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The Sun Belt is looking to add two or more football playing schools, and that need became more urgent recently when Middle Tennessee State and Florida Atlantic announced they would be leaving the conference June 30, a year earlier than planned.

The two schools agreed to pay the Sun Belt a $750,000 exit fee to speed up their switch to Conference USA.

That leaves the Sun Belt with 10 member schools, only eight of which play football.

Commissioner Karl Benson said the conference would play a seven-game conference football schedule this fall and a double round-robin 18 game conference schedule in basketball.

“We will shift our attention back to the future of the league and what our membership will consist of,” Benson said. “As of now, there are no pending invitations to the Sun Belt membership. However, we know there are a number of teams interested in joining our league.”

One of those schools is Georgia Southern, which school president Brooks Keel stated last summer was interested in moving its football program up to the FBS level.

Read more here: http://www.macon.com/2013/02/03/2341524/sun-belt-conference-could-be-in.html#storylink=cpy
 

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Georgia Southern, Appalachian State
move from SoCon to Sun Belt Conference



Two of the most dominant programs in the Football Championship Subdivision are moving up to Football Bowl Subdivision.

Georgia Southern and Appalachian State announced in separate press conferences on their campuses Wednesday their athletic programs are leaving the Southern Conference to join the Sun Belt Conference in 2014.

http://collegesportsinfo.com/2013/03/25/appalachian-state-expected-to-join-sun-belt/
 

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Liberty University talks with Sun Belt are heating up; an announcement could come soon

The plans were laid out and there were options if the Sun Belt needed them; could those options answer for the Sun Belt Conference soon?

After Western Kentucky made it official that they will be leaving the Sun Belt Conference for Conference USA in 2014 that left an open spot in the Sun Belt Conference. Commissioner Carl Benson said on Monday that Western Kentucky news was no surprise to him or the Sun Belt Conference, and that they have been preparing for the moment. Now that WKU is gone, Commissioner Benson has been in active talks with several programs and most notably James Madison and Liberty.

http://sunbeltinsider.blogspot.com/
http://www.newsadvance.com/sports/l...cle_8cb85a6c-9c0a-11e2-b21a-0019bb30f31a.html
 
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