FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Purdue University Fort Wayne announced Tuesday it will leave the Sioux Falls-based Summit League following the 2019-20 school year and will join the Horizon League.

The university, formerly known as Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne, or IPFW, cited the opportunity to join a more geographically friendly conference. The Mastodons, who have been in the Summit League since 2007 when it joined alongside both North Dakota State and South Dakota State, will be at the center point of the league that has schools in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin, and is roughly an average of 170 miles away from each Horizon member.

Purdue Fort Wayne’s departure is the third school from the Summit to move to the Horizon. Oakland (Mich.) University joined the conference in 2013, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis joined in 2017.

University of Missouri Kansas City announced in June that it will rejoin the Summit League in 2020-21 after leaving in 2013.

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