Loyola athletic director Joe Boylan said he and other university officials met with Midwestern Collegiate Conference commissioner Daniel "Tucker" DiEdwardo yesterday in Baltimore to discuss Loyola's joining the MCC.
DiEdwardo was unavailable for comment last night.
"I think [DiEdwardo] made his presentation and the people in the school listened to it," said Boylan, who had three previous meetings with MCC officials. "Basically, we're still in a position of evaluation. We're not going to do anything in the foreseeable future. There's no deadline [to decide]."
Boylan, who would not name the university administrators who met with DiEdwardo, said he thinks the decision to join the MCC is in the hands of Loyola officials.
Reports last month said Loyola and five other schools have been invited to join the MCC, which includes six full-time members -- Butler, Dayton, Detroit, Evansville, Loyola, Ill., and Xavier.
The MCC reportedly is considering Loyola, La Salle, Duquesne, Creighton, Bradley and Drake for expansion. MCC assistant commissioner Mike Hermann said the conference still is looking for teams. He denied invitations have been extended.
Boylan said DiEdwardo will be meeting with officials at La Salle today.
Loyola's primary advantage in joining the MCC would be a higher caliber of play for the soccer team. The MCC is stronger in soccer than the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, of which Loyola is a member.
The disadvantage would be the expense of added travel, especially after the state reduced funding to private colleges such as Loyola.
"If we're spending extra dollars to go to Xavier [in Cincinnati] and there's one less professor or one less class, I couldn't justify that," Boylan said.
Loyola president, the Rev. Joseph A. Sellinger, who will have the final say as to whether Loyola joins the MCC, said through a spokeswoman last week that he has no comment on the possibility of changing conferences.