CARBONDALE — The presidents of the nine Missouri Valley Conference schools are taking the next step toward possible expansion Monday, according to a report from college basketball analyst Mark Adams and the Peoria Journal Star Thursday.
If there is a consensus among seven of the nine to invite a new member, or more than one member, there could be an announcement Tuesday from the league office, according to the Journal Star. Adams and the Peoria newspaper cited anonymous sources in their reports.
Valley officials, as well as campus personnel, have said they will not comment on the search for a potential 10th member until it is completed. Thursday, the league reiterated that stance in a brief statement.
"The conference will continue to not comment about membership matters until the presidents have made a decision regarding the future of the league," it said.
Reps from the Valley schools visited Valparaiso, Murray State, Nebraska-Omaha and Milwaukee in late April. Those four schools are in the running to join the league after Wichita State announced it would leave this summer for the American Athletic Conference. It is not clear if Valley reps want to add one program, more than one, or wish to remain at nine teams for the upcoming school year.
If the league adds another program, it will be the first addition since Loyola joined the league in 2013 after Creighton left for the Big East. Adams reported earlier this week league reps were leaning toward adding Valparaiso as its 10th member, but cautioned that the situation could change quickly.