Category: Conference Expansion

  • FAU, MTSU leaving Sun Belt early to join C-USA in 2013

    Kevin Kelley - January 19, 2013

    C-USA 2013The Florida Atlantic Owls and the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will join Conference USA in 2013 rather than 2014, Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson confirmed Friday evening.

    Both schools were set to join C-USA on July 1, 2014 but moved up their timetable. They join Florida International and North Texas who are also leaving the Sun Belt for C-USA.

  • San Diego State to stay in Mountain West Conference

    Kevin Kelley - January 16, 2013

    MWCThe San Diego State Aztecs will remain in the Mountain West Conference in all sports, the MWC and SDSU jointly announced this evening.

    The Aztecs were set to join the Big East this summer, but decided to remain in the Mountain West Conference. Boise State made the same decision last month.

    “San Diego State University is pleased to be continuing as a full member of the Mountain West Conference,” said SDSU President Dr. Elliot Hirshman.

  • Florida Atlantic, Middle Tennessee to join Conference USA

    Kevin Kelley - November 28, 2012

    C-USA 2014The Florida Atlantic Owls and the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will join Conference USA in 2014, multiple sources have reported.

    Harry Minium broke the news this morning that Middle Tennessee was the first school to accept an offer to join Conference USA. Later in the day, ESPN confirmed the news and then reported that Florida Atlantic would also move to C-USA. The Sun-Sentinel has also confirmed FAU’s move.

  • Louisville Cardinals to join ACC, likely in 2014

    Kevin Kelley - November 28, 2012

    Louisville CardinalsThe Louisville Cardinals will join the Atlantic Coast Conference, the ACC announced this morning. UL will likely join the ACC in 2014 when Maryland departs for the Big Ten.

    Louisville has been a member of the Big East Conference since 2005. Prior to that, the Cardinals were in Conference USA from 1996 through 2004.

  • East Carolina, Tulane to join Big East Conference in 2014

    Kevin Kelley - November 27, 2012

    Big EastThe East Carolina Pirates and the Tulane Green Wave will join the Big East Conference in 2014, it was announced today.

    East Carolina will join the Big East in football only. The Pirates, members of Conference USA since 1997, announced their decision at a news conference this evening.

    “ECU is excited to become a football member of the BIG EAST Conference,” ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard said. “We know we will be successful and add value to the BIG EAST. While hundreds of dedicated Pirates have contributed to this day, I especially want to recognize the relentless energy of Terry Holland and Nick Floyd in making this day a reality. It is a great day to be a Pirate.”

  • Rutgers Scarlet Knights to join Big Ten Conference

    Kevin Kelley - November 20, 2012

    Rutgers Scarlet KnightsThe Big Ten officially announced today the addition of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights to the conference. Rutgers will join in all sports at a date to be determined.

    “The Big Ten includes America’s most highly regarded academic institutions, known for both their athletic success and academic achievement,” said Rutgers President Robert Barchi. “This is exactly the right conference for Rutgers. Our university is one of the nation’s leading research universities and our student-athletes excel in the classroom and on the playing field.”

  • Maryland Terrapins to join Big Ten Conference in 2014

    Kevin Kelley - November 20, 2012

    Maryland TerrapinsThe Big Ten officially announced on Monday the addition of the Maryland Terrapins to the conference effective July 1, 2014. Maryland will join in all sports for the 2014-15 academic year.

    Maryland has been a member of the ACC since 1953. Prior to that, the Terrapins were a member of the Southern Conference from 1922-1951 before going Independent for the 1952 season.

  • Maryland & Rutgers to join Big Ten Conference

    Kevin Kelley - November 19, 2012

    Big TenThe Maryland Terrapins and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights will each join the Big Ten Conference, ESPN has reported.

    The University of Maryland’s Board of Regents voted today to accept an invitation to join the Big Ten. An official announcement will be made by the school at 3 p.m. ET. The Big Ten Network will follow with a special report at 4 p.m.

  • Report: Big East considering Air Force and BYU as 14th member

    Kevin Kelley - September 19, 2012

    Big EastThe Big East Conference is considering their options for a 14th member, and the two most likely schools are Air Force and BYU, ESPN has reported.

    When Navy joins the conference in 2015, the Big East will have 13 football-playing members. The conference wants to add a 14th team from the West to balance their divisions.

    Another option the Big East has reportedly considered is adding Air Force, Army, and BYU to create a 16-team league with eight division members.

  • Notre Dame to join ACC in all sports except Football

    Kevin Kelley - September 12, 2012

    Notre DameThe Notre Dame Fighting Irish will join the ACC in all sports except football, but the Irish will play five football games per year against ACC members.

    The latest news in conference realignment was announced this morning in a release from the ACC. Notre Dame will likely join in 2015 unless an earlier exit can be negotiated with the Big East.