Loyola Chicago Ramblers Leave Missouri Valley Conference to Join Atlantic 10 Conference

CHICAGO — Loyola Chicago has accepted an invitation to participate in the Atlantic 10 Conference and is leaving the Missouri Valley Conference.

The move announced Tuesday by the school and leagues will take effect July 1. Adding Loyola as the 15th member of the conference will give the Atlantic 10 feet in Chicago and give men’s basketball a boost.

The Ramblers advanced to the Final Four in 2018 and reached the Sweet 16 last season. It is 2-0 under Drew Valentine, who was promoted to head coach after Porter Moser left for Oklahoma.

Loyola also won NCAA Championships in men’s volleyball in 2014 and 2015.

“The A-10 is widely regarded as one of the top leagues in the country for its success in competition and in the classroom,” said school president Jo Ann Rooney. “This move will continue to increase our visibility nationally, while simultaneously placing ourselves in competition with three other Jesuit institutions. We believe this is a move that positions Loyola for even greater success, both athletically and academically, in the future.” .”

Loyola joins fellow Jesuit schools Fordham, Saint Joseph’s and Saint Louis in the Atlantic 10. It also renews rivalries with Dayton, Duquesne, La Salle and Saint Louis from its time in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference.

Loyola moved from the Horizon League to the Missouri Valley in 2013, after Creighton left for the Big East.

“Loyola’s dedication to the high-level academic achievement of all of its students, coupled with his outstanding athletic profile, from success in basketball, football and volleyball to superb facilities and resources, is a perfect match for the A-10,” Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette V McGlade said. “The addition expands the A-10’s presence in the Chicago market, bringing the conference to three of the four major media markets in the United States.”

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