The constant shuffle of colleges and conference realignment continued Tuesday when Conference USA announced the addition of Middle Tennessee and Florida Atlantic to the conference effective July 1, 2013.
"We are very pleased to welcome Middle Tennessee and Florida Atlantic to Conference USA next season," C-USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky said. "We look forward to supporting a 16-member league, with 14 football teams competing for Conference USA in 2013."
Middle Tennessee, located outside of Nashville in Murfreesboro, boasts an enrollment of more than 25,000 students. The Blue Raiders will leave the Sun Belt Conference to join C-USA.
Florida Atlantic’s enrollment tops 30,000 and the school opened a 30,000 seat on-campus stadium in 2011. With the move to C-USA, Florida Atlantic will have all of its intercollegiate athletics programs competing in the same conference for the first time.
The two schools will join six others; UNC-Charlotte, Florida International, Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Old Dominion and UT-San Antonio as first year members of the conference this fall.
Those eight schools will merge with existing members Rice, East Carolina, Marshall, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa, Alabama-Birmingham and UT-El Paso.