Sun Belt Conference

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The Sun Belt Conference is a group of college sports teams that play each other on the NCAA Division I level. The conference was formed in 1976, and started playing football in 2001. Of the current 10 members, eight play football in the top-level Division I FBS, and the other two do not play football. The conference's members are scattered through the southern United States.

Members[change | edit source]

The current non-football members are Arkansas–Little Rock and Texas–Arlington.

School Location Founded Type
Nickname Joined
Sun Belt
Arkansas Little RockUniversity of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock, Arkansas 1927 Public Trojans 1991
Arkansas State University Jonesboro, Arkansas 1909 Public Red Wolves 1991
Georgia State University Atlanta, Georgia 1913 Public Panthers 1976, 2013[a 1]
Louisiana LafayetteUniversity of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette, Louisiana 1898 Public Ragin' Cajuns 1991
Louisiana MonroeUniversity of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe, Louisiana 1931 Public Warhawks 2001 (football only)
2006 (all sports)
South AlabamaUniversity of South Alabama Mobile, Alabama 1963 Public Jaguars 1976
Texas ArlingtonUniversity of Texas at Arlington Arlington, Texas 1895 Public Mavericks 2013
Texas State University–San Marcos San Marcos, Texas 1899 Public Bobcats 2013
Troy University Troy, Alabama 1887 Public Trojans 2004 (football only)
2005 (all sports)
Western Kentucky University[a 2] Bowling Green, Kentucky 1906 Public Hilltoppers (men)
Lady Toppers (women)
  1. Georgia State left the Sun Belt in 1981 and returned in 2013.
  2. Western Kentucky, shown in pink, will leave the Sun Belt in July 2014 and join Conference USA.

Future full members[change | edit source]

School Location Founded Type
Nickname Joining
Sun Belt
Appalachian State University Boone, North Carolina 1899 Public Mountaineers 2014
Georgia Southern University Statesboro, Georgia 1906 Public Eagles 2014

Future associate members[change | edit source]

Currently, all of the Sun Belt members sponsor at least six men's sports and seven women's sports in the conference. However, in the past, the Sun Belt has had "associate members" that play only a few sports, usually one, in the league. In July 2014, the league will once again have associate members; two will join for football and three for men's soccer.

School Location Founded Type
Nickname Joining
Sun Belt
Sun Belt sport Main conference
Hartwick College Oneonta, New York 1797 Private Hawks 2014 Men's soccer Empire 8
(Division III)
Howard University Washington, D.C. 1867 Private Bison 2014 Men's soccer MEAC
IdahoUniversity of Idaho Moscow, Idaho 1889 Public Vandals 2014[b 1] Football WAC
(Big Sky in 2014)
New Mexico State University Las Cruces, New Mexico 1888 Public Aggies 2014[b 2] Football WAC
NJITNew Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Newark, New Jersey 1881 Public Highlanders 2014 Men's soccer Independent
  1. Idaho played Sun Belt football from 2001 to 2005.
  2. New Mexico State joined the Sun Belt as a full member in 2000, and brought its football team into the league the next year. NMSU left the conference in 2005.

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