|Sun Belt Conference|
|Region||Southern United States|
|Headquarters||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Commissioner||Keith Gill (since 2019)|
The Sun Belt Conference is a collegiate athletic conference that has been affiliated with the NCAA's Division I since 1976. Originally a non-football conference, the Sun Belt began sponsoring football in 2001. Its football teams participate in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The 12 member institutions of the Sun Belt are distributed primarily across the southern United States.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a non-profit organization which regulates athletes of 1,268 North American institutions and conferences. It also organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and helps more than 480,000 college student-athletes who compete annually in college sports. The organization is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.
NCAA Division I (D-I) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States. D-I schools include the major collegiate athletic powers, with larger budgets, more elaborate facilities and more athletic scholarships than Divisions II and III as well as many smaller schools committed to the highest level of intercollegiate competition.
College football is American football played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities, colleges, and military academies, or Canadian football played by teams of student athletes fielded by Canadian universities. It was through college football play that American football rules first gained popularity in the United States.
The Sun Belt Conference was founded on August 4, 1976 with the University of New Orleans, the University of South Alabama, Georgia State University, Jacksonville University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the University of South Florida. Over the next ten years the conference would add Western Kentucky University, Old Dominion University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Virginia Commonwealth University. New Orleans was forced out of the league in 1980 due to its small on-campus gymnasium that the Conference did not deem suitable for Conference competition. UNO competed as an independent before joining the newly formed American South Conference in 1987.
The University of New Orleans, often referred to locally as UNO, is a medium-sized, metropolitan, public research university located on the New Orleans lakefront within New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. It is a member of the University of Louisiana System and the Urban 13 association.
The University of South Alabama (USA), officially nicknamed "South" is a public, national research university in Mobile, Alabama, United States. It was created by the Alabama Legislature in May, 1963, and replaced existing extension programs operated in Mobile by the University of Alabama. Currently, USA is divided into ten colleges and schools and includes one of Alabama's two state-supported medical schools. As of the fall semester of 2018, South Alabama has an enrollment of 14,834 students. To date, the university has awarded over 90,000 degrees.
Georgia State University is a public research university in Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 1913, it is one of the University System of Georgia's four research universities. It is also the largest institution of higher education by enrollment based in Georgia and is in the top 10 in the nation in number of students with a diverse majority-minority student population around 53,000 including approximately 33,000 undergraduate and graduate students at the main campus downtown as of 2018.
After the 1990–91 basketball season, all members of the Sun Belt, except Western Kentucky, South Alabama, and Jacksonville, departed for other conferences. The Sun Belt, including incoming member in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, then merged with the American South Conference, made up of Arkansas State University, Louisiana Tech University, the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette), the University of Texas–Pan American (now merged into the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley), New Orleans (re-joined), Lamar University, and the University of Central Florida. Although the American South was the larger conference, the merged league retained the Sun Belt name. Central Florida left the league following the 1991–92 academic year. Lamar, Texas–Pan American, and Jacksonville departed at the end of the 1997–98 academic year. Florida International University joined the Sun Belt in 1998, and the University of Denver was added in 1999. Louisiana Tech departed after the 2000–01 academic year.
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is a metropolitan public research university located in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States. Established as Little Rock Junior College by the Little Rock School District in 1927, the institution became a private four-year university under the name Little Rock University in 1957. It returned to public status in 1969 when it merged with the University of Arkansas System under its present name. The former campus of Little Rock Junior College is now (2019) the campus of Philander Smith College.
The American South Conference was an NCAA Division I athletic conference that existed from 1987–88 to 1990–91. The charter members were Arkansas State University, Lamar University, Louisiana Tech University, the University of New Orleans, the University of Southwestern Louisiana and the University of Texas–Pan American. The University of Central Florida (UCF) became the only expansion school during the conference's final academic season before merging with the Sun Belt Conference. Losing all but three members, the Sun Belt merged with the American South conference. The combined conference retained the name of the older Sun Belt Conference. Craig Thompson, the American South's first and only commissioner, became commissioner of the merged Sun Belt. After serving as Sun Belt commissioner for eight years, he became commissioner of the newly formed Mountain West Conference in 1998.
Arkansas State University is a public research university in Jonesboro, Arkansas. It is the flagship campus of the Arkansas State University System and the second largest university in Arkansas by enrollment. It was founded in 1909 and is located atop 1,376 acres (5.6 km2) on Crowley's Ridge. Arkansas State has Sun Belt rivalries with all West Division schools. Their primary Sun Belt rivals are Little Rock, Louisiana-Monroe, and Louisiana.
The conference did not sponsor football until 2001, when the league added former Big West Conference members New Mexico State University and the University of North Texas and former Ohio Valley Conference member (an FBS Independent on football) Middle Tennessee State University as full members (all three of them joined a year earlier for all sports in the 2000-01 school year) and added FBS Independent University of Louisiana at Monroe and Big West member University of Idaho as "football-only" members. These new members gave the Sun Belt seven football playing members in their first season, as Arkansas State and Louisiana–Lafayette were already full members which sponsored football. Another Big West school, Utah State University, was added as a "football-only" member in 2003, then departed in 2005 with Idaho and New Mexico State for the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).
The Big West Conference (BWC) is an American collegiate athletic conference whose member institutions participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I. The conference was originally formed in 1969 as the Pacific Coast Athletic Association (PCAA) and in 1988 was renamed the Big West Conference. The conference stopped sponsoring college football after the 2000 season.
New Mexico State University is a public research university, with a main campus in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Founded in 1888, it is the oldest public institution of higher education in the state of New Mexico, and is one of two flagship universities in New Mexico. Total enrollment across all campuses as of 2017 was 24580, with branch campuses in Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Doña Ana County and Grants, and with extension and research centers across New Mexico.
The University of North Texas (UNT) is a public research university in Denton, Texas. Eleven colleges, two schools, an early admissions math and science academy for exceptional high-school-age students from across the state, and a library system comprise the university core. Its research is driven by about 38 doctoral degree programs. North Texas was founded as a nonsectarian, coeducational, private teachers college in 1890 and was formally adopted by the state 11 years later. UNT is the flagship institution of the University of North Texas System, which includes additional universities in Dallas and Fort Worth. UNT also has a satellite campus in Frisco.
In 2004, Troy University became a "football-only" member until the Trojans joined the conference in all sports, effectively in the 2005-06 academic year. In 2005, Florida Atlantic became a "football-only" member until the Owls joined the conference in all sports, effectively in the 2006-07 academic year. In 2006, Louisiana–Monroe joined the conference as an all-sports full member when the Warhawks left their former home, the Southland Conference.
Troy University is a comprehensive public university that is located in Troy, Alabama, United States. It was founded on February 26, 1887 as Troy State Normal School within the Alabama State University System by an Act of the Alabama Legislature. It is the flagship university of the Troy University System. Troy University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) to award associate, baccalaureate, master's, education specialist, and doctoral degrees.
Florida Atlantic University is a public university in Boca Raton, Florida, with five satellite campuses in the Florida cities of Dania Beach, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Jupiter, and in Fort Pierce at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution. FAU belongs to the 12-campus State University System of Florida and serves South Florida, which has more than five million people and spans more than 100 miles (160 km) of coastline. Florida Atlantic University is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university with high research activity. The university offers more than 170 undergraduate and graduate degree programs within its 10 colleges. Programs of study cover arts and humanities, the sciences, medicine, nursing, accounting, business, education, public administration, social work, architecture, engineering, and computer science.
The Southland Conference, abbreviated to SLC, is a collegiate athletic conference which operates in the South Central United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division I for all sports; for football, it participates in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The Southland sponsors 17 sports, nine for women and eight for men, and is governed by a presidential Board of Directors and an Advisory Council of athletic and academic administrators. Tom Burnett was named the Southland's sixth commissioner on Dec. 23, 2002. From 1996 to 2002, for football only, the Southland Conference was known as the Southland Football League.
Longtime Sun Belt member Western Kentucky joined the Sun Belt's football conference in 2009 after its Board of Regents voted to upgrade the school's football program to Division I FBS.
Western Kentucky University is a public university in Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States. It was founded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1906, though its roots reach back a quarter-century earlier. In the fall 2016 semester, enrollment was approximately 20,000.
On November 11, 2009, New Orleans announced it was investigating a move from Division I to the NCAA's Division III. In order to maintain athletic scholarships, UNO instead opted for entry into Division II. On April 20, 2011, UNO officially received transition approval from the NCAA Division II Membership Committee.(UNO later decided to remain in Division I, and joined the Southland Conference in 2013.)
On April 9, 2012, Georgia State, one of the founding members of the Sun Belt Conference, announced that it would be returning to the conference as a full member in 2013. As part of the move, the football program began a transition from FCS to FBS in the 2012 season; it played a full Sun Belt schedule as a "transitional" FBS member in 2013, and became a full FBS member, with bowl eligibility, in 2014.On May 2, 2012, Texas State University announced it would leave the WAC after just one year and join the Sun Belt in July 2013 to begin play for the 2013–14 academic year. At the press conference to announce Texas State's addition, Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson also hinted that more changes could be on the way for the conference. On May 25, 2012, the conference announced that the University of Texas at Arlington had accepted an invitation to join the conference and would become a full member by 2013. UT Arlington does not field a football team.
On May 4, 2012, FIU and North Texas announced that they would be leaving the Sun Belt for Conference USA on July 1, 2013 as part of a Conference USA expansion effort involving four other schools.On November 29, 2012, Florida Atlantic and Middle Tennessee State announced that they would also leave the Sun Belt for Conference USA. The move for Florida Atlantic and MTSU was originally scheduled to take place in 2014, however, the two schools announced on January 28, 2013 that they would leave for Conference USA a year early, departing on July 1, 2013 with FIU and North Texas. Western Kentucky also accepted an invitation to join Conference USA on April 1, 2013, and departed from the Sun Belt on July 1, 2014.
These moves depleted the Sun Belt and made the need to expand their membership more urgent than ever, as the Sun Belt was left with ten full members and only eight members that sponsor football (the minimum number required for a conference to sponsor football at the FBS level) for the 2013 season. Appalachian State University accepted an invitation on March 27, 2013 to join the Sun Belt effective July 1, 2014.Georgia Southern University accepted a similar Sun Belt invitation at the same time as Appalachian State. Appalachian State and Georgia Southern both joined for all sports from the Southern Conference on July 1, 2014. Both schools had been very successful within the Football Championship Subdivision, combining to win nine national championships since 1985. They upgraded to the Football Bowl Subdivision, and were eligible for Sun Belt conference championships in 2014, but were not postseason-eligible in football until 2015.
The Sun Belt also granted football-only invites to Idaho and New Mexico State on March 28, 2013.Idaho and New Mexico State were both former Sun Belt members (Idaho for football only, New Mexico State for all sports) from 2001 to 2005. The large number of defections from the WAC forced that conference to drop football after the 2012 season. Idaho and New Mexico State were the only remaining WAC members that sponsored football, and competed as FBS independents for the 2013 season before competing in the Sun Belt in 2014. Idaho is located by far the farthest away from the other Sun Belt conference members, but it was rejected by the Mountain West Conference, leaving it with no other choice.
On September 1, 2015, Coastal Carolina University accepted an invitation to join the Sun Belt Conference. The university joined in all sports except for football starting July 1, 2016, with football joining in 2017.
The conference announced on March 1, 2016, that the affiliation agreement with Idaho and New Mexico State would not be extended past the 2017 season.
The conference announced that beginning in 2018, the conference (10 teams) will be divided into two divisions for football: East: Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, and Troy; West: Arkansas State, Louisiana, Louisiana–Monroe, South Alabama, and Texas State. The winner of each division will meet in the Sun Belt Championship game.
|Appalachian State University||Boone, North Carolina||1899||2014||19,108||Mountaineers|
|Arkansas State University||Jonesboro, Arkansas||1909||1991||14,085||Red Wolves|
|Coastal Carolina University||Conway, South Carolina||1954||2016||10,641||Chanticleers|
|Georgia Southern University||Statesboro, Georgia||1906||2014||26,408||Eagles|
|Georgia State University||Atlanta, Georgia||1913||1976;|
|University of Arkansas at Little Rock||Little Rock, Arkansas||1927||1991||11,624||Trojans|
|University of Louisiana at Lafayette||Lafayette, Louisiana||1898||1991||19,118||Ragin' Cajuns|
|University of Louisiana at Monroe||Monroe, Louisiana||1931||2006||9,181||Warhawks|
|University of South Alabama||Mobile, Alabama||1963||1976||15,569||Jaguars|
|Texas State University||San Marcos, Texas||1899||2013||38,666||Bobcats|
|University of Texas at Arlington||Arlington, Texas||1895||2013||43,939||Mavericks|
|Troy University||Troy, Alabama||1887||2005||17,971||Trojans|
|Howard University||Washington, D.C.||1867||2014||10,573||Bison||soccer (M)||Mid-Eastern Athletic|
|University of Central Arkansas||Conway, Arkansas||1907||2019||13,863||Bears and Sugar Bears||soccer (M)||Southland|
The University of Central Arkansas will join the league as an Associate member in men's soccer beginning with the 2019-20 academic year.
|University of Alabama at Birmingham||Birmingham, Alabama||1969||Blazers||1979||1991||C-USA|
|University of Central Florida||Orlando, Florida||1963||Knights||1991||1992||The American|
|University of Denver||Denver, Colorado||1864||Pioneers||1999||2012||The Summit|
|Florida Atlantic University||Boca Raton, Florida||1961||Owls||2005||2013||C-USA|
|Florida International University||Miami, Florida||1965||Panthers||1998||2013||C-USA|
|Jacksonville University||Jacksonville, Florida||1934||Dolphins||1976||1998||Atlantic Sun|
|Lamar University||Beaumont, Texas||1923||Cardinals||1991||1998||Southland|
|Louisiana Tech University||Ruston, Louisiana||1894||Bulldogs & Lady Techsters||1991||2001||C-USA|
|Middle Tennessee State University||Murfreesboro, Tennessee||1911||Blue Raiders||2000||2013||C-USA|
|New Mexico State University||Las Cruces, New Mexico||1888||Aggies||2000||2005||WAC (non-FB)|
|University of New Orleans||New Orleans, Louisiana||1958||Privateers||1976;|
|University of North Carolina at Charlotte||Charlotte, North Carolina||1946||49ers||1976||1991||C-USA|
|University of North Texas||Denton, Texas||1890||Mean Green||2000||2013||C-USA|
|Old Dominion University||Norfolk, Virginia||1930||Monarchs||1982||1991||C-USA|
|University of South Florida||Tampa, Florida||1956||Bulls||1976||1991||The American|
|University of Texas–Pan American||Edinburg, Texas||1927||Broncs||1991||1998||WAC|
|Virginia Commonwealth University||Richmond, Virginia||1838||Rams||1979||1991||Atlantic 10|
|Western Kentucky University||Bowling Green, Kentucky||1906||Hilltoppers & Lady Toppers||1982||2014||C-USA|
Sun Belt Sport
|Hartwick College||Oneonta, New York||1797||Hawks||2014||2018||soccer (M)|| Empire 8 |
|University of Idaho||Moscow, Idaho||1889||Vandals||2001;|
|New Jersey Institute of Technology||Newark, New Jersey||1881||Highlanders||2014||2016||soccer (M)||Atlantic Sun|
|New Mexico State University||Las Cruces, New Mexico||1888||Aggies||2000|
|Utah State University||Logan, Utah||1888||Aggies||2003||2005||football||Mountain West|
Full members (all sports) Full members (non-football) Associate members (football-only) Associate members (other)
In addition to the five Sun Belt commissioners, three future league leaders served on the Sun Belt staff prior to becoming conference commissioners, including Doug Elgin (Missouri Valley), John Iamarino (Northeast, Southern) and Tom Burnett (Southland).
On October 12, 2011, ESPN reported that Wright Waters would retire, effective July 1, 2012.On February 15, 2012, Karl Benson was hired as the new commissioner of the Sun Belt, after having been the commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference for 17 years. Waters would later move his departure date to March 15, allowing Benson to take over at that time.
Keith Gill was named the commissioner of the Sun Belt Conference on March 18, 2019.
The Sun Belt Conference sponsors championship competition in nine men's and nine women's NCAA sanctioned sports.
|Track & Field Indoor|
|Track & Field Outdoor|
Member-by-member sponsorship of the nine men's SBC sports for the 2018–19 academic year.
Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Sun Belt Conference which are played by Sun Belt schools:
Member-by-member sponsorship of the nine women's SBC sports for the 2018–19 academic year.
Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Sun Belt Conference which are played by Sun Belt schools:
No current Sun Belt member has won an NCAA Division I team championship while a member of the conference. Four current members have won NCAA Division I team championships prior to joining the conference:
|Football (Division I-AA/FCS)||1985 • 1986 • 1989 • 1990 • 1999 • 2000|
|Football (Division I-AA/FCS)||2005 • 2006 • 2007|
|Football (Division I-AA/FCS)||1987|
See also: List of NCAA schools with the most NCAA Division I championships, List of NCAA schools with the most Division I national championships, and NCAA Division I FBS Conferences
For more information see Sun Belt Conference football. For the upcoming season, see 2019 Sun Belt Conference football season.
|West Division||East Division|
|Arkansas State||Appalachian State|
|South Alabama||Georgia State|
The Sun Belt first began sponsoring football in 2001. It originally consisted of seven football playing schools, three of which are still members of the conference. Up until 2009, the conference only had a contract with one bowl, the New Orleans Bowl. Following the Sun Belt's improved football success and geographical membership changes, other bowls began to sign contracts with the Sun Belt Conference. The conference currently has five bowl game tie-ins.
Throughout the years, the conference has experienced of flux in membership changes, similar to many other FBS conferences. The conference announced that beginning in 2018, the conference (10 teams after the departure of Idaho and New Mexico State)will be divided into two divisions for football: East: Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, and Troy; West: Arkansas State, Louisiana, Louisiana–Monroe, South Alabama, and Texas State. The winner of each division will meet in the Sun Belt Championship game.
|Appalachian State||1928||605–336–28||.639||3||3–0||19||Eliah Drinkwitz|
|Arkansas State||1911||465–482–37||.491||8||3–5||14||Blake Anderson|
|Coastal Carolina||2003||117–63–0||.650||0||0–0||7||Jamey Chadwell|
|Georgia Southern||1923||379–217–10||.634||1||1–0||11||Chad Lunsford|
|Georgia State||2010||27–67–0||.287||2||1–1||0||Shawn Elliott|
|South Alabama||2009||52–50–0||.510||2||0–2||0||Steve Campbell|
|Texas State||1904||498–418–30||.530||0||0–0||12||Jake Spavital|
Starting in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS Season, the Sun Belt Conference will host a football championship game.
|2001||Middle Tennessee State|
|2006|| Middle Tennessee State |
|2007|| Florida Atlantic |
|2010|| Florida International |
|2016|| Appalachian State |
|2017|| Appalachian State |
|New Orleans Bowl||New Orleans, Louisiana||CUSA|
|Dollar General Bowl||Mobile, Alabama||MAC|
|Camellia Bowl||Montgomery, Alabama||MAC|
|Cure Bowl||Orlando, Florida||AAC|
|Arizona Bowl||Tucson, Arizona||MWC|
|Appalachian State||Georgia Southern||Deeper Than Hate||—||34 |
|Louisiana||Louisiana–Monroe||Battle on the Bayou||Wooden Boot||52|
|Georgia State||Georgia Southern||Modern Day Hate||—||5|
|South Alabama||Troy||Battle for the Belt||Belt||6|
|Arkansas State||Memphis||Paint Bucket Bowl||—||59|
|Louisiana||McNeese State||—||Cajun Crown||37|
|Louisiana||Southeastern Louisiana||—||Cypress Mug||38|
|Texas State||Nicholls State||Battle for the Paddle||Paddle||30|
|Troy||Middle Tennessee||Battle for the Palladium||Palladium||20|
|Appalachian State||Western Carolina||Battle for the Old Mountain Jug||Old Mountain Jug||78 |
The Sun Belt Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments are held in the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana every March.Winners of the tournaments earn automatic bids to their respective NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament.
|1977||North Carolina–Charlotte||North Carolina–Charlotte||No Regular Season||No Tournament|
|1978||North Carolina–Charlotte||New Orleans||No Regular Season||No Tournament|
|1979||South Alabama||Jacksonville||No Regular Season||No Tournament|
|1980||South Alabama||Virginia Commonwealth||No Regular Season||No Tournament|
|1981||Virginia Commonwealth||Virginia Commonwealth||No Regular Season||No Tournament|
|1982||Alabama–Birmingham||Alabama–Birmingham||No Regular Season||No Tournament|
|1983||Virginia Commonwealth||Alabama–Birmingham||Old Dominion||Old Dominion|
|1984||Virginia Commonwealth||Alabama–Birmingham||Old Dominion||Old Dominion|
|1985||Virginia Commonwealth||Virginia Commonwealth||Old Dominion||Old Dominion|
|1986||Old Dominion||Jacksonville||Western Kentucky||Western Kentucky|
|1987||Western Kentucky||Alabama–Birmingham||Old Dominion||Old Dominion|
|1988||North Carolina–Charlotte||North Carolina–Charlotte||Old Dominion||Western Kentucky|
|1989||South Alabama||South Alabama||Old Dominion||Western Kentucky|
|1990||Alabama–Birmingham||South Florida||Alabama–Birmingham||Old Dominion|
|1991||South Alabama||South Alabama||Alabama–Birmingham||Western Kentucky|
|1992||Southwestern Louisiana||Southwestern Louisiana||Western Kentucky||Western Kentucky|
|1993||New Orleans||Western Kentucky||Western Kentucky||Western Kentucky|
|1994||Western Kentucky||Southwestern Louisiana||Louisiana Tech||Louisiana Tech|
|1995||Western Kentucky||Western Kentucky||Louisiana Tech||Western Kentucky|
|1996||Arkansas–Little Rock||New Orleans||Louisiana Tech||Louisiana Tech|
|1997||South Alabama||South Alabama||Louisiana Tech||Louisiana Tech|
|1998||South Alabama||South Alabama||Louisiana Tech||Louisiana Tech|
|1999||Louisiana Tech||Arkansas State||Louisiana Tech||Louisiana Tech|
|2000||Louisiana–Lafayette||Louisiana–Lafayette||Louisiana Tech||Louisiana Tech|
|2001||Western Kentucky||Western Kentucky||Louisiana Tech||Louisiana Tech|
|2002||Western Kentucky||Western Kentucky||Florida International||Florida International|
|2003||Western Kentucky||Western Kentucky||Western Kentucky||Western Kentucky|
|2004||Vacated||Vacated||South Alabama||Middle Tennessee State|
|2005||Denver||Vacated||Western Kentucky||Middle Tennessee State|
|2006||Western Kentucky||South Alabama||Western Kentucky||Middle Tennessee State|
|2007||South Alabama||North Texas||Middle Tennessee State||Middle Tennessee State|
|2008||South Alabama||Western Kentucky||Western Kentucky||Western Kentucky|
|2009||Western Kentucky||Western Kentucky||Middle Tennessee State||Middle Tennessee State|
|2010||Troy||North Texas||Arkansas–Little Rock||Middle Tennessee State|
|2011||Florida Atlantic||Arkansas–Little Rock|| Middle Tennessee State |
|2012||Middle Tennessee State||Western Kentucky||Middle Tennessee State||Arkansas–Little Rock|
|2013||Middle Tennessee State||Western Kentucky||Middle Tennessee State||Arkansas–Little Rock|
|2014||Georgia State||Louisiana–Lafayette||Arkansas State||Western Kentucky|
|2015||Georgia State||Georgia State||Arkansas–Little Rock||Arkansas–Little Rock|
|2016||Little Rock||Little Rock||Arkansas State||Troy|
|2017||UT Arlington||Troy||Little Rock||Troy|
|2018||Louisiana||Georgia State||Little Rock||Little Rock|
The Sun Belt Conference has sponsored an annual baseball tournament to determine the conference winner since 1978. South Alabama has won the most championships, at 12.
|Appalachian State||Kidd Brewer Stadium||30,000||Holmes Center||8,325||Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium||1,000|
|Arkansas State||Centennial Bank Stadium||33,410||First National Bank Arena||10,563||Tomlinson Stadium–Kell Field||1,200|
|Coastal Carolina||Brooks Stadium||20,000||HTC Center||3,370||Springs Brooks Stadium - Vrooman Field||5,400|
|Georgia Southern||Paulson Stadium||25,000||Hanner Fieldhouse||4,325||J. I. Clements Stadium||3,000|
|Georgia State||Georgia State Stadium||24,333||GSU Sports Arena||3,854||GSU Baseball Complex||1,092|
|Jack Stephens Center||5,600||Gary Hogan Field||2,550|
|Louisiana||Cajun Field||41,426||Cajundome||12,068||M.L. Tigue Moore Field||6,000|
|Louisiana–Monroe||Malone Stadium||30,427||Fant–Ewing Coliseum||7,085||Warhawk Field||1,800|
|South Alabama||Ladd–Peebles Stadium||40,646||Mitchell Center||10,041||Eddie Stanky Field||4,500|
|Texas State||Jim Wacker Field at Bobcat Stadium||30,000||Strahan Coliseum||9,000||Bobcat Ballpark||2,000|
|College Park Center||7,000||Clay Gould Ballpark||1,600|
|Troy||Veterans Memorial Stadium||30,420||Trojan Arena||6,000||Riddle–Pace Field||2,000|
Two of the Sun Belt's member schools, Georgia State and UT Arlington are doctorate-granting universities with "very high research activity," the highest classification given by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Appalachian State is also currently ranked as one of the Top 10 regional schools in the South by the U.S. News & World Report .
|Appalachian State University||Public (UNC)||Master's (Larger)||$99,593,000||9 (Regional: South)||315|
|Arkansas State University||Public (ASU System)||R2 Doctoral/Research (Higher)||$66,217,000||68 (Regional: South)||N/A|
|Coastal Carolina University||Public||Master's (Larger)||$39,432,000||52 (Regional: South)||N/A|
|Georgia Southern University||Public (USG System)||R2 Doctoral/Research (Higher)||$50,999,000||RNP (National)||560|
|Georgia State University||Public (USG System)||R1 Doctoral/Research (Highest)||$155,303,000||223 (National)||530|
|University of Arkansas at Little Rock||Public (UA System)||R3 Doctoral/Research (Moderate)||$70,080,000||RNP (National)||608|
|University of Louisiana at Lafayette||Public (UL System)||R2 Doctoral/Research (Higher)||$178,300,000||RNP (National)||529|
|University of Louisiana at Monroe||Public (UL System)||R3 Doctoral/Research (Moderate)||$23,158,000||RNP (National)||N/A|
|University of South Alabama||Public||R2 Doctoral/Research (Higher)||$555,735,000||RNP (National)||616|
|Texas State University||Public (TSU System)||R2 Doctoral/Research (Higher)||$186,676,000||RNP (National)||506|
|University of Texas at Arlington||Public (UT System)||R1 Doctoral/Research (Highest)||$155,277,000||221 (National)||558|
|Troy University||Public (TU System)||Master's (Larger)||$104,409,000||69 (Regional: South)||640|
The Atlantic Sun Conference, branded as the ASUN Conference, is a collegiate athletic conference operating mostly in the Southeastern United States. The league participates at the NCAA Division I level, and does not sponsor football. Originally established as the Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC) in 1978, its headquarters are located in Macon, Georgia.
The 2010–13 Western Athletic Conference realignment refers to the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) dealing with several proposed and actual conference expansion and reduction plans among various NCAA conferences and institutions from 2010 to 2013. Moves involving the WAC were a significant part of a much larger NCAA conference realignment in which it was one of the most impacted conferences. Of the nine members of the WAC in 2010, only two—the University of Idaho and New Mexico State University—remained in the conference beyond the 2012–13 school year, and Idaho departed for the Big Sky Conference after the 2013–14 school year. Five pre-2010 members are now all-sports members of the Mountain West Conference (MW), and another joined the MW for football only while placing most of its other sports in the Big West Conference. Another pre-2010 member joined Conference USA (C-USA) in July 2013.
The 2010–13 Sun Belt Conference realignment refers to the Sun Belt Conference dealing with several proposed and actual conference expansion and reduction plans among various NCAA conferences and institutions from 2010 to 2013.
The Sun Belt Conference is a conference of 14 universities which participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I. Currently, 10 full member schools play football in the conference. Although the Sun Belt was formed in 1976, it did not sponsor football until 2001.
The 2014 Sun Belt Conference football season was the 14th college football season for the Sun Belt Conference. During the 2014 season, eleven schools competed in Sun Belt football: Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Idaho, Louisiana–Lafayette, Louisiana–Monroe, New Mexico State, South Alabama, Texas State, and Troy.
The 2015 Appalachian State Mountaineers football team represented Appalachian State University in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by third-year head coach Scott Satterfield and played their home games at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, North Carolina. This season was the Mountaineers second season in the Sun Belt Conference, and their first as a full, bowl-eligible member of the Football Bowl Subdivision. They finished the season 11–2, 7–1 in Sun Belt play to finish in second place. They were invited to their first ever bowl game, the Camellia Bowl, where they defeated Ohio.
The 2015 Arkansas State Red Wolves football team represented Arkansas State University in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by head coach Blake Anderson, who was the first Red Wolves head coach since Steve Roberts in 2002 to return for a second season at Arkansas State. The Red Wolves, who play their home games at Centennial Bank Stadium in Jonesboro, Arkansas, are members of the Sun Belt Conference. The Red Wolves finished the regular season 9–3, 8–0 in Sun Belt play to win their fourth Sun Belt Championship in five seasons. In the New Orleans Bowl, the Red Wolves fell to Louisiana Tech 28–47.
The 2015 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by third year head coach Paul Petrino and played their home games at Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho. The Vandals were football only members the Sun Belt Conference. They finished the season 4–8, 3–5 in Sun Belt play to finish in a five way tie for fifth place.
The 2015 New Mexico State Aggies football team represented New Mexico State University in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by third-year head coach Doug Martin and played their home games at Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The Aggies were football-only members of the Sun Belt Conference. They finished the season 3–9, 3–5 in Sun Belt play to finish in a five way tie for fifth place.
The 2015 South Alabama Jaguars football team represented the University of South Alabama in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by seventh-year head coach Joey Jones and played their home games at Ladd–Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. The Jaguars were members of the Sun Belt Conference. They finished the season 5–7, 3–5 in Sun Belt play to finish in a five way tie for fifth place.
The 2015 Texas State Bobcats football team represented Texas State University in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by fifth-year head coach Dennis Franchione and played their home games at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, Texas. The Bobcats were members of the Sun Belt Conference. They finished the season 3–9, 2–6 in Sun Belt play to finish in tenth place.
The 2015 Sun Belt Conference football season was the 15th college football season for the Sun Belt Conference. During the 2015 season, eleven schools competed in Sun Belt football: Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Georgia State, Georgia Southern, Idaho, Louisiana–Lafayette, Louisiana–Monroe, New Mexico State, South Alabama, Texas State and Troy.
The 2016 Georgia State Panthers football team represented Georgia State University (GSU) in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Panthers were led by fourth-year head coach Trent Miles for the first 10 games of the year until he was fired on November 12, 2016 after a 2–8 record. They were led by interim head coach Tim Lappano for the remainder of the season. They played their home games at the Georgia Dome. The 2016 season was the Panthers' fourth in the Sun Belt Conference and seventh since starting football. This was also the Panthers final season in the Georgia Dome, as the stadium was demolished on November 20, 2017 following the opening of Mercedes-Benz Stadium on August 26 of the same year.
The 2016 Appalachian State Mountaineers football team represented Appalachian State University in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Mountaineers played their home games at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, North Carolina and competed in the Sun Belt Conference. They were led by fourth-year head coach Scott Satterfield. They finished the season 10–3, 7–1 in Sun Belt play to win a share of the Sun Belt championship with Arkansas State. They were invited to the Camellia Bowl where they defeated Toledo.
The 2016 Arkansas State Red Wolves football team represented Arkansas State Red Wolves in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Red Wolves played their home games at Centennial Bank Stadium in Jonesboro, Arkansas and competed in the Sun Belt Conference. They were led by third-year head coach Blake Anderson.
The 2016 Texas State Bobcats football team represented Texas State University in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bobcats played their home games at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, Texas and competed in the Sun Belt Conference. They were led by first-year head coach Everett Withers. The Bobcats were members of the Sun Belt Conference. They finished the season 2–10, 0–8 in Sun Belt play to finish in last place.
The 2016 Troy Trojans football team represented Troy University in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by second-year head coach Neal Brown and played their home games at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Troy, Alabama. The Trojans were members of the Sun Belt Conference. They finished the season 10–3, 6–2 in Sun Belt play to finish in a two-way tie for third place. They were invited to the Dollar General Bowl where they defeated Ohio. This was the first 10-win season ever for Troy since joining the FBS in 2001. It was also the first season that Troy had received a Top 25 ranking since joining the FBS in 2001.
The 2016 Sun Belt Conference football season was the 16th season in which the Sun Belt Conference operated a football league, and was part of the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The season began on September 1 with Appalachian State facing Tennessee. This was the third season for the Sun Belt since realignment that took effect in 2014, which added the tenth and eleventh members — Idaho and New Mexico State. Both teams were previously independents before joining the conference. The Sun Belt Conference is a "Group of Five" conference under the College Football Playoff format along with the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference, and the Mountain West Conference.
The 2017 Appalachian State Mountaineers football team represented Appalachian State University in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Mountaineers played their home games at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, North Carolina, and competed in the Sun Belt Conference. They were led by fifth-year head coach Scott Satterfield. They finished the season 9–4, 7–1 in Sun Belt play to earn a share of the Sun Belt championship for the second consecutive year. They received an invite to the Dollar General Bowl where they defeated Toledo for the second consecutive year in a bowl game.
The inaugural Sun Belt Conference Championship Game was played on December 1, 2018, between the Mountaineers of Appalachian State and the Ragin' Cajuns from Louisiana. The game was played at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, North Carolina, due to Appalachian State's better conference record. This was the second time these teams played this year; the first meeting finished 27–17 in the Mountaineers' favor. The winner of the game would play in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl while the loser would play in the Cure Bowl.
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