The Metropolitan Collegiate Athletic Conference, popularly known as the Metro Conference, was an NCAA Division I athletics conference born in 1975, so named because all of its charter members were in urban metropolitan areas in, or at least on the fringes of, the Southern United States. The conference never sponsored football. In 1995 it merged with the Great Midwest Conference to form Conference USA. The merger was driven mainly by football, as several Metro Conference members had been successfully lured to larger conferences that sponsored the sport. The conference was popularly known as the "Metro 6" during its first season, then as the "Metro 7" during the rest of the 1970s and early 1980s. For most of its existence, it was considered a "major" conference. The charter members included: Cincinnati, Louisville, Georgia Tech, Memphis State, St. Louis and Tulane. Later editions included: Florida State, Viginia Tech, Souther Miss and South Carolina. During the 20 year run as a conference Louisville won the conference championship in basketball 11 times followed by Memphis with 4 and Cincinnati with 2. Though it was short lived the Metro produced 2 National Championship winners during the 1980's.