The Missouri Valley Conference was formed in 1907, as the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MVIAA), with five teams Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Washington (MO).
The conference expanded over the coming years until the 1960s, when the rising costs of football meant that basketball could no longer subsidise football programs and so the MVC looked west and added both New Mexico State and West Texas State (now West Texas A&M) in 1970 and 1971 respectively.
Following the 1985 season, 5 out of the final 7 teams (Drake, Illinois State, Indiana State, Southern Illinois and West Texas State) would drop from Division I-A football (now the FBS) and both Tulsa and Wichita State became independents the following season. In 1986, Wichita State would drop football altogether and the conference dissolved.


1985 TEAMS
Former teams
DRAKE
BULLDOGS
(DES MOINES, IA)
(1908-1951/1971-1985)
CURRENT CONFERENCE
DIVISION I: FCS
ILLINOIS STATE
REDBIRDS
(NORMAL, IL)
(1980-1985)
CURRENT CONFERENCE
DIVISION I: FCS
INDIANA STATE
SYCAMORES
(TERRE HAUTE, IN)
(1976-1985)
CURRENT CONFERENCE
DIVISION I: FCS
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
SALUKIS
(CARBONDALE, IL)
(1974-1985)
CURRENT CONFERENCE
DIVISION I: FCS
TULSA
GOLDEN HURRICANES
(TULSA, OK)
(1935-1985)
CURRENT CONFERENCE
THE AMERICAN
WEST TEXAS STATE
BUFFALOES
(CANYON, TX)
(1971-1985)
CURRENT CONFERENCE
DIVISION II
WICHITA STATE
SHOCKERS
(WICHITA, KS)
(1945-1985)
CURRENT CONFERENCE
DROPPED FOOTBALL

PLEASE NOTE
  • Tulsa is the only team that still plays in the NCAA Division I: FBS (I-A at the time).
  • Drake, Illinois State, Indiana State and Southern Illinois joined the NCAA Division I-AA (now the FCS) following the 1985 season.
  • West Texas State is now called West Texas A&M.
  • Wichita State dropped football following the 1985 season.