Earlier today Conference USA announced Western Kentucky University as its newest member. The Hilltoppers will officially join the league on July 1st 2014. In a corresponding move, Tulsa University will hold a press conference tomorrow announcing their move to the soon to be renamed Big East.
Western Kentucky has enjoyed a recent string of success in football and basketball. This year the Hilltoppers won the Sun Belt Conference men's basketball tournament championship. In the last 13 years they have advanced to seven NCAA Tournaments.
Now head football coach at South Florida, Willie Taggart lead the Hilltoppers to a bowl game and a victory over in-state rival Kentucky last year. When Taggart departed, WKU replaced him with former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino.
With Western's move to C-USA, the Herd is looking for another out of conference football opponent. Marshall and WKU had agreed to a home and home football series in 2017 and 2018.