Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Oakland University will join the Horizon League in all but one of its 19 intercollegiate sports, effective July 1.
The school's Board of Trustees approved the move on Tuesday. The lone sport left out of the conference shift is men's tennis.
"Oakland University is the perfect fit at the perfect time for the Horizon League," said league commissioner Jonathan B. LeCrone. "They bring a well- respected and growing athletics program and we are adding a university that is aspirational. We look forward to working with President Gary Russi, Athletics Director Tracy Huth and his staff on behalf of the student-athletes. This is an exciting beginning to our external growth plan."
Located northwest of downtown Detroit, the university had competed in the Summit League since 1997 and in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from 1973-97. The Golden Grizzlies men's basketball team earned NCAA Tournament berths in 2005, 2010-11.
"Oakland University is pleased to be the newest member of the Horizon League," said Russi. "The universities in this conference are strong academically and they value the student-athlete experience. Oakland fits well with them and we look forward to being part of their tradition of excellence."