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C-USA officially adds FAU, MTSU

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Following up on reports that first surfaced in November, Conference USA officially announced Tuesday it has expanded its conference roll by two.

As expected, Middle Tennessee State University and Florida Atlantic University were welcomed as members of the conference Tuesday.  The schools, current members of the Sun Belt, will officially join Conference USA July 1 of this year.

So, for the 2013 season, Conference USA will consist of 14 football-playing members: former WAC schools Louisiana Tech and UT-San Antonio; former Sun Belt schools FIU and North Texas; FAU and MTSU; and eight current members — East Carolina, Marshall, Rice, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa, UAB and UTEP.  Old Dominion and UNC-Charlotte are joining this year as well, although they won’t become football-playing members until 2015.

However, two of those current members — ECU and Tulane — will join the Big East in 2014.  Current C-USA members Houston, Memphis, SMU and UCF will be moving to that conference in July of this year.

Additionally, speculation is beginning to grow that Tulsa could bolt for either the Big East or Mountain West.  In fact, Tulsa World wrote over the weekend that “[t]he university’s switch from Conference USA membership to Big East Conference membership seems to have graduated from a possibility to a likelihood.”

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4 Responses to “C-USA officially adds FAU, MTSU”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 22, 2013 4:39 PM

    Woohoo!!!

    I think…. Who’s MTSU again?

  2. pettytom says: Jan 22, 2013 5:44 PM

    I know it’s all about the money these days but geez C-USA didn’t even get the good Sunbelt teams. There were 4 teams in the Sunbelt that made it to bowl games and they all stayed in the Sunbelt.

  3. mauldawg says: Jan 22, 2013 7:13 PM

    C-USA, Wow what a conference. This is a joke.
    It will become a real power house when they add UTSA and Old D. Does OD even have a football team?

  4. csawyer24 says: Jan 22, 2013 8:38 PM

    Not only does OD have a football team, but they are the winningest start up football program in America. Their sophomore QB won the Walter Payton Award, passed Steve McNair for the most passing yards in an FCS season and threw for over 700 in one game. They finished first in the CAA this year. They will actually do well in C-USA.

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