Conference USA
Conference USA logo.svg
AssociationNCAA
Founded1995[1]
CommissionerJudy MacLeod (since 2015)
Sports fielded
  • 20[2]
    • men's: 9
    • women's: 11
DivisionDivision I
SubdivisionFBS
No. of teams11 (9 in 2023, 10 in 2024)
HeadquartersDallas, Texas
RegionSouthern United States
Official websitewww.conferenceusa.com
Locations
Location of teams in (({title))}

Conference USA (C-USA or CUSA) is an intercollegiate athletic conference whose current member institutions are located within the Southern United States. The conference participates in the NCAA's Division I in all sports. C-USA's offices are located in Dallas, Texas.

History

C-USA was founded in 1995 by the merger of the Metro Conference and Great Midwest Conference, two Division I conferences that did not sponsor football. However, the merger did not include either Great Midwest member Dayton or Metro members VCU and Virginia Tech.[3] Since this left an uneven number of schools in the conference, Houston of the dissolving Southwest Conference was extended an invitation and agreed to join following the SWC's disbanding at the end of the 1995–96 academic year. The conference immediately started competition in all sports, except football which started in 1996. Being the result of a merger, C-USA was originally a sprawling, large league that stretched from Florida to Missouri, Wisconsin to Texas. Many of its original schools were located in major urban centers and had strong basketball traditions, which helped establish the league on a national basis.

2005–06 realignment

The conference saw radical changes for the 2005–06 academic year. The Big East Conference had lost several members, and looked to Conference USA to attract replacements. Five C-USA members departed for the Big East, including three football-playing schools (Cincinnati, Louisville, and South Florida) and two non-football schools (DePaul and Marquette; both joined the New Big East in 2013). Another two schools (Charlotte and Saint Louis) left for the Atlantic 10; TCU joined the Mountain West (and is now in the Big 12 with several other former Southwest Conference members); and a ninth member, Army, which was C-USA football-only, opted to become an independent in that sport again.

With the loss of these members, C-USA lured six schools from other conferences: UCF and Marshall from the MAC, as well as Rice, SMU, Tulsa, and later UTEP from the WAC. Note that UCF played in the MAC for football only; for all other sports, it was a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference.

With C-USA's membership now consisting of 12 schools, all of which sponsor football, the conference adopted a two-division alignment.

2013–14 realignment

In 2013, C-USA entered its next phase with the departure of four schools (Houston, Memphis, SMU, and UCF) for the American Athletic Conference, the football-sponsoring portion of the former Big East Conference. This was again the result of Big East schools leaving for the ACC, this time being Syracuse and Pittsburgh. It was announced in early 2012 that Conference USA was in talks with the Mountain West Conference about forming either a football alliance or conference merger in the future.

However, when the conferences discussed their plans with the NCAA, they were told that if they merged, the new league would receive only one automatic bid to NCAA championships; at least one of the former conferences would lose expected future revenues from the NCAA men's basketball tournament; and at least one former conference would lose exit fees from any schools that departed for the new league. As a result, both C-USA and the MW backed away from a full merger. As of April 2012, the likeliest scenario was an all-sports alliance in which both conferences retain separate identities.[4] However, after the MW added more members, the alliance was apparently abandoned.

For men's soccer, there was a chance that the MW, SEC, and C-USA along with the one Sun Belt member (FIU), that sponsor the sport, would play under the C-USA's men's soccer program. The MW, which does not sponsor men's soccer, would take three of the four members that offer the sport (UNLV, Air Force, New Mexico—San Diego State is a Pac-12 associate member in that sport), join C-USA's three full members that offer the sport (UAB, Marshall, Tulsa), the two SEC members already in C-USA for the sport (Kentucky, South Carolina), and the Sun Belt's FIU.[4] However, the only MW member school that ultimately moved to C-USA men's soccer was New Mexico.

For the 2013–14 season C-USA invited five new members to join their conference, with all accepting. UTSA and Louisiana Tech joined from the WAC and North Texas and FIU, (an affiliate member of C-USA joining for men's soccer in 2005), from the Sun Belt Conference. Old Dominion, which already housed five of its sports in C-USA, moved the rest of its athletic program from the CAA (except for field hockey, women's lacrosse and wrestling, with the three sports joining the new Big East, the Atlantic Sun, and the MAC respectively because C-USA does not sponsor those sports) and upgraded its football program from the Football Championship Subdivision. Charter member Charlotte returned from the A-10 and accelerated its recently established football program, which was set to begin play in 2013 as an FCS school, to FBS in 2015 with full conference rights in 2016.

2014–15 realignment

Conference USA members after the 2014–15 realignment
Conference USA members after the 2014–15 realignment

On November 27, 2012, it was announced that Tulane would leave the conference to join the Big East in all sports, and East Carolina would join the Big East for football only (ECU's membership was upgraded to all-sports in March 2013 after the Big East's non-football members, except ACC-bound Notre Dame, announced they were leaving to form a new conference which took the Big East name, leaving the football-playing members to become the American Athletic Conference). Conference USA responded by adding Middle Tennessee and Florida Atlantic, both from the Sun Belt.

On April 1, 2013, Conference USA announced they were adding Western Kentucky, also from the Sun Belt, to offset Tulsa's departure to The American in all sports which was confirmed the next day.[5][6]

The board of trustees in the University of Alabama system (of which UAB is a member) voted to shut down that football program on December 2, 2014, in a highly controversial move that many have attributed to a pro-Tuscaloosa bias (including trustees such as Paul Bryant, Jr., son and namesake of Alabama football coaching legend Bear Bryant). According to Conference USA bylaws, member schools must sponsor football. In January 2015, UAB announced an independent re-evaluation of the program and the finances involved, leaving open a possible resumption of the program as early as the 2016 season. On January 29, 2015, the conference announced that there was no time pressure in making a decision regarding UAB's future membership. The conference also stated that it would wait for the new study results before any further discussions on the subject.[7] On June 1, UAB announced that it would reinstate football effective with the 2016 season, presumably keeping the school in C-USA for the immediate future.[8] The return of football was later pushed back to 2017.[9] The Blazers won the 2018 conference championship their second year back and won the C-USA title again in 2020.

2015–2021

Commissioner Britton Banowsky stepped down on September 15, 2015, to become the head of the College Football Playoff Foundation. Executive associate commissioner and chief operating officer Judy MacLeod was subsequently named interim commissioner. On October 26 MacLeod was named the conference's third official commissioner, also becoming the first woman to head an FBS conference.[10]

Marshall University's men's soccer program captured the league's first team national championship with its 1–0 overtime win over Indiana in the 2020 College Cup, held in May 2021 due to COVID-19 issues, in Cary, North Carolina.[11]

2020s realignment

On October 18, 2021, Yahoo Sports reported that the American Athletic Conference, which had been rocked by the impending departure of three of its most prominent schools (Cincinnati, Houston, UCF) for the Big 12 Conference, was preparing to receive applications from six C-USA members: Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, North Texas, Rice, UAB, and UTSA.[12] ESPN reported the next day that The American had received all six schools' applications,[13] and The American announced all six as future members on October 21, though it did not announce the effective date.[14]

The day after The American announced its expansion, The Action Network reported that Southern Miss had accepted an invitation to join the Sun Belt Conference in 2023, a move which was formally announced by the university on October 26.[15] The report added that the Sun Belt was preparing to add two other C-USA members in Marshall and Old Dominion, as well as FCS program James Madison. Old Dominion officially announced its move to the Sun Belt Conference on October 27,[16] followed later in the week by Marshall.[17] On March 29, 2022 C-USA agreed to allow Marshall, Old Dominion, and Southern Miss to move to the Sun Belt beginning July 1, 2022, a year earlier than initially announced.[18]

In response to these losses, on November 5, Conference USA announced the addition of four new members to start the 2023 athletic season. These included two ASUN Conference schools, Liberty and Jacksonville State, along with two from the WAC, New Mexico State and Sam Houston. Liberty and New Mexico State previously played football as FBS independents, while Jacksonville State and Sam Houston played at the FCS level in their respective conferences.[19]

On October 7, Pete Themal of ESPN reported that current football-sponsoring ASUN member Kennesaw State was in talks to become the tenth member of Conference USA for the 2024 season.[20] One week later, C-USA officially announced Kennesaw State's 2024 entry.[21]

Hall of Fame

In 2019, Conference USA inducted its first Hall of Fame class, comprising 20 student-athletes, three coaches, and two administrators.[22] The inductees included former University of Cincinnati basketball player Kenyon Martin, baseball player Kevin Youkilis, and men's basketball head coach Bob Huggins.[22]

Member schools

Conference USA is located in the United States
Conference USA Member locations
Blue pog.svg
– Full member
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– Departing full member
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– Future member
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– Affiliate member

Current members

Departing members are highlighted in pink.

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment Endowment
(millions)
Nickname Colors
University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, Alabama 1969 1995[a] Public 21,923[23] $711.6 Blazers    
Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, Florida 1961 2013[b] 29,772[24] $227 Owls    
Florida International University Miami, Florida 1965 2013 Public 58,064[25] $276 Panthers    
Louisiana Tech University Ruston, Louisiana 1894 12,467[26] $106.9 Bulldogs & Lady Techsters    
Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, Tennessee 1911 2013 Public 21,913[27] $105.6 Blue Raiders    
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, North Carolina 1946 2013[c] Public 30,146[28] $230.35 49ers    
University of North Texas Denton, Texas 1890 42,372[29] $217.8 Mean Green    
Rice University Houston, Texas 1912 2005 Private 7,124[30] $6,480 Owls    
University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, Texas 1914 2005 Public 25,151[31] $241.7 Miners      
University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, Texas 1969 2013 Public 34,734[32] $181.4 Roadrunners      
Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, Kentucky 1906 2014[d] Public 19,456[33] $175.2 Hilltoppers & Lady Toppers    
Notes
  1. ^ UAB was a full but non-football member at two different times—1995–96 to 1998–99, when the school was independent in football, and 2015–16 to 2016–17, after UAB discontinued its football program. UAB football returned for the 2017 fall season (effective the 2017–18 school year).[9]
  2. ^ FIU was a men's soccer affiliate from the 2005 to 2012 fall seasons (2005–06 to 2012–13 school years).
  3. ^ Charlotte was a full but non-football member from 1995–96 to 2004–05 and again from 2013–14 to 2014–15.
  4. ^ Western Kentucky was an affiliate in women's swimming & diving during the 2013–14 season.

Future members

Institution Location Founded Joining Type Enrollment Endowment
(millions)
Nickname Colors Current
conference
Jacksonville State University Jacksonville, Alabama 1883 2023[34] Public 9,238 $13.6 Gamecocks     ASUN
Liberty University Lynchburg, Virginia 1971 Private
(Evangelical Protestant)
95,148 [35] $1,714[36] Flames       ASUN
FBS independent (football)
New Mexico State University Las Cruces, New Mexico 1888 Public 21,694[37] $235.9 Aggies     WAC
FBS independent (football)
Sam Houston State University Huntsville, Texas 1879 21,679[38] $152.3 Bearkats     WAC
Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, Georgia 1963 2024 43,000 [39] $100[40] Owls     ASUN


Affiliate members

In this table, all dates reflect the calendar year of entry into Conference USA, which for spring sports is the year before the start of competition.

Current

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment Nickname Colors C-USA
sport
Primary
conference
Coastal Carolina University Conway, South Carolina 1954 2021[41] Public 10,484 Chanticleers       Beach Volleyball Sun Belt
Dallas Baptist University Dallas, Texas 1898 2022 Private 4,487 Patriots       Baseball Lone Star (D-II)
Georgia State University Atlanta, Georgia 1913 2021[41] Public 53,619 Panthers     Beach Volleyball Sun Belt
University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, Mississippi 1910 2021 Public 14,606 Golden Eagles     Beach Volleyball Sun Belt
Tulane University New Orleans, Louisiana 1834 2022 Private 11,722[42] Green Wave     Beach volleyball The American
University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe, Louisiana 1865 2021[41] Public 9,060 Warhawks     Beach Volleyball Sun Belt
Notes

Former members

Institution Location Founded Joined Left Type Nickname Colors Current
conference
University of Central Florida Orlando, Florida 1963 2005 2013 Public Knights     The American
(Big 12 in 2023)
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio 1819 1995 2005 Bearcats    
DePaul University Chicago, Illinois 1898 Private Blue Demons     Big East
East Carolina University Greenville, North Carolina 1907 2001[a] 2014 Public Pirates     The American
University of Houston Houston, Texas 1927 1996[b] 2013 Cougars     The American
(Big 12 in 2023)
University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky 1798 1995 2005 Cardinals     ACC
Marquette University Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1881 Private Golden Eagles     Big East
Marshall University Huntington, West Virginia 1837 2005 2022 Public Thundering Herd     Sun Belt
University of Memphis Memphis, Tennessee 1912 1995 2013 Tigers     The American
Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia 1930 2013[c] 2022 Monarchs       Sun Belt
Saint Louis University St. Louis, Missouri 1818 1995 2005 Private Billikens     Atlantic 10
University of South Florida Tampa, Florida 1956 Public Bulls     The American
Southern Methodist University University Park, Texas 1911 2005 2013 Private Mustangs    
University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, Mississippi 1910 1995 2022 Public Golden Eagles     Sun Belt
Texas Christian University Fort Worth, Texas 1873 2001 2005 Private Horned Frogs     Big 12
Tulane University New Orleans, Louisiana 1834 1995 2014 Green Wave     The American
University of Tulsa Tulsa, Oklahoma 1894 2005 Golden Hurricane      
Notes
  1. ^ East Carolina was an affiliate in football from the 1997 to 2000 fall seasons (1997–98 to 2000–01 school years).
  2. ^ Houston was a founding member of C-USA in 1995 but did not begin competition until the 1996–97 season because of its commitments to the final year of competition in the Southwest Conference.
  3. ^ Old Dominion was an affiliate in men's golf, women's golf, rowing, men's tennis, and women's tennis in 2012–13; full but non-football member in 2013–14.

Former affiliate members

In this table, all dates reflect each school's actual entry into and departure from Conference USA. For spring sports, the joining date is the calendar year before the start of competition. For fall sports, the departure date is the calendar year after the last season of competition.

Institution Location Founded Joined Left Type Nickname Colors C-USA
sport
Primary
conference
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, Alabama 1831 2009 2014 Public Crimson Tide     rowing (w) SEC[a]
United States Military Academy West Point, New York 1802 1998 2005 Federal Black Knights       football Patriot[b]
California State University, Bakersfield Bakersfield, California 1965 2007 2010 Public Roadrunners     swimming & diving (w) Big West
California State University, Sacramento Sacramento, California 1947 2013 2014 Hornets     rowing (w) Big Sky[c]
Coastal Carolina University Conway, South Carolina 1954 2021 2022 Chanticleers       soccer (m) Sun Belt
Colorado College Colorado Springs, Colorado 1874 2006 2014 Private Tigers     soccer (w) Southern Collegiate
(NCAA D-III)[d]
University of Kansas Lawrence, Kansas 1865 2009 Public Jayhawks     rowing (w) Big 12
Kansas State University Manhattan, Kansas 1863 Wildcats    
University of Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky 1865 2005 2022 Wildcats     soccer (m) SEC[e]
University of New Mexico Albuquerque, New Mexico 1889 2013 2019 Lobos     Mountain West
University of North Dakota Grand Forks, North Dakota 1883 2008 2011 Fighting Hawks     swimming & diving (w) Summit
University of Northern Colorado Greeley, Colorado 1889 2007 2010 Bears     Big Sky[f]
University of Oklahoma Norman, Oklahoma 1890 2009 2014 Sooners     rowing (w) Big 12
San Diego State University San Diego, California 1947 2013 Aztecs     Mountain West[g]
University of South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina 1801 2005 2022 Gamecocks     soccer (m) SEC[e]
University of Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee 1794 2009 2014 Lady Volunteers     rowing (w) SEC[a]
University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas 1883 Longhorns     Big 12
West Virginia University Morgantown, West Virginia 1867 2012 Mountaineers    
Notes
  1. ^ a b Rowing affiliate of the Big 12.
  2. ^ Football currently competes as an FBS independent.
  3. ^ Rowing affiliate of The American.
  4. ^ Women's soccer affiliate of the Mountain West.
  5. ^ a b Men's soccer affiliate of the Sun Belt.
  6. ^ Women's swimming & diving affiliate of the WAC.
  7. ^ Dropped rowing after the 2020–21 season; had previously been an affiliate of the American Athletic Conference in that sport.

Membership timeline

Kennesaw State UniversitySam Houston State UniversityNew Mexico State UniversityLiberty UniversityJacksonville State UniversityDallas Baptist UniversityUniversity of Louisiana at MonroeGeorgia State UniversityCoastal Carolina UniversityWestern Kentucky UniversityUniversity of New MexicoAmerican Athletic ConferenceUniversity of Texas at San AntonioSun Belt ConferenceOld Dominion UniversityAmerican Athletic ConferenceUniversity of North TexasMiddle Tennessee State UniversityLouisiana Tech UniversityAmerican Athletic ConferenceFlorida Atlantic UniversityUniversity of South CarolinaUniversity of KentuckyFlorida International UniversityUniversity of Texas at El PasoAmerican Athletic ConferenceRice UniversitySun Belt ConferenceMarshall UniversityAmerican Athletic ConferenceUniversity of TulsaAmerican Athletic ConferenceSouthern Methodist UniversityBig 12 ConferenceAmerican Athletic ConferenceUniversity of Central FloridaBig 12 ConferenceMountain West ConferenceTexas Christian UniversityUnited States Military AcademyAmerican Athletic ConferenceEast Carolina UniversityBig 12 ConferenceAmerican Athletic ConferenceUniversity of HoustonAmerican Athletic ConferenceTulane UniversityAmerican Athletic ConferenceUniversity of MemphisAmerican Athletic ConferenceUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamSun Belt ConferenceUniversity of Southern MississippiAmerican Athletic ConferenceAtlantic 10 ConferenceUniversity of North Carolina at CharlotteAmerican Athletic ConferenceBig East Conference (1979–2013)University of South FloridaAtlantic 10 ConferenceSaint Louis UniversityBig East ConferenceBig East Conference (1979–2013)Marquette UniversityAtlantic Coast ConferenceAmerican Athletic ConferenceBig East Conference (1979–2013)University of LouisvilleBig East ConferenceBig East Conference (1979–2013)DePaul UniversityBig 12 ConferenceAmerican Athletic ConferenceBig East Conference (1979–2013)University of Cincinnati

Full members (all-sports) Full members (non-football) Affiliate members (football-only) Affiliate member (other sport)Other Conference Other Conference

Commissioners

Sports

Sports sponsored

Conference USA sponsors championship competition in nine men's and 11 women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[43] Three schools are affiliate members for men's soccer, with a fourth joining for that sport in July 2022. One of the men's soccer affiliates, plus two other schools, are affiliate members in the newest C-USA sport of beach volleyball, added for 2021–22. Men's soccer and women's swimming and diving were dropped as conference sports after the 2021-22 season.

Teams in C-USA competition[a]
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball 10
Basketball 11 11
Beach volleyball 7
Cross Country 10 11
Football 11
Golf 10 9
Soccer 11
Softball 10
Tennis 6 11
Track and Field (Indoor) 8 11
Track and Field (Outdoor) 9 11
Volleyball 11
  1. ^ Numbers of teams are as of the 2022–23 school year.

Men's sponsored sports by school

Departing members in pink.

Member Baseball Basketball XCountry Football Golf Tennis Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Track
& Field
Total
C-USA
Sports
Charlotte Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
FIU Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY 6
Florida Atlantic Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN 7
Louisiana Tech Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 7
Middle Tennessee Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
North Texas Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 6
Rice Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
UAB Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN 7
UTEP Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 6
UTSA Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Western Kentucky Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 7
Affiliate members
Dallas Baptist Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN 1
Total 9+1 11 10 11 10 6 8 9 74+1
Future members
Jacksonville State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Kennesaw State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Liberty Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
New Mexico State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Sam Houston Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 7
Total in 2023 8+1 9 9 9 8 4 8 9 66+1
Total in 2024 9+1 10 10 10 9 5 9 10 74+1

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by Conference USA

School Rifle[a] Soccer[b] Swimming
& diving
Charlotte American
FIU American
Florida Atlantic American CCSA
Jacksonville State IND
Liberty ASUN
UAB American
  1. ^ NCAA rifle is a coeducational team sport, with men and women competing with and against one another as equals. Jacksonville State fields a single coed team.
  2. ^ Effective 2022

Women's sponsored sports by school

Departing members in pink.

Member Basketball Beach
Volleyball
XCountry Golf Soccer Softball Tennis Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Track
& Field
Volleyball Total
C-USA
Sports
Charlotte Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
FIU Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Florida Atlantic Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Louisiana Tech Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Middle Tennessee Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
North Texas Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Rice Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
UAB Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
UTEP Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
UTSA Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Western Kentucky Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Affiliate members
Coastal Carolina Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN 1
Georgia State Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN 1
Southern Miss Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN 1
Tulane Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN 1
UL Monroe Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN 1
Total 11 9 11 9 11 10 11 11 11 11 99+4
Future members
Jacksonville State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Kennesaw State Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Liberty Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
New Mexico State Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Sam Houston Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Total in 2023 9 4 9 7 9 9 9 9 9 9 84
Total in 2024 10 4 10 8 10 10 10 10 10 10 92

Women's varsity sports not sponsored by Conference USA

School Bowling Equestrian[a] Field hockey Lacrosse Rifle[b] Swimming
& Diving
FIU No No No No No American
Florida Atlantic No No No No No American
Jacksonville State No No No No IND No
Kennesaw State No No No ASUN No No
Liberty No No Big East ASUN No CCSA
Louisiana Tech SBL No No No No No
New Mexico State No IND No No No WAC
North Texas No No No No No American
Rice No No No No No American[c]
Sam Houston IND No No No No No
UAB MEAC No No No SoCon No
UTEP No No No No PRC No
  1. ^ Part of the NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program.
  2. ^ Rifle is technically classified as a men's sport by the NCAA, but allows competitors of both sexes, and also allows schools to field any combination of coed and single-sex teams. Current member UTEP fields a women-only team, and future member Jacksonville State fields a coed team.
  3. ^ Rice fields a women's team in swimming but not in diving.

Football

Conference USA used a divisional format for football from 2005 to 2021.

For the current season, see 2022 Conference USA football season.
Team First
season
All-time
record
All-time
win %
Bowl
appearances
Bowl
record
Conference
titles
Head coach
Charlotte 2013 34–54 .366 1 0–1 0 Will Healy
Florida Atlantic 2001 110–135 .449 5 4–1 2 Willie Taggart
FIU 2002 80–146 .354 5 2–3 1 Butch Davis
Louisiana Tech 1901 634–473–37 .570 13 8–4–1 25 Skip Holtz
Middle Tennessee 1911 587–447–28 .566 8 2–6 13 Rick Stockstill
North Texas 1913 525–523–33 .501 11 2–9 24 Seth Littrell
Rice 1912 478–632–32 .433 12 7–5 8 Mike Bloomgren
UAB 1991 155–170–2 .477 4 1–3 1 Bill Clark
UTEP 1914 402–615–28 .398 14 5–9 2 Dana Dimel
UTSA 2011 56–66 .459 2 0–2 1 Jeff Traylor
Western Kentucky 1908 589–413–31 .585 7 4–3 13 Tyson Helton

[44]

C-USA champions

Main article: Conference USA Football Championship Game

Bowl games

The highest-ranked champion from the so-called "Group of Five" conferences (The American, C-USA, MAC, Mountain West, and Sun Belt) is guaranteed a berth in one of the non-semifinal bowls of the College Football Playoff if the group's top team is not in the playoff.[45]

Name Location Stadium Opposing Conference
Cotton Bowl Classic Arlington, Texas AT&T Stadium at-large
Fiesta Bowl Glendale, Arizona State Farm Stadium at-large
Peach Bowl Atlanta, Georgia Mercedes-Benz Stadium at-large

For the 2014–19 seasons, Conference USA is guaranteed at least five of the following bowl games.

Name Location Stadium Opposing Conference
Arizona Bowl Tucson, Arizona Arizona Stadium Mountain West
Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, Texas Amon G. Carter Stadium The American
Army
Big 12
Big Ten
Mountain West
Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas Thomas Robinson Stadium The American
MAC
Sun Belt
Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, Florida FAU Stadium The American
MAC
First Responder Bowl Dallas, Texas Cotton Bowl Big 12
Big Ten
Frisco Bowl Frisco, Texas Toyota Stadium The American
Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, Hawaii Aloha Stadium Mountain West
Independence Bowl Shreveport, Louisiana Independence Stadium ACC
SEC
Miami Beach Bowl Miami, Florida LoanDepot Park The American
New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, New Mexico Dreamstyle Stadium Mountain West
New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, Louisiana Caesars Superdome Sun Belt
Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, Florida Raymond James Stadium The American

Rivalries

Current or former C-USA in conference rivalries:

Teams Rivalry Name Trophy Meetings Record Series Leader Current Streak
Florida Atlantic FIU Shula Bowl Don Shula Award 19 14–5 Florida Atlantic Florida Atlantic won 4
Louisiana Tech Southern Miss Rivalry in Dixie 52 17–35 Southern Miss Louisiana Tech won 2
Middle Tennessee Western Kentucky 100 Miles of Hate 70 35–34–1 Middle Tennessee WKU won 2
Middle Tennessee Troy Battle for the Palladium The Palladium 22 13–9 Middle Tennessee Middle Tennessee won 1
Western Kentucky Marshall Moonshine Throwdown 13 8–5 Marshall Western Kentucky won 1
North Texas SMU Safeway Bowl 41 34–6–1 SMU SMU won 3
Rice Houston Houston–Rice rivalry Bayou Bucket 43 11–32 Houston Houston won 6
Rice SMU Battle for the Mayor's Cup Mayor's Cup 90 41–48–1 SMU Rice won 1

Men's basketball

For the upcoming season, see 2022–23 Conference USA men's basketball season.

See also: Conference USA men's basketball tournament and Conference USA Men's Basketball Player of the Year

This list goes through the 2017–18 season.[46]

Team First
season
All-time
record
All-time
win %
NCAA Tournament
appearances
NCAA Tournament
record
Arena Head coach
UAB 1979 835—511 .620 15 10–15 Bartow Arena Andy Kennedy
Charlotte 1963 856—745 .535 11 7–12 Dale F. Halton Arena Ron Sanchez
Florida Atlantic 1989 356—588 .377 1 0–1 FAU Arena Dusty May
FIU 1982 448—662 .404 1 0–1 Ocean Bank Convocation Center Jeremy Ballard
Louisiana Tech 1910 1394—1042 .572 5 4–5 Thomas Assembly Center Talvin Hester
Middle Tennessee 1914 1252—1090 .535 9 4–9 Murphy Center Nick McDevitt
North Texas 1915 1190—1329 .472 4 1–3 UNT Coliseum Grant McCasland
Rice 1915 1128—1458 .436 4 2–5 Tudor Fieldhouse Scott Pera
UTEP 1915 1402—1082 .564 17 14–16 Don Haskins Center Joe Golding
UTSA 1982 576—578 .499 4 1–4 Convocation Center Steve Henson
Western Kentucky 1915 1815—936 .660 23 19–24 E. A. Diddle Arena Rick Stansbury

Women's basketball

See also: Conference USA women's basketball tournament

This list goes through the 2012–13 season.[47]

Team First
season
All-time
record
All-time
win %
NCAA Tournament
appearances
NCAA Tournament
record
Arena Head coach
UAB 1979 537–495 .520 2 2–2 Bartow Arena Randy Norton
Charlotte 1976 537–398 .574 2 0–2 Dale F. Halton Arena Cara Consuegra
Florida Atlantic 1985 387–419 .480 1 0–1 FAU Arena Jim Jabir
FIU 1976 668–396 .628 6 3–6 Ocean Bank Convocation Center Tiara Malcom
Louisiana Tech 1975 1031–244 .809 27 65–25 Thomas Assembly Center Brooke Stoehr
Middle Tennessee 1976 764–361 .679 16 5–16 Murphy Center Rick Insell
North Texas 1977 434–602 .419 1 0–1 UNT Coliseum Jalie Mitchell
Rice 1979 511–503 .504 2 1–2 Tudor Fieldhouse Tina Langley
UTEP 1975 461–579 .443 2 1–2 Don Haskins Center Kevin Baker
UTSA 1982 453–449 .502 2 0–2 Convocation Center Kristen Holt
Western Kentucky 1914 848–440 .658 16 17–16 E. A. Diddle Arena Greg Collins

Baseball

See also: Conference USA Baseball Tournament

Championships

Current C-USA champions

Champions from the previous school year are in italics. "RS" is regular season, "T" is tournament.

National champions

No current C-USA member has won a national team championship while a member of the conference. The only school to have won such a championship while a C-USA member is Marshall, which moved to the Sun Belt Conference in 2022. Marshall won the 2020–21 men's soccer championship in May 2021 (with the tournament having moved from its normal schedule in fall 2020 to spring 2021 due to COVID-19).

The following current and future C-USA teams have won national championships when they were not affiliated with C-USA:

School National titles Sport Years
Jacksonville State 6 Baseball (Division II) 1990, 1991
Men's basketball (Division II) 1985
Football (Division II) 1992
Women's gymnastics (Division II) 1984, 1985
Kennesaw State 5 Baseball (Division II) 1996
Men's basketball (Division II) 2004
Women's soccer (Division II) 2003
Softball (Division II) 1995, 1996
FIU 2 Men's Soccer (Division II) 1982, 1984
Louisiana Tech 5 Football (Division II) 1972, 1973
Women's basketball 1981 (AIAW), 1982, 1988
North Texas 4 Men's golf 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952
Rice 1 Baseball 2003
Sam Houston 1 Football (Division I FCS) 2020
UTEP 21 Men's basketball 1966
Men's outdoor track and field 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982
Men's indoor track and field 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982
Men's cross country 1969, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
Western Kentucky 1 Football (Division I FCS) 2002
Total 67

See also: List of NCAA schools with the most NCAA Division I championships and List of NCAA schools with the most Division I national championships

Facilities

Departing members are in pink while future members are denoted in blue.

School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity Baseball park Capacity
Charlotte Jerry Richardson Stadium 15,300 Dale F. Halton Arena 9,105 Hayes Stadium 3,000
Dallas Baptist Baseball-only member Horner Ballpark 3,492
Florida Atlantic FAU Stadium 29,419 Eleanor R. Baldwin Arena 2,900 FAU Baseball Stadium 2,000
FIU Riccardo Silva Stadium 20,000 Ocean Bank Convocation Center 5,000 Infinity Insurance Park 2,000
Jacksonville State JSU Stadium 24,000 Pete Mathews Coliseum 3,500 Rudy Abbott Field 1,000
Kennesaw State Fifth Third Bank Stadium[a] 8,300 KSU Convocation Center 4,600 Stillwell Stadium 900
Liberty Williams Stadium 25,000 Liberty Arena[b] 4,000 Liberty Baseball Stadium 2,500
Louisiana Tech Joe Aillet Stadium 28,562 Thomas Assembly Center 8,098 J. C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park 2,000
Middle Tennessee Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium 30,788 Murphy Center 11,802 Reese Smith Jr. Field 2,600
New Mexico State Aggie Memorial Stadium 30,343 Pan American Center 12,482 Presley Askew Field 1,000
North Texas Apogee Stadium 30,850 UNT Coliseum 10,032 Non-baseball school
Rice Rice Stadium 47,000 Tudor Fieldhouse 5,208 Reckling Park 7,000
Sam Houston Bowers Stadium 12,593 Bernard Johnson Coliseum 6,110 Don Sanders Stadium 1,163
UAB Protective Stadium 47,100 Bartow Arena 8,508 Regions Field
Jerry D. Young Memorial Field
8,500
1,000
UTEP Sun Bowl Stadium 51,500 Don Haskins Center 12,222 Non-baseball school
UTSA Alamodome 64,000 Convocation Center 4,080 Roadrunner Field 800
Western Kentucky Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium 23,776 E. A. Diddle Arena 7,326 Nick Denes Field 1,500
Notes
  1. ^ With Fifth Third Bank Stadium having barely over half of the 15,000 minimum capacity currently required for FBS stadiums, a stadium expansion is likely in the near future. Multiple stadiums in the Atlanta area that meet FBS capacity requirements are available on an interim basis.
  2. ^ Liberty also schedules basketball games at the Vines Center (capacity 9,547).

Media

In 2016, C-USA began a long-term television contract with lead partners ESPN and CBS Sports Network, with ESPN carrying 5 football games and the football championship game; and CBSSN carrying 6 football games, 5 basketball games, and both the men's and women's basketball championship games.[48] C-USA also renewed and expanded its partnership with American Sports Network; owned and operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group, ASN will carry between 15 and 30 football games; between 13 and 55 men's basketball games; and between 2 and 5 women's basketball games. ASN will also carry 10 events in other C-USA sports.[49]

The conference also entered into a contract with beIN Sports for 10 football games (marking the first domestic American football rights the network has ever acquired, and the first broadcast rights deal it had ever entered into with a college conference), 10 men's and 10 women's basketball games, 12 baseball and 12 softball games, 10 men's and 10 women's soccer games (excluding conference men's soccer games at Kentucky and South Carolina, covered by their primary conference's contract), and 10 women's volleyball games.[50]

The total values of the 2016 contracts are notably lower than those of the previous contracts (which included Fox Sports).[48]

Men's soccer associate members Kentucky and South Carolina have an agreement with their primary conference for other sports to carry all home matches online through the SEC Network service, including all Conference USA conference matches. ESPN and the SEC Network will have first rights to all C-USA home men's soccer matches featuring both schools.

In 2017 American Sports Network and Campus Insiders merged creating Stadium.[51] Stadium's C-USA content will be available to stream on Twitter and Pluto TV.[52] In 2017 Stadium completed a deal with Facebook to exclusively stream some C-USA football games.[53] In 2017 C-USA entered an agreement with the streaming subscription service FloSports to stream three football games.[54]

CUSA.tv

In 2016 C-USA partnered with SIDEARM Sports to create a subscription based streaming service named CUSA.tv. In a statement C-USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod said, "Thanks to our partnership with SIDEARM Sports, this new site showcases a clean modern look with easy access to information and we are proud to offer live content and original feature stories through our CUSA.tv."[55] Various sports including football, basketball, and baseball will exclusively air on CUSA.tv when they are not picked up by other networks.

Academics

One of the current member schools, Rice University is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada.[56] Six of the Conference's fourteen members are doctorate-granting universities with "very high research activity," the highest classification given by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.[57] A majority of the Conference's members are ranked as Tier One National Universities in U.S. News & World Report's 2022 Best Colleges rankings.

University Affiliation Carnegie[57] Endowment[58] US News[59] Forbes[60]
University of Alabama at Birmingham Public (UA System) Research (Very High) N/A[d 1] 148 (National) 307
Florida Atlantic University Public (SUSF) Research (High) $270,933,875 277 (National) 192
Florida International University Public (SUSF) Research (Very High) $230,954,000 162 (National) 145
Louisiana Tech University Public (UL System) Research (High) N/A[d 1] 277 (National) 494
Middle Tennessee State University Public (TBR) Doctoral/Professional $75,710,000 288 (National) 362
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Public (UNC System) Research (High) $166,591,692 227 (National) 388
University of North Texas Public (UNT System) Research (Very High) $131,749,714 277 (National) 234
Rice University Private Research (Very High) $4,836,728,000 17 (National) 24
University of Texas at El Paso Public (UT System) Research (Very High) N/A[d 1] RNP (National)[d 2] 547
University of Texas at San Antonio Public (UT System) Research (High) N/A[d 1] RNP (National)[d 2] 295
Western Kentucky University Public Doctoral/Professional $118,396,000 RNP (National)[d 2] 521
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d UAB, Louisiana Tech, UTEP, and UTSA did not participate in the 2013 NACUBO Endowment Study.
  2. ^ a b c In the 2022 US News national university rankings, Southern Miss, UTEP, UTSA and Western Kentucky are listed as Rank Not Published (RNP), otherwise known as Tier Two.

Notes

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