Reports: FAU, MTSU leaving Sun Belt for C-USA

Brad Stephens

Sun Belt Conference member Middle Tennessee State finalized a move to Conference-USA Wednesday morning, the (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) Daily News Journal reported.

Fellow Sun Belt member Florida Atlantic will also move to the C-USA, ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reported Wednesday afternoon.

FAU and MTSU join Florida International and North Texas as Sun Belt schools to move to the C-USA in recent months.

The Blue Raiders — Sun Belt members since 2001 — and Owls — full Sun Belt members since 2006 — would give the C-USA 14 football-playing members and 12 full members if they joined for the 2013-14 academic year.

After the MTSU move was announced, WKU’s name came up as one of several schools that could be a potential candidate to become the 14th football-playing member.

WKU president Gary Ransdell and athletics director Todd Stewart issued the following statement Wednesday afternoon concerning conference realignment.

“Conference re-alignment is an ongoing and fluid process,” the statement read. “We continually monitor and analyze all of the many dynamics and variables involved. We emphasize that, as always, every decision we make will be in the best interests of Western Kentucky University.”

Ransdell, Stewart, Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson and C-USA commissioner Britton Banowsky all failed to return calls to the Herald seeking comment.

A Sun Belt spokesman said Benson would not be releasing an official statement Wednesday.