With Monday's start of the 2019-20 school year, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association officially added two new schools to its conference.
Newman University and Rogers State University join the MIAA as associate members, along with the conference's 12 full-time members, which includes Lincoln University. Both schools had previously been members of the Heartland Conference.
Newman and Rogers State will take the place of Lindenwood and Southwest Baptist, which officially joined the Great Lakes Valley Conference on Monday.
With their departures, Lincoln will return to the MIAA in football this fall. The Blue Tigers were an associate member of the GLVC in football from 2014-18.
Newman is located in Wichita, Kan., while Rogers State is in Claremore, Okla. Neither school has a football program, leaving the MIAA with 12 football programs, each playing an 11-game regular-season schedule against conference teams.
Newman and Rogers State participate in men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, baseball and softball. Rogers State also offers men's and women's track and field, while Newman has men's and women's tennis, men's and women's bowling, men's and women's triathlon, volleyball and wrestling.
Newman was already an associated member of the MIAA in wrestling.