Category Archives: Conference Expansion

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    Report: Texas State to join Sun Belt Conference in 2013

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    Texas State BobcatsThe WAC is all but done as a football conference. Texas State is reportedly heading to the Sun Belt Conference in 2013.

    The Bobcats haven’t even played a game as a WAC member yet. They officially join the conference on July 1 and the 2012 season will also be their first in the Football Bowl Subdivision.Read Full Story »

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    Reports: San Jose State, Utah State to join Mountain West in 2013

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    MWCSan Jose State and Utah State appear to be headed for the Mountain West Conference in 2013, several sources have reported.

    Although nothing is official yet, multiple sources told The Salt Lake Tribune that Utah State will join the MWC next year and that an official announcement could come in 7-10 days. The Aggies have been a member of the WAC since 2005.Read Full Story »

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    Report: UTSA to join Conference USA, likely in 2013

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    UTSA RoadrunnersThe UTSA Roadrunners are set to join Conference USA, likely in 2013, RowdyReport.com has reported.

    UTSA just completed their inaugural football season as an FCS Independent. In 2012, they are stepping up to the Football Bowl Subdivision and will compete in the WAC.Read Full Story »

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    Report: Conference USA, Mountain West “unlikely” to merge

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    MWC-C-USAAfter months of discussions and legal wrangling, it appears “unlikely” that Conference USA and the Mountain West Conference will merge, sources told Brett McMurphy of CBSSports.com.

    “There is not much talk about a formal merger of the conferences into one conference entity in the near term, but that is still a future consideration,” a source said.

    The two will likely still form some kind of alliance in order to share resources. This will aid in the negotiation of television contracts and non-conference scheduling.Read Full Story »

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    Georgia State Panthers to join Sun Belt Conference in 2013

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    Sun Belt ConferenceThe Georgia State Panthers have accepted an invitation to join the Sun Belt Conference on July 1, 2013, the school announced this afternoon.

    GSU will begin competition in the Sun Belt in the 2013-14 academic year. The Panthers were a founding member of the Sun Belt back in 1976 but left the conference in 1981.Read Full Story »

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    Report: Georgia State a candidate for Sun Belt Conference

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    Georgia State PanthersThe Georgia State Panthers are a candidate to receive an invitation to join the Sun Belt Conference, CBSSports.com has reported.

    GSU could be invited and added to the Sun Belt as early as the 2013 season. The Panthers are set to join the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) for football this Fall.Read Full Story »

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    Conference USA, Mountain West now talking alliance instead of merger

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    MWC-C-USAConference USA and Mountain West are now talking about forming an alliance rather than merging, sources have told MercuryNews.com and CBSSports.com.

    The two conferences announced in October that they planned to merge into one conference. Then last month they announced plans to dissolve both conferences and create a new one for legal reasons. Dissolving would allow them to nullify current television contracts and sign newer, more lucrative ones.Read Full Story »

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    Report: Temple likely to join Big East Conference in 2012

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    Temple OwlsThe Temple Owls are likely to join the Big East conference in all sports in 2012, CBSSports.com has reported.

    The Big East is desperate for another school to fill in for West Virginia after the Mountaineers were released to compete in the Big 12 in 2012. Sources told CBSSports.com that the deal with Temple “is done.”Read Full Story »

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    Report: Big East, West Virginia reach $20 million settlement

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    Big EastThe Big East and the West Virginia Mountaineers have reached a $20 million settlement, the Charleston Daily Mail has reported.

    Reports indicate that West Virginia will pay the conference $11 million to leave early for the Big 12. Other Big 12 schools will contribute the other $9 million.Read Full Story »

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    Memphis Tigers to join Big East in 2013

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    Big EastThe Big East has officially announced the addition of the Memphis Tigers to the conference in all sports. The Tigers will begin competition in the Big East in 2013.

    The addition of Memphis brings the total number of football-playing schools in the Big East to 12. That number will be accomplished by 2015 after Navy joins, following Boise State, Houston, San Diego State, SMU and UCF in 2013.Read Full Story »

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    Report: Memphis Tigers to join Big East in 2013

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    Memphis TigersThe Memphis Tigers are likely to join the Big East Conference in 2013, CBSSports.com’s Brett McMurphy has reported.

    Memphis would join the Big East in all sports. The Tigers have been a member of Conference USA since 1996.

    The Big East is losing West Virginia to the Big 12, a move that will likely happen this year.Read Full Story »

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    Navy Midshipmen to join Big East for Football in 2015

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    Navy MidshipmenThe Navy Midshipmen will join the Big East for football in 2015, CBSSports.com has reported. Navy is expected to officially announce the move on Tuesday.

    This will be Navy’s first ever foray into a football conference. The Midshipmen have competed as an Independent since they began playing football in 1879.

    With the addition of Navy in 2015, the Big East will have 11 football members.Read Full Story »

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    Big East announces addition of five schools for 2013

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    Big EastThe Big East has officially announced that Boise State, Houston, San Diego State, SMU and UCF will join the conference in 2013.

    The addition of these five schools gives the Big East a total of ten football schools. Boise State and San Diego State will be football-only members, while Houston, SMU and UCF will join in all sports.Read Full Story »

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    Report: Boise State, Houston, SDSU, SMU & UCF to join Big East in 2013

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    Big EastBoise State, Houston, San Diego State, SMU and UCF are set to join the Big East Conference in 2013, Brett McMurphy of CBSSports.com has reported.

    McMurphy also reported that Navy will join the Big East as soon as the other five schools are official. That would give the conference 11 football members. He also stated that they hope to add Air Force as their 12th school with Temple as a backup plan.Read Full Story »

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    Report: BYU invited to join Big East Conference

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    Big EastThe BYU Cougars have been invited to join the Big East Conference, Deseret News has reported. BYU would join the Big East in football only.

    Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner told the Deseret News that his sources indicate “an invitation has been extended and that BYU officials are in favor of a move to the Big East.”Read Full Story »

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