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Conference USA
(C-USA)
Conference USA logo
Established 1995
Association NCAA
Division Division I FBS
Members 16 (14 in 2014)
Sports fielded 20[1] (men's: 9; women's: 11)
Region Southern United States
Headquarters Irving, Texas
Commissioner Britton Banowsky (since 2002)
Website 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 football which started in 1996.

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

Institution Location
(Metro Population)
Founded Type Enrollment U.S. News Ranking[3] Joined Nickname Colors Mascot
East Division
University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, Alabama
(1,128,047)
1969 Public 18,498 152
(National)
1995 Blazers          [4] Blaze
East Carolina University Greenville, North Carolina
(192,690)
1907 Public 27,386 181
(National)
20011 Pirates          [5] PeeDee
Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, Florida
(5,564,635)
1961 Public 29,290 207–270
(National)
2013 Owls               [6] Owsley
Florida International University Miami, Florida
(5,564,635)
1965 Public 47,966 207–270
(National)
20132 Panthers          [7] Roary
Marshall University Huntington, West Virginia
(286,012)
1837 Public 14,196 39
(Regional: South)
2005 Thundering Herd          [8] Marco
Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, Tennessee
(1,589,934)
1911 Public 24,192 207–270
(National)
2013 Blue Raiders          [9] Lightning
University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, Mississippi
(148,546)
1910 Public 16,506 207–270
(National)
1995 Golden Eagles          [10] Seymour d'Campus
West Division
Louisiana Tech University Ruston, Louisiana
(58,349)
1894 Public 11,581 190
(National)
2013 Bulldogs (men's)
Lady Techsters (women's)
         [11] Tech & Champ
University of North Texas Denton, Texas
(6,426,214)
1890 Public 35,722 207–270
(National)
2013 Mean Green          [12] Scrappy, the Eagle Mascot
Rice University Houston, Texas
(6,177,035)
1912 Private 6,353 18
(National)
2005 Owls          [13] Sammy the Owl
University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, Texas
(820,790)
1914 Public 22,640 207–270
(National)
2005 Miners          [14] Paydirt Pete
University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, Texas
(2,194,297)
1969 Public 31,114 207–270
(National)
2013 Roadrunners          [15] Rowdy
Tulane University New Orleans, Louisiana
(1,167,764)
1834 Private 13,359 52
(National)
1995 Green Wave          [16] Riptide/Gumby
University of Tulsa Tulsa, Oklahoma
(946,962)
1894 Private 4,256 86
(National)
2005 Golden Hurricane               [17] Captain 'Cane
Non-football members
Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia
(1,671,683)
1930 Public 24,125 207–270
(National)
20134 Monarchs (men's)
Lady Monarchs (women's)
              [18] Big Blue
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, North Carolina
(1,758,038)
1946 Public 26,232[19] 201
(National)
20133 49ers          [20] Norm the Niner

Pink denotes schools that will be departing for the American Athletic Conference on July 1, 2014.
1 - East Carolina initially joined C-USA in 1997 as a football-only member. They would only gain full membership in 2001 when TCU also joined, bringing full membership at that time to 14 schools.
2 - Florida International initially joined C-USA for men's soccer only in 2005, and in 2013 moved all sports C-USA sponsors to the conference.
3 - Charlotte was a non-football member of the Conference from the original reunification in 1995 until 2005, and re-joined C-USA in 2013 as the school begins its football program as an FCS independent. The football program joins C-USA in 2015.
4 - Old Dominion joined C-USA in men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis, and women's rowing in 2012, becoming a full but non-football member in 2013. At that time, the ODU football program moved from the Colonial Athletic Association to FCS independent status for the year. The football program joins C-USA in 2014.

Future member[edit]

Old Dominion will play eight conference opponents in football in 2014 and be eligible for the C-USA championship, but will only be eligible for postseason in the fifth pool of provisional eligibility (no six win teams are available), as the team is transitioning to FBS. Charlotte will officially begin conference play in football in the 2015 season. On April 1, 2013, it was officially announced that Western Kentucky would depart the Sun Belt Conference for C-USA, effective July 1, 2014.[21]

Institution Nickname Colors Location
(Metro Population)
Founded Type Enrollment U.S. News
Ranking[22]
Joining
Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers          [23] Bowling Green, Kentucky
162,231
1906 Public 21,048 30
(Regional: South)
2014

Affiliate members[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Primary Conference C-USA Sport
University of Alabama Crimson Tide Tuscaloosa, Alabama 1831 Public 31,747 SEC Women's rowing
Colorado College Tigers Colorado Springs, Colorado 1874 Private 2,011 SCAC
(NCAA Division III)
Women's soccer
University of Kansas Jayhawks Lawrence, Kansas 1865 Public 30,004 Big 12 Women's rowing
Kansas State University Wildcats Manhattan, Kansas 1863 Public 23,588 Big 12 Women's rowing
University of Kentucky Wildcats Lexington, Kentucky 1865 Public 26,054 SEC Men's soccer
University of New Mexico Lobos Albuquerque, New Mexico 1889 Public 35,211 Mountain West Men's soccer
University of Oklahoma Sooners Norman, Oklahoma 1890 Public 29,721 Big 12 Women's rowing
California State University, Sacramento
(Sacramento State)
Hornets Sacramento, California 1947 Public 27,972 Big Sky Women's rowing
San Diego State University Aztecs San Diego, California 1947 Public 28,789 Mountain West Women's rowing
University of South Carolina Gamecocks Columbia, South Carolina 1801 Public 28,481 SEC Men's soccer
University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers Knoxville, Tennessee 1794 Public 27,523 SEC Women's rowing
University of Texas at Austin Longhorns Austin, Texas 1883 Public 51,195 Big 12 Women's rowing
West Virginia University Mountaineers Morgantown, West Virginia 1867 Public 29,306 Big 12 Women's rowing
Western Kentucky University Lady Toppers Bowling Green, Kentucky 1906 Public 21,048 Sun Belt Women's swimming

[24]

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Joined Left Current Conference
United States Military Academy
(football only)
West Point, New York 1802 Government
Institution
4,624 Black Knights 1998 2005 Patriot League (all sports)
FBS Independent (football)
University of Central Florida Orlando, Florida 1963 Public 60,181 Knights 2005 2013 American
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio 1819 Public 33,329 Bearcats 1995 2005 American
DePaul University Chicago, Illinois 1898 Private 24,966 Blue Demons 1995 2005 Big East
University of Houston Houston, Texas 1927 Public 40,747 Cougars 1996* 2013 American
University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky 1798 Public 22,293 Cardinals 1995 2005 American (ACC in 2014)
Marquette University Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1881 Private 12,002 Golden Eagles 1995 2005 Big East
University of Memphis Memphis, Tennessee 1912 Public 22,365 Tigers 1995 2013 American
Saint Louis University St. Louis, Missouri 1818 Private 13,785 Billikens 1995 2005 Atlantic 10 (A-10)
University of South Florida Tampa, Florida 1956 Public 47,646 Bulls 1995 2005 American
Southern Methodist University University Park, Texas 1911 Private 12,000 Mustangs 2005 2013 American
Texas Christian University Fort Worth, Texas 1873 Private 9,725 Horned Frogs 2001 2005 Big 12

* - 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.

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 July 1, 2013.

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.[25] 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, 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 Florida International (also in C-USA for the sport).[25] 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 will join from the WAC. North Texas will join from the Sun Belt. Old Dominion, which already houses five of its sports in C-USA, will move 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 upgrade its football program from the Football Championship Subdivision. Charlotte will return from the A-10 and accelerate its recently established football program set to begin play in 2013 as an FCS school to FBS in 2015 with full conference rights in 2016. Also Florida International, 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 will take 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.[26][27]

Commissioners[edit]

Sports[edit]

Sports Sponsored[edit]

Conference USA sponsors championship competition in nine men's and eleven women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[28] Thirteen schools are affiliate members for three sports.

Teams in C-USA Conference competition (2012–13)
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball
13
-
Basketball
16
16
Cross Country
13
15
Football
14
-
Golf
13
13
Rowing
-
11
Soccer
10
16
Softball
-
13
Swimming & Diving
-
8
Tennis
11
16
Track and Field (Indoor)
11
15
Track and Field (Outdoor)
12
15
Volleyball
-
15

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
Red XN
Green tickY
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
East Carolina
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
8
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
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
8
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
Tulane
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
6
Tulsa
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
8
Total (2013–14)
13
16
13
14
13
7
11
11
12
110
Future Members (2014)
WKU
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
8

Notes:

  • Pink highlights indicate schools departing in 2014.
  • Old Dominion will begin C-USA play in football for the 2014–15 season, and Charlotte will begin C-USA play in football for the 2015–16 season.
  • Kentucky, New Mexico, and South Carolina are affiliate members for men's soccer.

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

Member Basketball XCountry Golf Rowing Soccer Softball Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Indoor
Track & Field
Outdoor
Track & Field
Volleyball Total
C-USA Sports
UAB
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
Charlotte
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
8
East Carolina
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
10
FIU
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
10
Florida Atlantic
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
10
Louisiana Tech
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
8
Marshall
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
10
Middle Tennessee
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
North Texas
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
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
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Red XN
6
Rice
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
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
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
UTEP
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
UTSA
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
Tulane
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
8
Tulsa
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
10
Total (2013–14)
16
15
13
2
15
13
8
16
15
15
15
143
Future Members (2014)
WKU
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
10

Notes:

  • Pink highlights indicate schools departing in 2014.
  • Nine schools are affiliate members in women's rowing as of 2013–14. Four of these, Alabama, Sacramento State, San Diego State, and Tennessee, compete solely as C-USA affiliates. The five Big 12 members that sponsor the sport—Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia—have dual membership, competing among themselves for a Big 12 title and also separately contesting the C-USA championship.
  • Colorado College is an affiliate member in women's soccer.
  • Rice fields a women's team in swimming but not in diving.

Football[edit]

For the most recent season, see 2013 Conference USA football season.

Team First
Season
All-Time
Record
All-Time
Win %
Bowl
Appearances
Bowl
Record
Conference
Titles
Stadium Head Coach
East Division
UAB 1991 110–137–2 .446 1 0–1 0 Legion Field Bill Clark
East Carolina 1932 408–376–11 .520 13 5–8 7 Dowdy–Ficklen Stadium Ruffin McNeill
Florida Atlantic 2001 61–83 .424 2 2–0 1 FAU Stadium Charlie Partridge
FIU 2002 42–88 .323 2 1–1 1 FIU Stadium Ron Turner
Marshall 1895 542–520–48 .510 11 8–3 12 Joan C. Edwards Stadium Doc Holliday
Middle Tennessee 1911 535–398–28 .571 3 1–2 20 Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium Rick Stockstill
Southern Miss 1912 560–385–27 .590 20 10–10 8 M. M. Roberts Stadium Todd Monken
West Division
Louisiana Tech 1901 571–430–37 .568 6 2–3–1 25 Joe Aillet Stadium Skip Holtz
North Texas 1913 481–466–35 .508 6 1–5 24 Apogee Stadium Dan McCarney
Rice 1912 444–571–32 .439 10 6–4 7 Rice Stadium David Bailiff
UTEP 1914 376–546–28 .411 13 5–8 2 Sun Bowl Stadium Sean Kugler
UTSA 2011 19–15 .559 0 0–0 0 Alamodome Larry Coker
Tulane 1893 495–603–38 .452 10 4–6 9 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Curtis Johnson
Tulsa 1895 594–458–27 .563 19 9–10 35 Skelly Field at H. A. Chapman Stadium Bill Blankenship
Future Members
Charlotte 2013 0–0 0 0–0 0 Jerry Richardson Stadium Brad Lambert
Old Dominion 1930 100–29–4 .767 0 0–0 0 Foreman Field Bobby Wilder
WKU 1908 511–349–30 .594 1 0–1 11 Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium Jeff Brohm

[29]

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.[30]

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
Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg, Florida Tropicana Field American
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

Rivalries

Football rivalries involving C-USA teams include:

Teams Rivalry Name Trophy Meetings Record Series Leader Current Streak
UAB Memphis Battle for the Bones The Bones 15 10–5 UAB Memphis won 1
East Carolina NC State East Carolina–NC State rivalry 28 12–16 NC State East Carolina won 2
FIU Florida Atlantic Shula Bowl Don Shula Award 10 2–8 Florida Atlantic FIU won 1
Louisiana Tech Fresno State Battle for the Bone 11 4–7 Fresno State Louisiana Tech won 1
Louisiana Tech Southern Miss Rivalry in Dixie 45 14–31 Southern Miss Louisiana Tech won 1
Marshall Ohio Battle for the Bell The Bell 55 19–30–6 Ohio Ohio won 3
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
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
Tulane LSU Battle for the Rag Tiger Rag (LSU)
Victory Flag (Tulane)
98 22–69–7 LSU LSU won 18

Men's basketball[edit]

For the current season, see 2013–14 Conference USA men's basketball season.

This list goes through the 2012-13 season.[31]

Team First
Season
All-Time
Record
All-Time
Win %
NCAA Tournament
Appearances
NCAA Tournament
Record
Arena Head Coach
UAB 1979 695–418 .624 14 19–14 Bartow Arena Jerod Haase
Charlotte 1965 768–620 .553 11 7–12 Dale F. Halton Arena Alan Major
East Carolina 1932 1004–1036 .492 2 0–2 Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum Jeff Lebo
Florida Atlantic 1989 273–451 .377 1 0–1 FAU Arena Michael Curry
FIU 1982 344–541 .389 1 0–1 U.S. Century Bank Arena Anthony Evans
Louisiana Tech 1910 1233–968 .560 5 4–5 Thomas Assembly Center Michael White
Marshall 1907 1400–1018–2 .579 5 0–5 Cam Henderson Center Vacant
Middle Tennessee 1914 1109–997 .527 7 2–7 Murphy Center Kermit Davis
North Texas 1915 1079–1213 .471 3 0–3 UNT Coliseum Tony Benford
Old Dominion 1951 1046–671 .609 11 3–11 Ted Constant Convocation Center Jeff Jones
Rice 1915 1039–1323 .440 4 2–5 Tudor Fieldhouse Vacant
Southern Miss 1913 1171–972–1 .546 3 0–3 Reed Green Coliseum Donnie Tyndall
UTEP 1915 1287–973 .569 17 14–16 Don Haskins Center Tim Floyd
UTSA 1982 485–445 .522 4 1–4 Convocation Center Brooks Thompson
Tulane 1906 1151–1175 .495 3 3–3 Devlin Fieldhouse Ed Conroy
Tulsa 1908 1338–1081 .553 14 12–14 Reynolds Center Danny Manning
WKU 1915 1675–844 .665 23 19–24 E. A. Diddle Arena Ray Harper

Women's basketball[edit]

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

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
East Carolina 1979 527–488 .519 2 0–2 Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum Heather Macy
Florida Atlantic 1985 387–419 .480 1 0–1 FAU Arena Kellie Lewis-Jay
FIU 1976 668–396 .628 6 3–6 U.S. Century Bank 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
Tulane 1981 491–349 .585 10 3–10 Devlin Fieldhouse Lisa Stockton
Tulsa 1977 274–474 .366 1 1–1 Reynolds Center Matilda Mossman
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 current and future C-USA teams have won national championships when they were not affiliated with C-USA:

School National titles Sport Years
Louisiana Tech 3 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
Tulane 1 Men's tennis 1959
Tulsa 1 Women's golf 1982
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
East Carolina Dowdy–Ficklen Stadium 50,000 Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum 8,000 Clark-LeClair Stadium 5,000
Florida Atlantic FAU Stadium 30,000 FAU Arena 5,000 FAU Baseball Stadium 3,000
FIU FIU Stadium 23,500 U.S. Century Bank Arena 5,000 FIU Baseball Stadium 2,000
Louisiana Tech Joe Aillet Stadium 30,600 Thomas Assembly Center 8,098 J.C. Love Field 3,000
Marshall Joan C. Edwards Stadium 38,019 Cam Henderson Center 9,048 Appalachian Power Park
Kennedy Center Field
4,500
300
Middle Tennessee Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium 31,000 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
Tulane Mercedes-Benz Superdome 73,208 Devlin Fieldhouse 3,600 Greer Field at Turchin Stadium 5,000
Tulsa H. A. Chapman Stadium 30,000 Reynolds Center 8,355 Non-baseball school
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 CBS Sports Network (formerly known as CBS College Sports Network and before known as CSTV) to carry a variety of sports. The deal largely replaced the one it had with ESPN and ESPN Plus, though some C-USA football and men's basketball games are still carried by the ESPN networks. The college basketball men's championship game can be seen on CBS Sports Network. Beginning in 2011-12, Fox Sports also became a media partner for football and select men's & women's basketball games.

References[edit]

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