Middle Tennessee ready to begin life in C-USA

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Fox Sports Tennessee highlights Middle Tennessee's move to Conference USA. Below is an excerpt. To read the full article, click here.

When Middle Tennessee State wanted to elevate its football program to NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision status, the Sun Belt Conference was there.

So, after more than a half century of founding membership, the Blue Raiders departed the Ohio Valley Conference in 2000 and flourished in the Sun Belt ever since. But like their long and successful run in the OVC, all good things come to an end, especially when the school can make another conference move that is generally perceived to be a huge step up.

Come Monday, when the 2013-14 fiscal school year officially begins, MTSU will become the newest member of Conference USA -- a league in which the school long aspired to join and aggressively courted, even while being the dominant athletic department in the Sun Belt the past 13 years.

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