Statement from Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson on Western Kentucky

From the Sun Belt Conference

Today's announcement that Western Kentucky University has accepted an invitation to join Conference USA is not a surprise given the communication that I have had with university officials and the rampant speculation over the past several months.

I have long understood the implications of the move and what it means for the Sun Belt Conference.

In fact, the Sun Belt Conference has been preparing for this possibility for quite some time and with the support and guidance of the Sun Belt Conference board of directors, I will continue to make recommendations on what options the Sun Belt Conference has in terms of future members and divisional structure.

I remain confident that we have numerous options and that there are universities that have a strong desire to be members of the Sun Belt Conference.

Last week's additions to the Sun Belt of Appalachian State and Georgia Southern as all sports members and Idaho and New Mexico State as football only members gives proof that there are universities that want to join the SBC and be part of its dynamic future.