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9 Schools Officially Leaving WVIAC, Forming Mountain East Conference

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In June, nine WVIAC schools announced they would break apart from the conference to form a new one. Those were the nine member institutions with football teams.

On Monday, eight of those nine schools officially formed a new 12-member league that will be called the Mountain East Conference.

The conference will sponsor 16 varsity sports: men's and women's basketball, baseball, men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and volleyball.

Concord University, Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Shepherd University, The University of Charleston, West Liberty University, West Virginia State University, West Virginia Wesleyan College and Wheeling Jesuit University are the nine current WVIAC schools making the move.

Notre Dame College and Urbana University of Ohio and The University of Virginia's College at Wise from Virginia will be the other three members of the Mountain East Conference. Urbana and UVa-Wise were supposed to compete in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC) starting in 2013. Notre Dame is DII Independent school and affiliate of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).

Seton Hill was originally in the group that announced it would leave the WVIAC. Since then, Seton Hill and fellow WVIAC member school from Pennsylvania, The University of Pittsburgh – Johnstown have been invited to join the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). Seton Hill and UPJ accepted the invitations.

Wheeling Jesuit was not in the original nine. The Cardinals do not have a football team and have no plans for adding one in the near future.

The move leaves Davis & Elkins College, Bluefield State University and Ohio Valley University without a conference. Alderson-Broaddus College announced it would join the GMAC before the announcement of the formation of the Mountain East Conference.

The Mountain East Conference plans on beginning conference play in the 2013-2014 season. If the conference would not be accepted as an NCAA Division II conference before then, schools would continue playing with their current leagues until the Mountain East Conference is a recognized DII league.

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