Five schools from Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan have left the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in favor of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference in the latest of conference realignments.
Hillsdale College, University of Findlay, Ohio Dominican University, Walsh University and Lake Erie College are all heading to the G-MAC in 2016-2017 to join eight other schools from West Virginia, Ohio and Tennessee. Malone University has already made the jump and will compete immediately in the G-MAC.
Marquette Social Scene’s Brice Burge and ESPN UP’s Ryan Myrehn opened up Monday’s “Sports Pen” on ESPN UP 970 AM/93.3 FM with the news and how it directly impacts the local markets and national tournament setup and who might be the next school to bolt. Listen below:
This brings the GLIAC down to 10 schools, including Northern Michigan, Michigan Tech and Lake Superior State. This creates some interesting challenges to the Wildcats, including how the GLIAC-GLVC Volleyball crossover will be structured and puts the women’s lacrosse program in jeopardy since they won’t have enough teams in the conference to make it an official sport.
The GLIAC will have a conference call on Wednesday to discuss the changes.