Per Harry Minium of the Virginia Pilot, Middle Tennessee State University has accepted an invitation to join Conference USA. The Blue Raiders are currently a member of the Sun Belt Conference.
MTSU has enjoyed a recent string of success in college athletics major revenue generating sports. The football team is one win away from securing this year’s Sun Belt championship and they made bowl games in 2010 and 2009.
In basketball, the Blue Raiders won the conference regular season title last season, advancing to the NIT quarterfinals, beating Marshall and Tennessee in the process.
What it means for C-USA
Assuming MTSU joins C-USA in 2014, the league will have eleven football playing members with Old Dominion and Charlotte coming onboard a year later. With an odd number of teams, expect C-USA to add another school in the next few days. Minium writes that Florida Atlantic and New Mexico State are strong possibilities.