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Report: Sun Belt Conference looking at adding four schools

The new Sun Belt Conference logo was revealed in May 2020.
The new Sun Belt Conference logo was revealed in May 2020.(Source: Sun Belt Conference)
Published: Oct. 20, 2021 at 3:27 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2021 at 4:00 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The soap opera known as college football realignment continues.

Yahoo! Sports was first to report that the Sun Belt is looking at adding up to four schools. Southern Miss, Marshall, Old Dominion, and James Madison are on the radar. The Golden Eagles, Thundering Herd, and Monarchs are in Conference USA. The Dukes play FCS ball in the Colonial Athletic Association.

The Sun Belt currently has 10 football members and 2 non-football members (Little Rock & UT Arlington).

Lets pull a page from Marvel and go What If...? I mocked up a possible football lineup down the road.

Hypothetical Sun Belt West - Football

Arkansas State

Louisiana

ULM

Southern Miss

Texas State

South Alabama

Troy

Hypothetical Sun Belt East - Football

Appalachian State

Coastal Carolina

Georgia State

Georgia Southern

James Madison

Marshall

Old Dominion

Another sport that would be bolstered by the possible Sun Belt expansion is baseball. Southern Miss has a rich tradition on the diamond, they reached the College World Series in 2009. Add the Golden Eagles to SBC powers Louisiana, South Alabama, Troy, Coastal Carolina, and Texas State, and you’re looking at a conference that would get multiple bids annually to NCAA Regionals.

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