AP Source: Middle Tennessee joining Conference USA

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By TERESA M. WALKER, Associated Press

A person familiar with the situation says Middle Tennessee has accepted an offer to join Conference USA and is leaving the Sun Belt.

The person spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday on condition of anonymity because neither the conference nor Middle Tennessee had publically announced the decision. The Virginian-Pilot first reported the move.

Middle Tennessee announced it will hold a news conference on campus Thursday but did not say what it was in regards to. The Blue Raiders (8-3) play Arkansas State on Saturday for the Sun Belt Conference championship.

The move is the latest domino to fall in conference realignment. Tulane and East Carolina announced Tuesday they are leaving Conference USA to join the Big East. The Green Wave will be full Big East members; the Pirates football only.

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