Conference USA

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Conference USA
Conference USA logo.svg
Established1995 [1]
Association NCAA
Division Division I
Subdivision FBS
Members14
Sports fielded
  • 19 [2]
    • men's: 9
    • women's: 10
Region Southern United States
Headquarters Dallas, Texas
CommissionerJudy MacLeod (since 2015)
Website www.conferenceusa.com
Locations
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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.

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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

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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, save for 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 that UAB is a member voted to shut down that football program was shut down 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 results of the new study 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–present

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]

First team championship

Marshall University's men's soccer program captured the league's first team championship with its 1–0 overtime win over Indiana in the 2020 College Cup in Cary, North Carolina.

Hall of Fame

In 2019, Conference USA inducted its first Hall of Fame class, comprising 20 student-athletes, three coaches, and two administrators. [11] The inductees included former University of Cincinnati basketball player Kenyon Martin, baseball player Kevin Youkilis, and men's basketball head coach Bob Huggins. [11]

Members

Current members

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedTypeEnrollmentEndowment
(millions)
NicknameColors
University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, Alabama 19691995 [lower-alpha 1] Public 21,923 [12] $537.3 Blazers          
Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, Florida 19612013 [lower-alpha 2] 29,772 [13] $227 Owls          
Florida International University University Park, Florida 196558,064 [14] $216.3 Panthers          
Louisiana Tech University Ruston, Louisiana 189412,467 [15] $106.9 Bulldogs & Lady Techsters          
Marshall University Huntington, West Virginia 1837200513,204 [16] $147.2 Thundering Herd          
Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, Tennessee 19112013 [lower-alpha 3] [lower-alpha 4] 21,913 [17] $105.6 Blue Raiders          
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, North Carolina 194630,146 [18] $230.35 49ers          
University of North Texas Denton, Texas 189038,087 [19] $210.6 Mean Green          
Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia 193024,176 [20] $261.7 Monarchs & Lady Monarchs [lower-alpha 5]               
Rice University Houston, Texas 19122005Private7,124 [21] $6,480 Owls          
University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, Mississippi 19101995 Public 14,509 [22] $104.9 Golden Eagles          
University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, Texas 1914200525,151 [23] $241.7 Miners               
University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, Texas 1969201330,674 [24] $172 Roadrunners               
Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, Kentucky 19062014 [lower-alpha 6] 19,456 [25] $175.2 Hilltoppers & Lady Toppers          
  1. UAB was a full but non-football member at two different times—1995 to 1999, when the school was independent in football, and 2015 to 2017, after UAB discontinued its football program. UAB football returned for the 2017 season. [9]
  2. FIU was a men's soccer affiliate from 2005 to 2013.
  3. Charlotte was a full but non-football member from 1995 to 2005 and again from 2013 to 2015.
  4. 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.
  5. Some Old Dominion women's sports use "Monarchs" and others "Lady Monarchs", as follows:
    • Monarchs – Field hockey, lacrosse
    • Lady Monarchs – Basketball, golf, rowing, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis
  6. Western Kentucky was an affiliate in women's swimming & diving in 2013–14.

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

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedTypeEnrollmentNicknameColorsSportPrimary
Conference
Coastal Carolina University Conway, South Carolina 19542021 [26] Public 10,894 Chanticleers               soccer (m) Sun Belt
University of Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky 18652005 [lower-alpha 1] 26,054 Wildcats           SEC
University of South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina 180128,481 Gamecocks          
  1. South Carolina was in the original Metro Conference from 1983-91 for most sports, and men's soccer from 1993-94 along with Charlotte and UAB, but was not part of reunification in 1995. Rejoined C-USA in 2005.

Future

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoiningTypeEnrollmentNicknameColorsSportPrimary
Conference
West Virginia University Morgantown, West Virginia 18672022 [27] Public26,269 Mountaineers          Soccer (M) Big 12

Former members

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedLeftTypeNicknameColorsCurrent
Conference
University of Central Florida Orlando, Florida 196320052013Public Knights           The American
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio 181919952005 Bearcats          
DePaul University Chicago, Illinois 1898Private Blue Demons           Big East
East Carolina University Greenville, North Carolina 19072001 [lower-alpha 1] 2014Public Pirates           The American
University of Houston Houston, Texas 19271996 [lower-alpha 2] 2013 Cougars          
University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky 179819952005 Cardinals           ACC
Marquette University Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1881Private Golden Eagles           Big East
University of Memphis Memphis, Tennessee 19122013Public Tigers           The American
Saint Louis University St. Louis, Missouri 18182005Private Billikens           Atlantic 10
University of South Florida Tampa, Florida 1956Public Bulls           The American
Southern Methodist University University Park, Texas 191120052013Private Mustangs          
Texas Christian University Fort Worth, Texas 187320012005 Horned Frogs           Big 12
Tulane University New Orleans, Louisiana 183419952014 Green Wave           The American
University of Tulsa Tulsa, Oklahoma 18942005Public Golden Hurricane               
  1. East Carolina was an affiliate in football from 1997 to 2001.
  2. Houston was a founding member of C-USA in 1995 but did not begin competition until 1996 because of its commitments to the final year of competition in the Southwest Conference.

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.

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedLeftTypeNicknameColorsSportPrimary
conference
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, Alabama 183120092014Public Crimson Tide          rowing (w) SEC [lower-alpha 1]
United States Military Academy West Point, New York 180219982005Federal Black Knights               football Patriot [lower-alpha 2]
California State University, Bakersfield Bakersfield, California 196520072010Public Roadrunners          swimming & diving (w) Big West
California State University, Sacramento Sacramento, California 194720132014 Hornets          rowing (w) Big Sky [lower-alpha 3]
Colorado College Colorado Springs, Colorado 18742006Private Tigers          soccer (w) Southern Collegiate
(NCAA D-III) [lower-alpha 4]
University of Kansas Lawrence, Kansas 18652009Public Jayhawks          rowing (w) Big 12
Kansas State University Manhattan, Kansas 1863 Wildcats          
University of New Mexico Albuquerque, New Mexico 188920132019 Lobos          soccer (m) Mountain West
University of North Dakota Grand Forks, North Dakota 188320082011 Fighting Hawks          swimming & diving (w) Summit
University of Northern Colorado Greeley, Colorado 188920072010 Bears           Big Sky [lower-alpha 5]
University of Oklahoma Norman, Oklahoma 189020092014 Sooners          rowing (w)Big 12
San Diego State University San Diego, California 19472013 Aztecs           Mountain West [lower-alpha 6]
University of Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee 17942009 Lady Volunteers           SEC [lower-alpha 1]
University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas 1883 Longhorns           Big 12
West Virginia University Morgantown, West Virginia 18672012 Mountaineers          
  1. 1 2 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 MW.
  5. Women's swimming & diving affiliate of the WAC.
  6. Dropped rowing after the 2020–21 season; had previously been an affiliate of the American Athletic Conference in that sport.

Membership timeline

West Virginia UniversityCoastal Carolina UniversityWestern Kentucky UniversityUniversity of New MexicoUniversity of Texas at San AntonioOld Dominion UniversityUniversity of North TexasMiddle Tennessee State UniversityLouisiana Tech UniversityFlorida Atlantic UniversityUniversity of South CarolinaUniversity of KentuckyFlorida International UniversityUniversity of Texas at El PasoRice UniversityMarshall UniversityAmerican Athletic ConferenceUniversity of TulsaAmerican Athletic ConferenceSouthern Methodist UniversityAmerican Athletic ConferenceUniversity of Central FloridaBig 12 ConferenceMountain West ConferenceTexas Christian UniversityUnited States Military AcademyAmerican Athletic ConferenceEast Carolina UniversityAmerican Athletic ConferenceUniversity of HoustonAmerican Athletic ConferenceTulane UniversityAmerican Athletic ConferenceUniversity of MemphisUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamUniversity of Southern MississippiAtlantic 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 UniversityAmerican Athletic ConferenceBig East Conference (1979–2013)University of CincinnatiConference USA

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

Commissioners

Sports

Sports sponsored

Conference USA sponsors championship competition in nine men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports. [28] Three schools are affiliate members for men's soccer, with a fourth joining for that sport in July 2022.

Teams in C-USA competition
SportMen'sWomen's
Baseball 12
Basketball 1414
Cross Country 1213
Football 14
Golf 1312
Soccer 914
Softball 12
Swimming & Diving 7
Tennis 814
Track and Field (Indoor) 1013
Track and Field (Outdoor) 1013
Volleyball 13

Men's sponsored sports by school

MemberBaseballBasketballXCountryFootballGolfSoccerTennisIndoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Track
& Field
Total
C-USA
Sports
UABGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svg7
CharlotteGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
FIUGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svg6
Florida AtlanticGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svg7
Louisiana TechGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg7
MarshallGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgRed x.svg6
Middle TennesseeGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
North TexasRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg6
Old DominionGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svg6
RiceGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
Southern MissGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg7
UTEPRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg6
UTSAGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
Western KentuckyGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg7
Total12141114136+3 [lower-alpha 1] 891098+3
  1. Affiliate members Coastal Carolina, Kentucky, and South Carolina. West Virginia joins in July 2022.

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by Conference USA which are played by current full C-USA members:

SchoolSwimming
& diving
Florida Atlantic CCSA

Women's sponsored sports by school

MemberBasketballXCountryGolfSoccerSoftballSwimming
& Diving
TennisIndoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Track
& Field
VolleyballTotal
C-USA
Sports
UABGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
CharlotteGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
FIUGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg10
Florida AtlanticGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg10
Louisiana TechGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
MarshallGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg10
Middle TennesseeGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
North TexasGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg10
Old DominionGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svg6
RiceGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svg [lower-alpha 1] Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
Southern MissGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
UTEPGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
UTSAGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
Western KentuckyGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
Total1413121412614131314125
  1. Rice fields a women's team in swimming but not in diving.

Women's varsity sports not sponsored by Conference USA which are played by current full C-USA members:

SchoolBeach volleyballBowlingField hockeyLacrosseRifle [lower-alpha 1] RowingSailing [lower-alpha 2]
FIU CCSA NoNoNoNoNoNo
Florida Atlantic CCSA NoNoNoNoNoNo
Louisiana TechNo SBL NoNoNoNoNo
Old DominionNoNo Big East The American No The American MAISA
Southern Miss CCSA NoNoNoNoNoNo
UAB CCSA MEAC NoNo SoCon NoNo
UTEPNoNoNoNo PRC NoNo
  1. 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. UTEP fields a women-only team.
  2. Sailing is a coeducational team sport. It is not sanctioned by the NCAA, but instead by the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association.

Football

Conference USA uses a divisional format only for football.

AmericanFootball current event.svg For the upcoming season, see 2021 Conference USA football season.
TeamFirst
Season
All-Time
Record
All-Time
Win %
Bowl
Appearances
Bowl
Record
Conference
Titles
Head Coach
East Division
Charlotte 201329–54.34910–10 Will Healy
Florida Atlantic 200192–126.42233–02 Willie Taggart
FIU 200283–131.38842–21 Butch Davis
Marshall 1895591–546–47.5191412–213 Doc Holliday
Middle Tennessee 1911581–430–28.57382–613 Rick Stockstill
Old Dominion 1930120–83–4.58911–00 Bobby Wilder
Western Kentucky 1908575–400–30.58753–213 Tyson Helton
West Division
Louisiana Tech 1901620–462–39.570117–3–125 Skip Holtz
North Texas 1913516–506–33.505102–824 Seth Littrell
Rice 1912472–617–32.435127–58 Mike Bloomgren
Southern Miss 1912590–423–26.5802311–128 Will Hall (American football)
UAB 1991137–161–2.46031–21 Bill Clark
UTEP 1914391–596–30.399145–92 Dana Dimel
UTSA 201141–53.43610–10 Jeff Traylor

[29]

C-USA champions

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. [30]

NameLocationStadiumOpposing 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.

NameLocationStadiumOpposing 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 Marlins Park The American
New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, New Mexico Dreamstyle Stadium Mountain West
New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, Louisiana Mercedes-Benz Superdome Sun Belt
Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, Florida Raymond James Stadium The American

Rivalries

Current or former C-USA in conference rivalries:

TeamsRivalry NameTrophyMeetingsRecordSeries LeaderCurrent Streak
Florida Atlantic FIU Shula Bowl Don Shula Award1914–4Florida AtlanticFlorida Atlantic won 4
Louisiana Tech Southern Miss Rivalry in Dixie 4615–31Southern MissLouisiana Tech won 2
Marshall East Carolina East Carolina–Marshall football rivalry 1510–5East CarolinaMarshall won 1
Middle Tennessee Western Kentucky 100 Miles of Hate 6534–31–1Middle TennesseeWKU won 2
Middle Tennessee Troy Battle for the Palladium The Palladium2012–8Middle TennesseeMiddle Tennessee won 1
Western Kentucky Marshall Moonshine Throwdown106–4MarshallMarshall won 2
North Texas SMU Safeway Bowl 3428–5–1SMUNorth Texas won 1
Rice Houston Houston–Rice rivalry 4011–29HoustonHouston won 3
Rice SMU Battle for the Mayor's Cup Mayor's Cup8940–48–1SMURice won 1
Southern Miss Memphis Black and Blue Bowl 6340–22–1Southern MissMemphis won 1
Southern Miss Tulane Battle for the Bell The Bell3023–7Southern MissSouthern Miss won 6

Men's basketball

Basketball current event.svg For the upcoming season, see 2021–22 Conference USA men's basketball season.

This list goes through the 2017–18 season. [31]

TeamFirst
Season
All-Time
Record
All-Time
Win %
NCAA Tournament
Appearances
NCAA Tournament
Record
ArenaHead Coach
UAB 1979835—511.6201510–15 Bartow Arena Robert Ehsan
Charlotte 1963856—745.535117–12 Dale F. Halton Arena Ron Sanchez
Florida Atlantic 1989356—588.37710–1 FAU Arena Dusty May
FIU 1982448—662.40410–1 Ocean Bank Convocation Center Jeremy Ballard
Louisiana Tech 19101394—1042.57254–5 Thomas Assembly Center Eric Konkol
Marshall 19071524—1132.57461–6 Cam Henderson Center Dan D'Antoni
Middle Tennessee 19141252—1090.53594–9 Murphy Center Nick McDevitt
North Texas 19151190—1329.47241–3 UNT Coliseum Grant McCasland
Old Dominion 19511199—757.613113–11 Ted Constant Convocation Center Jeff Jones
Rice 19151128—1458.43642–5 Tudor Fieldhouse Scott Pera
Southern Miss 19131209—1095–1.52530–3 Reed Green Coliseum Doc Sadler
UTEP 19151402—1082.5641714–16 Don Haskins Center Rodney Terry
UTSA 1982576—578.49941–4 Convocation Center Steve Henson
Western Kentucky 19151815—936.6602319–24 E. A. Diddle Arena Rick Stansbury

Women's basketball

This list goes through the 2012–13 season. [32]

TeamFirst
Season
All-Time
Record
All-Time
Win %
NCAA Tournament
Appearances
NCAA Tournament
Record
ArenaHead Coach
UAB 1979537–495.52022–2 Bartow Arena Randy Norton
Charlotte 1976537–398.57420–2 Dale F. Halton Arena Cara Consuegra
Florida Atlantic 1985387–419.48010–1 FAU Arena Jim Jabir
FIU 1976668–396.62863–6 Ocean Bank Convocation Center Tiara Malcom
Louisiana Tech 19751031–244.8092765–25 Thomas Assembly Center Brooke Stoehr
Marshall 1970591–597.49710–1 Cam Henderson Center Tony Kemper
Middle Tennessee 1976764–361.679165–16 Murphy Center Rick Insell
North Texas 1977434–602.41910–1 UNT Coliseum Jalie Mitchell
Old Dominion 1970959–358.7282534–24 Ted Constant Convocation Center Nikki McCray
Rice 1979511–503.50421–2 Tudor Fieldhouse Tina Langley
Southern Miss 1976618–476.56584–8 Reed Green Coliseum Joye Lee-McNelis
UTEP 1975461–579.44321–2 Don Haskins Center Kevin Baker
UTSA 1982453–449.50220–2 Convocation Center Kristen Holt
Western Kentucky 1914848–440.6581617–16 E. A. Diddle Arena Greg Collins

Baseball

Championships

Current C-USA champions

"RS" is regular season.

National champions

Marshall, which 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), is the only C-USA member to have won a national team championship while a member of the conference.

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

SchoolNational titlesSportYears
FIU 2Men's Soccer (Division II)1982, 1984
Louisiana Tech 5Football (Division II)1972, 1973
Women's basketball1981 (AIAW), 1982, 1988
Marshall 2Football (Division I FCS) 1992, 1996
North Texas 4Men's golf1949, 1950, 1951, 1952
Old Dominion 28Men's basketball1975 (Division II)
Women's basketball1979 (AIAW), 1980 (AIAW), 1985
Women's field hockey1982, 1983, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1998, 2000
Sailing1982, 1987, 1989 (Three classes), 1990 (Two classes), 1992, 1996, 1998 (Two classes), 2002 (Two classes), 2003, 2004
Rice 1Baseball 2003
Southern Miss 2Football (Division II)1958, 1962
UTEP 21Men's basketball 1966
Men's outdoor track and field1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982
Men's indoor track and field1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982
Men's cross country1969, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
Western Kentucky 1Football (Division I FCS) 2002
Total67

Facilities

SchoolFootball stadiumCapacityBasketball arenaCapacityBaseball parkCapacity
UAB Protective Stadium [lower-alpha 1] 47,100 Bartow Arena 8,508 Regions Field
Jerry D. Young Memorial Field
8,500
1,000
Charlotte Jerry Richardson Stadium 15,300 Dale F. Halton Arena 9,105 Hayes Stadium 3,000
Florida Atlantic FAU Stadium 29,419 FAU Arena 5,000 FAU Baseball Stadium 3,000
FIU Riccardo Silva Stadium 20,000 Ocean Bank Convocation Center 5,000 Infinity Insurance Park 2,000
Louisiana Tech Joe Aillet Stadium 28,562 Thomas Assembly Center 8,098 J. C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park 2,000
Marshall Joan C. Edwards Stadium 38,227 Cam Henderson Center 9,048 Appalachian Power Park [lower-alpha 2]
Kennedy Center Field
Linda K. Epling Stadium
4,500
300
2,500
Middle Tennessee Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium 30,788 Murphy Center 11,802 Reese Smith Jr. Field 2,600
North Texas Apogee Stadium 30,850 UNT Coliseum 10,032Non-baseball school
Old Dominion S.B. Ballard Stadium 22,480 Chartway Arena 8,639 Bud Metheny Baseball Complex 2,500
Rice Rice Stadium 47,000 Tudor Fieldhouse 5,208 Reckling Park 7,000
Southern Miss M. M. Roberts Stadium 36,000 Reed Green Coliseum 8,095 Pete Taylor Park 5,036
UTEP Sun Bowl Stadium 51,500 Don Haskins Center 12,222Non-baseball school
UTSA Alamodome 65,000 Convocation Center 4,080 Roadrunner Field 800
Western Kentucky Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium 22,113 E. A. Diddle Arena 7,326 Nick Denes Field 1,500
Notes
  1. Replaces Legion Field (capacity 71,594) for 2021 and beyond.
  2. Marshall is preparing to build a new on-campus ballpark, as yet unnamed (capacity 3,500), and plans to open it in 2022.

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. [33] 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. [34]

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. [35]

The total values of the 2016 contracts are notably lower than those of the previous contracts (which included Fox Sports). [33]

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. [36] Stadium's C-USA content will be available to stream on Twitter and Pluto TV. [37] In 2017 Stadium completed a deal with Facebook to exclusively stream some C-USA football games. [38] In 2017 C-USA entered an agreement with the streaming subscription service FloSports to stream three football games. [39]

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." [40] 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. [41] 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. [42] A majority of the Conference's members are ranked as Tier One National Universities in U.S. News and World Report's 2021 Best Colleges rankings.

UniversityAffiliation Carnegie [42] Endowment [43] US News [44] Forbes [45]
University of Alabama at Birmingham Public (UA System)518
Florida Atlantic University Public (SUSF)536
Florida International University Public (SUSF)487
Louisiana Tech University Public (UL System)389
Marshall University Public
Middle Tennessee State University Public (TBR)635
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Public (UNC System)495
University of North Texas Public (UNT System)570
Old Dominion University Public551
Rice University Private 32
University of Southern Mississippi Public575
University of Texas at El Paso Public (UT System)491
University of Texas at San Antonio Public (UT System)642
Western Kentucky University Public584
Notes
  1. 1 2 3 4 UAB, Louisiana Tech, UTEP, and UTSA did not participate in the 2013 NACUBO Endowment Study.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 In the 2020 US News national university rankings, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss, UTEP, UTSA and Western Kentucky are listed as Rank Not Published (RNP), otherwise known as Tier Two.
  3. Marshall is not ranked in the 2015 Forbes America's Best 650 Colleges rankings.

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