MIAMI — Louisiana Tech will compete in the West Division of Conference USA when it joins the league for the 2013 football season.
Conference USA announced the new divisional alignments Wednesday, along with confirmation that FAU and Middle Tennessee will join the league a year ahead of schedule, increasing its football membership to 14 teams next season.
The Bulldogs will be in a seven-member West Division along with North Texas, Rice, Tulane, Tulsa, UTEP and UTSA.
The East Division will include East Carolina, FAU, FIU, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss and UAB.
FAU and Middle Tennessee originally planned to leave the Sun Belt Conference in 2014, but both schools have agreed to join C-USA a year earlier.
The two teams will be eligible to compete in all C-USA sports.
Conference USA will have 14 members compete in football and 16 members for its other 19 sports for 2013-14.
The league also announced that Louisiana Tech will host Conference USA games against North Texas, Southern Miss, Tulane and Tulsa this fall. The Bulldogs will play road games against FIU, Rice, UTEP and UTSA.
Each team will play eight conference games — six intradivisional opponents and two crossover opponents — next season. Louisiana Tech’s two crossover opponents this fall will be FIU and Southern Miss.
Dates for conference games are expected to be announced sometime in March.
The Conference USA Championship Game is scheduled for Dec. 7. The division champion with the best record will host the game.
HAMMOND — Defensive back Devante Davis, a Woodlawn High graduate, has transferred from North Texas and will play at Southeastern Louisiana this season, second-year coach Ron Roberts said.
Davis will have three years of eligibility remaining. He enrolled at Southeastern and attended the first day of classes Tuesday. He will take part in spring practice at Southeastern, which begins Feb. 25.
“Devante is a very athletic defensive back that we think can play at multiple positions in the secondary, especially in our scheme,” Roberts said. “He’s not only a great cover guy, but he’s physical and is a big playmaker. I think he’s somebody who will have a lot to bring to the table for us defensively. He’s a local guy, which always helps, and we’re excited about having him back in the state of Louisiana.”
Davis played in five games as a true freshman for the Mean Green in 2012, making 13 tackles. He had a season-high eight tackles against Houston and added four against Florida Atlantic.
SHREVEPORT — Northwestern State Athletic Director Greg Burke has been chosen as the 2013 recipient of the “Contribution to Amateur Football Award” from the north Louisiana chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
The award will be presented during the S.M. McNaughton Chapter’s annual Scholar-Athletes Dinner on Feb. 28 at East Ridge Country Club.
Burke, in his 17th year at Northwestern State, is currently the longest-tenured athletic director in Louisiana. He will join a list of recipients that includes former Grambling coach Eddie Robinson, Heisman Trophy winner John David Crow, Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams and the father-son NFL star tandem of Dub and Bert Jones.
The other prestigious post-graduate award presented by the McNaughton Chapter, the “Distinguished American Award,” will go to Richard Wright, CEO of Advocare.
Wright’s leadership led to Advocare becoming the title sponsor of the Advocare V100 Independence Bowl.
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