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SBD/May 2, 2012/Colleges
Conference USA Poised To Add Six Schools In '13 To Offset Losses To Big East
Published May 2, 2012
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THE SUNNY SIDE: In Nashville, Adam Sparks reports Texas State Univ. and Univ. of Texas-Arlington today will officially join the Sun Belt Conference during a conference call. Texas State will play its first FBS season this year in the WAC and "then join the Sun Belt as a full-fledged member in 2013.” UT Arlington will “also play one year as an Olympic-sport/basketball member in the WAC before joining the Sun Belt in the same capacity.” Georgia State Univ. also "recently added to the Sun Belt for the 2013 football season” (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 5/2). WAC interim Commissioner Jeff Hurd has “started assembling candidate schools that could join the conference in football to replace four current conference members he anticipates will leave to join the Mountain West (Utah State, San Jose State) and Conference USA (Texas-San Antonio and Louisiana Tech)” (DENVER POST, 5/2).
BUTLER MAKES IT BETTER: ESPN.com’s Andy Katz cited sources as saying that Butler Univ. today “will officially join the Atlantic 10 for the 2013-14 season.” Butler will “leave the Horizon League in all sports and join the A-10 after it formally seeks admission to the league.” The university will “replace Temple and become the A-10’s 14th member for the 2013-14 season.” A source said that the A-10 “has had talks" with George Mason Univ. and Virginia Commonwealth Univ. of the Colonial Athletic Association, but the "latter is on hold with the departure" of VCU AD Norwood Teague to the same position at Minnesota (ESPN.com, 5/1). YAHOO SPORTS’ Mike Huguenin wrote the Butler move “is a no-brainer.” The A-10 is “a better league, and Butler's addition, not to mention [George Mason] and VCU if they come aboard, makes it even better.” The additions lead “to more NCAA bids, which leads to more money for every league member” (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 5/1).