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Sun Belt Conference
(Sun Belt)
Sun Belt Conference logo
Established1976
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I FBS
Members10 (11 beginning July 1, 2014)
Sports fielded18 (men's: 9; women's: 9)
RegionSouthern United States
HeadquartersNew Orleans, Louisiana
CommissionerKarl Benson (since 2012)
Websitesunbeltsports.org
Locations
Sun Belt Conference locations
 
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Sun Belt Conference
(Sun Belt)
Sun Belt Conference logo
Established1976
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I FBS
Members10 (11 beginning July 1, 2014)
Sports fielded18 (men's: 9; women's: 9)
RegionSouthern United States
HeadquartersNew Orleans, Louisiana
CommissionerKarl Benson (since 2012)
Websitesunbeltsports.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.

InstitutionNicknameColorsLocation
(Population)
FoundedTypeEnrollmentU.S.
News
Ranking [12]
JoinedEndowment
(2012) [13]
Arkansas State UniversityRed Wolves              [14]Jonesboro, Arkansas
(67,263)
1909Public13,41561
(Regional: South)
1991$39,408,000
University of Arkansas at Little RockTrojans         [15]Little Rock, Arkansas
(193,524)
1927Public13,176207–270
(National)
1991Not reported
Georgia State UniversityPanthers         [16]Atlanta, Georgia
(443,775)
1913Public32,087207–270
(National)
1976;
2013
$112,043,000
University of Louisiana at LafayetteRagin' Cajuns         [17]Lafayette, Louisiana
(120,623)
1898Public16,885207–270
(National)
1991Not reported
University of Louisiana at MonroeWarhawks         [18]Monroe, Louisiana
(49,147)
1931Public8,63296–124
(Regional: South)
2001
(football);
2006
(all sports)
$23,157,741[19]
University of South AlabamaJaguars              [20]Mobile, Alabama
(195,111)
1963Public15,007207–270
(National)
1976$283,761,000
Texas State UniversityBobcats         [21]San Marcos, Texas
(44,894)
1899Public34,22951
(Regional: West)
2013$118,570,000
University of Texas at ArlingtonMavericks              [22]Arlington, Texas
(365,438)
1895Public33,788207–270
(National)
2013$107,104,000 [23]
Troy UniversityTrojans              Troy, Alabama
(18,033)
1887Public29,68980
(Regional: South)
2004
(football);
2005
(all sports)
$32,873,000
Western Kentucky UniversityHilltoppers
&
Lady Toppers
         [24]Bowling Green, Kentucky
(58,067)
1906Public18,39130
(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]

InstitutionNicknameColorsLocation
(Population)
FoundedTypeEnrollmentU.S.
News
Ranking [12]
Joins
Appalachian State UniversityMountaineers         [25]Boone, North Carolina
(17,122)
1899Public18,0009
(Regional: South)
2014
Georgia Southern UniversityEagles         [26]Statesboro, Georgia
(28,422)
1906Public20,584207–270
(National)
2014 [27]

Future affiliate members[edit]

InstitutionNicknameColorsLocation
(Population)
FoundedTypeEnrollmentU.S.
News
Ranking [12]
JoinsSun
Belt
Sport
Primary
Conference
Hartwick CollegeHawks         Oneonta, New York
(13,901)
1797Private1,5202014 [28]Men's SoccerEmpire 8
(D-III)
Howard UniversityBisonWashington, D.C.
(646,449)
1867Private10,573 [29]2014 [28]Men's SoccerMEAC
University of IdahoVandals         [30]Moscow, Idaho
(23,800)
1889Public12,312161
(National)
2014FootballBig Sky
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyHighlanders         [31]Newark, New Jersey
(277,140)
1881Public10,130150
(National)
2014 [28]Men's SoccerD-I Independent
New Mexico State UniversityAggies         [31]Las Cruces, New Mexico
(101,047)
1888Public29,768190
(National)
2014FootballWAC
Notes

Former members[edit]

InstitutionNicknameLocationFoundedTypeJoinedLeftSubsequent
Conference
Current
Conference
University of Alabama at BirminghamBlazersBirmingham, Alabama1936Public19791991Great MidwestC-USA
University of Central FloridaKnightsOrlando, Florida1963Public19911992Atlantic SunAmerican
University of DenverPioneersDenver, Colorado1864Private19992012WACThe Summit
Florida Atlantic UniversityOwlsBoca Raton, Florida1961Public2005 (football);
2006 (all sports)
2013C-USA
Florida International UniversityPanthersMiami, Florida1965Public19982013C-USA
Jacksonville UniversityDolphinsJacksonville, Florida1934Private19761998Atlantic Sun
Lamar UniversityCardinalsBeaumont, Texas1923Public19911998IndependentSouthland
Louisiana Tech UniversityBulldogs
&
Lady Techsters
Ruston, Louisiana1894Public19912001WACC-USA
Middle Tennessee State UniversityBlue RaidersMurfreesboro, Tennessee1911Public20002013C-USA
New Mexico State University[F 1]AggiesLas Cruces, New Mexico1888Public20002005WAC
University of New OrleansPrivateersNew Orleans, Louisiana1958Public1976;
1991
1980;
2010
Independent;
Independent
Southland
University of North Carolina at Charlotte49ersCharlotte, North Carolina1946Public19761991MetroC-USA
University of North TexasMean GreenDenton, Texas1890Public20002013C-USA
Old Dominion UniversityMonarchsNorfolk, Virginia1930Public19821991ColonialC-USA
University of South FloridaBullsTampa, Florida1956Public19761991MetroAmerican
University of Texas–Pan AmericanBroncsEdinburg, Texas1927Public19911998IndependentWAC
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRamsRichmond, Virginia1838Public19791991MetroAtlantic 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]

InstitutionNicknameLocationFoundedTypeJoinedLeftSubsequent
Conference
Current
Conference
Sun
Belt
Sport
Utah State UniversityAggiesLogan, Utah1888Public20032005WACMountain Westfootball *
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 TechnologyHoward UniversityHartwick CollegeGeorgia Southern UniversityAppalachian State UniversityUniversity of Texas at ArlingtonTexas State UniversityFlorida Atlantic UniversityTroy UniversityUtah State UniversityUniversity of Louisiana at MonroeUniversity of IdahoMiddle Tennessee State UniversityUniversity of North TexasNew Mexico State UniversityUniversity of DenverFlorida International UniversityUniversity of Louisiana at LafayetteArkansas State UniversityUniversity of Arkansas at Little RockLouisiana Tech UniversityUniversity of Texas-Pan AmericanLamar UniversityUniversity of Central FloridaWestern Kentucky UniversityOld Dominion UniversityVirginia Commonwealth UniversityUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamUniversity of South AlabamaGeorgia State UniversityUniversity of New OrleansJacksonville UniversityUniversity of South FloridaUniversity 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)
Institution2012
Total Revenue
from Athletics[33]
2012
Total Expenses
on Athletics[33]
2012
Net Profit
from Athletics[33]
184Texas State University$26,886,756$25,439,818$1,446,938
287Western Kentucky University$25,770,262$25,770,262$0,000,000
392Georgia State University$24,540,533$25,943,332-$1,402,799
4113University of South Alabama$19,060,589$18,816,817$0,243,772
5167University of Louisiana at Lafayette$17,440,897$17,532,577-$0,091,680
6129Troy University$16,504,664$16,504,664$0,000,000
7132Arkansas State University$15,307,308$15,307,308$0,000,000
8167University of Louisiana at Monroe$11,323,485$10,769,839$0,553,646
9198University of Texas at Arlington$9,714,229$10,770,129-$1,055,900
10199University 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
SportMen'sWomen's
Baseball10-
Basketball1010
Cross Country1010
Football8-
Golf108
Soccer69
Softball-8
Swimming & Diving-2
Tennis69
Track and Field (Indoor)98
Track and Field (Outdoor)1010
Volleyball-10

Men's sponsored sports by school[edit]

SchoolBaseballBasketballCross
Country
FootballGolfTennisSoccerTrack &
Field
(Indoor)
Track &
Field
(Outdoor)
Total
Sun Belt
Sports
Arkansas StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickY7
Arkansas–Little RockGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickY6
Georgia StateGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XN6
Louisiana–LafayetteGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickY8
Louisiana–MonroeGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickY7
South AlabamaGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickY8
Texas StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickY7
Texas–ArlingtonGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickY7
TroyGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickY7
WKUGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickY8
Totals10109810618971
Future Members
Appalachian StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY9
Georgia SouthernGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XN6
Future Affiliate Members
HartwickGreen tickY1
HowardGreen tickY1
IdahoGreen tickY1
New Mexico StateGreen tickY1
NJITGreen tickY1

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

SchoolRodeo1Swimming
TroyNIRANo
WKUNoIndependent

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

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

SchoolBasketballCross
Country
GolfSoccerSoftballTennisTrack &
Field
(Indoor)
Track &
Field
(Outdoor)
VolleyballTotal
Sun Belt
Sports
Arkansas StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY8
Arkansas–Little RockGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY7
Georgia StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY9
Louisiana–LafayetteGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY8
Louisiana–MonroeGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickY8
South AlabamaGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY9
Texas StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY9
Texas–ArlingtonGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY7
TroyGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY9
WKUGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY9
Totals101089899101083
Future Members
Appalachian StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY9
Georgia SouthernGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY8

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

SchoolBowlingRodeo1Sand VolleyballSwimming
Arkansas StateIndependentNoNoNo
Arkansas–Little RockNoNoNoMVC
Georgia StateNoNoIndependentNo
Louisiana–MonroeNoNoIndependentNo
TroyNoNIRANoNo
WKUNoNoNoC-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


TeamFirst
Season
All-Time
Record
All-Time
Win %
Bowl
Appearances
Bowl
Record
All-Time
Conference
Titles
Current
Head Coach
Appalachian State1928563–317–27.63600–018Scott Satterfield
Arkansas State1911438–461–37.48842–210Blake Anderson
Georgia Southern1923350–196–9.63900–010Willie Fritz
Georgia State201010–23–0.30300–00Trent Miles
Idaho1893443–569–26.43922–010Paul Petrino
Louisiana–Lafayette1902493–519–31.48833–014Mark Hudspeth
Louisiana–Monroe1951286–372–8.43510–15Todd Berry
New Mexico State1893423–588–31.42132–0–14Doug Martin
South Alabama200925–15–0.62500–00Joey Jones
Texas State1904492–412–30.54300–012Dennis Franchione
Troy1909499–375–27.56952–320Larry Blakeney
Western Kentucky1908524–371–31.58310–111Jeff Brohm

[36]

Sun Belt champions[edit]

SeasonChampionConference Record
2001Middle Tennessee
North Texas
5–1
2002North Texas6–0
2003North Texas7–0
2004North Texas7–0
2005Arkansas State
Louisiana–Lafayette
Louisiana–Monroe
5–2
2006Middle Tennessee
Troy
6–1
2007Florida Atlantic
Troy
6–1
2008Troy6–1
2009Troy8–0
2010FIU
Troy
6–2
2011Arkansas State8–0
2012Arkansas State7–1
2013Arkansas State
Louisiana–Lafayette
5–2

Bowl games[edit]

PickNameLocationOpposing
Conference
Opposing
Pick
1GoDaddy BowlMobile, AlabamaMAC2
2New Orleans BowlNew Orleans, LouisianaC-USA5/6
3Camellia BowlMontgomery, AlabamaMAC4

Rivalries[edit]

Football rivalries involving Sun Belt teams include:

TeamsRivalry
Name
TrophyMeetingsRecordSeries
Leader
Current
Streak
Appalachian StateGeorgia SouthernNo name2816–12–1Appalachian StateAppalachian State
won 3
Arkansas StateLouisiana–MonroeTrail of Tears Classic3319–14Arkansas StateArkansas State
won 2
Arkansas StateMemphisPaint Bucket Bowl5524–27–5MemphisArkansas State
won 2
Louisiana–LafayetteLamarSabine Shoe3322–11Louisiana–LafayetteLouisiana–Lafayette
won 3
Louisiana–LafayetteLouisiana–MonroeBattle on the BayouWooden Boot4724–23Louisiana–LafayetteLouisiana–Lafayette
won 4
Louisiana–LafayetteMcNeese StateCajun Crown3715–20–2McNeese StateMcNeese State
won 1
Louisiana–LafayetteSoutheastern LouisianaCypress Mug3919–17–3Louisiana–LafayetteSoutheastern Louisiana
won 1
Texas StateNicholls StateBattle for the PaddlePaddle3014–16Nicholls StateTexas State
won 1
TroyMiddle TennesseeBattle for the PalladiumPalladium2012–8Middle TennesseeMiddle Tennessee
won 1
WKUEastern KentuckyBattle of the Bluegrass946–35–3WKUWKU
won 2

Basketball[edit]

SeasonMen's
Regular Season
Champion
Men's
Tournament
Champion
Women's
Regular Season
Champion
Women's
Tournament
Champion
1977UNC CharlotteUNC CharlotteNo Regular SeasonNo Tournament
1978UNC CharlotteNew OrleansNo Regular SeasonNo Tournament
1979South AlabamaJacksonvilleNo Regular SeasonNo Tournament
1980South AlabamaVCUNo Regular SeasonNo Tournament
1981VCUVCUNo Regular SeasonNo Tournament
1982UABUABNo Regular SeasonNo Tournament
1983VCUUABOld DominionOld Dominion
1984VCUUABOld DominionOld Dominion
1985VCUVCUOld DominionOld Dominion
1986Old DominionJacksonvilleWKUWKU
1987WKUUABOld DominionOld Dominion
1988UNC CharlotteUNC CharlotteOld DominionWKU
1989South AlabamaSouth AlabamaOld DominionWKU
1990UABSouth FloridaUABOld Dominion
1991South AlabamaSouth AlabamaUABWKU
1992Southwestern LouisianaSouthwestern LouisianaWKUWKU
1993New OrleansWKUWKUWKU
1994WKUSouthwestern LouisianaLouisiana TechLouisiana Tech
1995WKUWKULouisiana TechWKU
1996Arkansas–Little RockNew OrleansLouisiana TechLouisiana Tech
1997South AlabamaSouth AlabamaLouisiana TechLouisiana Tech
1998South AlabamaSouth AlabamaLouisiana TechLouisiana Tech
1999Louisiana TechArkansas StateLouisiana TechLouisiana Tech
2000Louisiana–LafayetteLouisiana–LafayetteLouisiana TechLouisiana Tech
2001WKUWKULouisiana TechLouisiana Tech
2002WKUWKUFIUFIU
2003WKUWKUWKUWKU
2004VacatedVacatedSouth AlabamaMiddle Tennessee
2005DenverVacatedWKUMiddle Tennessee
2006WKUSouth AlabamaWKUMiddle Tennessee
2007South AlabamaNorth TexasMiddle TennesseeMiddle Tennessee
2008South AlabamaWKUWKUWKU
2009WKUWKUMiddle TennesseeMiddle Tennessee
2010TroyNorth TexasArkansas–Little RockMiddle Tennessee
2011Florida AtlanticArkansas–Little RockMiddle Tennessee
Arkansas–Little Rock
Arkansas–Little Rock
2012Middle TennesseeWKUMiddle TennesseeArkansas–Little Rock
2013Middle TennesseeWKUMiddle TennesseeArkansas–Little Rock
2014Georgia StateLouisiana–LafayetteArkansas StateWKU

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.

SchoolTourney TitlesTitle Years
South Alabama111980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1992, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2005
New Orleans31978, 1979, 2007
South Florida31982, 1986, 1990
FIU21999, 2010
Middle Tennessee22003, 2009
WKU22004, 2008
Lamar21993, 1995
Florida Atlantic12013
Louisiana–Monroe12012
Arkansas–Little Rock12011
Troy12006
New Mexico State12002
Louisiana–Lafayette11998
Arkansas State11994
Alabama–Birmingham11991
Jacksonville11989
Virginia Commonwealth11988
Old Dominion11985
SeasonTournament Champion
1978New Orleans
1979New Orleans
1980South Alabama
1981South Alabama
1982South Florida
1983South Alabama
1984South Alabama
1985Old Dominion
1986South Florida
1987South Alabama
1988Virginia Commonwealth
1989Jacksonville
1990South Florida
1991Alabama–Birmingham
1992South Alabama
1993Lamar
1994Arkansas State
1995Lamar
1996South Alabama
1997South Alabama
1998Southwestern Louisiana
1999FIU
2000South Alabama
2001South Alabama
2002New Mexico State
2003Middle Tennessee
2004WKU
2005South Alabama
2006Troy
2007New Orleans
2008WKU
2009Middle Tennessee
2010FIU
2011Arkansas–Little Rock
2012Louisiana–Monroe
2013Florida 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:

SchoolNCAA titlesSportYears
Georgia Southern6Football (Division I-AA)1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1999, 2000
Appalachian State3Football (Division I-AA/FCS)2005, 2006, 2007
Louisiana–Monroe1Football (Division I-AA)1987
WKU1Football (Division I-AA)2002

Facilities[edit]

SchoolFootball
Stadium
CapacityBasketball
Arena
CapacityBaseball
Stadium
Capacity
Appalachian StateKidd Brewer Stadium24,050Holmes Center8,325Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium2,000
Arkansas StateCentennial Bank Stadium33,410Convocation Center10,563Tomlinson Stadium–Kell Field1,000
Arkansas–Little RockNon-football schoolJack Stephens Center5,600Gary Hogan Field2,550
Georgia SouthernPaulson Stadium24,300Hanner Fieldhouse4,358J. I. Clements Stadium3,000
Georgia StateGeorgia Dome71,228GSU Sports Arena4,500GSU Baseball Complex1,092
IdahoKibbie Dome16,000football-only school
Louisiana–LafayetteCajun Field31,000Cajundome (men)
Earl K. Long Gymnasium (women)
12,068
1,500
M.L. Tigue Moore Field3,755
Louisiana–MonroeMalone Stadium30,427Fant–Ewing Coliseum7,085Warhawk Field1,800
New Mexico StateAggie Memorial Stadium30,343football-only school
South AlabamaLadd Peebles Stadium40,646Mitchell Center10,041Eddie Stanky Field4,500
Texas StateBobcat Stadium30,000Strahan Coliseum7,200Bobcat Ballpark2,000
Texas–ArlingtonNon-football schoolCollege Park Center7,000Clay Gould Ballpark1,600
TroyVeterans Memorial Stadium30,000Trojan Arena6,000Riddle–Pace Field2,000
WKUHouchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium22,000E. A. Diddle Arena7,326Nick Denes Field1,500

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