New Mexico State and Sun Belt expected to lock arms in football

LAS CRUCES, NM ( - New Mexico State University will likely have a football-playing home in 2014, expected to be football-only members of the Sun Belt Conference.

The school is expecting a membership offer from the Sun Belt within the next 24 hours and is in the process of going through approval from the NMSU president's office and board of regents according to multiple sources, who were not identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

The Sun Belt is expected to name Appalachian State and Georgia Southern as its newest members on Wednesday, which will bring the conference to 10 members.

By adding New Mexico State and Idaho as football-only affiliates, it will allow the Sun Belt a two-division football format that will provide a league championship game at season's end.