UCF Conference Affiliation History


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Conference USA will be UCF's sixth league affiliation. The Golden Knights have been members of the Atlantic Sun since 1993-94 after spending time in the Sunshine State, American South and Sun Belt Conferences. Since 2002, UCF's football team has competed in the Mid-American Conference.

Below is a timeline of UCF's conference affiliations.

Sunshine State Conference (1975-84)
UCF's first conference affiliation was with the Sunshine State Conference, starting in 1975. The Golden Knights were a charter member of the Division II league which included Biscayne College (now St. Thomas University), Eckerd, Florida Southern, Rollins and Saint Leo.

Originally founded as a men's basketball league, the Sunshine State Conference added golf, tennis, baseball, soccer and cross country during the late 1970s. In April of 1982, the league adopted women's competition in basketball, cross country, slow-pitch softball, tennis and volleyball. Following the 1983-84 season, UCF withdrew from the Sunshine State Conference and moved to the NCAA Division I level. The Golden Knights competed as an independent until 1990.

American South Conference (1990-91)
In 1990, the Golden Knights joined the American South Conference, its first Division I league affiliation for all sports. UCF spent one campaign in the league which also featured Arkansas State, Lamar, Louisiana Tech, New Orleans, Texas-Pan American and Southwestern Louisiana.

New South Women's Athletic Conference (1986-90 women's only)
UCF was a charter member of the New South Women's Athletic Conference, the forerunner of the Atlantic Sun. The Golden Knights women's basketball, women's golf and volleyball teams competed in the conference. During UCF's stint in the league, Florida A&M, Florida International, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Mercer and Stetson were members.

Sun Belt Conference (1991-92)
Following the 1990-91 academic year, the American South merged with the Sun Belt (which retained its name), forming an 11-institution conference. During the 1991-92 season, the league was composed of Arkansas-Little Rock, Arkansas State, UCF, Jacksonville, Lamar, Louisiana Tech, New Orleans, South Alabama, Southwestern Louisiana, Texas-Pan American and Western Kentucky. That year marked the Golden Knights lone season in the Sun Belt.

Atlantic Sun Conference (1992-05)
UCF joined the Atlantic Sun (then known as the Trans America Athletic Conference) in 1992. As a new member, the Golden Knights men's basketball squad did not play a full league schedule during the 1992-93 season. During UCF's tenure in the league, membership changes occurred frequently. Including UCF, 16 institutions were part of the conference since 1992. In 13 seasons in the league, the Golden Knights competed against Belmont, Campbell, Centenary, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Gardner-Webb, Georgia State, Jacksonville, Jacksonville State, Lipscomb, Mercer, Samford, Southeastern Louisiana, Stetson and Troy.

Mid-American Conference (2002-04 football-only)
After 24 seasons as a Division I Football Independent, UCF joined the Mid-American Conference in 2002 as a football-only member. The Golden Knights spent three years in the Midwest-based league. The league featured two divisions. UCF competed in the East along with Akron, Buffalo, Kent State, Marshall, Miami (Ohio) and Ohio. The West was comprised of Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Toledo and Western Michigan.

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