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"Who might Conference USA add to stay afloat?
Per Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel, the conference is in discussions with Sam Houston State, New Mexico State and Tarleton State, among others.
Sam Houston State, located in Huntsville, Texas, plays in the Southland Conference and is the No. 1-ranked FCS team in the country. The Bearkats won the delayed 2020 FCS national championship in the spring, defeating South Dakota State.
Tarleton State, meanwhile, is located in Stephenville, Texas, and also plays at the FCS level, in the Western Athletic Conference.
New Mexico State is an FBS independent in football and competes in the WAC for all other sports. NMSU was a member of the Sun Belt from 2014 through 2017, before becoming an independent in 2018.
The three schools offer Conference USA a chance to rebuild its western presence, per Thamel, after UTSA, North Texas and Rice announced their future departure for the AAC."