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Big South Expands with Hampton & USC Upstate

Category: Atlantic Sun Expansion & Realignment, Big South Expansion & Realignment, Featured News, MEAC Expansion & Realignment, NCAA Conference Expansion & Realignment

The Big South will expand for the 2018-2019 season with the additions of USC Update and Hampton University.

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Hampton University Conference Realignment University of South Carolina UpState Conference Realignment

The expansion brings the Big South to 12 teams, as both schools will replace the recent losses of VMI and Coastal Carolina. The move brings additional geographic balance to the conference with 4 members each in the 3 states of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

The addition of Hampton football to the Big South will bring some much needed membership stability following the losses of Coastal Carolina and Liberty to FBS.

The Atlantic Sun conference now finds itself in a familiar position after losing another member, reducing their membership total to 8 schools. The conference has had to reach out to Division 2 schools in previous years to replenish their ranks with North Alabama joining as the most recent school. With no existing Division 1 independent schools remaining to chose from, the A-Sun will likely need to explore schools such as UA-Huntsville or West Georgia to gauge their interest in upgrading.

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