bw.
2018arch.
men's bowling
women's bowling
archery
Appalachian (AAC)
Warner University Lake Wales, Florida 1968 Church of God 1,037 Royals 2018 men's volleyball The Sun
Webber International University Babson Park, Florida 1927 Nonsectarian 616 Warriors 2018m.vb.
2020w.lax.
men's volleyball
women's lacrosse
The Sun
Notes
  1. ^ Represents the calendar year when fall sports competition begins.
  2. ^ Ave Maria competed in the Mid-South as an affiliate member for football from the 2017 to 2021 fall seasons (2017–18 to 2021–22 school years).
  3. ^ Bluefield was a full member of the Mid-South from 2012–13 to 2013–14.
  4. ^ Bluefield competed in the Mid-South as an affiliate member for football from the 2014 to 2021 fall seasons (2014–15 to 2021–22 school years).
  5. ^ Brewton–Parker competed in the Mid-South as an affiliate member for men's volleyball during the 2019 spring season (2018–19 school year).
  6. ^ Kentucky Christian competed in the Mid-South as an affiliate member for baseball and softball from the 2018 to 2019 spring seasons (2017–18 to 2018–19 school years; and for football from the 2009 to 2021 fall seasons (2009–10 to 2021–22 school years).
  7. ^ Marian (Ind.) competed in the Mid-South as an affiliate member for men's and women's bowling from 2019–20 to 2020–21.
  8. ^ Reinhardt competed in the Mid-South as an affiliate member for football from the 2013 to 2021 fall seasons (2013–14 to 2021–22 school years).
  9. ^ Rio Grande was a full member of the Mid-South from 2009–10 to 2013–14.
  10. ^ Rio Grande competed in the Mid-South as an affiliate member for men's and women's swimming during the 2020–21 school year.
  11. ^ St. Andrews competed in the Mid-South as an affiliate member for men's wrestling from 2015–16 to 2016–17; and for football from the 2017 to 2021 fall seasons (2017–18 to 2021–22 school years).
  12. ^ Truett McConnell competed in the Mid-South as an affiliate member for men's wrestling from 2015–16 to 2016–17.
  13. ^ Union (Ky.) was a full member of the Mid-South from 1995–96 to 2001–02.
  14. ^ Union (Ky.) competed in the Mid-South as an affiliate member for football from the 2002 to 2021 fall seasons (2002–03 to 2021–22 school years).

Former members

The Mid-South had eight former full members, all but two were private schools:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Left Subsequent
conference
Current
conference
Bluefied College Bluefield, Virginia 1922 Baptist 793 Rams 2012 2014 Appalachian (AAC)
(2014–present)
Lambuth University Jackson, Tennessee 1843 United
Methodist
N/A Eagles 1996 2006 TranSouth (TSAC)
(2006–09)
NAIA/D-II Independent
(2009–11)
Closed in 2011
Life University Marietta, Georgia 1974 Nonsectarian 2,800 Running
Eagles
2014 2022 Southern States (SSAC)
(2022–present)
North Greenville College Tigerville, South Carolina 1891 Baptist 2,100 Crusaders 1995 2001 D-II Independent
(2001–11)
Carolinas (CC)
(2011–present)
University of Rio Grande Rio Grande, Ohio 1876 Nonsectarian 1,893 RedStorm 2009 2014 River States (RSC)
(2014–present)
St. Catharine College St. Catharine, Kentucky 1873 Catholic
(D.S.P.)
N/A Patriots 2008 2016 Closed in 2016
Union College Barbourville, Kentucky 1879 United
Methodist
1,368 Bulldogs 1995 2002 Appalachian (AAC)
(2002–present)
University of Virginia's College at Wise Wise, Virginia 1954 Public 2,000 Highland
Cavaliers
2010 2013 various South Atlantic (SAC)
(2019–present)
West Virginia University Institute of Technology Montgomery, West Virginia 1895 Public 2,252 Golden
Bears
2006 2012 USCAA/NAIA Independent
(2012–15)
River States (RSC)
(2015–present)
Notes
  1. ^ Represents the calendar year when fall sports competition begins.
  2. ^ Represents the calendar year when spring sports competition ends.
  3. ^ Currently known as Bluefield University since 2021.
  4. ^ Bluefield still remains as a member of the Mid-South for football and men's volleyball in the 2014–15 school year.
  5. ^ Lambuth still remained as a member of the Mid-South for football from 2006–07 to 2009–10.
  6. ^ Currently known as North Greenville University since 2006.
  7. ^ a b c d Currently an NCAA Division II athletic conference.
  8. ^ Rio Grande still remains in the Mid-South as an affiliate member for men's volleyball and men's wrestling since the 2020–21 school year.
  9. ^ Union (Ky.) still remains in the Mid-South as an affiliate member for football since the 2002–03 school year.
  10. ^ UVA Wise dropped "Highland" from its athletic nickname in 2017.
  11. ^ a b UVA Wise left the Mid-South after the 2012–13 school year. Originally it joined the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) as a charter member for most sports as a transitional NCAA Division II member school during the 2012–13 school year, but was fulfilling its commitments to the final year of competition in the Mid-South and in the NAIA. However it has never began competition as a full G-MAC member, as it would later announce that it would join the Mountain East Conference (MEC) beginning the 2013–14 school year.
  12. ^ UVA Wise had joined the following subsequent conferences: the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) during the 2012–13 school year; and the Mountain East Conference (MEC) from 2013–14 to 2018–19.
  13. ^ WVU Tech's campus is now in Beckley, West Virginia, but was in Montgomery during the school's tenure in the Mid-South Conference.

Former affiliate members

The Mid-South had 25 associate members, all but two were private schools:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Left Mid-South
sport
Primary
conference
Ave Maria University Ave Maria, Florida 2003 Catholic
(Diocese
of Venice
)
1,200 Gyrenes 2017 2022 football The Sun
Belhaven University Jackson, Mississippi 1894 Presbyterian 3,245 Blazers 1998 2015 football C.C. South (CCS)
Bethel University McKenzie, Tennessee 1842 Cumberland
Presbyterian
2,975 Wildcats 1996 &
2003fb.
2007t.f.
2012m.bw.
2012w.bw.
2017arch.
1997 &
2020fb.
2013t.f.
2020m.bw.
2020w.bw.
2020arch.
football
track & field
men's bowling
women's bowing
archery
Mid-South (MSC)
Bluefield University Bluefield, Virginia 1922 Baptist 793 Rams 2014 2022 football Appalachian (AAC)
Brewton–Parker College Mount Vernon, Georgia 1904 Baptist 1,050 Barons 2018 2019 men's volleyball Southern States (SSAC)
Cincinnati Christian University Cincinnati, Ohio 1924 Christian N/A Eagles 2015fb.
2018m.vb.
2019fb.
2019m.vb.
football
men's volleyball
N/A
Cumberland University Lebanon, Tennessee 1842 Nonsectarian 1,345 Bulldogs 2002 2012 football Mid-South (MSC)
Edward Waters University Jacksonville, Florida 1866 AME Church 966 Tigers 2017 2019 football Southern (SIAC)
Florida Memorial University Miami Gardens, Florida 1879 Baptist 1,784 Lions 2020 2022 football The Sun
Kentucky Christian University Grayson, Kentucky 1919 Christian 550 Knights 2017bsb.
2017sfb.
2009fb.
2019bsb.
2019sfb.
2022fb.
baseball
softball
football
Appalachian (AAC)
Kentucky Wesleyan College Owensboro, Kentucky 1858 United
Methodist
830 Panthers 2004 2006 football Great Midwest (G-MAC)
Lambuth University Jackson, Tennessee 1843 United
Methodist
N/A Eagles 2006 2010 football Closed in 2011
Lincoln College Lincoln, Illinois 1865 Nonsectarian 800 Lynx 2021m.sw.
2021w.sw.
2022m.sw.
2022w.sw.
men's swimming
women's swimming
Closed in 2022
Lindenwood University–Belleville Belleville, Illinois 2003 Catholic N/A Lynx 2015m.sw.
2015w.sw.
2017w.wr.
2019m.sw.
2019w.sw.
2019w.wr.
men's swimming
women's swimming
women's wrestling
Closed in 2020
Marian University Indianapolis, Indiana 1851 Catholic
(Sisters of
St. Francis
)
3,595 Knights 2019m.bw.
2019w.bw.
2021m.bw.
2021w.bw.
men's bowling
women's bowling
Crossroads
Martin Methodist College Pulaski, Tennessee 1870 Public 1,000 RedHawks 2015m.bw.
2015w.bw.
2020m.bw.
2020w.bw.
men's bowling
women's bowling
Mid-South (MSC)
Midland University Fremont, Nebraska 1883 Lutheran ELCA 1,394 Warriors 2017m.sw.
2017w.sw.
2019m.sw.
2019w.sw.
men's swimming
women's swimming
Great Plains (GPAC)
Point University West Point, Georgia 1937 Christian 1,450 Skyhawks 2017 2022 football Appalachian (AAC)
Reinhardt University Waleska, Georgia 1883 United
Methodist
1,057 Eagles 2013 2022 football Appalachian (AAC)
University of Rio Grande Rio Grande, Ohio 1876 Nonsectarian 1,893 RedStorm 2020m.sw.
2020w.sw.
2021m.sw.
2021w.sw.
men's swimming
women's swimming
River States (RSC)
St. Andrews University Laurinburg, North Carolina 1896 Presbyterian
(PCUSA)
600 Knights 2015m.wr.
2017fb.
2017m.wr.
2022fb.
men's wrestling
football
Appalachian (AAC)
Shorter University Rome, Georgia 1873 Baptist 1,520 Hawks 2005fb.
2007t.f.
2012fb.
2012t.f.
football
track & field
Gulf South (GSC)
Truett McConnell University Cleveland, Georgia 1946 Baptist 1,600 Eagles 2015 2017 men's wrestling Appalachian (AAC)
Union College Barbourville, Kentucky 1879 United
Methodist
1,350 Bulldogs 2002 2022 football Appalachian (AAC)
University of Virginia's College at Wise Wise, Virginia 1954 Public 2,000 Highland
Cavaliers
2002 2010 football South Atlantic (SAC)
Notes
  1. ^ Represents the calendar year when fall sports competition begins.
  2. ^ Represents the calendar year when spring sports competition ends.
  3. ^ Ave Maria remains in the Mid-South as an affiliate member for women's lacrosse.
  4. ^ Currently an NCAA Division III athletic conference.
  5. ^ Bethel (Tenn.) re-joined the Mid-South during the 2020–21 school year and transferred all other sports to the conference as a full member.
  6. ^ Bluefield was a full member of the Mid-South from 2012–13 to 2013–14.
  7. ^ Bluefield remains in the Mid-South as an affiliate member for men's volleyball.
  8. ^ Brewton–Parker remains in the Mid-South as an affiliate member for men's and women's wrestling.
  9. ^ Cincinnati Christian closed at the end of the 2019 fall semester, without completing the rest of the 2019–20 school year.
  10. ^ Cumberland (Tenn.) was a full member of the Mid-South from 1995–96 to 2001–02, before re-joining the Mid-South in the 2012–13 school year.
  11. ^ Cumberland (Tenn.) changed its nickname from Bulldogs to Phoenix in 2016.
  12. ^ a b c d Currently an NCAA Division II athletic conference.
  13. ^ Kentucky Christian remains in the Mid-South as an affiliate member for archery.
  14. ^ Lambuth was a full member of the Mid-South from 1995–96 to 2005–06.
  15. ^ Marian (Ind.) remains in the Mid-South as an affiliate member for men's volleyball, men's wrestling, men's and women's bowling, and men's and women's swimming.
  16. ^ Martin Methodist joined the Mid-South during the 2020–21 school year and transferred all other sports to the conference as a full member. In July 2021, Martin Methodist joined the University of Tennessee system to become the University of Tennessee Southern.
  17. ^ Martin Methodist (now UT Southern) changed its nickname from RedHawks to FireHawks in 2021.
  18. ^ Reinhardt remains in the Mid-South as an affiliate member for men's volleyball.
  19. ^ Rio Grande was a full member of the Mid-South from 2009–10 to 2013–14; but still remains in the Mid-South as an affiliate member for men's wrestling and men's volleyball.
  20. ^ St. Andrews remains in the Mid-South as an affiliate member for men's volleyball and women's wrestling.
  21. ^ Union (Ky.) was a full member of the Mid-South from 1995–96 to 2001–02; but still remains in the Mid-South as an affiliate member for archery and men's & women's bowling
  22. ^ UVA Wise later became a full member of the Mid-South from 2010–11 to 2012–13
  23. ^ UVA Wise dropped "Highland" from its athletic nickname in 2017.

Membership timeline

Wilberforce UniversityLincoln College (Illinois)Freed–Hardeman UniversityTruett McConnell UniversitySt. Thomas University (Florida)Lourdes UniversityIndiana Institute of TechnologyFlorida Memorial UniversityBlue Mountain CollegeGreat Midwest Athletic ConferenceThomas More UniversityWebber International UniversityWarner UniversityMidway UniversityMarian University (Indiana)Keiser UniversityIndiana Wesleyan UniversityAve Maria UniversityPoint UniversityMidland UniversityEdward Waters UniversityLoyola University New OrleansSouthern States Athletic ConferenceUniversity of Tennessee SouthernTennessee Wesleyan UniversitySt. Andrews University (North Carolina)Lindenwood University – BellevilleCincinnati Christian UniversityBrewton–Parker CollegeSouthern States Athletic ConferenceLife UniversityReinhardt UniversityAppalachian Athletic ConferenceBluefield UniversityRiver States ConferenceShawnee State UniversityKentucky Christian UniversityRiver States ConferenceUniversity of Rio GrandeFaulkner UniversitySt. Catherine CollegeRiver States ConferenceNAIA independent schoolsWest Virginia University Institute of TechnologyShorter UniversityKentucky Wesleyan CollegeSouth Atlantic ConferenceMountain East ConferenceUniversity of Virginia's College at WiseAppalachian Athletic ConferenceUniversity of PikevilleLindsey Wilson CollegeBelhaven UniversityBethel University (Tennessee)Appalachian Athletic ConferenceUnion College (Kentucky)Conference CarolinasNCAA Division II independent schoolsNorth Greenville UniversityTranSouth Athletic ConferenceLambuth UniversityGeorgetown CollegeUniversity of the CumberlandsTranSouth Athletic ConferenceCumberland UniversityCampbellsville University

 Full member (all sports)   Full member (non-football)   Associate member (football-only)   Associate member (sport) 

Sports

Member teams compete in 28 sports: 13 men's, 13 women's and 2 mixed.

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's Mixed
Archery Green tickY
Baseball Green tickY
Basketball Green tickY Green tickY
Bowling Green tickY Green tickY
Cheerleading Green tickY
Cross Country Green tickY Green tickY
Football Green tickY
Golf Green tickY Green tickY
Lacrosse Green tickY
Soccer Green tickY Green tickY
Softball Green tickY
Swimming Green tickY Green tickY
Tennis Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Indoor Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Outdoor Green tickY Green tickY
Volleyball Green tickY Green tickY
Wrestling Green tickY Green tickY

In addition, the Mid-South Conference also conducts championships for Esports and competitive dance. The MSC also stages invitational tournaments for junior varsity squads in the sports of men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, and women's volleyball, if enough schools sponsor JV teams in a given year.

Football divisions

Beginning with the 2017 season, The Sun Conference and Mid-South merged their football conferences into the largest football conference in college sports. Edward Waters was previously a full member of the Sun Conference from 2006 to 2010 and a football affiliate member from 2014 to 2016 seasons. Edward Waters left after the 2018 football season.

However, the Sun Division folded when its teams left the Mid-South after the Sun Conference reinstated football for 2022, leaving the Mid-South with 15 football members. Later, the Appalachian Division folded when the AAC announced to sponsor the sport for the 2022 fall season, leaving the Mid-South with 9 football members.

  • Bethel (Tenn.)*
  • Campbellsville*
  • Cumberland (Tenn.)*
  • Cumberlands (Ky.)*
  • Faulkner*
  • Georgetown*
  • Lindsey Wilson*
  • Pikeville*
  • Thomas More*
Notes

* - Mid-South full member ** - Mid-South affiliate member


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