Missouri State to join Conference USA, leave Missouri Valley

Missouri State announced Friday morning it will depart the Missouri Valley Conference and join Conference USA as a full-league member beginning in July 2025.

The school will hold a news conference on Monday at 1 p.m. to formally reveal its transition plans. It will be the 12th member of CUSA.

By joining Conference USA, Missouri State will become a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision program for the first time.

Conference USA programs also include:

  • Florida International University (FIU) | Miami, Florida
  • Jacksonville State University (Jax State) | Jacksonville, Alabama
  • Liberty University | Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Louisiana Tech University (LA Tech) | Ruston, Louisiana
  • Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • New Mexico State University | Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • Sam Houston State University | Huntsville, Texas
  • University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) | El Paso, Texas
  • Western Kentucky University | Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • Kennesaw State University | Kennesaw, Georgia (joining July 1, 2024)
  • University of Delaware | Newark, Delaware (joining July 1, 2025)

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