Loyola cites travel costs, won't join Midwestern league

November 27, 1991|By Jeff Fletcher

Loyola athletic director Joe Boylan said yesterday the school will not join the Midwestern Collegiate Conference.

Boylan said the benefits of joining the MCC -- a higher caliber of play for the Greyhounds soccer team -- did not outweigh the costs of added travel.

He did not rule out joining the conference sometime in the future, but said Loyola would not be a member of the MCC for the 1992-93 season "unless something extraordinary happens, and I don't see that happening."

Boylan, who attended a meeting of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference athletic directors on Monday, said the conference was planning to increase scholarship requirements for soccer.

"They've done as much as they could possibly do with regard to soccer," Boylan said.

Last season, the Greyhounds won their second consecutive MAAC title and posted a 16-2-5 record, but did not make the NCAA tournament because the MAAC has no automatic bid.

The MCC does have an automatic bid, but its six full-time members are located in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.

MCC commissioner Daniel "Tucker" DiEdwardo was unavailable for comment.

The MCC, which is trying to expand to 12 in time for the 1992-93 season, reportedly was interested in Loyola, LaSalle, Duquesne, Bradley, Creighton and Drake.

In addition to Loyola, Bradley has said it will not join the MCC next season.

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