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Conference realignment madness! Where does that leave UNCC?

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With all the turmoil in college football conferences lately, we have to ask, where does that leave UNC Charlotte and its decision to join Conference USA?

Earlier this year UNC Charlotte announced it was joining Conference USA in 2013 in all sports except for football, which would wait until 2015.

Just as this was happening, the Big East lured away Houston, Memphis, Central Florida and Southern Methodist Universities.

Conference USA responded by adding Old Dominion, Louisiana Tech, North Texas, UT-San Antonio and Florida International universities.

On Thursday, East Carolina and Tulane announced they would be leaving the conference, ECU in football only.

UNC Charlotte freshman Sam Dexter is player cornerback for the new football team. He said he was sorry to see ECU leave the conference.

"We were really hoping that would be like a state rivalry," said Dexter.

But he's still excited to be part of Conference USA.

"I have seen FIU and Louisiana Tech on TV before, so the fact that there's a chance that we could be on national TV on a Thursday night game or something is exciting," said Dexter.

Other UNC Charlotte students said they're confident their football team will find a regional rival within Conference USA. Several students agreed that Conference USA is a good place to start, but they're setting their sights on other conferences in the future.

"Overall, joining Conference USA is a step towards one day joining something even bigger than that," said freshman Austin Gay.

C-USA is not the only conference that has been undergoing turmoil this year.

Maryland announced last week that it is leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Louisville will be taking its place.

Syracuse and Pittsburgh are also joining the ACC and Notre Dame is as well except for football and hockey.

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