Conference USA, officially abbreviated C-USA, is a group of college sports teams that play each other on the NCAA Division I level. It was formed in 1995 when the Great Midwest Conference and Metro Conference merged, and has added several members since then, mostly from the Western Athletic Conference.
The conference sends several teams to bowl games every year, including the Liberty Bowl and New Orleans Bowl.
Memphis has been the most successful men's basketball team in the conference, reaching the national championship game in 2008. (However, the NCAA later took Memphis's wins from that season away because a Memphis player, namely Derrick Rose, had not been eligible to play.)
Members[change | edit source]
- East Carolina University
- University of Houston
- Marshall University
- University of Memphis
- Rice University
- Southern Methodist University ("SMU")
- University of Southern Mississippi ("Southern Miss")
- Tulane University
- University of Tulsa
- University of Alabama at Birmingham ("UAB")
- University of Central Florida ("UCF")
- University of Texas at El Paso ("UTEP")
Former members[change | edit source]
Several schools used to be in Conference USA, but are not anymore. They are:
- United States Military Academy (football only; more commonly known as "Army" for sports purposes)
- University of North Carolina at Charlotte (more commonly known as "Charlotte" for sports purposes) – will rejoin C-USA in July 2013
- University of Cincinnati
- DePaul University
- University of Louisville
- Marquette University
- Saint Louis University
- Texas Christian University ("TCU")
Future membership changes[change | edit source]
In July 2013, four schools will leave C-USA and eight others will join. One of the entering schools, Charlotte, was a charter member of C-USA in 1995, but left in 2005.
One year later, two schools will leave C-USA.
Leaving[change | edit source]
Except as noted, all of these schools will leave for the Big East Conference.
- In 2013:
- In 2014:
- East Carolina – Only the football team will join the Big East. Because C-USA requires that all full members play football in the conference, this commits East Carolina to finding a new home for its non-football sports.
Joining[change | edit source]
In addition to Charlotte, seven other schools will join C-USA in 2013.
Charlotte and five other schools were announced as future members in May 2012:
- Florida International University ("FIU")
- Louisiana Tech University
- University of North Texas
- Old Dominion University
- University of Texas at San Antonio ("UTSA")
References[change | edit source]
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- Garci, Marlen (August 19, 2009). "NCAA vacates Memphis' '07–08 season record, Final Four run". USA Today (Gannett Company, Inc.). http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/mensbasketball/2009-08-20-memphis-ncaa-penalties_N.htm. Retrieved May 4, 2012.
- Conference USA (May 4, 2012). "Conference USA Adds Five New Members". Press release. http://www.conferenceusa.com/genrel/050412aab.html. Retrieved May 4, 2012.
- Conference USA (May 17, 2012). "Conference USA Adds Old Dominion". Press release. http://www.conferenceusa.com/genrel/051712aac.html. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
- Conference USA (November 28, 2012). "Conference USA Adds Middle Tennessee and Florida Atlantic". Press release. http://www.conferenceusa.com/genrel/112912aab.html. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
- Conference USA (January 22, 2013). "Middle Tennessee and Florida Atlantic to Join Conference USA in 2013". Press release. http://www.conferenceusa.com/genrel/012213aaa.html. Retrieved January 28, 2013.