The Horizon has reportedly settled on Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) to replace Valparaiso.
IUPUI was named, but without baseball, it seemed more likely that a school like Fort Wayne or a wild card like Grand Canyon could get the call.
Instead, the Jaguars, who currently play in the Summit League, are getting the call up.
The Detroit News reported the news last night.
With Valparaiso departing for the Missouri Valley Conference, the Horizon League was facing the threat of not having a school in Indiana, home of the league’s offices.
The Horizon League worked swiftly to keep that from happening.
In the last week, the Horizon League has offered membership to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, according to a source with direct knowledge of the league’s plans. IUPUI would come from the Summit League, the same conference Oakland came from when it joined the Horizon League in 2013.
College basketball fans may recognize IUPUI from both its palindromic acronym, and its berth in the 2003 NCAA Tournament, where it lost to Kentucky in the first round as a No. 16 seed.
Former Memphis assistant Jason Gardner is 37-58 in three years leading the Jaguars.
This latest round of mid-major realignment kicked off with Wichita State’s move from the Missouri Valley Conference to the AAC, and continued with Valparaiso leaving the Horizon League to take its place.