By RALPH D. RUSSO
AP College Football Writer
A person directly involved in the decision tells The Associated Press that Coastal Carolina will become the 12th member of the Sun Belt conference next year and transition to the top tier of college football.
The person spoke Monday night on condition of anonymity because the conference and school were not prepared to make an official announcement. A news conference is planned for Tuesday on Coastal Carolina's campus in Conway, South Carolina, near Myrtle Beach.
Coastal Carolina will become a full Sun Belt member in all sports but football next year. The Chanticleers' football team competes in FCS. NCAA rules require a one-year transition period for schools moving up to FBS. Coastal Carolina will need to expand its stadium to meet FBS requirements and join the Sun Belt in 2017.
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