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Sun Belt Conference

The Sun Belt Conference is a college athletic conference that has been affiliated with the NCAAís Division I since 1976. The Sun Belt is a far-flung conference, with member institutions distributed primarily across the southern latitudes of the United States in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.

Football was not sponsored by the Sun Belt Conference until 2001, when seven new members (Arkansas State, Idaho, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Middle Tennessee State, New Mexico State, and North Texas) aligned with the conference to play a Division I-A football schedule. Utah State became a football-playing member in 2003.

Not only is the Sun Belt the newest of the Division I-A football conferences, it is also arguably the weakest, having won just 15 (14 percent) of 105 non-conference games against Division I-A opponents and 7 (37 percent) of 19 games against Division I-AA opponents during the 2001-2003 regular seasons. It has one bowl tie-in, the New Orleans Bowl, which currently pits the Sun Belt champion against an agreed-upon school from Conference USA.

Table of contents
1 Current members (and year of membership, where known)
2 Sports
3 External link

Current members (and year of membership, where known)

(^ denotes football-playing member)

Troy State University will join the Sun Belt in 2004.

Florida Atlantic University will join the Sun Belt for football in 2004, with its other sports to follow later.

The University of Idaho will compete in the Sun Belt in all sports starting in 2005.

Florida International University is transitioning its football team from Division I-AA to Division I-A, and expects to play in the Sun Belt when it completes the transition in 2006.


The Sun Belt Conference sponsors intercollegiate competition in menís baseball, menís and womenís basketball, menís and womenís cross country, menís football, menís and womenís golf, womenís soccer, womenís softball, womenís [swimming]] and diving, menís and womenís tennis, menís and womenís indoor track and field, menís and womenís outdoor track and field, and womenís volleyball.

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