The MIAA and GLVC have come together to form a Strategic Conference Football Scheduling Alliance moving Southwest Baptist and Lincoln from the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association to the Great Lakes Valley Conference for football only starting in 2014.
The move allows the 12 MIAA schools to play one another, and won't allow a team to win a conference championship in a year when their schedule doesn't feature all of the top conference programs like the 14-team conference offered some schools.
The GLVC is hoping the shift in teams can help interest in the Division II football conference to grow, while stabilizing its football membership among teams.
"I am excited about this strategic alliance and believe it is a benefit to all MIAA institutions," MIAA Commissioner Bob Boerigter said in a statement. "Grant Teaff (Executive Director of the American Football Coaches Association) has encouraged Division II conferences to work together to help grow and sustain Division II football. GLVC Commissioner Jim Naumovich and I believe that this will help meet football scheduling challenges in both conferences."
The MIAA is expected to release its 2014 schedule by week's end, while the GLVC will announce its new-look schedule at a later date.