Report: Loyola to Missouri Valley

CHICAGO -- Loyola of Chicago has accepted an invitation to the Missouri Valley Conference and is leaving the Horizon League, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The person, speaking Sunday on the condition of anonymity because the move has not been announced, says some details were still being finalized. A formal announcement is expected this week, with the move taking effect on July 1.

Several outlets reported the switch over the weekend. It comes at a busy time for the school.

Loyola hired Sheryl Swoopes as women's basketball coach last week, hoping the three-time WNBA MVP can raise the profile of that program. The school in recent years has opened a new multipurpose athletic facility and remodeled its arena.

Loyola replaces Creighton, which jumped to the new Big East.

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