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Sun Belt Conference
(Sun Belt)
Sun Belt Conference logo
Established 1976
Association NCAA
Division Division I FBS
Members 12
Sports fielded 18 (men's: 9; women's: 9)
Region Southern United States
Headquarters New Orleans, Louisiana
Commissioner Karl Benson (since 2012)
Website www.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 12 member institutions of the Sun Belt are distributed primarily across the southern United States.

History[edit]

Map of full member institutes of the Sun Belt Conference in 2016

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 (now merged into the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley), New Orleans (re-joined), Lamar University, and the University of Central Florida. Although the American South was the larger conference, the merged league retained the Sun Belt name. Central Florida left the league following the 1991-92 academic year. Lamar, Texas–Pan American, and Jacksonville departed at the end of the 1997-98 academic year. Florida International University joined the Sun Belt in 1998, and the University of Denver was added in 1999. Louisiana Tech departed after the 2000-01 academic year.

The 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 Sun Belt Conference logo 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 became 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 University of Texas at Arlington had accepted an invitation to join the conference and would become a full member by 2013.[5]

On May 4, 2012, FIU and North Texas announced that they would be leaving the Sun Belt for Conference USA on July 1, 2013 as part of a Conference USA expansion effort involving four other schools.[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 Florida Atlantic and MTSU was originally scheduled to take place in 2014, however, the two schools announced on January 28, 2013 that they would leave for Conference USA a year early, departing on July 1, 2013 with FIU and North Texas. Western Kentucky also accepted an invitation to join Conference USA on April 1, 2013, and departed from the Sun Belt on July 1, 2014.[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 both joined 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. Idaho is located by far the farthest away from the other Sun Belt conference members, but it was rejected by the Mountain West Conference,[12] leaving it with no other choice.[13][14]

On September 1, 2015, Coastal Carolina University accepted an invitation to join the Sun Belt Conference. The university joined in all sports except for football starting July 1, 2016, with football joining in 2017.[15]

The conference announced on March 1, 2016 that the affiliation agreement with Idaho and New Mexico State would not be extended past the 2017 season.[16]

Current members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
Appalachian State University Boone, North Carolina 1899 19,089 Mountaineers           2014
Arkansas State University Jonesboro, Arkansas 1909 14,074 Red Wolves           1991
Coastal Carolina University Conway, South Carolina 1954 10,263 Chanticleers                2016
Georgia Southern University Statesboro, Georgia 1906 20,584 Eagles           2014
Georgia State University Atlanta, Georgia 1913 32,087 Panthers           1976;
2013
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock, Arkansas 1927 13,176 Trojans           1991
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette, Louisiana 1898 17,508 Ragin' Cajuns           1991
University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe, Louisiana 1931 8,854 Warhawks           2006
University of South Alabama Mobile, Alabama 1963 16,462 Jaguars                1976
Texas State University San Marcos, Texas 1899 36,790 Bobcats           2013
University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, Texas 1895 34,249 Mavericks                2013
Troy University Troy, Alabama 1887 19,579 Trojans                2005
  • Louisiana–Monroe — football was an affiliate member from 2001 to 2006
  • Troy — football was an affiliate member in 2004–05.

Affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined Sport Primary
Conference
Hartwick College Oneonta, New York 1797 1,520 Hawks           2014 soccer (M) Empire 8
(NCAA D-III)
Howard University Washington, D.C. 1867 10,573 Bison           2014 soccer (M) Mid-Eastern Athletic
University of Idaho Moscow, Idaho 1889 12,312 Vandals           2014 football Big Sky
New Mexico State University Las Cruces, New Mexico 1888 29,768 Aggies           2014 football Western Athletic
  • Idaho — football was an affiliate member from 2001 to 2005.
  • New Mexico State — was a full member from 2000 to 2005.

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Conference
University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, Alabama 1969 Blazers 1979 1991 C-USA
University of Central Florida Orlando, Florida 1963 Knights 1991 1992 The American
University of Denver Denver, Colorado 1864 Pioneers 1999 2012 The Summit
Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, Florida 1961 Owls 2006 2013 C-USA
Florida International University Miami, Florida 1965 Panthers 1998 2013 C-USA
Jacksonville University Jacksonville, Florida 1934 Dolphins 1976 1998 Atlantic Sun
Lamar University Beaumont, Texas 1923 Cardinals 1991 1998 Southland
Louisiana Tech University Ruston, Louisiana 1894 Bulldogs & Lady Techsters 1991 2001 C-USA
Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, Tennessee 1911 Blue Raiders 2000 2013 C-USA
University of New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana 1958 Privateers 1976;
1991
1980;
2010
Southland
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, North Carolina 1946 49ers 1976 1991 C-USA
University of North Texas Denton, Texas 1890 Mean Green 2000 2013 C-USA
Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia 1930 Monarchs 1982 1991 C-USA
University of South Florida Tampa, Florida 1956 Bulls 1976 1991 The American
University of Texas–Pan American Edinburg, Texas 1927 Broncs 1991 1998 Western Athletic
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, Virginia 1838 Rams 1979 1991 Atlantic 10
Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, Kentucky 1906 Hilltoppers & Lady Toppers 1982 2014 C-USA
  • Florida Atlantic — football was an affiliate member in 2005–06.

Former affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Sport Primary
Conference
New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, New Jersey 1881 Highlanders 2014 2016 soccer (M) Atlantic Sun
Utah State University Logan, Utah 1888 Aggies 2003 2005 football Mountain West

Membership timeline[edit]

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

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.[17] 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 nine men's and nine women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[18]

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball Green tickY
Basketball Green tickY Green tickY
Cross Country Green tickY Green tickY
Football Green tickY
Golf Green tickY Green tickY
Soccer Green tickY Green tickY
Softball Green tickY
Tennis Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Indoor Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Outdoor Green tickY Green tickY
Volleyball Green tickY

Men's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Football Golf Soccer Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Total
Sun Belt
Sports
Appalachian State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Arkansas State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 7
Coastal Carolina Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY 8
Georgia Southern Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN 6
Georgia State Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN 6
Little Rock Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 6
Louisiana–Lafayette Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY 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 Red XN Green tickY 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
UT Arlington Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Troy Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY 7
Totals 12 12 10 10 12 4 8 8 10 86
Affiliate Members
Hartwick Green tickY 1
Howard Green tickY 1
Idaho Green tickY 1
New Mexico State Green tickY 1

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

School Wrestling
Appalachian State SoCon

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
Appalachian State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Arkansas State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Coastal Carolina 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 Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Georgia State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Little Rock Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
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 Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
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
UT 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
Totals 12 12 10 11 10 11 12 12 12 102
  • UT Arlington — Golf (W) begins play in 2017.[19]

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

School Beach
Volleyball
Bowling Field
Hockey
Lacrosse Rifle Swimming
& Diving
Appalachian State IND
Arkansas State SBL
Coastal Carolina ASUN ASUN
Georgia Southern SoCon CCSA
Georgia State CCSA
Little Rock MVC
Louisiana–Monroe IND

Championships[edit]

Current Sun Belt champions[edit]

NCAA champions[edit]

The following current Sun Belt members have won NCAA Division I team championships prior to joining the conference:

School NCAA
titles
Sport Years
Georgia Southern
6
Football (Division I-AA) 198519861989199019992000
Appalachian State
3
Football (Division I-AA/FCS) 200520062007
Louisiana–Monroe
1
Football (Division I-AA) 1987
Coastal Carolina
1
Baseball 2016

Football[edit]

For more information see Sun Belt Conference football. For the current season, see 2016 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 567–325–27 .632 1 1–0 18 Scott Satterfield
Arkansas State 1911 446–468–37 .488 4 2–2 11 Blake Anderson
Georgia Southern 1923 356–200–9 .638 1 1–0 11 Tyson Summers
Georgia State 2010 10–35–0 .222 1 0–1 0 Trent Miles
Idaho 1893 445–580–27 .436 2 2–0 10 Paul Petrino
Louisiana–Lafayette 1901 506–528–34 .490 4 4–0 15 Mark Hudspeth
Louisiana–Monroe 1951 292–378–8 .437 1 0–1 5 Matt Viator
New Mexico State 1893 429–598–32 .420 3 2–0–1 4 Doug Martin
South Alabama 2009 31–21–0 .596 1 0–1 0 Joey Jones
Texas State 1904 498–418–30 .542 0 0–0 12 Dennis Franchione
Troy 1909 503–382–28 .566 5 2–3 20 Neal Brown

[21]

Sun Belt champions[edit]

Starting in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS Season, the Sun Belt Conference will host a Conference Football Championship Game.[22]

Season Champion Conference
Record
2001 Middle Tennessee State
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 State
Troy
6–1
2007 Florida Atlantic
Troy
6–1
2008 Troy
6–1
2009 Troy
8–0
2010 Florida International
Troy
6–2
2011 Arkansas State
8–0
2012 Arkansas State
7–1
2013 Arkansas State
Louisiana–Lafayette
5–2
2014 Georgia Southern
8–0
2015 Arkansas State
8–0
2016 Appalachian State
Arkansas State
7-1

Bowl games[edit]

Pick Name Location Opposing
conference
Opposing
pick
1 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, Louisiana MWC 5/6
2 Dollar General Bowl Mobile, Alabama MAC 1
3 Camellia Bowl Montgomery, Alabama MAC 5
4 Cure Bowl Orlando, Florida AAC 7/8
5 Arizona Bowl Tucson, Arizona MWC

Rivalries[edit]

Football rivalries involving Sun Belt teams include:

Conference play
Teams Rivalry
Name
Trophy Meetings
(last)
Record Series
Leader
Appalachian State Georgia Southern Black & Blue Brawl 31
(2015)
17–13–1 Appalachian State
Arkansas State Louisiana–Monroe Trail of Tears Classic 37
(2015)
23–14 Arkansas State
Louisiana–Lafayette Louisiana–Monroe Battle on the Bayou Wooden Boot 51
(2015)
27–24 Louisiana–Lafayette
South Alabama Georgia State Clash of the Claws 5
(2015)
3-2 South Alabama
Georgia State Georgia Southern Modern Day Hate 2
(2015)
1-1 Tie
South Alabama Troy Battle for the Belt Belt 4
(2015)
2–2 Tie
Non-conference play
Teams Rivalry
Name
Trophy Meetings
(last)
Record Series
Leader
Arkansas State Memphis Paint Bucket Bowl 59
(2013)
30–24–5 Memphis
Louisiana–Lafayette Lamar Sabine Shoe 34
(2012)
22–12 Louisiana–Lafayette
Louisiana–Lafayette McNeese State Cajun Crown 37
(2007)
20–15–2 McNeese State
Louisiana–Lafayette Southeastern Louisiana Cypress Mug 38
(1981)
18–17–3 Louisiana–Lafayette
Texas State Nicholls State Battle for the Paddle Paddle 30
(2011)
16–14 Nicholls State
Troy Alabama–Birmingham Dungeons & Dragons 20-sided Dice 11
(2013)
7–4 Troy
Troy Middle Tennessee Battle for the Palladium Palladium 20
(2012)
12–8 Middle Tennessee

Basketball[edit]

Season Men's
Regular Season
Champion
Men's
Tournament
Champion
Women's
Regular Season
Champion
Women's
Tournament
Champion
1977 North Carolina–Charlotte North Carolina–Charlotte No Regular Season No Tournament
1978 North Carolina–Charlotte New Orleans No Regular Season No Tournament
1979 South Alabama Jacksonville No Regular Season No Tournament
1980 South Alabama Virginia Commonwealth No Regular Season No Tournament
1981 Virginia Commonwealth Virginia Commonwealth No Regular Season No Tournament
1982 Alabama–Birmingham Alabama–Birmingham No Regular Season No Tournament
1983 Virginia Commonwealth Alabama–Birmingham Old Dominion Old Dominion
1984 Virginia Commonwealth Alabama–Birmingham Old Dominion Old Dominion
1985 Virginia Commonwealth Virginia Commonwealth Old Dominion Old Dominion
1986 Old Dominion Jacksonville Western Kentucky Western Kentucky
1987 Western Kentucky Alabama–Birmingham Old Dominion Old Dominion
1988 North Carolina–Charlotte North Carolina–Charlotte Old Dominion Western Kentucky
1989 South Alabama South Alabama Old Dominion Western Kentucky
1990 Alabama–Birmingham South Florida Alabama–Birmingham Old Dominion
1991 South Alabama South Alabama Alabama–Birmingham Western Kentucky
1992 Southwestern Louisiana Southwestern Louisiana Western Kentucky Western Kentucky
1993 New Orleans Western Kentucky Western Kentucky Western Kentucky
1994 Western Kentucky Southwestern Louisiana Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech
1995 Western Kentucky Western Kentucky Louisiana Tech Western Kentucky
1996 Arkansas–Little Rock New Orleans Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech
1997 South Alabama South Alabama Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech
1998 South Alabama South Alabama Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech
1999 Louisiana Tech Arkansas State Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech
2000 Louisiana–Lafayette Louisiana–Lafayette Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech
2001 Western Kentucky Western Kentucky Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech
2002 Western Kentucky Western Kentucky Florida International Florida International
2003 Western Kentucky Western Kentucky Western Kentucky Western Kentucky
2004 Vacated Vacated South Alabama Middle Tennessee State
2005 Denver Vacated Western Kentucky Middle Tennessee State
2006 Western Kentucky South Alabama Western Kentucky Middle Tennessee State
2007 South Alabama North Texas Middle Tennessee State Middle Tennessee State
2008 South Alabama Western Kentucky Western Kentucky Western Kentucky
2009 Western Kentucky Western Kentucky Middle Tennessee State Middle Tennessee State
2010 Troy North Texas Arkansas–Little Rock Middle Tennessee State
2011 Florida Atlantic Arkansas–Little Rock Middle Tennessee State
Arkansas–Little Rock
Arkansas–Little Rock
2012 Middle Tennessee State Western Kentucky Middle Tennessee State Arkansas–Little Rock
2013 Middle Tennessee State Western Kentucky Middle Tennessee State Arkansas–Little Rock
2014 Georgia State Louisiana–Lafayette Arkansas State Western Kentucky
2015 Georgia State Georgia State Arkansas–Little Rock Arkansas–Little Rock
2016 Little Rock Little Rock Arkansas State Troy

Baseball[edit]

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 1,000[23]
Arkansas State Centennial Bank Stadium 33,410 Convocation Center 10,563 Tomlinson Stadium–Kell Field 1,200[24]
Coastal Carolina Brooks Stadium 9,214 HTC Center 3,370 Springs Brooks Stadium - Vrooman Field 2,500[25]
Georgia Southern Paulson Stadium 25,000 Hanner Fieldhouse 4,325[26] J. I. Clements Stadium 3,000
Georgia State Georgia Dome 71,228 GSU Sports Arena 3,854[27] GSU Baseball Complex 1,092
Idaho Kibbie Dome 16,000
Football-only school
Little Rock
Non-football school
Jack Stephens Center 5,600[28] Gary Hogan Field 2,550
Louisiana–Lafayette Cajun Field 36,900 Cajundome (M)
Earl K. Long Gymnasium (W)
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
UT Arlington
Non-football school
College Park Center 7,000 Clay Gould Ballpark 1,600
Troy Veterans Memorial Stadium 30,000 Trojan Arena 5,200[29] Riddle–Pace Field 2,000
  • Coastal Carolina is currently expanding Brooks Stadium. When football joins the Sun Belt in 2017, the venue is expected to have a capacity of 20,000.
  • Although the Georgia Dome has a football capacity of 71,228, Georgia State normally uses a configuration with a capacity of only 28,155.
    • The 2016 season is Georgia State's last at the Georgia Dome, which is scheduled to be demolished in 2017. The football team will move into Turner Field, which the university will rebuild into a 23,000-seat football stadium.
  • Little Rock normally plays its home basketball games on campus but occasionally plays at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.
  • Louisiana–Lafayette women's basketball team primarily plays at Earl K. Long Gymnasium. Doubleheaders with the men's basketball team are played at the Cajundome.

Academics[edit]

Institution University System Endowment U.S. News
rank
[30]
Carnegie
Foundation
Classification

[31]
Forbes
[32]
Appalachian State University of North Carolina System $91,429,000 10
(Regional: South)
Masters
(Larger Programs)
385
Arkansas State Arkansas State University System $51,907,000 53
(Regional: South)
Masters
(Larger Programs)
N/A
Coastal Carolina Not Applicable $25,500,000 63
(Regional: South)
Masters
(Larger Programs)
N/A
Georgia Southern University System of Georgia $49,157,000 RNP
(National)
Doctoral
(Moderate Research)
588
Georgia State University System of Georgia $133,296,000 RNP
(National)
Doctoral
(Highest Research)
466
Little Rock University of Arkansas System $70,080,000 RNP
(National)
Doctoral
{Moderate Research)
621
Louisiana–Lafayette University of Louisiana System $112,260,000 RNP
(National)
Doctoral
(Higher Research)
520
Louisiana–Monroe University of Louisiana System $23,157,741 93
(Regional: South)
Doctoral
(Moderate Research)
N/A
South Alabama Not Applicable $497,274,000 RNP
(National)
Doctoral
(Higher Research)
610
Texas State Texas State University System $161,264,000 52
(Regional: West)
Doctoral
(Higher Research)
555
UT Arlington University of Texas System $113,800,000 RNP
(National)
Doctoral
(Highest Research)
601
Troy Troy University System $56,610,000 65
(Regional: South)
Masters
(Larger Programs)
648

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