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Thu January 24, 2013
Sports

MTSU Will Jump to Conference USA Early

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BEASLEY)  --   Middle Tennessee announced its decision to join Conference USA back in November.  This week MTSU announced that it would be making the move earlier than expected.

After spending the last 13 years in the Sun Belt Conference, Middle Tennessee will officially join the highly coveted Conference USA July 1, 2013.

There is no question the Blue Raiders left a footprint in the Sun Belt though, earning four Sun Belt Athletes of the Year and 38 Coach of the Year winners.

Conference USA's existing partnerships with Fox Sports Media Group, CBS Sports Network, and ESPN will serve as bigger and better avenues for national exposure.

The Blue Raiders appeared on national television 43 times since 2004, a mark that should increase in the C-USA.

Competition will begin in August with eight teams for the men, and nine for the women.

You can learn more at GoBlueRaiders.com