The University of Nebraska-Kearney announced they are interested in joining the MIAA Conference, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.
Once the University of Nebraska Board of Regents considers the request on their agenda Tuesday, Aug. 17, at Varner Hall in Lincoln, UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen will submit a letter to the MIAA, formally applying for membership. The MIAA will then begin consideration of the application, which will include site visits and an inventory of the UNK athletic department. Acceptance into the new conference, which requires a vote of the CEO Council of the MIAA, would be effective with the 2012-13 school year.
UNK has been a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) since 1994, but travel consideratons are a big factor for the Lopers’ athletic department. They have a nice rivalry with Chadron State, but most of the 14 schools in the RMAC are located in western Colorado to southern New Mexico. If UNK was in the MIAA, there would be seven schools within the travel distance between UNK and Chadron State.
Most of the MIAA has schools in Missouri and Kansas. Three other schools, Central Oklahoma (Edmond, Okla.), Northeastern State (Tahlequah, Okla.) and Lindendwood (St. Charles, Mo.) are also seeking MIAA membership. If UNK and these institutions receive bids, that would push MIAA membership to 16 schools.