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Mid-South Conference


Mid-South Conference

Mid-South Conferencee
Mid-South Conferencee logo
Established 1995
Association NAIA
Members 16 (9 full, 7 associate)
Sports fielded 22 (men's: 11; women's: 10)
Region Southern United States, Midwestern United States
Region XI of the NAIA
Headquarters Louisville, Kentucky
Commissioner Eric Ward (since Nov. 15, 2013)
Mid-South Conferencee locations

The Mid-South Conference (MSC) is an athletic conference affiliated with the NAIA. Member institutions are located in Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, and Virginia.

The Mid-South Conference has 9 full members: Lindsey Wilson, Life, Pikeville, Shawnee State and St. Catharine. Six of these members sponsor football; Life, Shawnee State, and St. Catharine do not.

The Mid-South Conference also has 6 associate members that compete primarily in other conferences. Belhaven, Faulkner, Kentucky Christian, Union and recently former member Bluefield are associate members of the MSC for football, and Bethel is an associate member of the MSC for football and track and field. This gives the MSC 13 members for football.

The league is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, and the commissioner is Eric Ward.


  • Member schools 1
    • Full members 1.1
    • Affiliate members 1.2
    • Former members 1.3
    • Former affiliate members 1.4
  • Sports 2
    • Football divisions 2.1
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Member schools

Full members

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Joined
Campbellsville University Campbellsville, Kentucky 1906 3,318 Tigers 1995
Cumberland University Lebanon, Tennessee 1842 1,345 Bulldogs 1995,
University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg, Kentucky 1887 1,743 Patriots 1995
Georgetown College Georgetown, Kentucky 1829 1,400 Tigers 1995
Life University Marietta, Georgia 1974 2,800 Running Eagles 2014
Lindsey Wilson College Columbia, Kentucky 1903 2,677 Blue Raiders 2000
University of Pikeville Pikeville, Kentucky 1889 1,156 Bears 2000
St. Catharine College St. Catharine, Kentucky 1873 700 Patriots 2008
Shawnee State University Portsmouth, Ohio 1986 4,300 Bears 2010
  • Cumberland (TN), Georgetown College — will possibly join the NCAA D-II Great Midwest Athletic Conference in unknown year, pending acceptance into NCAA Division II..
  • Cumberland (TN) — left the Mid-South in 2002, and re-joined in 2012.

Affiliate members

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Joined Mid-South
Bethel University McKenzie, Tennessee 1842 1,300 Wildcats 1995-96,
football Southern States
Bluefield College Bluefield, Virginia 1922 793 Rams 2014-15 football Appalachian
Cincinnati Christian University Cincinnati, Ohio 1924 800 Eagles 2015-16 football Kentucky Intercollegiate
Faulkner University Montgomery, Alabama 1942 2,212 Eagles 2008-09 football Southern States
Kentucky Christian University Grayson, Kentucky 1919 550 Knights 2009 football Independent
Reinhardt University Waleska, Georgia 1883 1,057 Eagles 2013-14 football Appalachian
Union College Barbourville, Kentucky 1879 1,350 Bulldogs 2002-03 football Appalachian
  • Bethel (TN) — left the Mid-South after the 1996 fall season (1996-97 season); later re-joined in the 2003 fall season (2003-04 season).
  • Cincinnati Christian University (OH) - will begin conference play in fall of 2016 (2016-17 season), signed to conference August 2015 [1]

Former members

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Bluefield College Bluefield, Virginia 1922 Rams 2012 2014 Appalachian
Lambuth University Jackson, Tennessee 1843 Eagles 1995 2006 Closed in 2011
North Greenville University Tigerville, South Carolina 1891 Crusaders 1995 2001 Carolinas
University of Rio Grande Rio Grande, Ohio 1876 RedStorm 2009 2014 Kentucky
Union College Barbourville, Kentucky 1879 Bulldogs 1995 2002 Appalachian
University of Virginia's College at Wise Wise, Virginia 1954 Highland Cavaliers 2010 2013 Mountain East
West Virginia University Institute of Technology Montgomery, West Virginia 1895 Golden Bears 2006 2012 Independent

Former affiliate members

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Mid-South
Belhaven University Jackson, Mississippi 1894 Blazers 1998-99 2014-15 football Southern States
Cumberland University Lebanon, Tennessee 1842 Bulldogs 2002-03 2011-12 football Mid-South
Bethel University McKenzie, Tennessee 1842 Wildcats 2007-08 2012-13 track & field SSAC
Kentucky Wesleyan College Owensboro, Kentucky 1858 Panthers 2004-05 2005-06 football G-MAC
(NCAA Division II)
Lambuth University Jackson, Tennessee 1843 Eagles 2006-07 2009-10 football Closed in 2011
Shorter University Rome, Georgia 1873 Hawks 2005-06fb.
track & field
Gulf South
(NCAA Division II)
University of Virginia's College at Wise Wise, Virginia 1954 Highland Cavaliers 2002-03 2009-10 football Mountain East


Member teams compete in 22 sports: 11 men's, 10 women's and 1 mixed.

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's Mixed
Baseball Y
Basketball Y Y
Bowling Y Y
Cheerleading Y
Cross Country Y Y
Football Y
Golf Y Y
Soccer Y Y
Softball Y
Swimming Y Y
Tennis Y Y
Track & Field Outdoor Y Y
Volleyball Y
Wrestling Y

Football divisions

West Division
  • Belhaven
  • Bethel
  • Campbellsville
  • Cumberland (TN)
  • Faulkner
  • Reinhardt
East Division
  • Bluefield
  • Cumberlands (KY)
  • Georgetown
  • Kentucky Christian
  • Lindsey Wilson
  • Pikeville
  • Union


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External links

  • Official website
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