Western Kentucky moving to Conference USA

Western Kentucky moving to Conference USA

Western Kentucky is expected to announce a move to Conference USA in 2014.

Western Kentucky is expected to announce a move to Conference USA in 2014.

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]estern Kentucky is expected to announce a move to Conference USA next week, possibly as early as Monday.

The news was first reported by the Bowling Green Daily News and has since been confirmed by multiple media outlets.

Current CUSA member Tulsa’s move to the new Big East is considered imminent, leaving C-USA with 13 members. The Hilltoppers, who would begin CUSA competition in 2014, would bring that number back to 14.

WKU will reunite with former Sun Belt members Florida Atlantic, Florida International, North Texas and Middle Tennessee in the new CUSA. The other members of CUSA include former WAC schools Louisiana Tech and UT-San Antonio; current members Marshall, Rice, Southern Mississippi, UAB and Texas-El Paso; and new members Old Dominion and Charlotte.

Western Kentucky’s football program left the Gateway Conference and the FCS in 2007 and joined the Sun Belt in 2009. Its other sports programs have competed in the Sun Belt since 1982.

Photo credit: Joe Imel / AP

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