2/1/2014 5:17 PM
by Stuart Hammer
BLUEFIELD – A former West Virginia athletic conference has a new home in Mercer County for its storied past.
A dedication was held this afternoon on the campus of Bluefield State College, celebrating the permanent home of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference record books.
The WVIAC was one of the oldest in college athletics until it disbanded in September of last year when the majority of its members moved to the newly-formed Mountain East Conference.
Officials at the dedication say they are proud of the championships and long-running history.
“We were the oldest continuous-running basketball tournament in America,” says former commissioner Barry Blizzard, “One-year older than the NIT and three-years older than the NCAA.”
“After 89 years, it was very very sad to see the conference go away.”
The archives are housed in the Hardway Library on the campus of Bluefield State.