Report: WKU to announce Monday it's joining Conference USA

03/31/2013 03:19 PM

Western Kentucky University’s Board of Regents are expected to vote Monday at a special meeting to join Conference USA, as the Bowling Green Daily News first reported Saturday morning.

The board of regents posted a notice of a special meeting for 11:30 a.m. Monday to discuss “approval of recommendation related to university athletic conference alignment,” according to WKU’s special meeting agenda .

WKU has been a member of the Sun Belt Conference since 1982 in basketball, and its football program entered the conference in 2009.

WKU has been expected to make the leap to Conference USA, even last week when the Sun Belt announced that starting in July 2014, Georgia State — a founding member of the conference — would rejoin it and Appalachian State would as well. Two other schools, Idaho and New Mexico State, would join in football only. The WKU College Heights Herald reported Thursday that WKU’s move would likely hinge on whether Conference USA member Tulsa jumps to the Big East.

As NBC Sports noted , if Tulsa leaves and WKU joins Conference USA, that would give the re-tooled conference five former Sun Belt Schools — WKU, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, Middle Tennessee and North Texas — as well as former Western Athletic Conference members UT-San Antonio and Louisiana Tech. Old Dominion University is joining the conference from the Colonial Athletic Conference, while Charlotte is switching from the A-10. Other current member include the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Marshall, Southern Mississippi, Rice and Texas-El Paso.


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