Florida Atlantic will not be a part of the MWC/CUSA mega-conference and will instead remain in the Sun Belt, the school's president announced Friday. The Owls were reportedly prepared to fly to the mega-merger, but were left out in the cold when an invitation to join the party never came. As a result, the Sun Belt -- also rumored to be expanding -- will continue to be home sweet home for FAU.
From Owl Access:
"I can tell you we have not been invited to another conference," Saunders said. "I think those decisions have already been made. I think it's finished now. ...We're staying in the Sun Belt."
MOUNT USA, as the new mega-merger-thing is affectionately known, has been whittling down a large list of schools that reportedly inquired about membership. In addition to FAU, the entire WAC and a few other schools perked up upon hearing about the new yet-to-be-named conference and its plans to encompass 18-to-24 teams.
With FAU out, and staying in the Sun Belt, it could signal a decision on the conference's makeup is coming, or it could just mean the Owls didn't make it out of the first round of cuts.