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Sun Belt Conference
Sun Belt Conference
Sun Belt Conference logo
Established 1976
Association NCAA
Division Division I
Subdivision FBS
Members 12
Sports fielded
  • 18
    • men's: 9
    • women's: 9
Region Southern United States
Headquarters New Orleans, Louisiana
Commissioner Karl Benson (since 2012)
Website www.sunbeltsports.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 12 member institutions of the Sun Belt are distributed primarily across the southern United States.

History

Map of full member institutions of the Sun Belt Conference in 2016

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 (now merged into the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley), 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 three 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 it was 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

The former Sun Belt Conference logo 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 became 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 University of Texas at Arlington had accepted an invitation to join the conference and would become a full member by 2013.[5] Texas-Arlington does not field a football team.

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 departed 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 both joined for all sports from the Southern Conference on July 1, 2014. Both schools had been very successful within the Football Championship Subdivision, combining to win nine national championships since 1985. They upgraded to the Football Bowl Subdivision, and were eligible for Sun Belt conference championships in 2014, but were not 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 to 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]

On September 1, 2015, Coastal Carolina University accepted an invitation to join the Sun Belt Conference. The university joined in all sports except for football starting July 1, 2016, with football joining in 2017.[15]

The conference announced on March 1, 2016, that the affiliation agreement with Idaho and New Mexico State would not be extended past the 2017 season.[16]

The conference announced that beginning in 2018, the conference (10 teams) will be divided into two divisions for football: East: Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, and Troy; West: Arkansas State, Louisiana, Louisiana-Monroe, South Alabama, and Texas State. The winner of each division will meet in the Sun Belt Championship game.[17]

Current members

Institution Location Founded Joined Enrollment Nickname Colors
Appalachian State University Boone, North Carolina 1899 2014 18,811 Mountaineers          
Arkansas State University Jonesboro, Arkansas 1909 1991 14,085 Red Wolves          
Coastal Carolina University Conway, South Carolina 1954 2016 10,479 Chanticleers               
Georgia Southern University Statesboro, Georgia 1906 2014 27,459[18] Eagles          
Georgia State University Atlanta, Georgia 1913 1976;
2013
50,000 Panthers          
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock, Arkansas 1927 1991 11,848 Trojans               
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette, Louisiana 1898 1991 19,291 Ragin' Cajuns          
University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe, Louisiana 1931 2006 9,290 Warhawks          
University of South Alabama Mobile, Alabama 1963 1976 16,433[19] Jaguars               
Texas State University San Marcos, Texas 1899 2013 38,849 Bobcats          
University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, Texas 1895 2013 39,714 Mavericks               
Troy University Troy, Alabama 1887 2005 20,000 Trojans               
  • Louisiana-Monroe -- football was an affiliate member from 2001 to 2006
  • Troy -- football was an affiliate member in 2004-05.

Affiliate members

Institution Location Founded Joined Enrollment Nickname Colors Sport Primary
Conference
Howard University Washington, D.C. 1867 2014 10,573 Bison           soccer (M) Mid-Eastern Athletic

Former members

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Conference
University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, Alabama 1969 Blazers 1979 1991 C-USA
University of Central Florida Orlando, Florida 1963 Knights 1991 1992 The American
University of Denver Denver, Colorado 1864 Pioneers 1999 2012 The Summit
Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, Florida 1961 Owls 2005 2013 C-USA
Florida International University Miami, Florida 1965 Panthers 1998 2013 C-USA
Jacksonville University Jacksonville, Florida 1934 Dolphins 1976 1998 Atlantic Sun
Lamar University Beaumont, Texas 1923 Cardinals 1991 1998 Southland
Louisiana Tech University Ruston, Louisiana 1894 Bulldogs & Lady Techsters 1991 2001 C-USA
Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, Tennessee 1911 Blue Raiders 2000 2013 C-USA
New Mexico State University Las Cruces, New Mexico 1888 Aggies 2000 2005 WAC (non-FB)
University of New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana 1958 Privateers 1976;
1991
1980;
2010
Southland
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, North Carolina 1946 49ers 1976 1991 C-USA
University of North Texas Denton, Texas 1890 Mean Green 2000 2013 C-USA
Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia 1930 Monarchs 1982 1991 C-USA
University of South Florida Tampa, Florida 1956 Bulls 1976 1991 The American
University of Texas-Pan American Edinburg, Texas 1927 Broncs 1991 1998 WAC
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, Virginia 1838 Rams 1979 1991 Atlantic 10
Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, Kentucky 1906 Hilltoppers & Lady Toppers 1982 2014 C-USA
  • Florida Atlantic -- football was an affiliate member in 2005-06.
  • Texas-Pan American -- Merged into UTRGV in 2015; the merged school inherited UTPA's athletic program, with the new nickname of Vaqueros, and membership in the Western Athletic Conference.
  • New Mexico State -- was a full member from 2000 to 2005.

Former affiliate members

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Sport Conference
in Former
Sun Belt Sport[a]
Hartwick College Oneonta, New York 1797 Hawks 2014 2018 soccer (M) Empire 8
(NCAA D-III)
University of Idaho Moscow, Idaho 1889 Vandals 2001;
2014
2005;
2018
football Big Sky
New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, New Jersey 1881 Highlanders 2014 2016 soccer (M) Atlantic Sun
New Mexico State University Las Cruces, New Mexico 1888 Aggies 2000
2014
2005
2018
football FBS independent
Utah State University Logan, Utah 1888 Aggies 2003 2005 football Mountain West
  1. ^ In all cases except that of New Mexico State, this matches the school's primary conference affiliation. New Mexico State is a full member of the non-football Western Athletic Conference.

Membership timeline

 Full members (all sports)   Full members (non-football)   Associate members (football-only)   Associate members (other) 

Commissioners

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.[20] 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

The Sun Belt Conference sponsors championship competition in nine men's and nine women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[21]

Men's sponsored sports by school

Member-by-member sponsorship of the nine men's SBC sports for the 2017-18 academic year.

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Football Golf Soccer Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Total
Sun Belt
Sports
Appalachian State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Arkansas State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 7
Coastal Carolina Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY 8
Georgia Southern Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN 6
Georgia State Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN 6
Little Rock Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 6
Louisiana Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Louisiana-Monroe Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 7
South Alabama Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Texas State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 7
UT Arlington Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Troy Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY 7
Totals 12 12 10 10 12 4 8 8 10 86
Affiliate Member
Howard Green tickY 1

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

School Wrestling
Appalachian State SoCon

Women's sponsored sports by school

Member-by-member sponsorship of the nine women's SBC sports for the 2017-18 academic year.

School Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Soccer Softball Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Volleyball Total
Sun Belt
Sports
Appalachian State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Arkansas State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Coastal Carolina Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Georgia Southern Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Georgia State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Little Rock Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Louisiana Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Louisiana-Monroe Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
South Alabama Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Texas State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
UT Arlington Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Troy Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Totals 12 12 11 11 10 11 12 12 12 103

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

School Beach
Volleyball
Bowling Field
Hockey
Lacrosse Rifle Swimming
& Diving
Appalachian State MAC
Arkansas State SBL
Coastal Carolina ASUN ASUN
Georgia Southern SoCon CCSA
Georgia State CCSA
Little Rock MVC
Louisiana-Monroe IND

Championships

Current Sun Belt champions

NCAA champions

No current Sun Belt member has won an NCAA Division I team championship while a member of the conference. Four current members have won NCAA Division I team championships prior to joining the conference:

School NCAA
titles
Sport Years
Georgia Southern
6
Football (Division I-AA/FCS) 1985 o 1986 o 1989 o 1990 o 1999 o 2000
Appalachian State
3
Football (Division I-AA/FCS) 2005 o 2006 o 2007
Louisiana-Monroe
1
Football (Division I-AA/FCS) 1987
Coastal Carolina
1
Baseball 2016

See also: List of NCAA schools with the most NCAA Division I championships, List of NCAA schools with the most Division I national championships, and NCAA Division I FBS Conferences

Football

For more information see Sun Belt Conference football. For the most recent season, see 2017 Sun Belt Conference football season.

The Sun Belt first began sponsoring football in 2001. It originally consisted of seven football playing schools, three of which are still members of the conference. Up until 2009, the conference only had a contract with one bowl, the New Orleans Bowl. Following the Sun Belt's improved football success and geographical membership changes, other bowls began to sign contracts with the Sun Belt Conference. The conference currently has five bowl game tie-ins.

Throughout the years, the conference has experienced of flux in membership changes, similar to many other FBS conferences. The conference announced that beginning in 2018, the conference (10 teams after the departure of Idaho and New Mexico State)[22] will be divided into two divisions for football: East: Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, and Troy; West: Arkansas State, Louisiana, Louisiana-Monroe, South Alabama, and Texas State. The winner of each division will meet in the Sun Belt Championship game.[23]

Team First
Season
All-Time
Record
All-Time
Win %
Bowl
Appearances
Bowl
Record
All-Time
Conference
Titles
Current
Head Coach
Appalachian State 1928 605-336-28 .639 3 3-0 19 Scott Satterfield
Arkansas State 1911 465-482-37 .491 8 3-5 14 Blake Anderson
Coastal Carolina 2003 117-63-0 .650 0 0-0 7 Joe Moglia
Georgia Southern 1923 379-217-10 .634 1 1-0 11 Chad Lunsford
Georgia State 2010 27-67-0 .287 2 1-1 0 Shawn Elliott
Louisiana 1901 512-551-34 .482 3 2-1 13 Billy Napier
Louisiana-Monroe 1951 304-415-8 .424 1 0-1 5 Matt Viator
South Alabama 2009 52-50-0 .510 2 0-2 0 Steve Campbell
Texas State 1904 498-418-30 .530 0 0-0 12 Everett Withers
Troy 1909 529-401-28 .567 7 4-3 21 Neal Brown

[24]

Sun Belt champions

Starting in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS Season, the Sun Belt Conference will host a football championship game.[25]

Season Champion Conference
Record
2001 Middle Tennessee State
North Texas
5-1
2002 North Texas
6-0
2003 North Texas
7-0
2004 North Texas
7-0
2005 Arkansas State
Louisiana-Lafayette
Louisiana-Monroe
5-2
2006 Middle Tennessee State
Troy
6-1
2007 Florida Atlantic
Troy
6-1
2008 Troy
6-1
2009 Troy
8-0
2010 Florida International
Troy
6-2
2011 Arkansas State
8-0
2012 Arkansas State
7-1
2013* Arkansas State
5-2
2014 Georgia Southern
8-0
2015 Arkansas State
8-0
2016 Appalachian State
Arkansas State
7-1
2017 Appalachian State
Troy
7-1
  • Note: Louisiana-Lafayette vacated 2013 shared Sun Belt Conference co-championship due to major NCAA violations.[26]

Bowl games

Football rivalries

Conference play
Teams Rivalry
Name
Trophy Meetings
(last)
Record Series
Leader
Appalachian State Georgia Southern Deeper Than Hate -- 33
(2017)
19-13-1 Appalachian State
Louisiana Louisiana-Monroe Battle on the Bayou Wooden Boot 52
(2017)
27-25 Louisiana
Georgia State Georgia Southern Modern Day Hate -- 4
(2017)
3-1 Georgia State
South Alabama Troy Battle for the Belt Belt 6
(2017)
3-3 Tied
Non-conference play
Teams Rivalry
Name
Trophy Meetings
(last)
Record Series
Leader
Arkansas State Memphis Paint Bucket Bowl -- 59
(2013)
30-24-5 Memphis
Louisiana Lamar -- Sabine Shoe 34
(2012)
22-12 Louisiana
Louisiana McNeese State -- Cajun Crown 37
(2007)
20-15-2 McNeese State
Louisiana Southeastern Louisiana -- Cypress Mug 38
(1981)
18-17-3 Louisiana
Texas State Nicholls State Battle for the Paddle Paddle 30
(2011)
16-14 Nicholls State
Troy Middle Tennessee Battle for the Palladium Palladium 20
(2012)
12-8 Middle Tennessee
Troy UAB -- -- 12
(2014)
7-5 Troy
Appalachian State Western Carolina Battle for the Old Mountain Jug Old Mountain Jug 78

(2013)

59-18-1 Appalachian State

Basketball

The Sun Belt Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments are held in the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana every March.[27] Winners of the tournaments earn automatic bids to their respective NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament.

Season Men's
Regular Season
Champion
Men's
Tournament
Champion
Women's
Regular Season
Champion
Women's
Tournament
Champion
1977 North Carolina-Charlotte North Carolina-Charlotte No Regular Season No Tournament
1978 North Carolina-Charlotte New Orleans No Regular Season No Tournament
1979 South Alabama Jacksonville No Regular Season No Tournament
1980 South Alabama Virginia Commonwealth No Regular Season No Tournament
1981 Virginia Commonwealth Virginia Commonwealth No Regular Season No Tournament
1982 Alabama-Birmingham Alabama-Birmingham No Regular Season No Tournament
1983 Virginia Commonwealth Alabama-Birmingham Old Dominion Old Dominion
1984 Virginia Commonwealth Alabama-Birmingham Old Dominion Old Dominion
1985 Virginia Commonwealth Virginia Commonwealth Old Dominion Old Dominion
1986 Old Dominion Jacksonville Western Kentucky Western Kentucky
1987 Western Kentucky Alabama-Birmingham Old Dominion Old Dominion
1988 North Carolina-Charlotte North Carolina-Charlotte Old Dominion Western Kentucky
1989 South Alabama South Alabama Old Dominion Western Kentucky
1990 Alabama-Birmingham South Florida Alabama-Birmingham Old Dominion
1991 South Alabama South Alabama Alabama-Birmingham Western Kentucky
1992 Southwestern Louisiana Southwestern Louisiana Western Kentucky Western Kentucky
1993 New Orleans Western Kentucky Western Kentucky Western Kentucky
1994 Western Kentucky Southwestern Louisiana Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech
1995 Western Kentucky Western Kentucky Louisiana Tech Western Kentucky
1996 Arkansas-Little Rock New Orleans Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech
1997 South Alabama South Alabama Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech
1998 South Alabama South Alabama Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech
1999 Louisiana Tech Arkansas State Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech
2000 Louisiana-Lafayette Louisiana-Lafayette Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech
2001 Western Kentucky Western Kentucky Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech
2002 Western Kentucky Western Kentucky Florida International Florida International
2003 Western Kentucky Western Kentucky Western Kentucky Western Kentucky
2004 Vacated Vacated South Alabama Middle Tennessee State
2005 Denver Vacated Western Kentucky Middle Tennessee State
2006 Western Kentucky South Alabama Western Kentucky Middle Tennessee State
2007 South Alabama North Texas Middle Tennessee State Middle Tennessee State
2008 South Alabama Western Kentucky Western Kentucky Western Kentucky
2009 Western Kentucky Western Kentucky Middle Tennessee State Middle Tennessee State
2010 Troy North Texas Arkansas-Little Rock Middle Tennessee State
2011 Florida Atlantic Arkansas-Little Rock Middle Tennessee State
Arkansas-Little Rock
Arkansas-Little Rock
2012 Middle Tennessee State Western Kentucky Middle Tennessee State Arkansas-Little Rock
2013 Middle Tennessee State Western Kentucky Middle Tennessee State Arkansas-Little Rock
2014 Georgia State Louisiana-Lafayette Arkansas State Western Kentucky
2015 Georgia State Georgia State Arkansas-Little Rock Arkansas-Little Rock
2016 Little Rock Little Rock Arkansas State Troy
2017 Texas-Arlington Troy Little Rock Troy
2018 Louisiana Georgia State Little Rock Little Rock

Baseball

Facilities

School Football
Stadium
Capacity Basketball
Arena
Capacity Baseball
Stadium
Capacity
Appalachian State Kidd Brewer Stadium 24,050 Holmes Center 8,325 Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium 1,000[28]
Arkansas State Centennial Bank Stadium 33,410 First National Bank Arena 10,563 Tomlinson Stadium-Kell Field 1,200[29]
Coastal Carolina Brooks Stadium 20,000 HTC Center 3,370 Springs Brooks Stadium - Vrooman Field 5,400[30]
Georgia Southern Paulson Stadium 25,000 Hanner Fieldhouse 4,325[31] J. I. Clements Stadium 3,000
Georgia State Georgia State Stadium 24,333 GSU Sports Arena 3,854[32] GSU Baseball Complex 1,092
Little Rock
Non-football school
Jack Stephens Center 5,600[33] Gary Hogan Field 2,550
Louisiana Cajun Field 36,900 Cajundome 12,068 M.L. Tigue Moore Field 6,000
Louisiana-Monroe Malone Stadium 30,427 Fant-Ewing Coliseum 7,085 Warhawk Field 1,800
South Alabama Ladd Peebles Stadium 40,646 Mitchell Center 10,041 Eddie Stanky Field 4,500
Texas State Jim Wacker Field at Bobcat Stadium 30,000 Strahan Coliseum 7,200 Bobcat Ballpark 2,000
UT Arlington
Non-football school
College Park Center 7,000 Clay Gould Ballpark 1,600
Troy Veterans Memorial Stadium 30,420 Trojan Arena 6,000[34] Riddle-Pace Field 2,000

Academics

Two of the Sun Belt's member schools, Georgia State and Texas-Arlington are doctorate-granting universities with "very high research activity," the highest classification given by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.[36]

Appalachian State is also currently ranked as one of the Top 10 regional schools in the South by the U.S. News & World Report.

University Affiliation Carnegie[36] Endowment[37] US News[38] Forbes[39]
Appalachian State University Public (UNC) Master's (Larger) $99,593,000[40] 9 (Regional: South) 315
Arkansas State University Public (ASU System) Master's (Larger) $66,217,000[40] 68 (Regional: South) N/A[d 1]
Coastal Carolina University Public Master's (Larger) $39,432,000[40] 52 (Regional: South) N/A[d 2]
Georgia Southern University Public (USG System) R3 Doctoral/Research (Moderate) $50,999,000[40] RNP (National) 560
Georgia State University Public (USG System) R1 Doctoral/Research (Highest) $155,303,000[40] 223 (National) 530
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Public (UA System) R3 Doctoral/Research (Moderate) $70,080,000[40] RNP (National) 608
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Public (UL System) R2 Doctoral/Research (Higher) $178,300,000[41] RNP (National) 529
University of Louisiana at Monroe Public (UL System) R3 Doctoral/Research (Moderate) $23,158,000[42] RNP (National) N/A[d 3]
University of South Alabama Public R2 Doctoral/Research (Higher) $555,735,000[40] RNP (National) 616
Texas State University Public (TSU System) R2 Doctoral/Research (Higher) $186,676,000[40] RNP (National) 506
University of Texas at Arlington Public (UT System) R1 Doctoral/Research (Highest) $155,277,000[43] RNP (National) 558
Troy University Public (TU System) Master's (Larger) $104,409,000[40] 69 (Regional: South) 640

Notes

  1. ^ Arkansas State is not ranked in the 2017 Forbes America's Best 650 Colleges rankings.
  2. ^ Coastal Carolina is not ranked in the 2017 Forbes America's Best 650 Colleges rankings.
  3. ^ Louisiana-Monroe is not ranked in the 2017 Forbes America's Best 650 Colleges rankings.

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