6:19am

Thu November 29, 2012
Sports

MTSU Leaves Sun Belt for Conference USA

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Middle Tennessee State University President Sidney A. McPhee held a news conference this morning to announce big changes for Blue Raider sports.

“Today ladies and gentlemen, I’m pleased to formally announce that Middle Tennessee State University has accepted an invitation to become a member of Conference USA.”

In a press statement, MTSU says it will “enjoy significant national and regional television exposure and revenue sharing,” as a new Conference USA member school.

Athletic Director Chris Massaro made a point of thanking President McPhee for his leadership and acknowledged the move builds on the successes of the past.

“Thank you student athletes. Thank you coaches. Thank you former coaches and administrators. On the backs of their efforts and labor we’re here to experience this wonderful moment.”

Middle Tennessee spent more than a dozen years in the Sun Belt Conference where it won eight All-Sports trophies, 54 conference championships, four Athlete of the Year honors, and 38 Coach of the Year winners.