Nov 29, 2012 2:37 PM by Sun Belt Sports

SBC Releases Statement on Conference Realignment

*Statement from Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson*

"While I am disappointed that Middle Tennessee State University and Florida
Atlantic University have elected to depart the Sun Belt Conference, the SBC
is still very well positioned for the future and I remain very optimistic
that the momentum that has been created in the past six months will
continue to grow. The continuing 10 members of the SBC are committed to
excellence and I am confident that the SBC will take advantage of these
latest changes in the landscape. As I have stated many times in the past
six months, the SBC will be a major player in the future, especially within
its geographic footprint.


As for future members, there are several outstanding universities that have
indicated interest in joining the SBC. While we have conducted research on
these universities in the past six months, we will now focus on identifying
the ones that will be the best "fit" for the conference and the ones that
will contribute immediately in achieving our goal of being the best of the
FBS conferences that currently do not receive automatic qualification into
the BCS.


The future is still very BRIGHT for the SBC and I look forward to working
with the leadership of the SBC in the coming days, weeks and months to
continue the growth and development of this outstanding athletic



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