The Midwest Athletic Association was an intercollegiate athletic conference of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that existed from 1926 to 1970. It was later known as the Midwest Conference from 1962 to 1963 and as the Midwestern Conference from 1964 to 1970. The conference's membership was widespread due to the lack of HBCUs in the Midwest, with members located in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia.[1]


Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Previous
Left Conference
Bluefield State College1 Bluefield, WV 1895 Big Blues 1926 Independents 1932 CIAA Independents
Kentucky State College2 Frankfort, KY 1886 Thorobreds 1926 Independents 1970 Independents
(GLVC 1989)
West Virginia State College3 Institute, WV 1891 Yellow Jackets 1926 Independents 1942 CIAA MEC
Wilberforce College Wilberforce, OH 1856 Bulldogs4 1926 Independents 1970 Independents
(AMEC 1999)
Tennessee State University5 Nashville, TN 1912 Tigers 1930 SIAC 1966 Independents
(OVC 1986)
Louisville Municipal College Louisville, KY 1931 Bantams 1931 none (new school) 1951 none (school closed) merged into Louisville
Lincoln University Jefferson City, MO 1866 Blue Tigers 1932 Independents 1970 MIAA MIAA
Philander Smith College Little Rock, AR 1877 Panthers 1940 Independents 1948 SCAC GCAC
Central State University6 Wilberforce, OH 1947 Marauders7 1947 none (new school) 1970 Independents
(AMEC 2000)
Grambling College Grambling, LA 1901 Tigers 1952 Independents 1958 SWAC SWAC
Jackson College Jackson, MS 1877 Tigers 1952 SCAC 1958 SWAC SWAC
Texas Southern University Houston, TX 1949 Tigers 1952 Independents 1954 SWAC SWAC
  1. Known as Bluefield Institute until 1931.
  2. Known as Kentucky State Industrial College until 1938.
  3. Known as West Virginia Institute until 1929.
  4. Team name was Green Wave until 1947.
  5. Known as Tennessee A&I State College until 1968.
  6. Known as Wilberforce State College until 1951, and Central State College until 1965.
  7. Known as Green Wave until 1951.

Football champions

Midwest Athletic Association

Midwest Conference

Midwestern Conference

See also


  1. ^ Eastern Intercollegiate Conference, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved October 30, 2015.