Middle Tennessee State on the move, will join Conference USA

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 2:14pm
Staff reports

Middle Tennessee State has accepted an invitation to join Conference USA.

MTSU officials would not confirm reports of the move but an athletics press conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday. The Virginian-Pilot first reported the news on Wednesday.

The decision comes just a day after Eastern Carolina and Tulane announced they were leaving C-USA for the Big East.

MTSU has been a member of the Sun Belt Conference since 2001 but was a finalist for C-USA expansion five months ago. 

The Blue Raiders have been a consistent power in the Sun Belt, especially in football and men’s and women’s basketball. The football team is bowl-eligible for the third time four years and plays Arkansas State on Saturday for the outright Sun Belt football championship. Both basketball programs captured the regular-season conference crowns last year and women’s basketball reached the NCAA Tournament seven of the last eight years.

MTSU would be the 13th member of C-USA. In May, it was announced Charlotte, Florida International, Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Old Dominion and the University of Texas at San Antonio were joining the conference on July 1, 2013.

4 Comments on this post:

By: JeffF on 11/28/12 at 1:26

Congratulations....I guess?

By: Rasputin72 on 11/28/12 at 1:55

This is a small but positive move.

By: JeffF on 11/28/12 at 2:36

It just seems that outside of the Big 5 (and yes I am excluding the Big East) that the conferences are sliding down while the schools inside of them are climbing a rung just to remain in the same place. I cannot believe that the "new" Conference-USA is appreciably better than the "old" Sun Belt, especially since a fair number of the members were in the Sun Belt anyway.

Brave new world.

By: jwk6179 on 11/29/12 at 10:13

When you consider that the "Major Powers" of Conference-USA are or have already moved to the Big East over the last several years and are being replaced with Sun Belt Conference schools, I see it as a lateral transfer rather than a move up. If college football doesn't watch out, they will end up with 4 Super Conferences of 16 teams each (Pac 12, Big 10, SEC and who ever survives between the Big 12 and ACC) that will always compete for the National Championship and a bunch of smaller conferences that will never compete for the National Championship.