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Hello, Ft. Hays State, UNO and Northwest Missouri. Goodbye, New Mexico Highlands, Western New Mexico and Chadron State. As expected, the UNK Lopers have applied for membership in the Mid–American Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
The school would leave the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference effective two years from now starting with the 2012 season of sports starting in August of that year.
The reason is simple - costs - as athletic departments nationwide, especially on the Division 2 level, try to make the numbers work for them.
Six school in the MIAA will be closer to Kearney that Chadron State, the closest school of the RMAC teams to the UNK Campus.
This league is popular. Central Oklahoma and Northeastern Oklahoma have already accepted bids to join the MIAA and Lindenwood of Missouri will also apply.
UNK has asked the Nebraska Board of Regents to support the application of the Lopers to the MIAA, That should come August 17th when the Regents meet in Lincoln.
For all practical purposes, this is a done deal.
UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen will submit a letter to the new league applying for membership. Then, they will meet and decide.
MIAA will have 16 schools which are in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Nebraska which will make for some welcome shorter bus trips and save all of that gas money.
The Lopers have two more years in the RMAC, a league to which they'v e belonged since 1994. The RMAC has14 schools.
The Lopers have won the league's All–Sports trophy in 13 of the past 15 years.
Of course this is a familiar story. Earlier this year the Huskers agreed to leave the Big 12 for the Big 10 effective next year.
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