SUPERIOR, WI (LEARFIELD-WSAU) U-W Superior could leave the W-I-A-C and join the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference as early as the fall of 2015. The UMAC's (you-mack's) Council of Presidents is expected to vote on the transfer before June first.
Superior has been in the W-I-A-C for over 100 years, and it would remain in the conference for men's and women's hockey because the UMAC does not offer those sports.
Travel has become an issue for Superior, since it must go 368 miles to its furthest W-I-A-C opponent at Whitewater and 326 miles to Platteville. In the UMAC, teams from Superior would not have to travel more than 255 miles to an opponent. It would also pit Superior with schools closer to its enrollment. It has the W-I-A-C's smallest enrollment at just under 25-hundred, and would have the third-largest enrollment in the UMAC.
Northland College of Ashland is in the conference, along with seven schools from Minnesota.
The move could hurt the W-I-A-C in baseball, because the league would drop to six teams -- one less than the minimum to get an automatic bid for the N-C-A-A Division-Three tournament.