Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association

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The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) is a college athletic conference which operates in the states of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and effective in 2012 in Oklahoma in the Midwestern United States. The conference was formerly known as the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association, but changed its name when it expanded into Kansas. It participates in the NCAA's NCAA Division II.

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The MIAA sponsors 16 conference championships (8 men's, 8 women's) in these sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf (men's), soccer (women's), softball, tennis, track and field (indoor and outdoor), and volleyball (women's). MIAA schools with additional sports (swimming and men's soccer) usually compete independently or as part of a nearby conference.

The MIAA is considered one of the top conferences in NCAA Division II, and has seen two member schools move up to NCAA Division I. Southwest Missouri State University (now called Missouri State University) made the jump in 1981, and Southeast Missouri State University moved up in 1991.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha joined the conference on July 1, 2008.[1] On July 3, 2007, Southwest Baptist University was granted independent status for their football team, while all remaining teams will stay in the MIAA.[2]

Lincoln University of Missouri (after revitalizing its dormant football program) was re-admitted to the MIAA by a vote of the CEO Council on January 30, 2009, and resumed membership in the 2010-11 academic year.

On July 8, 2009, the MIAA CEO Council voted to remain a 12-team league for the foreseeable future, denying an application by Rockhurst University (which does not have a football team but wanted to compete in other sports). The vote ended short term speculation about the League expanding to 16 teams divided into two divisions.[3]

Southwest Baptist will rejoin the MIAA in football for the 2013 football season,[4] which will mean the schools can then play an 11-game conference football schedule with no non-conference games. Currently, only schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) are allowed to schedule 12 regular-season games in all seasons. Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) schools are allowed to schedule 12 games in years that contain 14 Saturdays in the period starting with Labor Day weekend and ending with the Saturday before Thanksgiving; the next season this will occur will be 2013.

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