Thursday, October 16, 2003

Marshall awaits C-USA invitation



CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Marshall is expecting an invitation to Conference USA, athletic director Bob Marcum said.

Marcum said he received a telephone call Wednesday from one of the league's consultants, who said a C-USA official would contact him within the next several days.

"I think (an impending invitation) is certainly the reason for the call," Marcum said.

The Tampa Tribune reported that Marshall and four other schools - Southern Methodist, Rice, Tulsa and Central Florida - would be invited to join Conference USA.

The Big East is expected to invite C-USA's Louisville and Cincinnati as all-sports members and Marquette and DePaul in all sports but football as early as Nov. 4, when the Big East's presidents meet. Army is leaving Conference USA after the 2004 season.

Marshall has won five of six Mid-American Conference football championships since beginning MAC play in 1997.




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