Category: Conference Expansion

  • Conference USA and Mountain West to combine into one Conference

    Kevin Kelley - October 15, 2011

    MWC-C-USAConference USA and the Mountain West Conference have announced that they will combine into one football association.

    The partnership will create a single football-only association consisting of 22 teams. That number could change if some members of either C-USA or MWC leave for another conference. CBS.com’s Brett McMurphy reported yesterday that the Big East is prepared to invite Air Force, Boise State, Navy and UCF.

  • TCU Horned Frogs invited to join Big 12 Conference

    Kevin Kelley - October 6, 2011

    TCUThe TCU Horned Frogs, who were set to join the Big East next season, have received an invitation to join the Big 12 Conference. Negotiations between TCU and the Big 12 are ongoing, but the move is imminent.

    TCU has been a member of the Mountain West Conference since 2005. Between 1923 and 1995, the Horned Frogs were members of the Southwest Conference before it broke up and became what is now the Big 12. Their move will reignite in-state rivalries with Baylor, Texas and Texas Tech.

  • SEC adds Texas A&M Aggies as 13th Member

    Kevin Kelley - September 25, 2011

    SECThe SEC has announced that they have accepted the Texas A&M Aggies as their 13th member beginning in the 2012 season.

    Texas A&M is only the third school to be accepted into the SEC since its inception in 1932. Arkansas and South Carolina were added back in 1991.

  • Pittsburgh and Syracuse to join the ACC

    Kevin Kelley - September 18, 2011

    ACCThe Pittsburgh Panthers and the Syracuse Orange have both applied to and been accepted as new members of the ACC, the conference announced today. The addition brings the ACC to a total of 14 schools.

    Pittsburgh and Syracuse will each have to pay a $5 million dollar exit fee for leaving the Big East. In addition, Big East by-laws state that schools who leave the conference must provide 27 months’ notice.

  • SEC satisfied with 12 football programs; no action taken on Texas A&M

    Kevin Kelley - August 14, 2011

    SECThe Presidents of the current SEC schools met today to discuss future conference expansion. Texas A&M was the leading candidate to bolt their current conference, the Big 12, to join the SEC in 2012.

    After the meeting, Dr. Bernie Machen, Chair of the Southeastern Conference Presidents and Chancellors, issued the following statement:

    “The SEC Presidents and Chancellors met today and reaffirmed our satisfaction with the present 12 institutional alignment. We recognize, however, that future conditions may make it advantageous to expand the number of institutions in the league.

  • Colorado & Utah now official members of expanded Pac-12

    Kevin Kelley - July 1, 2011

    Pac-12The Colorado Buffaloes and Utah Utes are now officially members of the newly expanded Pac-12. For football, the conference now consists of two divisions with the winners facing off in a championship game.

    Colorado has been a member of the Big 12 Conference since 1996. Prior to that, they competed in the Big Eight Conference before it expanded and renamed to the Big 12.

    The Buffaloes won the Big 12 championship in 2001 and finished the season 10-3. As members of the Big Eight Conference in 1990, Colorado went 11-1-1 and won the AP national championship.

  • Nebraska Cornhuskers join the Big Ten Conference

    Kevin Kelley - July 1, 2011

    NebraskaToday the Nebraska Cornhuskers have officially joined the Big Ten Conference. The conference now has 12 members and has expanded for the first time since adding Penn State in 1990.

    Nebraska will compete in the Legends Division along with Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Northwestern. Their first game of 2011 is on September 3 at home against Chattanooga. Their first Big Ten game is October 1 at Wisconsin. The game will be televised by and ABC/ESPN network at 8:00 p.m. ET.

  • Boise State officially a member of the Mountain West Conference

    Kevin Kelley - July 1, 2011

    Boise StateThe Boise State Broncos are now officially a member of the Mountain West Conference. The Broncos announced their move to the MWC last June.

    Boise State opens their 2011 season on September 3 in the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff against the Georgia Bulldogs. The game will be televised by ESPN at 8:00 p.m. ET.

  • BYU Cougars officially Independent in Football

    Kevin Kelley - July 1, 2011

    BYUThe BYU Cougars are officially a Football Bowl Subdivision independent today. This is the first time in school history that they will compete without a conference affiliation in football.

    BYU leaves behind the Mountain West, a conference they competed in from 1999 through 2010. They won the conference title in 2001, 2006 and 2007 and tied for a share of first in 1999.

  • UMass Minutemen to join MAC for Football in 2012

    Kevin Kelley - April 19, 2011

    MACThe UMass Minutemen are set to join the MAC in 2012, ESPN has reported. UMass will join the conference in football only and will be the 14th member.

    UMass is currently a member of the Colonial Athletic Association in the Football Championship Subdivison (FCS) and will play their 2011 season at that level. They will play a full MAC schedule in 2012 and will be eligible for the MAC Championship Game and bowls beginning with the 2013 season.