Conference Realignment Glance - NBC Sports

Conference Realignment Glance
October 27, 2013, 9:52 pm

A look at the changes for Division I conferences this season:

America East Conference

Albany (NY), Binghamton, Hartford, Maine, UMBC, Mass.-Lowell, New Hampshire, Stony Brook, Vermont.

Changes: Boston University left for the Patriot League; Mass.-Lowell begins its transition to Division I.

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American Athletic Conference

UCF, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Houston, Louisville, Memphis, Rutgers, South Florida, SMU, Temple.

Changes: This is the only brand new conference and it's made up mostly of football schools from the Big East and Conference USA. Don't get too used to the membership as Louisville leaves after one season for the Atlantic Coast Conference and Rutgers heads for the Big Ten. Replacing them will be East Carolina, Tulane and Tulsa.

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Atlantic 10 Conference

Dayton, Duquesne, Fordham, George Mason, George Washington, La Salle, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Richmond, St. Bonaventure, St. Joseph's, Saint Louis, VCU.

Changes: Butler, after just one season in the league, and Xavier left for the Big East while Temple went to the American Athletic Conference and Charlotte moved to Conference USA. There will 14 members in 2014-15 as Davidson moves in from the Southern Conference.

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Atlantic Coast Conference

Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest.

Changes: No matter how weird it looks, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse arrive from the Big East and they will be joined next season by Louisville, which is spending this season in the American Athletic Conference. Maryland leaves for the Big Ten after this season.

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Atlantic Sun Conference

East Tennessee State, Florida Gulf Coast, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, Mercer, North Florida, Northern Kentucky, USC Upstate, Stetson.

Changes: In 2014-15, Mercer and East Tennessee State move to the Southern Conference.

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Big 12 Conference

Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, TCU, Texas Tech, West Virginia.

Changes: A year after adding West Virginia and TCU and losing Nebraska, Colorado, Texas A&M and Missouri, the Big 12 won't be making any changes.

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Big East Conference

Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall, Villanova, Xavier.

Changes: The basketball-only schools from the Big East broke away, losing Louisville, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Connecticut, Cincinnati, Rutgers and South Florida. They kept the name, though, and added Butler and Xavier from the Atlantic 10 and Creighton from the Missouri Valley.

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Big Sky Conference

Eastern Washington, Idaho State, Montana, Montana State, North Dakota, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Portland State, Sacramento State, Southern Utah, Weber State.

Changes: None this season, but Idaho rejoins the conference next season after being away for 18 years.

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Big South Conference

North Division: Campbell, High Point, Liberty, Longwood, Radford, VMI. South Division: Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, Gardner-Webb, NC-Asheville, Presbyterian, Winthrop.

Changes: The Big South is standing pat.

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Big Ten Conference

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin.

Changes: None this season but in 2014-15 Maryland moves over from the Atlantic Coast Conference and Rutgers joins from the American Athletic Conference.

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Big West Conference

Cal Poly, CS Fullerton, CS Northridge, Hawaii, Long Beach State, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara.

Changes: Pacific, which capped its 42 years in the Big West with the tournament title last season, left for the West Coast Conference.

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Colonial Athletic Association

College of Charleston, Delaware, Drexel, Hofstra, James Madison, NC-Wilmington, Northeastern, Towson, William & Mary.

Changes: Conference powers Old Dominion and George Mason left for Conference USA and the Atlantic 10, respectively, while Georgia State moved to the Sun Belt. Two Southern Conference schools will join the CAA: The College of Charleston this season and Elon in 2014-15.

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Conference USA

UAB, Charlotte, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Old Dominion, Rice, Southern Mississippi, UTEP, Texas-San Antonio, Tulane, Tulsa.

Changes: Eight schools join the conference: Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Middle Tennessee and North Texas from the Sun Belt, Louisiana Tech and Texas-San Antonio from the Western Athletic Conference, Charlotte from the Atlantic 10 and Old Dominion from the Colonial Athletic Association. Gone from last season are Memphis, which dominated the league for the last decade, UCF, Houston and SMU, who all headed to the fledgling American Athletic Conference. East Carolina, Tulsa and Tulane will join them there in 2014-15 as will Western Kentucky of the Sun Belt Conference.

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Horizon League

Cleveland State, Detroit, Illinois-Chicago, Oakland, Valparaiso, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wright State, Youngstown State.

Changes: Oakland moved over from the Summit League replacing Loyola of Chicago which joined the Missouri Valley Conference.

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Ivy League

Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, Yale.

Changes: No conference has the stability of the Ivy League and it looks like that won't change for a long time.

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Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Canisius, Fairfield, Iona, Manhattan, Marist, Monmouth, Niagara, Quinnipiac, Rider, Saint Peter's, Siena.

Changes: Loyola (Md.) left for the Patriot League and will be replaced by Monmouth and Quinnipiac of the Northeast Conference.

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Mid-American Conference

East Division: Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Ohio. West Division: Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Toledo, Western Michigan.

Changes: Unlike the MAAC, the MAC won't have any changes.

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Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Bethune-Cookman, Coppin State, Delaware State, Florida A&M, Hampton, Howard, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Morgan State, Norfolk State, North Carolina A&T, North Carolina Central, Savannah State, South Carolina State.

Changes; The MEAC is staying with 13 members.

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Missouri Valley Conference

Bradley, Drake, Evansville, Illinois State, Indiana State, Loyola of Chicago, Missouri State, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois, Wichita State.

Changes: Loyola of Chicago moves from the Horizon League to replace Creighton, which headed for the Big East.

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Mountain West Conference

Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, San Jose State, UNLV, Utah State, Wyoming.

Changes: The Mountain West adds San Jose State and Utah State from the Western Athletic Conference.

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Northeast Conference

Bryant, Central Connecticut State, Fairleigh Dickinson, Long Island U., Mount St. Mary's, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, St. Francis (N.Y.), St. Francis (Pa.), Wagner.

Changes: The NEC is down to 10 teams with Monmouth and Quinnipiac leaving for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

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Ohio Valley Conference

East Division: Belmont, Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State, Morehead State, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech. West Division: Austin Peay, Eastern Illinois, Murray State, SIU-Edwardsville, Southeast Missouri, Tennessee-Martin.

Changes: The two-division OVC will be the same as last season.

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Pacific-12 Conference

Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Southern California, Stanford, UCLA, Utah, Washington, Washington State.

Changes: No changes for the Pac-12 a season after adding Colorado and Utah.

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Patriot League

American U., Army, Boston U., Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh, Loyola (Md.), Navy.

Changes: Boston University joins from the America East while Loyola moves over from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

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Southeastern Conference

Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt.

Changes; A season after adding Texas A&M and Missouri from the Big 12, the SEC won't make any changes.

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Southern Conference

Appalachian State, Chattanooga, Citadel, Davidson, Elon, Furman, Georgia Southern, UNC Greensboro, Samford, Western Carolina, Wofford.

Changes: For the first time since 1994-95 the Southern Conference won't have divisional play and that's because the College of Charleston left for the Colonial Athletic Association. The big changes come next season when Elon heads for the Colonial, Davidson moves to the Atlantic 10 and Georgia Southern and Appalachian State join the Sun Belt Conference. Replacing them will be VMI of the Big South and Mercer and Tennessee State of the Atlantic Sun.

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Southland Conference

Abilene Christian, Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist, Incarnate Word, Lamar, McNeese State, New Orleans, Nicholls State, Northwestern State, Oral Roberts, Sam Houston State, Southeastern Louisiana, Stephen F. Austin; Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Changes: Houston Baptist moved over from the Great West Conference and New Orleans joined after being an independent while Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word move up from Division II and won't be eligible for postseason play.

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Southwestern Athletic Conference

Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Alcorn State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Grambling State, Jackson State, Mississippi Valley State, Prairie View, Southern U., Texas Southern.

Changes: No changes for the SWAC.

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Summit League

Denver, IPFW, IUPUI, Nebraska-Omaha, North Dakota State, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Western Illinois.

Changes: Denver moved in from the Western Athletic Conference, the league that Missouri-Kansas City left for. Oakland left the Summit for the Horizon League.

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Sun Belt Conference

Ark.-Little Rock, Arkansas State, Georgia State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, South Alabama, Texas-Arlington, Texas State, Troy, Western Kentucky.

Changes; Gone is the two-division format and members Middle Tennessee State, North Texas, Florida Atlantic and Florida International have left for Conference USA. Western Kentucky makes that move in 2014-15. Joining the Sun Belt this season are Georgia State from the Colonial Athletic Association and Texas State and Texas-Arlington of the Western Athletic Conference.

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West Coast Conference

BYU, Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, Pacific, Pepperdine, Portland, Saint Mary's, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clara.

Changes: Pacific, a founding member of the West Coast Conference in 1952 - then called the California Basketball Association - returns after a long run in the Big West Conference.

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Western Athletic Conference

Cal State Bakersfield, Chicago State, Grand Canyon, Idaho, Missouri-Kansas City, New Mexico State, Seattle, Texas-Pan American, Utah Valley.

Changes; No conference will have as much change this season as the WAC. Seven schools - Louisiana Tech, Denver, Utah State, Texas State, Texas-Arlington, Texas-San Antonio and San Jose State - are headed for various conferences this season. There will be six newcomers to make it a nine-team league: Chicago State, Utah Valley and Texas-Pan American from the Great West Conference, Cal State Bakersfield from the ranks of the independents, Missouri-Kansas City from the Summit League, and Grand Canyon, which is making the move from Division II. Idaho will leave for the Big Sky Conference in 2014-15.

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Independents

There were two independents last season - Cal State Bakersfield, which went to the Western Athletic Conference, and New Orleans, which will play in the Southland Conference. NJIT, which was in the defunct Great West Conference last season, will be the only Division I independent this season.

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