Shockers leaving The Valley

By Steve Sell
April 07, 2017

WICHITA — The Missouri Valley Conference is losing its flagship school.

Wichita State is leaving the MVC after 72 years, according to announcement made today.

The Shockers have been accepted in to the American Athletic Conference. The 12 AAC presidents voted in favor of admitting the Shockers.

WSU will begin competition starting this fall in all sports. The AAC will play an 18-game men’s basketball schedule, with seven home-and-home dates and four one-time opponents.

WSU will certainly rack up the frequent flyer miles. Other schools are Houston, Memphis, Tulsa, Tulane, SMU, Temple, South Florida, Cincinnati, UConn, East Carolina, Central Florida and Navy (football only).

Houston, Memphis, Tulsa and Cincinnati at one time were members of the Missouri Valley before leaving for greener pastures.

The move certainly should be a boon for Shocker men’s basketball and the ability to retain coach Gregg Marshall, as WSU will be playing in one of the better conferences in the country after the Missouri Valley had slipped badly in recent years.