by JACK HOPKINS
Multiple sources have confirmed to BobcatReport.com and the San Marcos Mercury that Texas State University will join the Sun Belt Conference for the 2013 season after a brief layover with the Western Athletic Conference this fall.
The Bobcats, one of seven universities competing in the WAC for the 2012 season, will leave the Denver-based league after only a year along with Utah State and San Jose State, both of which are going to the Mountain West Conference, and UT-San Antonio, which is joining Conference USA.
The sources said Texas State will replace the University of North Texas in the New Orleans-based Sun Belt Conference, which currently includes 12 schools mostly in the south. The Sun Belt also expects to lose Florida International to Conference USA.
For the first time this year, Texas State will compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Football Bowl Subdivision, the upper of two tiers of Division 1 football competition.
Led by longtime former WAC Commissioner Karl Benson, the 2013 Sun Belt will consist of 2011 champion Arkansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Troy, South Alabama, Middle Tennessee State, Western Kentucky, Florida International, Georgia State, and Texas State. Longtime member Arkansas-Little Rock does not compete in football. UT-Arlington reportedly was also joining the Sun Belt Conference but it also does not field a football team.
JACK HOPKINS covers the Western Athletic Conference for BobcatReport.com where this story was originally published. It is reprinted here through a news partnership between BobcatReport.com and the San Marcos Mercury.Email | Print