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Conference USA
(C-USA)
Conference USA logo
Established 1995
Association NCAA
Division Division I FBS
Members 14
Sports fielded 19[1] (men's: 9; women's: 10)
Region Southern United States
Headquarters Irving, Texas
Commissioner Britton Banowsky (since 2002)
Website www.conferenceusa.com
Locations
Conference USA locations

Conference USA (C-USA) is a collegiate athletic conference whose 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 the Las Colinas business district of the Dallas suburb of Irving, Texas.

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. To even out at 12 members (because Dayton, VCU, and Virginia Tech were left out of the merger[2]) the conference invited the University of Houston, but UH could not start C-USA play for a year due to committing to being in the Southwest Conference in its final year. The conference immediately started competition in all sports except for football, which did not launch until 1996.

Member universities[edit]

Current members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, Alabama 1969 18,698[3] Blazers               [4] 1995[a 1]
Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, Florida 1961 30,803[5] Owls          [6] 2013
Florida International University Miami, Florida 1965 52,980[7] Panthers          [8] 2013[a 2]
Louisiana Tech University Ruston, Louisiana 1894 11,271[9] Bulldogs & Lady Techsters          [10][a 3] 2013
Marshall University Huntington, West Virginia 1837 14,196 Thundering Herd          [11] 2005
Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, Tennessee 1911 22,729[12] Blue Raiders          [13] 2013
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, North Carolina 1946 27,320[14] 49ers          [15] 2013[a 4]
University of North Texas Denton, Texas 1890 36,216[16] Mean Green          [17] 2013
Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia 1930 24,670[18] Monarchs & Lady Monarchs[a 5]               [19] 2013[a 6]
Rice University Houston, Texas 1912 6,498[20] Owls          [21] 2005
University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, Mississippi 1910 14,845[22] Golden Eagles & Lady Eagles          [23] 1995
University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, Texas 1914 23,079[24] Miners               [25] 2005
University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, Texas 1969 28,628[26] Roadrunners          [27] 2013
Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, Kentucky 1906 20,303[28] Hilltoppers & Lady Toppers          [29] 2014[a 7]
Notes
  1. ^ UAB was a full but non-football member from 1995–99. UAB announced the discontinuation of their football program effective immediately following the 2014 football season.
  2. ^ FIU was a men's soccer affiliate from 2005–13.
  3. ^ Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters basketball uses their traditional Columbia blue instead of the official Tech blue.
  4. ^ Charlotte was a full but non-football member from 1995–2005 and again from 2013–15.
  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. ^ 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.
  7. ^ WKU was an affiliate in women's swimming & diving in 2013–14.

Affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined Sport Primary
Conference
University of Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky 1865 26,054 Wildcats           2005 soccer (M) Southeastern
University of New Mexico Albuquerque, New Mexico 1889 35,211 Lobos           2013 soccer (M) Mountain West
University of South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina 1801 28,481 Gamecocks           2005 soccer (M) Southeastern

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Conference
University of Central Florida Orlando, Florida 1963 Knights 2005 2013 The American
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio 1819 Bearcats 1995 2005 The American
DePaul University Chicago, Illinois 1898 Blue Demons 1995 2005 Big East
East Carolina University Greenville, North Carolina 1907 Pirates 2001[b 1] 2014 The American
University of Houston Houston, Texas 1927 Cougars 1996[b 2] 2013 The American
University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky 1798 Cardinals 1995 2005 Atlantic Coast
Marquette University Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1881 Golden Eagles 1995 2005 Big East
University of Memphis Memphis, Tennessee 1912 Tigers 1995 2013 The American
Saint Louis University St. Louis, Missouri 1818 Billikens 1995 2005 Atlantic 10
University of South Florida Tampa, Florida 1956 Bulls 1995 2005 The American
Southern Methodist University University Park, Texas 1911 Mustangs 2005 2013 The American
Texas Christian University Fort Worth, Texas 1873 Horned Frogs 2001 2005 Big 12
Tulane University New Orleans, Louisiana 1834 Green Wave 1995 2014 The American
University of Tulsa Tulsa, Oklahoma 1894 Golden Hurricane 2005 2014 The American
Notes
  1. ^ Affiliate in football from 1997–2001.
  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[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Sport Primary
Conference
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, Alabama 1831 Crimson Tide 2009 2014 rowing Southeastern[c 1]
United States Military Academy (Army) West Point, New York 1802 Black Knights 1998 2005 football Patriot[c 2]
California State University, Bakersfield Bakersfield, California 1965 Roadrunners 2007 2010 swimming & diving (W) Western Athletic
California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State) Sacramento, California 1947 Hornets 2013 2014 rowing Big Sky[c 3]
Colorado College Colorado Springs, Colorado 1874 Tigers 2006 2014 soccer (W) Southern Collegiate
(NCAA D-III)[c 4]
University of Kansas Lawrence, Kansas 1865 Jayhawks 2009 2014 rowing Big 12
Kansas State University Manhattan, Kansas 1863 Wildcats 2009 2014 rowing Big 12
University of North Dakota Grand Forks, North Dakota 1883 None 2008 2011 swimming & diving (W) Big Sky[c 5]
University of Northern Colorado Greeley, Colorado 1889 Bears 2007 2010 swimming & diving (W) Big Sky[c 5]
University of Oklahoma Norman, Oklahoma 1890 Sooners 2009 2014 rowing Big 12
San Diego State University San Diego, California 1947 Aztecs 2013 2014 rowing Mountain West[c 3]
University of Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee 1794 Lady Volunteers 2009 2014 rowing Southeastern[c 1]
University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas 1883 Longhorns 2009 2014 rowing Big 12
West Virginia University Morgantown, West Virginia 1867 Mountaineers 2012 2014 rowing Big 12
Notes
  1. ^ a b Rowing affiliate of the Big 12.
  2. ^ Football currently competes as an FBS independent.
  3. ^ a b Rowing affiliate of The American.
  4. ^ Women's soccer affiliate of the Mountain West.
  5. ^ a b Women's swimming & diving affiliate of the WAC.

Membership timeline[edit]

Western Kentucky University University of Texas at San Antonio Old Dominion University University of North Texas Middle Tennessee State University Louisiana Tech University Florida International University Florida Atlantic University University of Texas at El Paso Rice University Marshall University American Athletic Conference University of Tulsa American Athletic Conference Southern Methodist University American Athletic Conference University of Central Florida Big 12 Conference Mountain West Conference Texas Christian University NCAA Division I FBS Independent Schools United States Military Academy American Athletic Conference East Carolina University American Athletic Conference University of Houston American Athletic Conference Tulane University American Athletic Conference University of Memphis University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Southern Mississippi Atlantic 10 Conference University of North Carolina at Charlotte American Athletic Conference Big East Conference (1979–2013) University of South Florida Atlantic 10 Conference Saint Louis University Big East Conference Big East Conference (1979–2013) Marquette University Atlantic Coast Conference American Athletic Conference Big East Conference (1979–2013) University of Louisville Big East Conference Big East Conference (1979–2013) DePaul University American Athletic Conference Big East Conference (1979–2013) University of Cincinnati

Full members (all-sports) Full members (non-football) Associate members (football-only) Other Conference Other Conference

History[edit]

Locations of Conference USA member institutions as of February, 2015.

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. To even out at 12 members (because Dayton, VCU, and Virginia Tech were left out of the merger[2]) the conference invited the University of Houston, but UH could not start C-USA play for a year due to committing to being in the Southwest Conference in its final year. The conference immediately started competition in all sports, except football which started in 1996.

The conference saw radical changes for the 2005–06 academic year. The stage for these changes was set in 2003, when the Atlantic Coast Conference successfully lured Miami and Virginia Tech to make a move from the Big East Conference in 2004. Boston College would later make the same move, joining the ACC in 2005. In response to that series of moves, which depleted the Big East football conference, the Big East 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; Louisville will join the ACC in 2014) 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 teams, C-USA lured six teams 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 has adopted a two-division alignment.

In 2013, C-USA entered its next phase with the departure of four schools for the American Athletic Conference, the football-sponsoring portion of the former Big East Conference (Houston, Memphis, SMU, and UCF). 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.[30] 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 (also in C-USA for the sport).[30] 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. North Texas arrived from the Sun Belt. 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 first two sports joining the new Big East and the other the MAC 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. Finally, FIU, another Sun Belt member that joined C-USA for men's soccer in 2005, became a full all-sports member in 2013.

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.[31][32]

Citing yet unproven increasing financial difficulties, the UAB football program was shut down on December 2, 2014. 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.[33]

Commissioners[edit]

Sports[edit]

Sports Sponsored[edit]

Conference USA sponsors championship competition in nine men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[34] Three schools are affiliate members for men's soccer.

Teams in C-USA Conference
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball 12 -
Basketball 14 14
Cross Country 12 13
Football 13 -
Golf 13 11
Soccer 9 14
Softball - 12
Swimming & Diving - 7
Tennis 8 14
Track and Field (Indoor) 10 13
Track and Field (Outdoor) 10 13
Volleyball - 13

Men's sponsored sports by school[edit]

Member Baseball Basketball XCountry Football Golf Soccer Tennis Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Track
& Field
Total
C-USA
Sports
UAB Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN[33] Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN 6
Charlotte Green tickY 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 Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 7
Florida Atlantic Green tickY 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 Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 7
Marshall Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN 6
Middle Tennessee Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
North Texas Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 6
Old Dominion Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN 6
Rice Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Southern Miss Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
UTEP Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 6
UTSA Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
WKU Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 7
Total 12 14 11 13 13 7 8 10 10 98
Notes
  • Charlotte will begin C-USA play in football for the 2015 season.
  • Kentucky, New Mexico, and South Carolina are affiliate members for men's soccer.
  • UAB discontinued their football program after the 2014 season.[33]
  • UAB will add men's Cross Country in 2015 in order to maintain Division I membership.

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

Member Basketball XCountry Golf Soccer Softball Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Track
& Field
Volleyball Total
C-USA
Sports
UAB Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Charlotte Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
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 Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Marshall Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Middle Tennessee Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
North Texas Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Old Dominion Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN 5
Rice Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Southern Miss Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
UTEP Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
UTSA Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
WKU Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Total 14 13 11 14 12 7 14 13 13 13 124
Notes
  • Rice fields a women's team in swimming but not in diving.

Football[edit]

Conference USA uses a divisional format only for football.

For the current season, see 2014 Conference USA football season.
Team First
Season
All-Time
Record
All-Time
Win %
Bowl
Appearances
Bowl
Record
Conference
Titles
Head Coach
East Division
UAB 1991 110–137–2 .446 1 0–1 0 Bill Clark
Florida Atlantic 2001 61–83 .424 2 2–0 1 Charlie Partridge
FIU 2002 42–88 .323 2 1–1 1 Ron Turner
Marshall 1895 565–525–48 .518 12 9–3 13 Doc Holliday
Middle Tennessee 1911 535–398–28 .571 3 1–2 20 Rick Stockstill
Old Dominion 1930 100–29–4 .767 0 0–0 0 Bobby Wilder
WKU 1908 511–349–30 .594 2 1–1 11 Jeff Brohm
West Division
Louisiana Tech 1901 571–430–37 .568 7 3–3–1 25 Skip Holtz
North Texas 1913 481–466–35 .508 7 2–5 24 Dan McCarney
Rice 1912 444–571–32 .439 11 7–4 7 David Bailiff
Southern Miss 1912 560–385–27 .590 20 10–10 8 Todd Monken
UTEP 1914 376–546–28 .411 14 5–9 2 Sean Kugler
UTSA 2011 19–15 .559 0 0–0 0 Larry Coker
Future Members
Charlotte 2013 8-6 .571 0 0–0 0 Brad Lambert

[35]

C-USA champions

Bowl games

The highest-ranked champion from the so-called "Group of Five" conferences (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.[36]

Name Location Stadium Opposing Conference
Cotton Bowl Classic Arlington, Texas AT&T Stadium at-large
Fiesta Bowl Glendale, Arizona University of Phoenix Stadium at-large
Peach Bowl Atlanta, Georgia Georgia Dome at-large

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

Name Location Stadium Opposing Conference
Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, Texas Amon G. Carter Stadium American
Army
Big 12
Big Ten
Mountain West
Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas Thomas Robinson Stadium American
MAC
Sun Belt
Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, Florida FAU Stadium American
MAC
Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, Hawaii Aloha Stadium Mountain West
Heart of Dallas Bowl Dallas, Texas Cotton Bowl Big 12
Big Ten
Independence Bowl Shreveport, Louisiana Independence Stadium ACC
SEC
Miami Beach Bowl Miami, Florida Marlins Park American
New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, New Mexico University Stadium Mountain West
New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, Louisiana Mercedes-Benz Superdome Sun Belt
St. Petersburg Bowl St. Petersburg, Florida Tropicana Field American

Rivalries

Football rivalries involving C-USA teams include:

Teams Rivalry Name Trophy Meetings Record Series Leader Current Streak
FIU Florida Atlantic Shula Bowl Don Shula Award 10 2–8 Florida Atlantic FIU won 1
Louisiana Tech Southern Miss Rivalry in Dixie 46 15–31 Southern Miss Louisiana Tech won 2
Marshall East Carolina East Carolina–Marshall football rivalry 15 10–5 East Carolina Marshall won 1
Marshall Ohio Battle for the Bell The Bell 56 20–30–6 Ohio Marshall won 1
Marshall West Virginia Friends of Coal Bowl Governor's Trophy 12 0–12 West Virginia West Virginia won 12
Middle Tennessee Troy Battle for the Palladium Palladium 20 12–8 Middle Tennessee Middle Tennessee won 1
Middle Tennessee WKU 100 Miles of Hate 62 32–29-1 Middle Tennessee Middle Tennessee won 1
North Texas SMU Safeway Bowl 33 28–4–1 SMU SMU won 1
Rice Houston Bayou Bucket Classic 40 11–29 Houston Houston won 3
Rice SMU Battle for the Mayor's Cup Mayor's Cup 89 40–48–1 SMU Rice won 1
Southern Miss Memphis Black and Blue Bowl 63 40–22–1 Southern Miss Memphis won 1
Southern Miss Tulane Battle for the Bell The Bell 30 23–7 Southern Miss Southern Miss won 6
UTEP New Mexico State The Battle of I-10 Silver Spade
Mayor's Cup (Brass Spittoon)
89 52–35–2 UTEP UTEP won 3
UTSA Texas State I-35 Rivalry 1 1–0 UTSA UTSA won 1

Men's basketball[edit]

For the current season, see 2014–15 Conference USA men's basketball season.

This list goes through the 2013-14 season.[37]

Team First
Season
All-Time
Record
All-Time
Win %
NCAA Tournament
Appearances
NCAA Tournament
Record
Arena Head Coach
UAB 1979 713–431 .623 14 19–14 Bartow Arena Jerod Haase
Charlotte 1963 793–648 .550 11 7–12 Dale F. Halton Arena Mark Price
Florida Atlantic 1989 283–473 .366 1 0–1 FAU Arena Michael Curry
FIU 1982 359–557 .392 1 0–1 FIU Arena Anthony Evans
Louisiana Tech 1910 1262–976 .564 5 4–5 Thomas Assembly Center Michael White
Marshall 1907 1411–1040–2 .576 5 0–5 Cam Henderson Center Dan D'Antoni
Middle Tennessee 1914 1133–1006 .530 7 2–7 Murphy Center Kermit Davis
North Texas 1915 1095–1229 .471 3 0–3 UNT Coliseum Tony Benford
Old Dominion 1951 1064–689 .607 11 3–11 Ted Constant Convocation Center Jeff Jones
Rice 1915 1046–1346 .437 4 2–5 Tudor Fieldhouse Mike Rhoades
Southern Miss 1913 1200–979–1 .551 3 0–3 Reed Green Coliseum Doc Sadler
UTEP 1915 1310–984 .571 17 14–16 Don Haskins Center Tim Floyd
UTSA 1982 493–467 .514 4 1–4 Convocation Center Brooks Thompson
WKU 1915 1695–856 .664 23 19–24 E. A. Diddle Arena Ray Harper

Women's basketball[edit]

This list goes through the 2012-13 season.[38]

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 Kellie Lewis-Jay
FIU 1976 668–396 .628 6 3–6 FIU Arena Cindy Russo
Louisiana Tech 1975 1031–244 .809 27 65–25 Thomas Assembly Center Tyler Summitt
Marshall 1970 591–597 .497 1 0–1 Cam Henderson Center Matt Daniel
Middle Tennessee 1976 764–361 .679 16 5–16 Murphy Center Rick Insell
North Texas 1977 434–602 .419 1 0–1 UNT Coliseum Mike Petersen
Old Dominion 1970 959–358 .728 25 34–24 Ted Constant Convocation Center Karen Barefoot
Rice 1979 511–503 .504 2 1–2 Tudor Fieldhouse Greg Williams
Southern Miss 1976 618–476 .565 8 4–8 Reed Green Coliseum Joye Lee-McNelis
UTEP 1975 461–579 .443 2 1–2 Don Haskins Center Keitha Adams
UTSA 1982 453–449 .502 2 0–2 Convocation Center Lubomyr Lichonczak
WKU 1914 848–440 .658 16 17–16 E. A. Diddle Arena Michelle Clark-Heard

Baseball[edit]

Championships[edit]

Current C-USA champions[edit]

National champions[edit]

No team has won an NCAA team championship as a member of C-USA.

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

School National titles Sport Years
FIU 2 Men's Soccer (Division II) 1982, 1984
Louisiana Tech 5 Football (Division II) 1972, 1973
Women's basketball 1981, 1982, 1988
Marshall 2 Football (Division I-AA) 1992, 1996
North Texas 4 Men's golf 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952
Old Dominion 10 Women's basketball 1985
Women's field hockey 1982, 1983, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1998, 2000
Rice 1 Baseball 2003
Southern Miss 2 Football (Division II) 1958, 1962
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
WKU 1 Football (Division I-AA) 2002

Facilities[edit]

School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity Baseball park Capacity
UAB Legion Field 71,594 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 FIU Stadium 20,000 FIU Arena 5,000 FIU Baseball Stadium 2,000
Louisiana Tech Joe Aillet Stadium 27,717 Thomas Assembly Center 8,098 J.C. Love Field 3,000
Marshall Joan C. Edwards Stadium 38,227 Cam Henderson Center 9,048 Appalachian Power Park
Kennedy Center Field
4,500
300
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 10,032 Non-baseball school
Old Dominion Foreman Field 19,818 Ted Constant Convocation Center 8,639 Bud Metheny Baseball Complex 2,500
Rice Rice Stadium 47,000 Tudor Fieldhouse 5,208 Reckling Park 5,368
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 12,222 Non-baseball school
UTSA Alamodome 65,000 Convocation Center 4,080 Roadrunner Field 800
WKU Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium 22,113 E. A. Diddle Arena 7,326 Nick Denes Field 1,500

Media[edit]

In 2005, C-USA began a long-term television contract with CSTV (later known as CBS College Sports Network and currently known as CBS Sports Network) to carry a variety of sports. The deal largely replaced the one C-USA had with ESPN and ESPN Plus, though some C-USA football and men's basketball games (including the football championship game) are still carried by the ESPN networks.

In 2011, Fox Sports became a C-USA media partner for football and select men's and women's basketball games, with broadcasts airing on Fox's various sports outlets (including Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, and the Fox Sports regional networks). In 2014, C-USA reached a partnership with American Sports Network; owned and operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group, ASN produces and distributes an estimated 100 C-USA broadcasts per-year to various over-the-air stations (with 30 games on ASN, mainly those owned and/or operated stations by Sinclair),[39] and will also distribute C-USA Showcase, the conference's weekly highlights and features program which also airs on the Fox Sports regional networks.[40]

C-USA is also negotiating with the SEC Network to carry selected men's soccer games (Kentucky and South Carolina), since the Southeastern Conference's two schools that sponsor men's soccer play in C-USA.

Academics[edit]

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] Rice and UAB are doctorate-granting universities with "very high research activity," the highest classification given by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.[42] Rice, UAB, Louisiana Tech, and Charlotte are ranked as Tier One National Universities in U.S. News and World Report's 2015 Best Colleges rankings.

University Affiliation Carnegie[42] Endowment[43] US News[44] Forbes[45]
University of Alabama at Birmingham Public (UA System) Research (Very High) N/A[d 1] 149 (National) 528
Florida Atlantic University Public (SUSF) Research (High) $189,287,000 RNP (National)[d 2] 523
Florida International University Public (SUSF) Research (High) $149,384,000 RNP (National)[d 2] 539
Louisiana Tech University Public (UL System) Research (High) N/A[d 1] 201 (National) 378
Marshall University Public Master's (Larger) $90,637,000 46 (Regional: South) N/A[d 3]
Middle Tennessee State University Public (TBR) Doctoral/Research $75,710,000 RNP (National)[d 2] 612
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Public (UNC System) Doctoral/Research $148,048,000 201 (National) 524
University of North Texas Public (UNT System) Research (High) $122,369,000 RNP (National)[d 2] 581
Old Dominion University Public Research (High) $180,434,000 RNP (National)[d 2] 505
Rice University Private Research (Very High) $4,836,728,000 19 (National) 32
University of Southern Mississippi Public Research (High) $68,863,000 RNP (National)[d 2] 553
University of Texas at El Paso Public (UT System) Research (High) N/A[d 1] RNP (National)[d 2] 511
University of Texas at San Antonio Public (UT System) Research (High) N/A[d 1] RNP (National)[d 2] 641
Western Kentucky University Public Master's (Larger) $118,396,000 31 (Regional: South) 576
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 d e f g h In the 2015 US News national university rankings, Florida Atlantic, FIU, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Old Dominion, Southern Miss, UTEP, and UTSA are listed as Rank Not Published (RNP), otherwise known as Tier Two.
  3. ^ Marshall is not ranked in the 2014 Forbes America's Best 650 Colleges rankings.

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