ARLINGTON, TX (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) - UT Arlington will accept an invitation to join the Sun Belt Conference as soon this week, pending approval of the move by the UT Board of Regents, which will take up the motion in a meeting Thursday in Austin.
The board is expected to grant university officials the authorization to accept the agreement and finalize terms for membership, according to a memorandum outlining the meeting.
UTA would begin play in the 12-team Sun Belt in the fall of 2013. Starting in July it will join the Western Athletic Conference for a single year after competing as a member of the Southland Conference since 1964
The school will not be assessed an exit fee by the WAC. UTA will be required to pay a $300,000 entry fee to the Sun Belt, according to the memorandum, a fee that "will be covered through a combination of athletic department funds and conference revenues payable to UT Arlington pursuant to the New Member Agreement with the SBC."