Category: Conference Expansion

  • Texas State Bobcats to join Sun Belt Conference in 2013

    Kevin Kelley - May 2, 2012

    Sun Belt ConferenceThe Sun Belt Conference announced today that the Texas State Bobcats will officially join the league on July 1, 2013.

    Texas State is currently an FCS Independent and becomes a member of the FBS when they join the WAC on July 1, 2012.

    The Bobcats are the first team to officially announce their move from the WAC for 2013.

  • Report: Conference USA to add six schools in 2013

    Kevin Kelley - May 1, 2012

    Conference USAConference USA will add six schools to their list of members in 2013, CBSSports.com has reported. An official announcement could be made as early as Friday.

    Set to join are Florida International and North Texas from the Sun Belt Conference, Louisiana Tech and UTSA from the WAC, and Charlotte and Old Dominion from the Football Championship Subdivision.

  • Report: Texas State to join Sun Belt Conference in 2013

    Kevin Kelley - April 30, 2012

    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.

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

    Kevin Kelley - April 30, 2012

    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.

  • Report: UTSA to join Conference USA, likely in 2013

    Kevin Kelley - April 28, 2012

    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.

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

    Kevin Kelley - April 17, 2012

    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.

  • Georgia State Panthers to join Sun Belt Conference in 2013

    Kevin Kelley - April 9, 2012

    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.

  • Report: Georgia State a candidate for Sun Belt Conference

    Kevin Kelley - March 28, 2012

    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.

  • Conference USA, Mountain West now talking alliance instead of merger

    Kevin Kelley - March 26, 2012

    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.

  • Report: Temple likely to join Big East Conference in 2012

    Kevin Kelley - February 22, 2012

    The Temple Owls are likely to join the Big East conference in all sports in 2012.