Western Kentucky's athletic programs have been invited to join Conference USA, multiple sources confirmed today. The school has accepted the invitation and an official announcement is expected as soon as Monday.

The Hilltoppers will begin competing in the league in 2014.

WKU will join former SBC members Florida Atlantic, Florida International, North Texas and rival Middle Tennessee in the new CUSA. Other institutions scheduled to be in the league when the Hilltoppers arrive are Charlotte, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Old Dominion, Rice, Southern Mississippi, Alabama-Birmingham, Texas-El Paso and Texas-San Antonio.

Western Kentucky's teams joined the Sun Belt Conference in 1982, save for the football program, which transitioned out of the Gateway Football Conference in 2007 and into the Sun Belt and the Football Bowl Subdivision starting in 2009.

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I agree with you Bob. This is not a move to be jumping up and down with excitment. Football sunbelt conference is better but basketball Conference USA is probably stronger. Going to the MAC would have been something to be excited about.

Bob Dobalina 1
Bob Dobalina 1

The Conference USA WKU is moving into is nowhere near what it used to be. It is a 1 bid league and almost all of its power programs are leaving the league. Memphis, Houston, SMU, UCF, and Tulsa will all be long gone by the time WKU is in the league. This is not a step up at all for the Hilltoppers. The football is arguably worse in the new C-USA than the SBC. WKU will spending a lot more money on travel in C-USA than it did the SBC.

Are we supposed to be excited by this ho hum move??

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