"We had extremely productive meetings and we are fortunate to have such a great group," Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky said. "Our new members bring added competitive strength, especially in the areas of football and basketball, and we have dramatically increased the size of our television footprint. Our Conference generally represents growing institutions, in large markets, who are ambitious and have made significant investments. They are well positioned to be the next generation of great programs. We have tremendous upside potential."
The Bulldogs will be in a seven-member West Division along with North Texas, Rice, Tulane, Tulsa, UTEP and UTSA. The East Division will include East Carolina, FAU, FIU, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss and UAB.
The conference office also announced that Louisiana Tech will host Conference USA games against North Texas, Southern Miss, Tulane and Tulsa this fall while the Bulldogs will travel to FIU, Rice, UTEP and UTSA.
For the 2013 season each Conference USA team will play eight conference games; six intradivisional opponents and two crossover (interdivisional) teams. Louisiana Tech's two crossover opponents this fall will be FIU and Southern Miss.
Dates for conference games are expected to be announced sometime in March but the Conference USA Championship Game is scheduled for Dec. 7, 2013 and will be hosted by the team with the best record between the two divisional champions.