Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- UW-Superior has applied for membership in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC), a move that, if approved, would move the Yellowjackets away from a Wisconsin-based athletic conference for the first time since 1913.
That news was confirmed to NNCNOW.com on Monday afternoon by UMAC commissioner Cory Borchardt, who said he couldn't provide full details on where UW-Superior was in the application process.
"Right now all I can say is UW-Superior has applied for full membership and a decision will be made by the Council of Presidents before June 1," Borchardt said.
UW-Superior later confirmed the news through a written statement from its athletic department, outlining the school's basic reasons for applying to join the UMAC.
"A multitude of reasons exist for the desired change in conference affiliation for Yellowjacket sports teams," the statement read, "including competitive balance, a decrease in travel and missed class time for student-athletes, as well as financial considerations."
To read the full statement released by UW-Superior, click here.
If accepted into the conference as a full member, UW-Superior would be required to participate in the UMAC for every sport except for men's and women's hockey. Those sports are not offered by the UMAC, so Borchardt said UW-Superior would be free to make its own decision regarding conference affiliation --- right now both schools are members of the WIAC.
The move would give the UMAC nine full member institutions, including St. Scholastica and Northland College, with another five associate schools that compete in football only.
UW-Superior started as a founding member of the Wisconsin State University Conference (WSUC) in 1913 and then in 1997 became part of the new Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC), which merged the WSUC and the Wisconsin Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WWIAC).