CHARLESTON - (AP) - Davis & Elkins and Ohio Valley are joining the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.
The G-MAC announced the two schools, along with fellow West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference member Alderson-Broaddus, had accepted invitations to join the new league, which is based in Indianapolis.
"These institutions are committed to creating a quality Division II athletic conference that will benefit the experiences of their student-athletes and will prove to be valuable additions to the membership," G-MAC Commissioner Tom Daeger said.
Earlier this week A-B announced it was joining the G-MAC; nine other WVIAC schools said they were forming the Mountain East Conference with two schools from Ohio and one from Virginia; and Pitt-Johnstown and Seton Hill accepted invitations to join the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
The moves are effective in fall 2013.
That will leave what was the 15-member WVIAC with only one school, Bluefield State.
Now, both must ponder their futures.
A Bluefield State athletic official didn't immediately return a telephone message Wednesday.
WVIAC commissioner Barry Blizzard has declined comment on the league's prospects. Founded in 1924, the WVIAC is one of the nation's oldest small-college leagues.
An NCAA Division II membership committee approved the G-MAC earlier this year. The conference plans to explore further expansion opportunities. Other G-MAC members are Cedarville, Ohio; Central State, Ohio; Kentucky Wesleyan College, Trevecca Nazarene, Tenn., and Ursuline, Ohio.
"The G-MAC is committed to the goal of establishing a model NCAA Division II athletic conference," Daeger said. "The Conference will continue to remain pro-active in growing the membership to achieve the objective of providing a quality experience for all of its members."