I can’t say that anyone can be surprised by this move. Upsetting, yes, but this is nothing out of the ordinary for smaller schools trying to gain athletic clout. . MTSU fans would like to think that this move was due to the success that the football and basketball teams have had, in recent years, relative to the rest of the Sun Belt Conference. While there is a bit of truth to this, the move is dictated by what has always been responsible for conference hopping, money.
This seems eerily similar of what the University of Louisville pulled in 2005. After having consecutive, successful seasons in football and men’s basketball, the Cardinals opted to join the Big East Conference and leave Conference USA in the dust; the same conference that the MTSU Athletic Department is so quick to jump aboard. Now, after just one decent football season, Louisville joined the Atlantic Coast Conference. This did not make sense at all for the basketball team given that the Big East is arguably the most competitive every year. So why did they jump ship again, less than ten years later? Once again, for the money. MTSU will inevitably go to Conference USA and will stay until they achieve some success and move on or get shut down and take the next best offer from another conference. But, in the end, no one should be surprised from the jump given that schools go where the money goes.
Hooray! I am so happy MTSU will be apart of a new conference! This is a prestigious honor for the MTSU athletic department. Changing conference will definitely help MTSU fan base grow and increase our schools profit and help the MTSU athletic department. The league will now have 14 members since MTSU has joined. Conference USA has grown so much because many schools have left to join the Big East conference. I think this is interesting that so many schools have left conference USA. I hope this does not mean that Conference USA is not a quality conference. Although I think MTSU service to the school by going to a higher conference. I also think that the reason for Mtsu is leaving the conference is because our success this year. I also believe that MTSU has outgrown the Sunbelt Conference. This is because we have won 38 trophies and 54 conference championships. Conference USA is a wonderful opportunity for MTSU to be apart of. MTSU athletes have also good grades. I hope when MTSU joins this conference in 2014 great things will happen. I really hope that our teams win a lot more games than previous years. I just want to congratulate anyone in the athletic department.