For the current NCAA Division II conference, see Great Midwest Athletic Conference.
Great Midwest Conference
DivisionDivision I
RegionMidwestern United States
CommissionerMichael L. Slive[1]

The Great Midwest Conference was an NCAA Division I athletics conference which existed from 1991 to 1995.

It was formed in 1990 with six members--Cincinnati and Memphis State (now Memphis) from the Metro Conference; UAB from the Sun Belt Conference; Marquette and Saint Louis from the Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now the Horizon League), and independent DePaul. Dayton joined in 1993. Cleveland State and Detroit-Mercy were also strongly considered.[2]

In 1995 six of the schools in the Great Midwest (with the exception of Dayton, who joined the Atlantic 10 Conference) joined with UNC Charlotte, Louisville, Southern Mississippi, Tulane, and South Florida of the Metro and Houston of the dissolving Southwest Conference and formed Conference USA.


Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left
University of Cincinnati Bearcats Cincinnati, Ohio 1819 Public 41,357 1991 1995
University of Dayton Flyers Dayton, Ohio 1850 Private 11,186 1993 1995
DePaul University Blue Demons Chicago, Illinois 1898 Private 24,966 1991 1995
Marquette University Golden Eagles Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1881 Private 12,002 1991 1995
University of Memphis Tigers Memphis, Tennessee 1912 Public 22,365 1991 1995
Saint Louis University Billikens St. Louis, Missouri 1818 Private 13,785 1991 1995
University of Alabama at Birmingham * (UAB) Blazers Birmingham, Alabama 1936 Public 17,999 1991 1995

- Dayton and Saint Louis are in the Atlantic 10 Conference; Following the July 2013 split of the original Big East Conference into two leagues, DePaul and Marquette moved to the non-football conference that retained the Big East name, while Cincinnati moved to the football-sponsoring American Athletic Conference. At the time of the Big East split, Memphis moved from C-USA to The American.

Membership timelineEdit

Atlantic 10 ConferenceUniversity of DaytonConference USAUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamAtlantic 10 ConferenceConference USASaint Louis UniversityAmerican Athletic ConferenceConference USAUniversity of MemphisBig East ConferenceBig East Conference (1979–2013)Conference USAMarquette UniversityBig East ConferenceBig East Conference (1979–2013)Conference USADePaul UniversityAmerican Athletic ConferenceBig East Conference (1979–2013)Conference USAUniversity of Cincinnati


The following were the locations of the GMC men’s basketball tournament.

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. NCAA (2005). "Florida Gators basketball" (PDF). University of Florida. Retrieved 2011-01-02.
  2. Ledbetter, Darryl O.; Flaherty, Tom (30 November 1993). "UWM, UWGB leaving?; Midwestern Collegiate makes plans to expand". The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved 25 December 2013.

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