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Sun Belt delays expanding to 12 teams

Published May 22, 2013 1:54 pm

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New Orleans • Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson says plans to become a 12-team league are on hold.

Benson, speaking after Wednesday's conclusion of conference meetings in Destin, Fla., says the conference is comfortable with having an 11-team setup by 2014. He says member institutions don't want to rush to add another school simply so the league can host a conference championship game in football.

Benson says the decision to wait is aimed at seeking stability and ensuring a good geographic fit for a league currently in transition. Four schools are leaving this summer and a fifth next year. Those will be replaced by seven schools, one which does not have football and two which are joining for football only.

The Sun Belt will have eight football teams this coming season.