Oakland officially joins the Horizon League, effective July 1

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Oakland is leaving the Summit League and joining the Horizon League, the school announced on Tuesday.

The move will take place on July 1.

“Moving to the Horizon League allows us to associate and compete with institutions with outstanding academic profiles and values,” Oakland director of athletics Tracy Huth said. “They emphasize the experience of the student-athlete. It also gives us the opportunity to play the University of Detroit Mercy on a regular basis for some spirited metro Detroit competition.”

Oakland joined the Summit League when it was known as the Mid-Continent Conference, in 1999-00. The Golden Grizzlies have been a member of Division-I since 1997.

Oakland “brings a tradition of excellence in academics, athletics, integrity and personnel,” Horizon League commissioner Jonathan B. LeCrone said. “As a conference driven by national prominence in men's basketball, Oakland further strengthens our league. Complementing their success in men's basketball is a broad-based sports program that will compete well.”

The Horizon League lost Butler after last season and recently saw Loyola join the Missouri Valley. With Oakland in the fold, the league is back at nine: Cleveland State, Detroit, Green Bay, Milwaukee, UIC, Valparaiso, Wright State and Youngstown State.

On the other side, the Summit League is adding Denver and Omaha. UMKC announced in February it was leaving for the WAC.

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