Conference realignment: All the moves coming in 2022–25

Zach Miller
Run It Back With Zach
10 min readFeb 16, 2022

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BYU and UCF are among the many schools on the move in the next few years.

Last updated: May 17, 2023

The wheels of conference realignment are turning again.

If you lost track of all the changes that will be coming in the next few years, I’ve got you covered. Here’s a breakdown by conference.

Southeastern Conference

Joining: Oklahoma, Texas

Leaving: None

The Sooners and Longhorns worked out a deal to leave the Big 12 and join the SEC in 2024. The SEC will grow to 16 schools with the move.

Big Ten Conference

Joining: Southern Cal, UCLA

Leaving: None

In the biggest bombshell of 2022, the two SoCal schools announced that they will leave the Pac-12 for the Big Ten in 2024. The Big Ten will grow to 16 schools with the move.

Pac-12 Conference

Joining: None

Leaving: Southern Cal, UCLA

Two flagship members of the Pac-12 will leave for the Big Ten in 2024, leaving the league with 10 members. What the Pac-12 decides to do next will set off the next wave of moves.

Big 12 Conference

Joining: BYU, UCF, Cincinnati, Houston

Leaving: Oklahoma, Texas

BYU, UCF, Cincinnati and Houston will join the Big 12 in 2023, then Oklahoma and Texas will leave in 2024. So the Big 12 will be a 14-team league for one year before going back down to 12.

American Athletic Conference

Joining: Charlotte, FAU, North Texas, Rice, UAB, UTSA

Leaving: UCF, Cincinnati, Houston

Moving day will be July 1, 2023. That’s when the three departing teams head to the Big 12 and the six incoming teams join from Conference USA.

Sun Belt Conference

Joining: James Madison, Marshall, Old Dominion, Southern Miss

Leaving: Little Rock, UT-Arlington

All of these changes took place July 1, 2022. Little Rock and UT-Arlington, the conference’s two non-football playing members, departed for conferences that are less football-centric.

Conference USA

Joining: Jacksonville State, Kennesaw State, Liberty, New Mexico State, Sam Houston

Leaving: Charlotte, FAU, Marshall, North Texas, Old Dominion, Rice, Southern Miss, UAB, UTEP

Conference USA will experience the biggest changes with 9 schools leaving and 5 joining. Marshall, Old Dominion and Southern Miss departed for the Sun Belt on July 1, 2022 and the other six will leave for the AAC in 2023. Four of the five newcomers are expected to join in 2023, with Kennesaw State to follow in 2024.

Atlantic Sun Conference

Joining: Austin Peay, Queens

Leaving: Jacksonville State, Kennesaw State, Liberty

Austin Peay joined on July 1, 2022 as the ASUN fields an FCS football conference for the first time. Queens University of Charlotte, which does not play football, also joined. That puts the conference at 14 full members and 6 football members before Jacksonville State and Liberty depart for Conference USA in 2023, and Kennesaw State follows in 2024. Liberty’s football program already plays at the FBS level as an independent.

Western Athletic Conference

Joining: Southern Utah, UT-Arlington

Leaving: Chicago State, Lamar, New Mexico State, Sam Houston

The two newcomers joined July 1, 2022 as Lamar went back to the Southland and Chicago State became an independent. New Mexico State and Sam Houston will leave for Conference USA in 2023. Incarnate Word had announced its intention to leave the Southland for the WAC, but chose instead to remain in the Southland. Come 2023, the conference will have 11 full members, 5 of which are football-playing members. UT-Rio Grande Valley, already a full member, plans to start a football team by 2024.

Colonial Athletic Association

Joining: Campbell, Hampton, Monmouth, North Carolina A&T, Stony Brook

Leaving: James Madison

The CAA grew from 10 full members to 13 on July 1, 2022. All four newcomers joined as full members but North Carolina A&T won’t join for football until 2023. Campbell will join as a full member in 2023, bringing the full membership up to 14. Stony Brook was already an affiliate member for football and is now a full member. The league’s football conference grew from 12 teams to 13, and will grow to 15 in 2023 (six football-playing members are affiliate members for football only).

Missouri Valley Conference

Joining: Belmont, Illinois Chicago, Murray State

Leaving: Loyola Chicago

The MVC grew from 10 full members to 12 on July 1, 2022. The conference lost one of its better men’s basketball programs in Loyola but gained two perennially strong programs with Belmont and Murray State, while keeping a presence in Chicago with UIC. (Murray State will also join the Missouri Valley Football Conference beginning in 2023.)

Atlantic 10 Conference

Joining: Loyola Chicago

Leaving: None

The Atlantic 10 fortified its basketball strength by adding Loyola, which joined on July 1, 2022.

Ohio Valley Conference

Joining: Lindenwood, Little Rock, Southern Indiana, Western Illinois

Leaving: Austin Peay, Belmont, Murray State

The OVC lost two members to the ASUN in 2021, dropping from 12 full members to 10. The league held at 10 on July 1, 2022 as three departures were offset by Little Rock joining from the Sun Belt and Southern Indiana and Lindenwood moving up from Division II. Lindenwood is the only one of those three that plays football, leaving the conference with just 6 football-playing members in 2023 when Murray State’s football program leaves for the MVFC. The OVC will team up with the Big South in a new football agreement. The league will expand to 11 members in 2023 when Western Illinois joins from the Summit League. (Western Illinois will join for football in 2024.)

Southland Conference

Joining: Lamar, Texas A&M-Commerce

Leaving: None

After losing 5 members in 2021 (4 to the WAC and 1 to the ASUN), the Southland climbed to 10 members when Texas A&M-Commerce moved up from Division II and Lamar returned from the WAC on July 1, 2022. Incarnate Word had announced its intention to leave the Southland for the WAC, but chose instead to remain in the Southland.

Big South Conference

Joining: None

Leaving: Campbell, Hampton, North Carolina A&T

Losing Hampton and North Carolina A&T dropped the Big South from 12 full members to 10 on July 1, 2022. The conference also lost three affiliate members in football: Monmouth to the CAA, and North Alabama and Kennesaw State to the ASUN. North Carolina A&T will stick around for football only in 2022 before leaving in 2023. Campbell will also leave in 2023. The conference will drop to four football members (2 full members, plus existing affiliate member Robert Morris and Bryant, which joined as an affiliate member on July 1, 2022). The Big South will team up with the OVC to maintain a path to the FCS football playoffs.

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Joining: Mount St. Mary’s

Leaving: Monmouth

The MAAC lost Monmouth to the CAA but added Mount St. Mary’s from the NEC on July 1, 2022.

Big Sky Conference

Joining: None

Leaving: Southern Utah

Losing Southern Utah to the WAC on July 1, 2022 dropped the Big Sky from 11 full members to 10. The conference also has two affiliate members for football.

Horizon League

Joining: None

Leaving: Illinois-Chicago

Losing UIC to the Missouri Valley on July 1, 2022 dropped the Horizon League from 12 members to 11.

West Coast Conference

Joining: None

Leaving: BYU

Losing BYU to the Big 12 will drop the WCC from 10 members to 9 in 2023. BYU joined the conference in 2011 when it went independent with its football program. Joining the Big 12 gives the Cougars a home for all sports.

America East Conference

Joining: Bryant

Leaving: Hartford, Stony Brook

America East will drop from 10 full members to 8 in the next couple years. Stony Brook left for the CAA on July 1, 2022, while Bryant joined from the NEC. Hartford could leave as early as this summer as it begins its transition down to Division III.

Northeast Conference

Joining: Le Moyne, Stonehill

Leaving: Bryant, Mount St. Mary’s, St. Francis (N.Y.)

Bryant left for America East and Mount St. Mary’s left for the MAAC on July 1, 2022, while Stonehill College moved up from Division II to join the conference. Bryant’s football team joined the Big South as an affiliate member. St. Francis (Brooklyn) will drop all collegiate athletics at the conclusion of the 2023 spring semester, and will be replaced by Le Moyne, which is moving up from Division II.

Summit League

Joining: None

Leaving: Western Illinois

Western Illinois will leave for the OVC in 2023, dropping the Summit League to 9 members.

Full conference lineup

Here’s what every Division I conference will look like by 2025 (as of now):

America East Conference (9 full members)
Albany
Binghamton
Bryant
Maine
New Hampshire
NJIT
UMBC
UMass-Lowell
Vermont

American Athletic Conference (14 full members)
Charlotte
East Carolina
Florida Atlantic
Memphis
North Texas
Rice
South Florida
SMU
Temple
Tulane
Tulsa
UAB
UTSA
Wichita State*
*Wichita State does not play football. Navy is a football-only affiliate member.

Atlantic 10 Conference (15 full members)
Davidson
Dayton
Duquesne
Fordham
George Mason
George Washington
La Salle
Loyola Chicago
Massachusetts
Rhode Island
Richmond
St. Bonaventure
Saint Joseph’s
Saint Louis
VCU

Atlantic Coast Conference (15 full members)
Boston College
Clemson
Duke
Florida State
Georgia Tech
Louisville
Miami (Fla.)
North Carolina
North Carolina State
Notre Dame*
Pittsburgh
Syracuse
Virginia
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest
*Notre Dame is a non-football member, competing as an independent.

Atlantic Sun Conference (11 full members)
Austin Peay*
Bellarmine
Central Arkansas*
Eastern Kentucky*
FGCU
Jacksonville
Lipscomb
North Alabama*
North Florida
Queens
Stetson
*denotes football members, playing in United Athletic Conference.

Big 12 Conference (12 full members)
Baylor
BYU
Cincinnati
Houston
Iowa State
Kansas
Kansas State
Oklahoma State
TCU
Texas Tech
UCF
West Virginia

Big East Conference (11 full members)
Butler
Connecticut
Creighton
DePaul
Georgetown
Marquette
Providence
St. John’s
Seton Hall
Villanova
Xavier

Big Sky Conference (10 full members)
Eastern Washington
Idaho
Idaho State
Montana
Montana State
Northern Arizona
Northern Colorado
Portland State
Sacramento State
Weber State
*Cal Poly and UC Davis are football-only affiliate members.

Big South Conference (9 full members)
Charleston Southern*
Gardner-Webb*
High Point
Longwood
Presbyterian
Radford
UNC Asheville
USC Upstate
Winthrop
*denotes members of the Big South-OVC football association.

Big Ten Conference (16 full members)
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Maryland
Michigan
Michigan State
Minnesota
Nebraska
Northwestern
Ohio State
Penn State
Purdue
Rutgers
Southern Cal
UCLA
Wisconsin

Big West Conference (11 full members)
Cal Poly
Cal State Bakersfield
Cal State Fullerton
Cal State Northridge
Hawaii
Long Beach State
UC Davis
UC Irvine
UC Riverside
UC San Diego
UC Santa Barbara

Colonial Athletic Association (14 full members)
Campbell*
College of Charleston
Delaware*
Drexel
Elon*
Hampton*
Hofstra
Monmouth*
North Carolina A&T*
Northeastern
Stony Brook*
Towson*
UNC Wilmington
William & Mary*
*denotes members that are also part of the 15-team CAA Football Conference, which is run by the same administration as the CAA but is legally a different entity.

Conference USA (10 full members)
Florida International
Jacksonville State
Kennesaw State
Liberty
Louisiana Tech
Middle Tennessee State
New Mexico State
Sam Houston
UTEP
Western Kentucky

Horizon League (11 full members)
Cleveland State
Detroit Mercy
IUPUI
Northern Kentucky
Oakland
Purdue-Fort Wayne
Robert Morris
Wisconsin-Green Bay
Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Wright State
Youngstown State

Ivy League (8 full members)
Brown
Columbia
Cornell
Dartmouth
Harvard
Penn
Princeton
Yale

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (11 full members)
Canisius
Fairfield
Iona
Manhattan
Marist
Mount St. Mary’s
Niagara
Quinnipiac
Rider
Saint Peter’s
Siena

Mid-American Conference (12 full members)
Akron
Ball State
Bowling Green
Buffalo
Central Michigan
Eastern Michigan
Kent State
Miami (Ohio)
Northern Illinois
Ohio
Toledo
Western Michigan

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (8 full members)
Coppin State*
Delaware State
Howard
Morgan State
Norfolk State
North Carolina Central
South Carolina State
UMES*
*Coppin State and UMES do not play football.

Missouri Valley Conference (12 full members)
Belmont
Bradley
Drake
Evansville
Illinois Chicago
Illinois State
Indiana State
Missouri State
Murray State
Northern Iowa
Southern Illinois
Valparaiso

Mountain West Conference (11 full members)
Air Force
Boise State
Colorado State
Fresno State
Nevada
New Mexico
San Diego State
San Jose State
UNLV
Utah State
Wyoming
*Hawaii is a football-only affiliate member.

Northeast Conference (9 full members)
Central Connecticut State*
FDU
Le Moyne
Long Island*
Merrimack*
Sacred Heart*
St. Francis (Pa.)*
Stonehill*
Wagner*
*denotes football members, along with football-only affiliate member Duquesne.

Ohio Valley Conference (11 full members)
Eastern Illinois *
Lindenwood*
Morehead State
SEMO*
SIU-Edwardsville
Southern Indiana
Tennessee State*
Tennessee Tech*
UA Little Rock
UT Martin*
Western Illinois*
*denotes members of the Big South-OVC football association.

Pac-12 Conference (10 full members)
Arizona
Arizona State
California
Colorado
Oregon
Oregon State
Stanford
Utah
Washington
Washington State

Patriot League (10 full members)
American
Army
Boston University
Bucknell*
Colgate*
Holy Cross*
Lafayette*
Lehigh*
Loyola Maryland
Navy
*denotes football members, along with football-only affiliate members Fordham and Georgetown

Southeastern Conference (16 full members)
Alabama
Arkansas
Auburn
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
LSU
Mississippi
Mississippi State
Missouri
Oklahoma
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Texas A&M
Vanderbilt

Southern Conference (10 full members)
Chattanooga
East Tennessee State
Furman
Mercer
Samford
The Citadel
UNC Greensboro*
VMI
Western Carolina
Wofford
*UNC Greensboro does not play football.

Southland Conference (10 full members)
Houston Baptist
Incarnate Word
Lamar
McNeese State
New Orleans*
Nicholls State
Northwestern State
Southeastern Louisiana
Texas A&M-Commerce
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi*
*New Orleans and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi do not play football.

Southwestern Athletic Conference (12 full members)
Alabama A&M
Alabama State
Alcorn State
Bethune-Cookman
Florida A&M
Grambling
Jackson State
Mississippi Valley State
Prairie View A&M
Southern
Texas Southern
UAPB

Summit League (9 full members)
Denver
North Dakota
North Dakota State
Omaha
Oral Roberts
St. Thomas
South Dakota
South Dakota State
UMKC

Sun Belt Conference (14 full members)
Appalachian State
Arkansas State
Coastal Carolina
Georgia Southern
Georgia State
James Madison
Louisiana
Marshall
Old Dominion
South Alabama
Southern Mississippi
Texas State
Troy
ULM

West Coast Conference (9 full members)
Gonzaga
Loyola Marymount
Pacific
Pepperdine
Portland
Saint Mary’s
San Diego
San Francisco
Santa Clara

Western Athletic Conference (11 full members)
Abilene Christian*
California Baptist
Grand Canyon
Seattle
Southern Utah*
Stephen F. Austin*
Tarleton State*
UT Arlington
Utah Tech*
Utah Valley
UTRGV*
*denotes football members, playing in United Athletic Conference.

And here’s what the football-only Division I conferences will look like. The United Athletic Conference is the new name of the ASUN-WAC football alliance made up of the football playing-members of those conferences.

CAA Football (15 members)
Albany
Campbell
Delaware
Elon
Hampton
Maine
Monmouth
New Hampshire
North Carolina A&T
Rhode Island
Richmond
Stony Brook
Towson
Villanova
William & Mary

Missouri Valley Football Conference (11 members)
Illinois State
Indiana State
Missouri State
Murray State
North Dakota
North Dakota State
Northern Iowa
South Dakota
South Dakota State
Southern Illinois
Youngstown State

Pioneer Football League (11 members)
Butler
Davidson
Dayton
Drake
Marist
Morehead State
Presbyterian
St. Thomas
San Diego
Stetson
Valparaiso

United Athletic Conference (10 members)
Abilene Christian
Austin Peay
Central Arkansas
Eastern Kentucky
North Alabama
Southern Utah
Stephen F. Austin
Tarleton State
Utah Tech
UTRGV

The Big South and OVC also formed a football association, which includes the football playing-members of those conferences, plus Big South affiliate members Bryant and Robert Morris.

Big South-OVC Football (11 members)
Bryant
Charleston Southern
Eastern Illinois
Gardner-Webb
Lindenwood
Robert Morris
SEMO
Tennessee State
Tennessee Tech
UT Martin
Western Illinois

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Zach Miller
Run It Back With Zach