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Changes to the affiliation with the FCS conference in 2024

The realignment of the FCS conference has resulted in several membership changes in recent seasons.

Even more changes will come into effect in 2024.

RELATED: FCS Conference Membership Guide

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Bryant joins the CAA

Bryant is leaving the Big South-OVC Football Association for the CAA.

The CAA will have a maximum of 16 members in 2024 and then drop to 15 members when Delaware joins the FBS in 2025.

The Big South-OVC Football Association moves to nine members, seven from the OVC side and only two from the Big South (Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb).

Robert Morris joins the NEC

RMU leaves the Big South-OVC Football Association and joins the NEC.

The Big South-OVC Football Association moves to nine members, seven from the OVC side and only two from the Big South (Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb).

The NEC will have eight members in 2024, with the additions of RMU and Mercyhurst and the departures of Merrimack and Sacred Heart.

Mercyhurst joins the NEC

Mercyhurst University will join the NEC from the D2 ranks.

The NEC will have eight members in 2024, with the additions of RMU and Mercyhurst and the departures of Merrimack and Sacred Heart.

Merrimack and Sacred Heart announced they are leaving the NEC to join the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). The MAAC does not sponsor football, and Merrimack and Sacred Heart will play as FCS independents.

The NEC will have eight members in 2024, with the additions of RMU and Mercyhurst and the departures of Merrimack and Sacred Heart.

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Western Illinois joins the Big South OVC

WIU leaves the MVFC for the OVC and Big South-OVC Football Association.

The Big South-OVC Football Association moves to nine members, seven from the OVC side and two from the Big South (Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb).

The MVFC moves to 11 members.

Kennesaw State goes FBS

The Owls join Conference USA, a league that also includes Sam Houston and Jacksonville State.

West Georgia joins FCS

West Georgia leaves D2 to join ASUN and the United Athletic Conference.

UWG went 6-4 in 2023, 8-2 in 2022 and 9-3 in 2021.

SFA returns to the Southland Conference

Stephen F. Austin will return to the Southland Conference as a full-time member beginning July 1, 2024, leaving the WAC and the United Athletic Conference (the joint league for ASUN and WAC football).

The Southland will grow to nine football members this fall as SFA joins Houston Christian, Incarnate Word, Lamar, McNeese, Nicholls, Northwestern State, Southeastern Louisiana University and Texas A&M-Commerce. With the addition of UTRGV, it will grow to ten football teams by 2025.

The UAC moves to nine members: ASUN – Austin Peay, Central Arkansas, Eastern Kentucky, North Alabama, West Georgia; WAC — Abilene Christian, Southern Utah, Tarleton State, Utah Tech.

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