View Full Version : Middle Tennessee and FAU gone to C-USA

11-28-2012, 09:21 PM
Well guys, as Hemi posted in the Football section, we are back down to 8 football schools after 2013 unless we add to the Belt. I really hate losing MTSU due to our rivalry and now it seems that Western Ky will be more geographically in line with the MAC, since they no longer will be connected to a fellow Sun Belt state.

Sources: C-USA adds 2 schools
Updated: November 28, 2012, 2:13 PM ET
By Brett McMurphy | ESPN

Florida Atlantic and Middle Tennessee State are leaving the Sun Belt Conference for Conference USA, sources told ESPN.

FAU and Middle Tennessee are expected to join Conference USA in 2014. Conference USA added FAU and Middle Tennessee to replace Tulane and East Carolina, which announced Tuesday they were joining the Big East.

The addition of FAU and Middle Tennessee will give Conference USA 14 league members in 2014.

League officials announced in May that Conference USA was adding five new schools in 2013: Charlotte, Florida International, Louisiana Tech, North Texas and UT-San Antonio. Charlotte will begin participating in conference football in 2015. Old Dominion is joining C-USA in 2014.

In Middle Tennessee, C-USA is getting the largest public university in the state of Tennessee. The school is located just 30 miles southeast of the Nashville media market in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Middle Tennessee jumped from Division I-AA in 1999 in football, and the Blue Raiders have played in three bowls since 2005.

The Blue Raiders received votes in The Associated Press men's basketball poll last season with coach Kermit Davis earning a five-year extension and finished with a school-record 27 wins. The women's basketball team has reached the NCAA tournament four straight years and 15 times overall.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

11-29-2012, 06:56 PM