Sun Belt not looking for new member 'at this time'

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

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The Sun Belt isn't looking to add another member right now. (

It sounds like the Sun Belt could be sticking with 11 schools for a while.

Following the conclusion of the conference's spring meeting, Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson issued a statement saying that the conference isn't looking to add a twelfth school right now.

"While we may explore adding a 12th all-sports member join the Sun Belt Conference, at this time we are moving the conference forward with our membership as is," said Benson. "Come July 1 the membership will be stable for the first time in over two years with no incoming or departing members. The makeup of that 11 all-sports conference will give us more than just stability - it will give us strength and opportunity."

Now Benson did leave the conference some wiggle room, saying it may still explore adding a new member, but none of this is good news for UMass.

UMass recently announced that it would be leaving the MAC following the 2015 season and's Jeremy Fowler reported the school approached the Sun Belt about becoming its twelfth football member earlier this month. As Benson said in his statement, though, the Sun Belt may consider adding another "all-sports member."

UMass is leaving the MAC because it doesn't want to move all of its sports to the conference, and odds are it won't be willing to move them all to the Sun Belt, either.

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