July 1 will be an important day for the Charlotte 49ers as it will be their first back in Conference USA. So running until the 30th, we’re taking a look at all the C-USA teams going in alphabetical order–from ECU to UTSA. We’ll also profile the affiliate members (Kentucky, New Mexico and South Carolina–men’s soccer; Colorado College–women’s soccer).
Florida Atlantic University
Location: Boca Raton, FL–pop. 86,107
Enrollment: 29,290 (fall 2012)
FAU begins Conference USA play after seven years in the Sun Belt Conference. Their conference mate to the south, FIU (tomorrow’s subject), will be making the move with them, along with Middle Tennessee and North Texas; another SBC school, Western Kentucky, jumps over in 2014.
Sport-by-sport year in review
Football (3-9, 2-6)
Home field: FAU Stadium
Carl Pelini and the Owls struggled in their final Sun Belt season, a year removed from a 1-11 year in 2011.
Men’s Basketball (14-18, 9-11)
Home court: FAU Arena
After a 21-11 (13-3 C-USA) season (and an NIT berth) in 2011-12, Mike Jarvis and the Owls have gone 26-37 (16-20) in the past two seasons.
Women’s Basketball (12-17, 9-11)
Home court: FAU Arena
After a second round appearance in the WNIT in 2012, the women’s basketball team couldn’t carry on their success to the next season, falling in the first round of the Sun Belt Championships.
Baseball (42-22, 19-10)
Home field: FAU Baseball Stadium
It was a disappointing ending to an impressive season for the baseball team, who won the Sun Belt but lost a heartbreaker on the final day of the NCAA Regionals–despite pushing North Carolina to the brink of elimination–in a wild 12-11 defeat in 13 innings.
Softball (28-29, 10-12)
Home field: FAU Softball Stadium
After a 34-25 (15-9 Sun Belt) season in 2011, the Owls struggled to a 15-39 (5-18) mark in 2012 but look to be trending upward after a much better 2013 campaign.
Men’s Soccer (2-13-1, 0-7-0)
Home field: FAU Soccer Stadium
Following a dismal 2012, the Owls can only hope that their best days are ahead of them, but they’ll go through some growing pains now that they’re in a much better C-USA.
Volleyball (7-19, 2-13) had a rough go of it in 2012, a slight improvement of a 3-26 (0-16) 2011…Men’s golf garnered a 10th place finish in the Sun Belt Championships, held in Muscle Shoals, Alabama…In tennis, the men fell in the conference quarterfinals while women’s tennis lost in the opening round…Women’s soccer (5-13-0, 3-8) saw their season end in the SBC’s opening round after being shut out six times in the regular season…The track and field team saw Danielle Aromashodu win the 400 meter hurdles in the outdoor conference championships, along with four other top-10 finishers; two athletes took second place in their respective events in the indoor championships…In cross country, the men placed 11th in the SBC championships; the women were 9th.