Conference USA

Conference USA (C-USA or CUSA) is an intercollegiate athletic conference whose current member institutions are located within the Southern United States. The conference participates in the NCAA's Division I in all sports. C-USA's offices are located in Dallas, Texas.

Conference USA
DivisionDivision I
Sports fielded
  • 19[2]
    • men's: 9
    • women's: 10
RegionSouthern United States
HeadquartersDallas, Texas
CommissionerJudy MacLeod (since 2015)


C-USA was founded in 1995 by the merger of the Metro Conference and Great Midwest Conference, two Division I conferences that did not sponsor football. However, the merger did not include either Great Midwest member Dayton or Metro members VCU and Virginia Tech.[3] Since this left an uneven number of teams in the conference, Houston of the dissolving Southwest Conference was extended an invitation and agreed to join following the SWC's disbanding at the end of the 1995-96 academic year. The conference immediately started competition in all sports, except football which started in 1996.

2005–06 realignment

The conference saw radical changes for the 2005–06 academic year. The Big East Conference had lost several teams, and looked to Conference USA to attract replacements. Five C-USA members departed for the Big East, including three football-playing schools (Cincinnati, Louisville, and South Florida) and two non-football schools (DePaul and Marquette; both joined the New Big East in 2013). Another two schools (Charlotte and Saint Louis) left for the Atlantic 10; TCU joined the Mountain West (and is now in the Big 12 with several other former Southwest Conference members); and a ninth member, Army, which was C-USA football-only, opted to become an independent in that sport again.

With the loss of these teams, C-USA lured six teams from other conferences: UCF and Marshall from the MAC, as well as Rice, SMU, Tulsa, and later UTEP from the WAC. Note that UCF played in the MAC for football only; for all other sports, it was a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference.

With C-USA's membership now consisting of 12 schools, all of which sponsor football, the conference adopted a two-division alignment.

2013–14 realignment

In 2013, C-USA entered its next phase with the departure of four schools (Houston, Memphis, SMU, and UCF) for the American Athletic Conference, the football-sponsoring portion of the former Big East Conference. This was again the result of Big East schools leaving for the ACC, this time being Syracuse and Pittsburgh. It was announced in early 2012 that Conference USA was in talks with the Mountain West Conference about forming either a football alliance or conference merger in the future.

However, when the conferences discussed their plans with the NCAA, they were told that if they merged, the new league would receive only one automatic bid to NCAA championships; at least one of the former conferences would lose expected future revenues from the NCAA men's basketball tournament; and at least one former conference would lose exit fees from any schools that departed for the new league. As a result, both C-USA and the MW backed away from a full merger. As of April 2012, the likeliest scenario was an all-sports alliance in which both conferences retain separate identities.[4] However, after the MW added more members, the alliance was apparently abandoned.

For men's soccer, there was a chance that the MW, SEC, and C-USA along with the one Sun Belt member (FIU), that sponsor the sport, would play under the C-USA's men's soccer program. The MW, which does not sponsor men's soccer, would take three of the four members that offer the sport (UNLV, Air Force, New Mexico—San Diego State is a Pac-12 associate member in that sport), join C-USA's three full members that offer the sport (UAB, Marshall, Tulsa), the two SEC members already in C-USA for the sport (Kentucky, South Carolina), and the Sun Belt's FIU.[4] However, the only MW member school that ultimately moved to C-USA men's soccer was New Mexico.

For the 2013–14 season C-USA invited five new members to join their conference, with all accepting. UTSA and Louisiana Tech joined from the WAC and North Texas and FIU, (an affiliate member of C-USA joining for men's soccer in 2005), from the Sun Belt Conference. Old Dominion, which already housed five of its sports in C-USA, moved the rest of its athletic program from the CAA (except for field hockey, women's lacrosse and wrestling, with the three sports joining the new Big East, the Atlantic Sun, and the MAC respectively because C-USA does not sponsor those sports) and upgraded its football program from the Football Championship Subdivision. Charter member Charlotte returned from the A-10 and accelerated its recently established football program, which was set to begin play in 2013 as an FCS school, to FBS in 2015 with full conference rights in 2016.

2014–15 realignment

On November 27, 2012, it was announced that Tulane would leave the conference to join the Big East in all sports, and East Carolina would join the Big East for football only (ECU's membership was upgraded to all-sports in March 2013 after the Big East's non-football members, save for ACC-bound Notre Dame, announced they were leaving to form a new conference which took the Big East name, leaving the football-playing members to become the American Athletic Conference). Conference USA responded by adding Middle Tennessee and Florida Atlantic, both from the Sun Belt.

On April 1, 2013, Conference USA announced they were adding Western Kentucky, also from the Sun Belt, to offset Tulsa's departure to The American in all sports which was confirmed the next day.[5][6]

Citing financial difficulties, the UAB football program was shut down on December 2, 2014. According to Conference USA bylaws, member schools must sponsor football. In January 2015, UAB announced an independent re-evaluation of the program and the finances involved, leaving open a possible resumption of the program as early as the 2016 season. On January 29, 2015, the conference announced that there was no time pressure in making a decision regarding UAB's future membership. The conference also stated that it would wait for the results of the new study before any further discussions on the subject.[7] On June 1, UAB announced that it would reinstate football effective with the 2016 season, presumably keeping the school in C-USA for the immediate future.[8] The return of football was later pushed back to 2017.[9] The Blazers won the 2018 conference championship their second year back.


Commissioner Britton Banowsky stepped down on September 15, 2015 to become the head of the College Football Playoff Foundation. Executive associate commissioner and chief operating officer Judy MacLeod was subsequently named interim commissioner. On October 26 MacLeod was named the conference's third official commissioner, also becoming the first woman to head an FBS conference.[10]


Current members

Institution Location Founded Joined Enrollment Nickname Colors
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Birmingham, Alabama 1969 1995[a 1] 21,923[11] Blazers          
Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, Florida 1961 2013 29,772[12] Owls          
Florida International University (Florida INT) University Park, Florida 1965 2013[a 2] 58,064[13] Panthers          
Louisiana Tech University Ruston, Louisiana 1894 2013 12,467[14] Bulldogs & Lady Techsters          
Marshall University Huntington, West Virginia 1837 2005 13,204[15] Thundering Herd          
Middle Tennessee State University (Middle Tennessee) Murfreesboro, Tennessee 1911 2013 21,913[16] Blue Raiders          
University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Charlotte) Charlotte, North Carolina 1946 2013[a 3] 29,710[17] 49ers          
University of North Texas Denton, Texas 1890 2013 38,087[18] Mean Green          
Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia 1930 2013[a 4] 24,176[19] Monarchs & Lady Monarchs[a 5]               
Rice University Houston, Texas 1912 2005 7,124[20] Owls          
University of Southern Mississippi (Southern Miss) Hattiesburg, Mississippi 1910 1995 14,509[21] Golden Eagles          
University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) El Paso, Texas 1914 2005 25,151[22] Miners               
University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) San Antonio, Texas 1969 2013 30,674[23] Roadrunners               
Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, Kentucky 1906 2014[a 6] 19,456[24] Hilltoppers & Lady Toppers          
  1. UAB was a full but non-football member at two different times—1995 to 1999, when the school was independent in football, and 2015 to 2017, after UAB discontinued its football program. UAB football returned for the 2017 season.[9]
  2. FIU was a men's soccer affiliate from 2005 to 2013.
  3. Charlotte was a full but non-football member from 1995 to 2005 and again from 2013 to 2015.
  4. Old Dominion was an affiliate in men's golf, women's golf, rowing, men's tennis, and women's tennis in 2012–13; full but non-football member in 2013–14.
  5. Some Old Dominion women's sports use "Monarchs" and others "Lady Monarchs", as follows:
    • Monarchs – Field hockey, lacrosse
    • Lady Monarchs – Basketball, golf, rowing, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis
  6. Western Kentucky was an affiliate in women's swimming & diving in 2013–14.

Affiliate members

In this table, all dates reflect the calendar year of entry into Conference USA, which for spring sports is the year before the start of competition.

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined Sport Primary
University of Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky 1865 26,054 Wildcats           2005 soccer (m) Southeastern
University of South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina 1801 28,481 Gamecocks           2005 Southeastern

Former members

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
University of Central Florida Orlando, Florida 1963 Knights 2005 2013 The American
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio 1819 Bearcats 1995 2005
DePaul University Chicago, Illinois 1898 Blue Demons Big East
East Carolina University Greenville, North Carolina 1907 Pirates 2001[b 1] 2014 The American
University of Houston Houston, Texas 1927 Cougars 1996[b 2] 2013
University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky 1798 Cardinals 1995 2005 Atlantic Coast
Marquette University Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1881 Golden Eagles Big East
University of Memphis Memphis, Tennessee 1912 Tigers 2013 The American
Saint Louis University St. Louis, Missouri 1818 Billikens 2005 Atlantic 10
University of South Florida Tampa, Florida 1956 Bulls The American
Southern Methodist University University Park, Texas 1911 Mustangs 2005 2013
Texas Christian University Fort Worth, Texas 1873 Horned Frogs 2001 2005 Big 12
Tulane University New Orleans, Louisiana 1834 Green Wave 1995 2014 The American
University of Tulsa Tulsa, Oklahoma 1894 Golden Hurricane 2005
  1. Affiliate in football from 1997 to 2001.
  2. Houston was a founding member of C-USA in 1995 but did not begin competition until 1996 because of its commitments to the final year of competition in the Southwest Conference.

Former affiliate members

In this table, all dates reflect each school's actual entry into and departure from Conference USA. For spring sports, the joining date is the calendar year before the start of competition. For fall sports, the departure date is the calendar year after the last season of competition.

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Sport Primary
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, Alabama 1831 Crimson Tide 2009 2014 rowing Southeastern[c 1]
United States Military Academy (Army) West Point, New York 1802 Black Knights 1998 2005 football Patriot[c 2]
California State University, Bakersfield Bakersfield, California 1965 Roadrunners 2007 2010 swimming & diving (w) Western Athletic
California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State) Sacramento, California 1947 Hornets 2013 2014 rowing Big Sky[c 3]
Colorado College Colorado Springs, Colorado 1874 Tigers 2006 soccer (w) Southern Collegiate
(NCAA Division III)[c 4]
University of Kansas Lawrence, Kansas 1865 Jayhawks 2009 rowing Big 12
Kansas State University Manhattan, Kansas 1863 Wildcats
University of New Mexico Albuquerque, New Mexico 1889 Lobos 2013 2019 soccer (m) Mountain West
University of North Dakota Grand Forks, North Dakota 1883 Fighting Hawks 2008 2011 swimming & diving (w) Big Sky[c 5]
University of Northern Colorado Greeley, Colorado 1889 Bears 2007 2010
University of Oklahoma Norman, Oklahoma 1890 Sooners 2009 2014 rowing Big 12
San Diego State University San Diego, California 1947 Aztecs 2013 Mountain West[c 3]
University of Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee 1794 Lady Volunteers 2009 Southeastern[c 1]
University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas 1883 Longhorns Big 12
West Virginia University Morgantown, West Virginia 1867 Mountaineers 2012
  1. Rowing affiliate of the Big 12.
  2. Football currently competes as an FBS independent.
  3. Rowing affiliate of The American.
  4. Women's soccer affiliate of the MW.
  5. Women's swimming & diving affiliate of the WAC.

Membership timeline

Full members (all-sports) Full members (non-football) Affiliate members (football-only) Affiliate member (other sport)Other Conference Other Conference


  • Michael Slive 1995–2002
  • Britton Banowsky 2002–2015
  • Judy MacLeod 2015–present


Sports sponsored

Conference USA sponsors championship competition in nine men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[25] Two schools are affiliate members for men's soccer.

Teams in C-USA Conference
Cross Country1213
Swimming & Diving7
Track and Field (Indoor)1013
Track and Field (Outdoor)1013

Men's sponsored sports by school

Member Baseball Basketball XCountry Football Golf Soccer Tennis Indoor
& Field
& Field
Florida AtlanticYYYYYYYNN7
Louisiana TechYYYYYNNYY7
Middle TennesseeYYYYYNYYY8
Old DominionYYNYYYYNN6
Southern MissYYNYYNYYY7
Western KentuckyYYYYYNNYY7
Total12141114136+2[lower-alpha 1]8101098+2
  1. Affiliate members Kentucky and South Carolina.

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by Conference USA which are played by current full C-USA members:

SchoolSailing[m 1]Swimming
& diving
Florida AtlanticNoCCSANo
  1. Sailing is a coeducational team sport. It is not sanctioned by the NCAA, but instead by the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association.

Women's sponsored sports by school

Member Basketball XCountry Golf Soccer Softball Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Indoor
& Field
& Field
Volleyball Total
Florida AtlanticYYYYYYYYYY10
Louisiana TechYYNYYNYYYY8
Middle TennesseeYYYYYNYYYY9
Old DominionYNYYNYYNNN[lower-alpha 1]5
RiceYYNYNY[lower-alpha 2]YYYY8
Southern MissYYYYYNYYYY9
Western KentuckyYYYYYN[lower-alpha 3]YYYY9
  1. Old Dominion will add women's volleyball for the 2020 season.[26]
  2. Rice fields a women's team in swimming but not in diving.
  3. Western Kentucky announced on April 14, 2015 that it would suspend its men's and women's swimming & diving teams for at least 5 years (only the women's team competed in C-USA). This followed a police investigation into claims of assault and hazing by a former men's team member which in turn found multiple violations of university policies on harassment and sexual misconduct.[27]

Women's varsity sports not sponsored by Conference USA which are played by current full C-USA members:

SchoolBeach volleyballBowlingField hockeyLacrosseRifle[lower-alpha 1]RowingSailing[lower-alpha 2]
Florida AtlanticCCSANoNoNoNoNoNo
Louisiana TechNoSBLNoNoNoNoNo
Old DominionNoNoBig EastBig EastNoThe AmericanMAISA
Southern MissCCSANoNoNoNoNoNo
  1. Rifle is technically classified as a men's sport by the NCAA, but allows competitors of both sexes, and also allows schools to field any combination of coed and single-sex teams. UTEP fields a women-only teams.
  2. Sailing is a coeducational team sport. It is not sanctioned by the NCAA, but instead by the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association.


Conference USA uses a divisional format only for football.

For the upcoming season, see 2019 Conference USA football season.
Team First
Win %
Head Coach
East Division
Charlotte 2013 22–48 .314 0 0–0 0 Will Healy
Florida Atlantic 2001 92–126 .422 3 3–0 2 Lane Kiffin
FIU 2002 83–131 .388 4 2–2 1 Butch Davis
Marshall 1895 591–546–47 .519 14 12–2 13 Doc Holliday
Middle Tennessee 1911 581–430–28 .573 8 2–6 13 Rick Stockstill
Old Dominion 1930 120–83–4 .589 1 1–0 0 Bobby Wilder
Western Kentucky 1908 575–400–30 .587 5 3–2 13 Tyson Helton
West Division
Louisiana Tech 1901 620–462–39 .570 11 7–3–1 25 Skip Holtz
North Texas 1913 516–506–33 .505 10 2–8 24 Seth Littrell
Rice 1912 472–617–32 .435 12 7–5 8 Mike Bloomgren
Southern Miss 1912 590–423–26 .580 23 11–12 8 Jay Hopson
UAB 1991 137–161–2 .460 3 1–2 1 Bill Clark
UTEP 1914 391–596–30 .399 14 5–9 2 Dana Dimel
UTSA 2011 41–53 .436 1 0–1 0 Frank Wilson


C-USA champions

Bowl games

The highest-ranked champion from the so-called "Group of Five" conferences (The American, C-USA, MAC, Mountain West, and Sun Belt) is guaranteed a berth in one of the non-semifinal bowls of the College Football Playoff if the group's top team is not in the playoff.[29]

Name Location Stadium Opposing Conference
Cotton Bowl Classic Arlington, Texas AT&T Stadium at-large
Fiesta Bowl Glendale, Arizona State Farm Stadium at-large
Peach Bowl Atlanta, Georgia Mercedes-Benz Stadium at-large

For the 2014–19 seasons, Conference USA is guaranteed at least five of the following bowl games.

Name Location Stadium Opposing Conference
Arizona Bowl Tucson, Arizona Arizona Stadium Mountain West
Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, Texas Amon G. Carter Stadium The American
Big 12
Big Ten
Mountain West
Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas Thomas Robinson Stadium The American
Sun Belt
Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, Florida FAU Stadium The American
First Responder Bowl Dallas, Texas Cotton Bowl Big 12
Big Ten
Frisco Bowl Frisco, Texas Toyota Stadium The American
Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, Hawaii Aloha Stadium Mountain West
Independence Bowl Shreveport, Louisiana Independence Stadium ACC
Miami Beach Bowl Miami, Florida Marlins Park The American
New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, New Mexico Dreamstyle Stadium Mountain West
New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, Louisiana Mercedes-Benz Superdome Sun Belt
Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, Florida Raymond James Stadium The American


Current or former C-USA in conference rivalries:

TeamsRivalry NameTrophyMeetingsRecordSeries LeaderCurrent Streak
UABMemphis Battle for the Bones Bones Trophy74-3UABMemphis won 1
FIUFlorida Atlantic Shula Bowl Don Shula Award155–10Florida AtlanticFIU won 1
Louisiana TechSouthern Miss Rivalry in Dixie 4615–31Southern MissLouisiana Tech won 2
MarshallEast Carolina East Carolina–Marshall football rivalry 1510–5East CarolinaMarshall won 1
Middle TennesseeWestern Kentucky 100 Miles of Hate 6534–31–1Middle TennesseeWKU won 2
Middle TennesseeTroy Battle for the Palladium The Palladium2012–8Middle TennesseeMiddle Tennessee won 1
Western KentuckyMarshall Moonshine Throwdown 106–4MarshallMarshall won 2
North TexasSMU Safeway Bowl 3428–5–1SMUNorth Texas won 1
RiceHouston Bayou Bucket Classic 4011–29HoustonHouston won 3
RiceSMU Battle for the Mayor's Cup Mayor's Cup8940–48–1SMURice won 1
Southern MissMemphis Black and Blue Bowl 6340–22–1Southern MissMemphis won 1
Southern MissTulane Battle for the Bell The Bell3023–7Southern MissSouthern Miss won 6

Men's basketball

For the most recent season, see 2018–19 Conference USA men's basketball season.

This list goes through the 2017-18 season.[30]

Team First
Win %
NCAA Tournament
NCAA Tournament
Arena Head Coach
UAB 1979 797-482 .623 15 10–15 Bartow Arena Robert Ehsan
Charlotte 1963 844–719 .540 11 7–12 Dale F. Halton Arena Ron Sanchez
Florida Atlantic 1989 322–557 .366 1 0–1 FAU Arena Dusty May
FIU 1982 409–635 .392 1 0–1 Ocean Bank Convocation Center Jeremy Ballard
Louisiana Tech 1910 1352–1021 .570 5 4–5 Thomas Assembly Center Eric Konkol
Marshall 1907 1484–1103–2 .574 6 1–6 Cam Henderson Center Dan D'Antoni
Middle Tennessee 1914 1233–1046 .541 9 4–9 Murphy Center Nick McDevitt
North Texas 1915 1149–1306 .468 3 0–3 UNT Coliseum Grant McCasland
Old Dominion 1951 1160–729 .614 11 3–11 Ted Constant Convocation Center Jeff Jones
Rice 1915 1100–1422 .436 4 2–5 Tudor Fieldhouse Scott Pera
Southern Miss 1913 1242–1060–1 .540 3 0–3 Reed Green Coliseum Doc Sadler
UTEP 1915 1377–1046 .568 17 14–16 Don Haskins Center Rodney Terry
UTSA 1982 546–544 .501 4 1–4 Convocation Center Steve Henson
Western Kentucky 1915 1775–912 .661 23 19–24 E. A. Diddle Arena Rick Stansbury

Women's basketball

This list goes through the 2012–13 season.[31]

Team First
Win %
NCAA Tournament
NCAA Tournament
Arena Head Coach
UAB 1979 537–495 .520 2 2–2 Bartow Arena Randy Norton
Charlotte 1976 537–398 .574 2 0–2 Dale F. Halton Arena Cara Consuegra
Florida Atlantic 1985 387–419 .480 1 0–1 FAU Arena Jim Jabir
FIU 1976 668–396 .628 6 3–6 Ocean Bank Convocation Center Tiara Malcom
Louisiana Tech 1975 1031–244 .809 27 65–25 Thomas Assembly Center Brooke Stoehr
Marshall 1970 591–597 .497 1 0–1 Cam Henderson Center Tony Kemper
Middle Tennessee 1976 764–361 .679 16 5–16 Murphy Center Rick Insell
North Texas 1977 434–602 .419 1 0–1 UNT Coliseum Jalie Mitchell
Old Dominion 1970 959–358 .728 25 34–24 Ted Constant Convocation Center Nikki McCray
Rice 1979 511–503 .504 2 1–2 Tudor Fieldhouse Tina Langley
Southern Miss 1976 618–476 .565 8 4–8 Reed Green Coliseum Joye Lee-McNelis
UTEP 1975 461–579 .443 2 1–2 Don Haskins Center Kevin Baker
UTSA 1982 453–449 .502 2 0–2 Convocation Center Kristen Holt
Western Kentucky 1914 848–440 .658 16 17–16 E. A. Diddle Arena Greg Collins



Current C-USA champions

Champions from the previous school year are in italics. "RS" is regular season.

National champions

No team has won an NCAA team championship as a member of C-USA.

However, the following C-USA teams have won national championships when they were not affiliated with C-USA:

School National titles Sport Years
FIU 2 Men's Soccer (Division II) 1982, 1984
Louisiana Tech 5 Football (Division II) 1972, 1973
Women's basketball 1981, 1982, 1988
Marshall 2 Football (Division I-AA) 1992, 1996
North Texas 4 Men's golf 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952
Old Dominion 28 Men's basketball 1975 (Division II)
Women's basketball 1979 (AIAW), 1980 (AIAW), 1985
Women's field hockey 1982, 1983, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1998, 2000
Sailing 1982, 1987, 1989 (Three classes), 1990 (Two classes), 1992, 1996, 1998 (Two classes), 2002 (Two classes), 2003, 2004
Rice 1 Baseball 2003
Southern Miss 2 Football (Division II) 1958, 1962
UTEP 21 Men's basketball 1966
Men's outdoor track and field 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982
Men's indoor track and field 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982
Men's cross country 1969, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
Western Kentucky 1 Football (Division I-AA) 2002


School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity Baseball park Capacity
UAB Legion Field[lower-alpha 1] 71,594 Bartow Arena 8,508 Regions Field
Jerry D. Young Memorial Field
Charlotte Jerry Richardson Stadium 15,300 Dale F. Halton Arena 9,105 Hayes Stadium 3,000
Florida Atlantic FAU Stadium 29,419 FAU Arena 5,000 FAU Baseball Stadium 3,000
FIU Riccardo Silva Stadium 20,000 FIU Arena 5,000 FIU Baseball Stadium 2,000
Louisiana Tech Joe Aillet Stadium 28,562 Thomas Assembly Center 8,098 J. C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park 3,000
Marshall Joan C. Edwards Stadium 38,227 Cam Henderson Center 9,048 Appalachian Power Park[lower-alpha 2]
Kennedy Center Field
Linda K. Epling Stadium
Middle Tennessee Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium 30,788 Murphy Center 11,802 Reese Smith Jr. Field 2,600
North Texas Apogee Stadium 30,850 UNT Coliseum 10,032 Non-baseball school
Old Dominion S.B. Ballard Stadium 22,480 Ted Constant Convocation Center 8,639 Bud Metheny Baseball Complex 2,500
Rice Rice Stadium 47,000 Tudor Fieldhouse 5,208 Reckling Park 5,368
Southern Miss M. M. Roberts Stadium 36,000 Reed Green Coliseum 8,095 Pete Taylor Park 5,036
UTEP Sun Bowl Stadium 51,500 Don Haskins Center 12,222 Non-baseball school
UTSA Alamodome 65,000 Convocation Center 4,080 Roadrunner Field 800
Western Kentucky Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium 22,113 E. A. Diddle Arena 7,326 Nick Denes Field 1,500
  1. UAB football is expected to move into the new Protective Stadium (capacity 45,407) on the Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Complex grounds in 2021.
  2. Marshall is preparing to build a new on-campus ballpark, as yet unnamed (capacity 3,500), and plans to open it in 2021.


In 2016, C-USA began a long-term television contract with lead partners ESPN and CBS Sports Network, with ESPN carrying 5 football games and the football championship game; and CBSSN carrying 6 football games, 5 basketball games, and both the men's and women's basketball championship games.[32] C-USA also renewed and expanded its partnership with American Sports Network; owned and operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group, ASN will carry between 15 and 30 football games; between 13 and 55 men's basketball games; and between 2 and 5 women's basketball games. ASN will also carry 10 events in other C-USA sports.[33]

The conference also entered into a contract with beIN Sports for 10 football games (marking the first domestic American football rights the network has ever acquired, and the first broadcast rights deal it had ever entered into with a college conference), 10 men's and 10 women's basketball games, 12 baseball and 12 softball games, 10 men's and 10 women's soccer games (excluding conference men's soccer games at Kentucky and South Carolina, covered by their primary conference's contract), and 10 women's volleyball games.[34]

The total values of the 2016 contracts are notably lower than those of the previous contracts (which included Fox Sports).[32]

Men's soccer associate members Kentucky and South Carolina have an agreement with their primary conference for other sports to carry all home matches online through the SEC Network service, including all Conference USA conference matches. ESPN and the SEC Network will have first rights to all C-USA home men's soccer matches featuring both schools.

In 2017 American Sports Network and Campus Insiders merged creating Stadium.[35] Stadium's C-USA content will be available to stream on Twitter and Pluto TV.[36] In 2017 Stadium completed a deal with Facebook to exclusively stream some C-USA football games.[37] In 2017 C-USA entered an agreement with the streaming subscription service FloSports to stream three football games.[38]

In 2016 C-USA partnered with SIDEARM Sports to create a subscription based streaming service named In a statement C-USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod said. "Thanks to our partnership with SIDEARM Sports, this new site showcases a clean modern look with easy access to information and we are proud to offer live content and original feature stories through our"[39] Various sports including football, basketball, and baseball will exclusively air on when they are not picked up by other networks.


One of the current member schools, Rice University is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada.[40] Rice and UAB are doctorate-granting universities with "very high research activity," the highest classification given by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.[41] Rice, UAB, Louisiana Tech, and Charlotte are ranked as Tier One National Universities in U.S. News and World Report's 2018 Best Colleges rankings.

University Affiliation Carnegie[41] Endowment[42] US News[43] Forbes[44]
University of Alabama at Birmingham Public (UA System) Research (Very High) N/A[d 1] 149 (National) 518
Florida Atlantic University Public (SUSF) Research (High) $270,933,875 RNP (National)[d 2] 536
Florida International University Public (SUSF) Research (Very High) $230,954,000 RNP (National)[d 2] 487
Louisiana Tech University Public (UL System) Research (High) N/A[d 1] 199 (National) 389
Marshall University Public Master's (Larger) $114,742,403 45 (Regional: South) N/A[d 3]
Middle Tennessee State University Public (TBR) Doctoral/Research $75,710,000 RNP (National)[d 2] 635
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Public (UNC System) Doctoral/Research $166,591,692 194 (National) 495
University of North Texas Public (UNT System) Research (High) $131,749,714 RNP (National)[d 2] 570
Old Dominion University Public Research (High) $240,900,000 210 (National)[d 2] 551
Rice University Private Research (Very High) $4,836,728,000 18 (National) 32
University of Southern Mississippi Public Research (High) $68,863,000 RNP (National)[d 2] 575
University of Texas at El Paso Public (UT System) Research (High) N/A[d 1] RNP (National)[d 2] 491
University of Texas at San Antonio Public (UT System) Research (High) N/A[d 1] RNP (National)[d 2] 642
Western Kentucky University Public Master's (Larger) $118,396,000 31 (Regional: South) 584
  1. UAB, Louisiana Tech, UTEP, and UTSA did not participate in the 2013 NACUBO Endowment Study.
  2. In the 2016 US News national university rankings, Florida Atlantic, FIU, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Old Dominion, Southern Miss, UTEP, and UTSA are listed as Rank Not Published (RNP), otherwise known as Tier Two.
  3. Marshall is not ranked in the 2015 Forbes America's Best 650 Colleges rankings.



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