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Sun Belt Conference
(Sun Belt)
Sun Belt Conference logo
Established 1976
Association NCAA
Division Division I FBS
Members 10 (11 beginning July 1, 2014)
Sports fielded 18 (men's: 9; women's: 9)
Region Southern United States
Headquarters New Orleans, Louisiana
Commissioner Karl Benson (since 2012)
Website sunbeltsports.org
Locations
Sun Belt Conference locations

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 10 member institutions of the Sun Belt are distributed primarily across the southern United States.

History[edit]

Locations of Sun Belt Conference member institutions for the 2013-2014 year.

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.

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, 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 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 3 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).

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.

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.[1]

On November 11, 2009, New Orleans announced they were 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.[2] (UNO later decided to remain in Division I, and joined the Southland Conference in 2013.)

Early 2010s realignment[edit]

The former logo the Sun Belt Conference used until its rebranding 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 becomes a full FBS member, with bowl eligibility, in 2014.[3] 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.[4] On May 25, 2012, the conference announced that the Texas–Arlington had accepted an invitation to join the conference and would become a full member by 2013.[5]

On May 4, 2012, Florida International 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.[6] On November 29, 2012, Florida Atlantic and Middle Tennessee State announced that they would also leave the Sun Belt for Conference USA.[7] The move for FAU 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 will depart from the Sun Belt on July 1, 2014.[8]

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.[9] Georgia Southern University accepted a similar Sun Belt invitation at the same time as Appalachian State.[10] Appalachian State and Georgia Southern will both join for all sports from the Southern Conference on July 1, 2014. Both schools have been very successful within the Football Championship Subdivision, combining to win 9 national championships since 1985. They will be upgrading to the Football Bowl Subdivision, and will be eligible for Sun Belt conference championships in 2014, but will not be postseason eligible in football until 2015.

The Sun Belt also granted football-only invites to Idaho and New Mexico State on March 28, 2013.[11] Idaho and New Mexico State were both former Sun Belt members (Idaho for football-only, New Mexico State for all sports) from 2001-2005. 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.

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

The Sun Belt has 10 members for the 2013–14 academic year. All full members except Arkansas–Little Rock and Texas–Arlington compete in football.

Institution Nickname Colors Location
(Population)
Founded Type Enrollment U.S.
News
Ranking [12]
Joined Endowment
(2012) [13]
Arkansas State University Red Wolves               [14] Jonesboro, Arkansas
(67,263)
1909 Public 13,415 61
(Regional: South)
1991 $39,408,000
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Trojans          [15] Little Rock, Arkansas
(193,524)
1927 Public 13,176 207–270
(National)
1991 Not reported
Georgia State University Panthers          [16] Atlanta, Georgia
(443,775)
1913 Public 32,087 207–270
(National)
1976;
2013
$112,043,000
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns          [17] Lafayette, Louisiana
(120,623)
1898 Public 16,885 207–270
(National)
1991 Not reported
University of Louisiana at Monroe Warhawks          [18] Monroe, Louisiana
(49,147)
1931 Public 8,632 96–124
(Regional: South)
2001
(football);
2006
(all sports)
$23,157,741[19]
University of South Alabama Jaguars               [20] Mobile, Alabama
(195,111)
1963 Public 15,007 207–270
(National)
1976 $283,761,000
Texas State University Bobcats          [21] San Marcos, Texas
(44,894)
1899 Public 34,229 51
(Regional: West)
2013 $118,570,000
University of Texas at Arlington Mavericks               [22] Arlington, Texas
(365,438)
1895 Public 33,788 207–270
(National)
2013 $107,104,000 [23]
Troy University Trojans                Troy, Alabama
(18,033)
1887 Public 29,689 80
(Regional: South)
2004
(football);
2005
(all sports)
$32,873,000
Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers
&
Lady Toppers
         [24] Bowling Green, Kentucky
(58,067)
1906 Public 18,391 30
(Regional: South)
1982 $121,043,000
Notes
  1. Georgia State football will not be eligible for the conference title, or for postseason play, until 2014.
  2. Western Kentucky (member departing in red) will join Conference USA on July 1, 2014.
  3. Beginning in 2014, Appalachian State and Georgia Southern will join the East Division; and Arkansas State will join the West Division. Idaho and New Mexico State will join the West Division in football only with Arkansas–Little Rock and Texas–Arlington taking their place in all other sports.

Future members[edit]

Institution Nickname Colors Location
(Population)
Founded Type Enrollment U.S.
News
Ranking [12]
Joins
Appalachian State University Mountaineers          [25] Boone, North Carolina
(17,122)
1899 Public 18,000 9
(Regional: South)
2014
Georgia Southern University Eagles          [26] Statesboro, Georgia
(28,422)
1906 Public 20,584 207–270
(National)
2014 [27]
  • Appalachian State and Georgia Southern will begin FBS transitions in 2013, and will be eligible for the Sun Belt football championship once they join the conference in 2014. However, they will not be eligible for postseason bowl games until their FBS transitions are complete in 2015.

Future affiliate members[edit]

Institution Nickname Colors Location
(Population)
Founded Type Enrollment U.S.
News
Ranking [12]
Joins Sun
Belt
Sport
Primary
Conference
Hartwick College Hawks           Oneonta, New York
(13,901)
1797 Private 1,520 2014 [28] Men's Soccer Empire 8
(D-III)
Howard University Bison Washington, D.C.
(646,449)
1867 Private 10,573 [29] 2014 [28] Men's Soccer MEAC
University of Idaho Vandals          [30] Moscow, Idaho
(23,800)
1889 Public 12,312 161
(National)
2014 Football Big Sky
New Jersey Institute of Technology Highlanders          [31] Newark, New Jersey
(277,140)
1881 Public 10,130 150
(National)
2014 [28] Men's Soccer D-I Independent
New Mexico State University Aggies          [31] Las Cruces, New Mexico
(101,047)
1888 Public 29,768 190
(National)
2014 Football WAC
Notes
  • Idaho was previously a football-only member from 2001-2005, and New Mexico State was a full member from 2000-2005, with its football program joining in 2001.
  • Idaho is currently a member of the WAC, but will move its non-football sports back to the Big Sky Conference in 2014.

Former members[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Joined Left Subsequent
Conference
Current
Conference
University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers Birmingham, Alabama 1936 Public 1979 1991 Great Midwest C-USA
University of Central Florida Knights Orlando, Florida 1963 Public 1991 1992 Atlantic Sun American
University of Denver Pioneers Denver, Colorado 1864 Private 1999 2012 WAC The Summit
Florida Atlantic University Owls Boca Raton, Florida 1961 Public 2005 (football);
2006 (all sports)
2013 C-USA
Florida International University Panthers Miami, Florida 1965 Public 1998 2013 C-USA
Jacksonville University Dolphins Jacksonville, Florida 1934 Private 1976 1998 Atlantic Sun
Lamar University Cardinals Beaumont, Texas 1923 Public 1991 1998 Independent Southland
Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs
&
Lady Techsters
Ruston, Louisiana 1894 Public 1991 2001 WAC C-USA
Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders Murfreesboro, Tennessee 1911 Public 2000 2013 C-USA
New Mexico State University[F 1] Aggies Las Cruces, New Mexico 1888 Public 2000 2005 WAC
University of New Orleans Privateers New Orleans, Louisiana 1958 Public 1976;
1991
1980;
2010
Independent;
Independent
Southland
University of North Carolina at Charlotte 49ers Charlotte, North Carolina 1946 Public 1976 1991 Metro C-USA
University of North Texas Mean Green Denton, Texas 1890 Public 2000 2013 C-USA
Old Dominion University Monarchs Norfolk, Virginia 1930 Public 1982 1991 Colonial C-USA
University of South Florida Bulls Tampa, Florida 1956 Public 1976 1991 Metro American
University of Texas–Pan American Broncs Edinburg, Texas 1927 Public 1991 1998 Independent WAC
Virginia Commonwealth University Rams Richmond, Virginia 1838 Public 1979 1991 Metro Atlantic 10
Note
  1. ^ New Mexico State, a former full member of the Sun Belt from 2000 to 2005, will re-join the conference as a football-only affiliate member on July 1, 2014.

Former affiliate members[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Joined Left Subsequent
Conference
Current
Conference
Sun
Belt
Sport
Utah State University Aggies Logan, Utah 1888 Public 2003 2005 WAC Mountain West football *
Note

* - At that time, Utah State (as well as Idaho) was a member of the Big West Conference between 2003 to 2005 for mostly all sports while competing as a football-only affiliate member of the Sun Belt.

Membership timeline[edit]

New Jersey Institute of Technology Howard University Hartwick College Georgia Southern University Appalachian State University University of Texas at Arlington Texas State University Florida Atlantic University Troy University Utah State University University of Louisiana at Monroe University of Idaho Middle Tennessee State University University of North Texas New Mexico State University University of Denver Florida International University University of Louisiana at Lafayette Arkansas State University University of Arkansas at Little Rock Louisiana Tech University University of Texas-Pan American Lamar University University of Central Florida Western Kentucky University Old Dominion University Virginia Commonwealth University University of Alabama at Birmingham University of South Alabama Georgia State University University of New Orleans Jacksonville University University of South Florida University of North Carolina at Charlotte

 Full members (all sports)   Full members (non-football)   Associate members (football-only)   Associate members (other) 

Schools ranked by revenue[edit]

The schools below are listed by conference rank of total revenue. Total revenue includes ticket sales, contributions and donations, rights/licensing, student fees, school funds and all other sources including TV income, camp income, food, and novelties. Total expenses includes coaching/staff, scholarships, buildings/ground, maintenance, utilities and rental fees and all other costs including recruiting, team travel, equipment and uniforms, conference dues, and insurance costs. Net profit is calculated using the total revenue and total expenses data provided by USA Today, individual institutions, and the United States Department of Education.[32]

Conference
Rank
(2012)
National
Rank
(2012)
Institution 2012
Total Revenue
from Athletics[33]
2012
Total Expenses
on Athletics[33]
2012
Net Profit
from Athletics[33]
1 84 Texas State University $26,886,756 $25,439,818 $1,446,938
2 87 Western Kentucky University $25,770,262 $25,770,262 $0,000,000
3 92 Georgia State University $24,540,533 $25,943,332 -$1,402,799
4 113 University of South Alabama $19,060,589 $18,816,817 $0,243,772
5 167 University of Louisiana at Lafayette $17,440,897 $17,532,577 -$0,091,680
6 129 Troy University $16,504,664 $16,504,664 $0,000,000
7 132 Arkansas State University $15,307,308 $15,307,308 $0,000,000
8 167 University of Louisiana at Monroe $11,323,485 $10,769,839 $0,553,646
9 198 University of Texas at Arlington $9,714,229 $10,770,129 -$1,055,900
10 199 University of Arkansas at Little Rock $9,697,449 $9,356,355 $0,341,094

Commissioners[edit]

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.[34] 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.[3]

Sports[edit]

The Sun Belt Conference sponsors championship competition in eight men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[35]

Teams in Sun Belt Conference competition
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball 10 -
Basketball 10 10
Cross Country 10 10
Football 8 -
Golf 10 8
Soccer 6 9
Softball - 8
Swimming & Diving - 2
Tennis 6 9
Track and Field (Indoor) 9 8
Track and Field (Outdoor) 10 10
Volleyball - 10

Men's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Football Golf Tennis Soccer Track &
Field
(Indoor)
Track &
Field
(Outdoor)
Total
Sun Belt
Sports
Arkansas State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 7
Arkansas–Little Rock Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 6
Georgia State Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN 6
Louisiana–Lafayette Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 8
Louisiana–Monroe Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 7
South Alabama Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 8
Texas State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 7
Texas–Arlington Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 7
Troy Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY 7
WKU Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 8
Totals 10 10 9 8 10 6 1 8 9 71
Future Members
Appalachian State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Georgia Southern Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN 6
Future Affiliate Members
Hartwick Green tickY 1
Howard Green tickY 1
Idaho Green tickY 1
New Mexico State Green tickY 1
NJIT Green tickY 1

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Sun Belt Conference which are played by Sun Belt schools:

School Rodeo1 Swimming
Troy NIRA No
WKU No Independent

Notes: 1: Rodeo is sanctioned by the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA), not the NCAA.

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Soccer Softball Tennis Track &
Field
(Indoor)
Track &
Field
(Outdoor)
Volleyball Total
Sun Belt
Sports
Arkansas State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Arkansas–Little Rock Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Georgia State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Louisiana–Lafayette Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Louisiana–Monroe Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 8
South Alabama Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Texas State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Texas–Arlington Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Troy Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 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 9
Totals 10 10 8 9 8 9 9 10 10 83
Future Members
Appalachian State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Georgia Southern Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8

Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Sun Belt Conference which are played by Sun Belt schools:

School Bowling Rodeo1 Sand Volleyball Swimming
Arkansas State Independent No No No
Arkansas–Little Rock No No No MVC
Georgia State No No Independent No
Louisiana–Monroe No No Independent No
Troy No NIRA No No
WKU No No No C-USA

Notes: 1: Rodeo is sanctioned by the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA), not the NCAA.

Football[edit]

For more information see Sun Belt Conference football For the current season, see 2013 Sun Belt Conference football season


Team First
Season
All-Time
Record
All-Time
Win %
Bowl
Appearances
Bowl
Record
All-Time
Conference
Titles
Current
Head Coach
Appalachian State 1928 563–317–27 .636 0 0–0 18 Scott Satterfield
Arkansas State 1911 438–461–37 .488 4 2–2 10 Blake Anderson
Georgia Southern 1923 350–196–9 .639 0 0–0 10 Willie Fritz
Georgia State 2010 10–23–0 .303 0 0–0 0 Trent Miles
Idaho 1893 443–569–26 .439 2 2–0 10 Paul Petrino
Louisiana–Lafayette 1902 493–519–31 .488 3 3–0 14 Mark Hudspeth
Louisiana–Monroe 1951 286–372–8 .435 1 0–1 5 Todd Berry
New Mexico State 1893 423–588–31 .421 3 2–0–1 4 Doug Martin
South Alabama 2009 25–15–0 .625 0 0–0 0 Joey Jones
Texas State 1904 492–412–30 .543 0 0–0 12 Dennis Franchione
Troy 1909 499–375–27 .569 5 2–3 20 Larry Blakeney
Western Kentucky 1908 524–371–31 .583 1 0–1 11 Jeff Brohm

[36]

Sun Belt champions[edit]

Season Champion Conference Record
2001 Middle Tennessee
North Texas
5–1
2002 North Texas 6–0
2003 North Texas 7–0
2004 North Texas 7–0
2005 Arkansas State
Louisiana–Lafayette
Louisiana–Monroe
5–2
2006 Middle Tennessee
Troy
6–1
2007 Florida Atlantic
Troy
6–1
2008 Troy 6–1
2009 Troy 8–0
2010 FIU
Troy
6–2
2011 Arkansas State 8–0
2012 Arkansas State 7–1
2013 Arkansas State
Louisiana–Lafayette
5–2

Bowl games[edit]

Pick Name Location Opposing
Conference
Opposing
Pick
1 GoDaddy Bowl Mobile, Alabama MAC 2
2 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, Louisiana C-USA 5/6
3 Camellia Bowl Montgomery, Alabama MAC 4

Rivalries[edit]

Football rivalries involving Sun Belt teams include:

Teams Rivalry
Name
Trophy Meetings Record Series
Leader
Current
Streak
Appalachian State Georgia Southern No name 28 16–12–1 Appalachian State Appalachian State
won 3
Arkansas State Louisiana–Monroe Trail of Tears Classic 33 19–14 Arkansas State Arkansas State
won 2
Arkansas State Memphis Paint Bucket Bowl 55 24–27–5 Memphis Arkansas State
won 2
Louisiana–Lafayette Lamar Sabine Shoe 33 22–11 Louisiana–Lafayette Louisiana–Lafayette
won 3
Louisiana–Lafayette Louisiana–Monroe Battle on the Bayou Wooden Boot 47 24–23 Louisiana–Lafayette Louisiana–Lafayette
won 4
Louisiana–Lafayette McNeese State Cajun Crown 37 15–20–2 McNeese State McNeese State
won 1
Louisiana–Lafayette Southeastern Louisiana Cypress Mug 39 19–17–3 Louisiana–Lafayette Southeastern Louisiana
won 1
Texas State Nicholls State Battle for the Paddle Paddle 30 14–16 Nicholls State Texas State
won 1
Troy Middle Tennessee Battle for the Palladium Palladium 20 12–8 Middle Tennessee Middle Tennessee
won 1
WKU Eastern Kentucky Battle of the Bluegrass 9 46–35–3 WKU WKU
won 2

Basketball[edit]

Season Men's
Regular Season
Champion
Men's
Tournament
Champion
Women's
Regular Season
Champion
Women's
Tournament
Champion
1977 UNC Charlotte UNC Charlotte No Regular Season No Tournament
1978 UNC Charlotte New Orleans No Regular Season No Tournament
1979 South Alabama Jacksonville No Regular Season No Tournament
1980 South Alabama VCU No Regular Season No Tournament
1981 VCU VCU No Regular Season No Tournament
1982 UAB UAB No Regular Season No Tournament
1983 VCU UAB Old Dominion Old Dominion
1984 VCU UAB Old Dominion Old Dominion
1985 VCU VCU Old Dominion Old Dominion
1986 Old Dominion Jacksonville WKU WKU
1987 WKU UAB Old Dominion Old Dominion
1988 UNC Charlotte UNC Charlotte Old Dominion WKU
1989 South Alabama South Alabama Old Dominion WKU
1990 UAB South Florida UAB Old Dominion
1991 South Alabama South Alabama UAB WKU
1992 Southwestern Louisiana Southwestern Louisiana WKU WKU
1993 New Orleans WKU WKU WKU
1994 WKU Southwestern Louisiana Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech
1995 WKU WKU Louisiana Tech WKU
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 WKU WKU Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech
2002 WKU WKU FIU FIU
2003 WKU WKU WKU WKU
2004 Vacated Vacated South Alabama Middle Tennessee
2005 Denver Vacated WKU Middle Tennessee
2006 WKU South Alabama WKU Middle Tennessee
2007 South Alabama North Texas Middle Tennessee Middle Tennessee
2008 South Alabama WKU WKU WKU
2009 WKU WKU Middle Tennessee Middle Tennessee
2010 Troy North Texas Arkansas–Little Rock Middle Tennessee
2011 Florida Atlantic Arkansas–Little Rock Middle Tennessee
Arkansas–Little Rock
Arkansas–Little Rock
2012 Middle Tennessee WKU Middle Tennessee Arkansas–Little Rock
2013 Middle Tennessee WKU Middle Tennessee Arkansas–Little Rock
2014 Georgia State Louisiana–Lafayette Arkansas State WKU

Baseball[edit]

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 11.

School Tourney Titles Title Years
South Alabama 11 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1992, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2005
New Orleans 3 1978, 1979, 2007
South Florida 3 1982, 1986, 1990
FIU 2 1999, 2010
Middle Tennessee 2 2003, 2009
WKU 2 2004, 2008
Lamar 2 1993, 1995
Florida Atlantic 1 2013
Louisiana–Monroe 1 2012
Arkansas–Little Rock 1 2011
Troy 1 2006
New Mexico State 1 2002
Louisiana–Lafayette 1 1998
Arkansas State 1 1994
Alabama–Birmingham 1 1991
Jacksonville 1 1989
Virginia Commonwealth 1 1988
Old Dominion 1 1985
  • Teams in bold represent current conference members.
Season Tournament Champion
1978 New Orleans
1979 New Orleans
1980 South Alabama
1981 South Alabama
1982 South Florida
1983 South Alabama
1984 South Alabama
1985 Old Dominion
1986 South Florida
1987 South Alabama
1988 Virginia Commonwealth
1989 Jacksonville
1990 South Florida
1991 Alabama–Birmingham
1992 South Alabama
1993 Lamar
1994 Arkansas State
1995 Lamar
1996 South Alabama
1997 South Alabama
1998 Southwestern Louisiana
1999 FIU
2000 South Alabama
2001 South Alabama
2002 New Mexico State
2003 Middle Tennessee
2004 WKU
2005 South Alabama
2006 Troy
2007 New Orleans
2008 WKU
2009 Middle Tennessee
2010 FIU
2011 Arkansas–Little Rock
2012 Louisiana–Monroe
2013 Florida Atlantic

Championships[edit]

Current Sun Belt champions[edit]

NCAA champions[edit]

The following current and future Sun Belt teams have won NCAA Division I team championships:

School NCAA titles Sport Years
Georgia Southern 6 Football (Division I-AA) 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1999, 2000
Appalachian State 3 Football (Division I-AA/FCS) 2005, 2006, 2007
Louisiana–Monroe 1 Football (Division I-AA) 1987
WKU 1 Football (Division I-AA) 2002

Facilities[edit]

School Football
Stadium
Capacity Basketball
Arena
Capacity Baseball
Stadium
Capacity
Appalachian State Kidd Brewer Stadium 24,050 Holmes Center 8,325 Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium 2,000
Arkansas State Centennial Bank Stadium 33,410 Convocation Center 10,563 Tomlinson Stadium–Kell Field 1,000
Arkansas–Little Rock Non-football school Jack Stephens Center 5,600 Gary Hogan Field 2,550
Georgia Southern Paulson Stadium 24,300 Hanner Fieldhouse 4,358 J. I. Clements Stadium 3,000
Georgia State Georgia Dome 71,228 GSU Sports Arena 4,500 GSU Baseball Complex 1,092
Idaho Kibbie Dome 16,000 football-only school
Louisiana–Lafayette Cajun Field 31,000 Cajundome (men)
Earl K. Long Gymnasium (women)
12,068
1,500
M.L. Tigue Moore Field 3,755
Louisiana–Monroe Malone Stadium 30,427 Fant–Ewing Coliseum 7,085 Warhawk Field 1,800
New Mexico State Aggie Memorial Stadium 30,343 football-only school
South Alabama Ladd Peebles Stadium 40,646 Mitchell Center 10,041 Eddie Stanky Field 4,500
Texas State Bobcat Stadium 30,000 Strahan Coliseum 7,200 Bobcat Ballpark 2,000
Texas–Arlington Non-football school College Park Center 7,000 Clay Gould Ballpark 1,600
Troy Veterans Memorial Stadium 30,000 Trojan Arena 6,000 Riddle–Pace Field 2,000
WKU Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium 22,000 E. A. Diddle Arena 7,326 Nick Denes Field 1,500

Notes:

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