Various media reports say Loyola of Chicago has accepted an invitation to join the Missouri Valley Conference July 1st.
Loyola will replace current MVC member Creighton which is leaving to join the new Big East Conference.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports the formal agreement will be completed this week, with a news conference scheduled for Friday to formally announce Loyola's membership.
Loyola of Chicago is a charter member of the Horizon League.
Loyola's men's basketball team is coached by former Ilnois State coach Porter Moser. Jeff White, a 6-1 freshman guard from Peoria Manual, is on the Loyola roster. The Loyola men finished this past season 15-16 overall and 5-11 in the conference.
This past Friday, Loyola hired former WNBA star and three-time Olympic gold medalist Cheryl Swoopes as its women's basketball coach.