Mid-South Conference
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Mid-South Conference
Mid-South Conference
Mid-South Conference logo
Established 1995
Association NAIA
Division I
Members 8 (21 for football)
Sports fielded
  • 23
    • 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 November 15, 2013)
Website mid-southconference.org
Mid-South Conference 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 eight full members: Campbellsville, Cumberland (TN), Cumberlands (KY), Georgetown College (KY), Lindsey Wilson, Life, Pikeville, and Shawnee State. Six of these members sponsor football; Life and Shawnee State do not.

The Mid-South Conference also has six associate members that compete primarily in other conferences. Faulkner, Kentucky Christian, Union and recently former member Bluefield are associate members of the MSC for football, Bethel is an associate member of the MSC for football and track and field, and Reinhardt is an associate member of the MSC for football. This gave the conference 13 members for football. In the spring of 2016, the conference expanded to 20 members, adding the six football members of The Sun Conference, as well as Faulkner University for football.[1] On January 4, 2018, the conference added Keiser University for football.[2]

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

Member schools

Full members

  • Cumberland (TN) -- left the Mid-South in 2002, and re-joined in 2012.

Potential future member

On April 17, 2018, Thomas More College, which had been an NAIA member before moving to NCAA Division III in 1990, announced that it had been formally invited to rejoin the NAIA effective in 2019-20 as a member of the Mid-South Conference. The school, while acknowledging that it was considering this move, denied published reports that it had accepted the invitation.[3]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Joining Current conference
Thomas More College Crestview Hills, Kentucky 1921 1,963 Saints 2019 Presidents'
(NCAA Division III)

Affiliate members

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Joined Mid-South
Ave Maria University Ave Maria, Florida 2003 1,080 Gyrenes 2017 Football The Sun
Bethel University McKenzie, Tennessee 1842 1,300 Wildcats 1995-96,
Archery & 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 River States
Edward Waters University Jacksonville, Florida 1866 800 Tigers 2017 Football Gulf Coast
Faulkner University Montgomery, Alabama 1942 2,212 Eagles 2008-09 Football Southern States
Keiser University West Palm Beach, Florida 1977 Seahawks 2018 Football The Sun
Kentucky Christian University Grayson, Kentucky 1919 550 Knights 2009 Archery, Baseball, Football & Softball Independent
Point University West Point, Georgia 1937 1450 Skyhawks 2017 Football Appalachian
St. Andrews University Laurinburg, North Carolina 1896 600 Knights 2017 Football Appalachian
Reinhardt University Waleska, Georgia 1883 1,057 Eagles 2013-14 Football Appalachian
Union College Barbourville, Kentucky 1879 1,350 Bulldogs 2002-03 Football Appalachian
Warner University Lake Wales, Florida 1968 1,037 Royals 2017 Football The Sun
Webber International University Babson Park, Florida 1927 616 Warriors 2017 Football The Sun
  • 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).

Beginning with the 2017 season, The Sun Conference and Mid-South merged its football conferences into the largest football conference in college sports.[4][5] Edward Waters was previously a full member of the Sun Conference from 2006 to 2010 and a football affiliate member from 2014 to 2016 seasons. The divisions are divided below.

Former members

  1. ^ WVU Tech's campus is now in Beckley, West Virginia, but was in Montgomery during the school's tenure in the Mid-South Conference.

Former affiliate members

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Mid-South
Belhaven University Jackson, Mississippi 1894 Blazers 1998-99 2014-15 football American Southwest
(NCAA Division III)
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
(NCAA Division II)


Member teams compete in 23 sports: 11 men's, 10 women's and 2 mixed.

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

Football divisions


  1. ^ Wilson, Michael (25 February 2016). "Local teams officially join Mid-South football conference". The Lakeland Ledger. Retrieved 2016. 
  2. ^ Evenson, Johyn (11 October 2016). "Keiser University Athletics adds football starting in 2018". Retrieved 2018. 
  3. ^ Brown, Kyle; Weber, James (April 17, 2018). "Thomas More College approved to move to NAIA beginning in 2019". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 2018. 
  4. ^ "Mid-South Conference Creates Largest College Football Conference". The Sun Conference. 2016-02-25. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ 4:40 p.m. CST February 25, 2016 (2016-02-25). "Mid-South, Sun conferences unite for 20-team football league". Tennessean.com. Retrieved . 

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