Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mvc, like Nfl, Hears Expansion Bids

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mvc, like Nfl, Hears Expansion Bids

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A committee of administrators from Missouri Valley Conference schools will recommend today whether the league should expand or keep the membership at its current number of 10. Five candidates are being considered.

The committee's decision will be handed to the MVC Presidents Council, which on Nov. 2 in St. Louis will accept or reject the proposal. The council dhas by league charter the final say. Tim Dickel, Creighton faculty representative who also is MVC president, said: "The feeling I have is that we may expand."

A vote on expansion today by the jcommittee will conclude three days of MVC meetings, at which the principal issue has been what to do with the size of the league. Approval of expansion in today's balloting requires a simple majority. Each school gets one vote.

MVC Commissioner Doug Elgin said the result would not be made public. On the committee are the faculty representatives, senior women administrators and athletic directors of the 10 schools.

"There's a lot of political undercurrents," Elgin said of debate on expansion. "The MVC is known as a basketball league, but the list of factors for each school we've looked at has more on it than men's and women's basketball. We've been studying it for some time. It's not an easy call."

The committee heard presentations Monday from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Butler and Evansville. Presentations will be made today by Loyola (Chicago) and Northern Illinois.

Butler, Evansville and Loyola are members of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference. Northern Illinois is a member of the Mid-Continent Conference.

MVC sources said Monday expansion is virtually a certainty, with Evansville being the top choice. The number of schools that might be favored by the committee is open to speculation, although rumors have for months been that Evansville and Butler would be added.

Elgin said he expects a vote by the presidents on expansion (eight of the 10 for approval) Nov. 2. If not then, by the middle of November for sure. …

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