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Sun Belt Conference
(Sun Belt)
Sun Belt Conference logo
Established1976
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I FBS
Members11
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
Members11
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 11 member institutions of the Sun Belt are distributed primarily across the southern United States.

History[edit]

Locations of Sun Belt Conference full member institutions

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, 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 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. 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]

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

The Sun Belt has 11 members for the 2014–15 academic year. All members except Arkansas–Little Rock and Texas–Arlington compete in football.

InstitutionLocationFoundedEnrollmentNicknameColorsJoined
Appalachian State UniversityBoone, North Carolina189919,089Mountaineers         2014
Arkansas State UniversityJonesboro, Arkansas190913,415Red Wolves              1991
University of Arkansas at Little RockLittle Rock, Arkansas192713,176Trojans         1991
Georgia Southern UniversityStatesboro, Georgia190620,584Eagles         2014
Georgia State UniversityAtlanta, Georgia191332,087Panthers         1976;
2013
University of Louisiana at LafayetteLafayette, Louisiana189816,885Ragin' Cajuns         1991
University of Louisiana at MonroeMonroe, Louisiana19318,632Warhawks         2006
University of South AlabamaMobile, Alabama196315,007Jaguars              1976
Texas State UniversitySan Marcos, Texas189934,229Bobcats         2013
University of Texas at ArlingtonArlington, Texas189534,249Mavericks              2013
Troy UniversityTroy, Alabama188729,689Trojans              2005

Affiliate members[edit]

InstitutionLocationFoundedEnrollmentNicknameColorsJoinedSportPrimary
Conference
Hartwick CollegeOneonta, New York17971,520Hawks         2014soccer (M)Empire 8
(NCAA D-III)
Howard UniversityWashington, D.C.186710,573Bison         2014soccer (M)Mid-Eastern Athletic
University of IdahoMoscow, Idaho188912,312Vandals         2014footballBig Sky
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyNewark, New Jersey188110,130Highlanders         2014soccer (M)Independent
New Mexico State UniversityLas Cruces, New Mexico188829,768Aggies         2014footballWestern Athletic

Former members[edit]

InstitutionLocationFoundedNicknameJoinedLeftCurrent
Conference
University of Alabama at BirminghamBirmingham, Alabama1936Blazers19791991C-USA
University of Central FloridaOrlando, Florida1963Knights19911992The American
University of DenverDenver, Colorado1864Pioneers19992012The Summit
Florida Atlantic UniversityBoca Raton, Florida1961Owls20062013C-USA
Florida International UniversityMiami, Florida1965Panthers19982013C-USA
Jacksonville UniversityJacksonville, Florida1934Dolphins19761998Atlantic Sun
Lamar UniversityBeaumont, Texas1923Cardinals19911998Southland
Louisiana Tech UniversityRuston, Louisiana1894Bulldogs
&
Lady Techsters
19912001C-USA
Middle Tennessee State UniversityMurfreesboro, Tennessee1911Blue Raiders20002013C-USA
University of New OrleansNew Orleans, Louisiana1958Privateers1976;
1991
1980;
2010
Southland
University of North Carolina at CharlotteCharlotte, North Carolina194649ers19761991C-USA
University of North TexasDenton, Texas1890Mean Green20002013C-USA
Old Dominion UniversityNorfolk, Virginia1930Monarchs19821991C-USA
University of South FloridaTampa, Florida1956Bulls19761991The American
University of Texas–Pan AmericanEdinburg, Texas1927Broncs19911998Western Athletic
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmond, Virginia1838Rams19791991Atlantic 10
Western Kentucky UniversityBowling Green, Kentucky1906Hilltoppers
&
Lady Toppers
19822014C-USA

Former affiliate members[edit]

InstitutionLocationFoundedNicknameJoinedLeftSportPrimary
Conference
Utah State UniversityLogan, Utah1888Aggies20032005footballMountain West

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 IdahoUniversity of North TexasNew Mexico State UniversityMiddle Tennessee State UniversityUniversity of DenverFlorida International UniversityUniversity of Texas-Pan AmericanUniversity of Louisiana at LafayetteLouisiana Tech UniversityLamar UniversityUniversity of Central FloridaUniversity of Arkansas at Little RockArkansas State UniversityWestern Kentucky UniversityOld Dominion UniversityVirginia Commonwealth UniversityUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamUniversity of South FloridaUniversity of South AlabamaUniversity of North Carolina at CharlotteUniversity of New OrleansJacksonville UniversityGeorgia State University

 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.[16]

Conference
Rank
(2012)
National
Rank
(2012)
Institution2012
Total Revenue
from Athletics[17]
2012
Total Expenses
on Athletics[17]
2012
Net Profit
from Athletics[17]
184Texas State University$26,886,756$25,439,818$1,446,938
292Georgia State University$24,540,533$25,943,332-$1,402,799
3113University of South Alabama$19,060,589$18,816,817$0,243,772
4167University of Louisiana at Lafayette$17,440,897$17,532,577-$0,091,680
5129Troy University$16,504,664$16,504,664$0,000,000
6132Arkansas State University$15,307,308$15,307,308$0,000,000
7167University of Louisiana at Monroe$11,323,485$10,769,839$0,553,646
8198University of Texas at Arlington$9,714,229$10,770,129-$1,055,900
9199University 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.[18] 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.[19]

Conference sports
SportMen'sWomen's
BaseballGreen tickY
BasketballGreen tickYGreen tickY
Cross CountryGreen tickYGreen tickY
FootballGreen tickY
GolfGreen tickYGreen tickY
SoccerGreen tickYGreen tickY
SoftballGreen tickY
TennisGreen tickYGreen tickY
Track & Field IndoorGreen tickYGreen tickY
Track & Field OutdoorGreen tickYGreen tickY
VolleyballGreen tickY

Men's sponsored sports by school[edit]

SchoolBaseballBasketballCross
Country
FootballGolfSoccerTennisTrack
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Total
Sun Belt
Sports
Appalachian StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY9
Arkansas StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickY7
Arkansas–Little RockGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickY6
Georgia SouthernGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XN6
Georgia StateGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XN6
Louisiana–LafayetteGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY8
Louisiana–MonroeGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickY7
South AlabamaGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY8
Texas StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickY7
Texas–ArlingtonGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY7
TroyGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickY7
Totals11119911378978
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:

SchoolRodeo 1Wrestling
Appalachian StateSoCon
TroyNIRA

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

SchoolBasketballCross
Country
GolfSoccerSoftballTennisTrack
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
VolleyballTotal
Sun Belt
Sports
Appalachian StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY9
Arkansas StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY8
Arkansas–Little RockGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY7
Georgia SouthernGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY8
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
Totals111181091010111191

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

SchoolBowlingField
Hockey
Rodeo 1Sand
Volleyball
Swimming
& Diving
Appalachian StateNORPAC
Arkansas StateIND
Arkansas–Little RockMVC
Georgia StateIND
Louisiana–MonroeIND
TroyNIRA

Football[edit]

For more information see Sun Belt Conference football For the current season, see 2014 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 State1928567–325–27.63200–018Scott Satterfield
Arkansas State1911446–468–37.48842–211Blake Anderson
Georgia Southern1923356–200–9.63800–010Willie Fritz
Georgia State201010–35–0.22200–00Trent Miles
Idaho1893445–580–27.43622–010Paul Petrino
Louisiana–Lafayette1901506–528–34.49033–015Mark Hudspeth
Louisiana–Monroe1951292–378–8.43710–15Todd Berry
New Mexico State1893429–598–32.42032–0–14Doug Martin
South Alabama200931–21–0.59600–00Joey Jones
Texas State1904498–418–30.54200–012Dennis Franchione
Troy1909503–382–28.56652–320Larry Blakeney

[20]

Sun Belt champions[edit]

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

Bowl games for 2014 season[edit]

PickNameLocationOpposing
conference
Opposing
pick
1New Orleans BowlNew Orleans, LouisianaMWC5/6
2GoDaddy BowlMobile, AlabamaMAC1
3Camellia BowlMontgomery, AlabamaMAC5

Rivalries[edit]

Football rivalries involving Sun Belt teams include:

Conference-play
TeamsRivalry
Name
TrophyMeetings
(last)
RecordSeries
Leader
Appalachian StateGeorgia SouthernBlack & Blue Brawl30
(2014)
16–13–1Appalachian State
Arkansas StateLouisiana–MonroeTrail of Tears Classic35
(2013)
21–14Arkansas State
Louisiana–LafayetteLouisiana–MonroeBattle on the BayouWooden Boot49
(2013)
25–24Louisiana–Lafayette
South AlabamaTroyThe Battle of Ole Highway 312
(2013)
2–0Troy
Non-conference play
TeamsRivalry
Name
TrophyMeetings
(last)
RecordSeries
Leader
Arkansas StateMemphisPaint Bucket Bowl59
(2013)
30–24–5Memphis
Louisiana–LafayetteLamarSabine Shoe34
(2012)
22–12Louisiana–Lafayette
Louisiana–LafayetteMcNeese StateCajun Crown37
(2007)
20–15–2McNeese State
Louisiana–LafayetteSoutheastern LouisianaCypress Mug38
(1981)
18–17–3Louisiana–Lafayette
Texas StateNicholls StateBattle for the PaddlePaddle30
(2011)
16–14Nicholls State
TroyAlabama–BirminghamNo name11
(2013)
7–4Troy
TroyMiddle Tennessee StateBattle for the PalladiumPalladium20
(2012)
12–8Middle Tennessee State

Basketball[edit]

SeasonMen's
Regular Season
Champion
Men's
Tournament
Champion
Women's
Regular Season
Champion
Women's
Tournament
Champion
1977North Carolina–CharlotteNorth Carolina–CharlotteNo Regular SeasonNo Tournament
1978North Carolina–CharlotteNew OrleansNo Regular SeasonNo Tournament
1979South AlabamaJacksonvilleNo Regular SeasonNo Tournament
1980South AlabamaVirginia CommonwealthNo Regular SeasonNo Tournament
1981Virginia CommonwealthVirginia CommonwealthNo Regular SeasonNo Tournament
1982Alabama–BirminghamAlabama–BirminghamNo Regular SeasonNo Tournament
1983Virginia CommonwealthAlabama–BirminghamOld DominionOld Dominion
1984Virginia CommonwealthAlabama–BirminghamOld DominionOld Dominion
1985Virginia CommonwealthVirginia CommonwealthOld DominionOld Dominion
1986Old DominionJacksonvilleWestern KentuckyWestern Kentucky
1987Western KentuckyAlabama–BirminghamOld DominionOld Dominion
1988North Carolina–CharlotteNorth Carolina–CharlotteOld DominionWestern Kentucky
1989South AlabamaSouth AlabamaOld DominionWestern Kentucky
1990Alabama–BirminghamSouth FloridaAlabama–BirminghamOld Dominion
1991South AlabamaSouth AlabamaAlabama–BirminghamWestern Kentucky
1992Southwestern LouisianaSouthwestern LouisianaWestern KentuckyWestern Kentucky
1993New OrleansWestern KentuckyWestern KentuckyWestern Kentucky
1994Western KentuckySouthwestern LouisianaLouisiana TechLouisiana Tech
1995Western KentuckyWestern KentuckyLouisiana TechWestern Kentucky
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
2001Western KentuckyWestern KentuckyLouisiana TechLouisiana Tech
2002Western KentuckyWestern KentuckyFlorida InternationalFlorida International
2003Western KentuckyWestern KentuckyWestern KentuckyWestern Kentucky
2004VacatedVacatedSouth AlabamaMiddle Tennessee State
2005DenverVacatedWestern KentuckyMiddle Tennessee State
2006Western KentuckySouth AlabamaWestern KentuckyMiddle Tennessee State
2007South AlabamaNorth TexasMiddle Tennessee StateMiddle Tennessee State
2008South AlabamaWestern KentuckyWestern KentuckyWestern Kentucky
2009Western KentuckyWestern KentuckyMiddle Tennessee StateMiddle Tennessee State
2010TroyNorth TexasArkansas–Little RockMiddle Tennessee State
2011Florida AtlanticArkansas–Little RockMiddle Tennessee State
Arkansas–Little Rock
Arkansas–Little Rock
2012Middle Tennessee StateWestern KentuckyMiddle Tennessee StateArkansas–Little Rock
2013Middle Tennessee StateWestern KentuckyMiddle Tennessee StateArkansas–Little Rock
2014Georgia StateLouisiana–LafayetteArkansas StateWestern Kentucky

Baseball[edit]

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
titles
SportYears
Georgia Southern6Football (Division I-AA)1985 • 1986 • 1989 • 1990 • 1999 • 2000
Appalachian State3Football (Division I-AA/FCS)200520062007
Louisiana–Monroe1Football (Division I-AA)1987

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 Stadium25,000Hanner Fieldhouse4,500J. 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

Academics[edit]

InstitutionTypeEndowmentU.S. News
rank [21]
Appalachian StatePublic$72,200,0009
(University: South)
Arkansas StatePublic$39,770,00061
(University: South)
Arkansas–Little RockPublic$70,080,000207–270
(National)
Georgia SouthernPublic$38,390,000Not
Ranked
Georgia StatePublic$156,100,000207–270
(National)
Louisiana–LafayettePublic$112,260,000207–270
(National)
Louisiana–MonroePublic$23,157,74196–124
(University: South)
South AlabamaPublic$415,000,000207–270
(National)
Texas StatePublic$120,740,00051
(University: West)
Texas–ArlingtonPublic$113,800,000207–270
(National)
TroyPublic$468,00080
(University: South)

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