Texas State to join Sun Belt, FIU to leave

Herald Staff

The Sun Belt Conference will both gain and lose membership in the coming days.

The league announced on Wednesday that Texas State will join the conference as a full member on July 1, 2013, and begin play in the 2013-2014 academic year.

“The Sun Belt’s record of competitive success over more than 35 years provides a tradition of excellence that we are happy to join,” said Texas State president Denise Trauth in a statement. “Our students and alumni will bring a very strong fan base that will welcome these new opportunities.”

Texas State is located in San Marcos, Texas, between Austin and San Antonio. It enrolls more than 34,000 students.

The school was scheduled to begin Football Bowl Subdivision play in the Western Athletic Conference this season.

However, the WAC will reportedly fold as a football conference after the 2012-2013 academic year.

Meanwhile the Miami Herald confirmed Wednesday that Florida International will leave the Sun Belt after the 2012-2013 season to join Conference USA.

The league has yet to confirm the report, although a media teleconference “regarding the future of the conference” will take place at 12:50 p.m. Wednesday.

CBSSports.com also reported that Texas-Arlington will join the Sun Belt in 2013, while North Texas will join FIU in leaving for C-USA.