Western Kentucky joins C-USA
HUNTINGTON -- Welcome, Western Kentucky University
Conference USA officially welcomed the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers into the fold Tuesday, bringing the 2014 roster to 14 schools. Members are Western Kentucky, Marshall, FIU, Florida Atlantic, Middle Tennessee, Old Dominion, UAB, Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Rice, Southern Miss, UTEP, UTSA and Charlotte for all sports except football. Charlotte begins playing C-USA football in 2015.
Western Kentucky was a Sun Belt Conference member since 2009.
Since 2000 the Hilltoppers have won more than 80 conference championships, graduated more than 85 percent of their student-athletes and invested more than $100 million in new construction or renovations of athletic facilities.
The men's basketball program ranks 18th in NCAA history for wins, women's basketball has appeared in three NCAA Final Fours and the school has had more than 70 football All-Americans.
Events went on all day Tuesday in Bowling Green, Ky., to celebrate C-USA affiliation. C-USA commissioner Britton Banowsky appeared at a meet and greet.
Western Kentucky University
Location: Bowling Green, Ky.
President: Dr. Gary A. Ransdell
Athletic director: Todd Stewart
Football stadium: Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium (22,113)
Basketball arena: E.A. Diddle Arena (7,326)
Media market: No. 182
Sports: Men (8) -- Baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, swimming, indoor and outdoor track; Women (10) -- Basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track, volleyball.
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