The Chief Executive Officer's Council of the
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association took action to grant
Southwest Baptist University's request to play an independent schedule in
football while continuing to play a conference slate in all other sports.
The decision was made during the council's meeting at the NCAA Division II
Presidents and Chancellors Summit in San Diego June 22, with SBU announcing
its intention to exercise that option Tuesday (July 3).
Beginning in the 2008 football season, SBU will no longer be on the MIAA
schedule, and will not be eligible for the championship or postseason
The University of Nebraska-Omaha, which joins the conference in the 2008-09
academic year, will take SBU's place in the schedule to allow the MIAA to
continue its nine-game slate with two non-conference availabilities.
Southwest Baptist joined the MIAA in the 1987-88 academic year, and was
eligible for the conference football title the following season.
Under the direction of Jim Hall, the Bearcats finished 5-5 overall and in
conference play during the 1989 season. Two years later, SBU tied Central
Missouri and Truman for third in the conference with a 5-4 MIAA mark,
finishing 7-4 overall.
Southwest Baptist would finish with at least four conference wins in a
season only once more -- when Ray Richards guided the Bearcats to a 6-5
overall mark, 4-5 in the MIAA for sixth place in 2001. Richards was
selected by his peers as MIAA Coach of the Year that season.