The Belmont Bruins are headed to the Ohio Valley Conference, where they'll become the conference's 12th member institution. After making the move to Division I in 1999, they began play in the Atlantic Sun two years later, quickly taking the conference over.
Belmont has won four A-Sun titles in the past six years, rolling to a 30-4 regular season record in 2010-11 while suffering just one in-conference loss. Coach Rick Byrd has developed his brisk, highly disciplined attack into something that's a treat to watch, unless if he's busy putting a scare into your power-conference team.
Commenting on the move, school president Dr. Robert C. Fisher said:
The Ohio Valley Conference is one of the most tradition-rich and respected athletic conferences in NCAA Division I. We were honored by the invitation to join such a great family of fine universities, and look forward to establishing new traditions and new friendships.
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