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Sun Belt expansion could include New Mexico, Idaho

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New Mexico and Idaho are expected to announce this week that they are joining the Sun Belt Conference in 2014 as football-only members, which would bring league membership to 12 teams and allow for a conference championship game, according to a CBSsports.com report.

Previous reports indicated that Appalachian State and Georgia Southern, both of whom are moving up to FBS classification in football, will enter the Sun Belt Conference in all sports beginning in 2015.

Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear told the Idaho Statesman that the school is "seeking the State Board of Education's blessing" to accept the Sun Belt's invitation, and the board is "expected to hold a special meeting this week to consider the request."

Idaho's other sports teams are scheduled to join the Big Sky Conference in July '14.
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