The Metro Conference, originally tabbed the Metro Six, was formed on June 13, 1975. It’s charter members included the Cincinnatti, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Memphis State, St. Louis and Tulane.
Expansion was soon on the horizon, as the league membeship increased to it’s size to seven schools when the Florida State University was admitted on July 28, 1976.
After Georgia Tech left the conference following the 1978 season, Virginia Tech quickly filled the void. Then St. Louis left the Metro. But waiting in the wings was the University of South Carolina who joined in 1983 to increase the membership to eight schools. However, Tulane forfeited its membership when its basketball program was discontinued following the 1984-85 season.
Team Competition Year Team Champion Head Coach Runner-Up Site 1976 Memphis State Georgia Tech Memphis, Tennessee 1977 Memphis State Cincinnati Memphis, Tennessee 1978 Memphis State Florida State Tallahassee, Florida 1979 Memphis State Virginia Tech Tallahassee, Florida 1980 Memphis State Florida State Tallahassee, Florida 1981 Florida State Randy Jobson Memphis State Tallahassee, Florida 1982 Virginia Tech Memphis State Memphis, Tennessee 1983 Florida State Randy Jobson Memphis State New Orleans, Louisiana 1984 Florida State Richard McKee Memphis State New Orleans, Louisiana 1985 South Carolina Memphis, Tennessee 1986 South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina 1987 South Carolina Florida State Hattiesburg, Mississippi 1988 Florida State Richard McKee South Carolina Tallahassee, Florida Memphis State 1989 South Carolina Florida State Cincinnati, Ohio 1990 South Carolina Florida State Louisville, Kentucky 1991 South Carolina Florida State Memphis, Tennessee Post-Season Honors Year Tournament MVP 1976 Keith West, Memphis State 1977 Roger Webb, Memphis State 1978 Jim Ladyman, Memphis State 1979 Bob Kronauge, Cincinnati 1980 Jeff Player, Virginia Tech 1981 Marco Abilhoa, Florida State 1982 Marco Abilhoa, Florida State 1983 Jon Ramthun, Virginia Tech 1984 Marco Abilhoa, Florida State 1985 Joey Rive, Florida State 1986 Jan Sandberg, S. Carolina 1987 Paul Haarhuis, Florida St. 1988 Paul Haarhuis, Florida St. 1989 Mike Longley, S. Carolina 1990 Stephane Simian, S. Carolina