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Conference USA to add Liberty, Jacksonville State, New Mexico State, Sam Houston State beginning in 2023

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Conference USA announced Friday that it will add Liberty, Jacksonville State, New Mexico State and Sam Houston State on July 1, 2023, as the league tries to replenish its ranks after having nine schools announce plans to leave in the past month. The Conference USA overhaul might not be done. Mid-American Conference presidents were meeting Friday with possible expansion on the agenda and Conference USA members Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee State as potential options, a person familiar with the situation told the AP, speaking on condition of anonymity because the league discussions are private. Including Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee State, Conference USA has only five members that have not announced plans to leave in the next few years. The NCAA requires FBS leagues to have at least eight teams.