All of this conference realignment is a trickle down from what started in July with the Southeastern Conference inviting Texas and Oklahoma to leave the Big 12 and join the powerhouse league by 2025.
The Big 12 responded by adding four schools, three from the American Athletic Conference, which led the AAC to poach six schools from C-USA.
C-USA has also lost three members to the Sun Belt in recent weeks and the last piece of the Sun Belt's plan to expand to 14 football members fell into place Friday: James Madison, a perennial championship contender in the Football Championship Subdivision, was given approval by the state to move up to FBS, where the Sun Belt competes.
James Madison and the Sun Belt announced they will hold a news conference Saturday on the school's Harrisonburg, Virginia, campus. All the Sun Belt's new schools are also expected to join by 2023.
The newest C-USA schools will keep the league far-flung, from New Mexico to Virginia.
Liberty and Jacksonville State are both members of the ASun Conference for most of their sports, though Liberty is an independent competing in FBS. Jacksonville State has been a successful program in FCS.
New Mexico State is also an FBS independent and member of Western Athletic Conference for basketball and other sports. Sam Houston State, which won the FCS championship last season, is part of the newly restarted WAC football league, which is competing in FCS this year.
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