Conference USA Expansion: Florida International To Join Conference In 2013, According To Report

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - DECEMBER 20: Wide receiver T. Y. Hilton #4 of the Florida International University Panthers rushes upfield after a pass reception in the second quarter against the Marshall Thundering Herd December 20, 2011 in the Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Florida International is slated to leave the Sun Belt Conference for Conference USA in 2013, according to a report.

The Fla. International Golden Panthers will be joining Conference USA in 2013, according to a report by CBS Sports College Football Insider Brett McMurphy.

With four Conference USA teams, the Houston Cougars, SMU Mustangs, Memphis Tigers and Central Florida Knights, all leaving for the Big East, the conference was looking to reload their conference when a proposed merger of their conference and the Mountain West Conference fell through.

FIU joined the Sun Belt Conference in 1998. During their time in the conference, the football team made two bowl appearances and won one conference title in 2010 when they went 6-2 in the conference. Last season, the Golden Panthers went 8-5 overall, 5-3 in the Sun Belt Conference. They also made the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, losing to the Marshall Thundering Herd 20-10.

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