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Publicly snubbed by the Big Sky Conference, with the Big West not ready to expand again and without a conference of its own since the American West disbanded, Southern Utah University officially joined the far-away Mid-Continent Conference (headquartered in Naperville, Illinois) for 10 mens and womens sports, including mens basketball. Football is not included.

The T-Birds new NCAA Division I conference affiliation began in the 1997-98 season. Until then, SUU teams competed as independents.