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Conference USA elects to stay at 14 members… for now

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With the ACC announcing its Grant of Rigths agreement in April, realignment at the highest level of college football looks to be on hold for the foreseeable future. The same can now be said for Conference USA’s expansion plans for the immediate future.

In a statement on Tuesday, the conference board of directors “elected to remain, for the foreseeable future, with its current membership plan.”

“We are thrilled with our membership going forward and excited about our collective potential,” commissioner Britton Banowsky said. “Our organization has established a great foundation in an increasingly stable environment. The system has found calm waters, which is helpful to all of us.”

Depending on your interpretation of “foreseeable future,” C-USA’s membership beginning in 2014 will be as follows (unless another league plucks a team or two): UNC-Charlotte, FIU, Florida Atlantic, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Old Dominion, Rice, Southern Miss, UAB, UTEP, UTSA and Western Kentucky.

The conference had been considering adding two more members to become a 16-team league.

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6 Responses to “Conference USA elects to stay at 14 members… for now”
  1. mauldawg says: Jun 12, 2013 9:13 AM

    Lets see, Old Dominion,UNC Charlote, ,Flordia Atlantic,Marshall,UTSA ect. This cant be a real football conference can it? Not one team brings anything to college football. This has to be the weakest group of teams in America. What a joke.

  2. manik56 says: Jun 12, 2013 9:31 AM

    What good is a football game without two teams? Everyone needs someone to play and these schools add that value to the game. These schools mean something to the local communities. Everything isn’t always about the big programs. UNC-Charlotte may emerge as a pretty good program once they get established.

  3. wethog66 says: Jun 12, 2013 12:02 PM

    Conf. USA is far from a joke. They have a nice collection of schools with similar athletic programs that, and this is the real refreshing bit, are all in the same geographic location.

    A good mid-major conference on par with the MAC.

  4. mauldawg says: Jun 12, 2013 2:33 PM

    Same geographic location! What map are you looking at? I guess you might be correct they are all in the USA! Not one school has done anything to make them important in the game of college football. Does Old D even have a team yet?

  5. wethog66 says: Jun 12, 2013 3:32 PM

    Looking at the map of the Conf. USA teams, all teams are located in the South/Southeastern part of the USA. Evenly distributed from west to east. Unlike the Big12 that has a bunch of mid-west teams, and then poor WVU by itself in the NE. And not like the Pac12 that has west coast teams, and then Utah and Colorado 1000 miles from the west coast by themselves. That was my point.

    And not one team has done anything important to College Football?

    -Southern Miss has been a solid mid-major D1 football program for years. And without Southern Miss Brett Favre probably doesn’t make it to the NFL.
    -Rice was a founding member of the Southwest Conference. A conference that has a place in the history of D1 College Football.
    -Marshall has been around since 1895, has won 2 D1-AA championships, and without Marshall players like Randy Moss, Byron Leftwich and Chad Pennington don’t make the NFL.
    -Western Kentucky has 1 D1-AA championship and it could be argued that without Western Kentucky giving Jim Harbaugh his first shot at coaching then Jim Harbaugh isn’t the head coach of the SF 49ers today. Also, Western Kentucky is providing Bobby Petrino the opportunity to pull his head out of his ass and resume is HC career.

    Finally, Conf. USA provides such top level D1 schools like Alabama, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and WVU a home for some of their Women’s Sports teams to compete. And with Title 9 affecting athletic departments across the USA, it is important for top D1 schools, like those listed above, to have conferences for their Women’s programs to compete.

    So as you can see Conf. USA is very important, in a number of ways, to the past, present and future history of College Football. To suggest otherwise is simply ignorant.

  6. bertenheim says: Jun 12, 2013 4:57 PM

    Whoever wants to put down C-USA better not be an SEC fan. These guys are better than who you’re playing in November.

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