On this C-USA eve, let’s take a quick look at the affiliate members of Conference USA that compete in sports the Charlotte 49ers compete in. These are schools that participate in sports that their primary conferences do not sponsor, so they have found their home in C-USA. We’re leaving out FIU and Old Dominion, which were affiliate members playing men’s soccer, because they’re joining the conference in all sports tomorrow.
Primary conference: The Wildcats, known more for their basketball team, compete in the SEC along with South Carolina.
Last year: 10-9-2, 4-3-1 C-USA
NCAA Tournament: Lost to Xavier, 1-0, in first round
South Carolina Gamecocks
Primary conference: Like the Wildcats, the Gamecocks primarily play in the SEC. They are, of course, known for their football program.
Last year: 5-11-2, 2-5-1 C-USA
NCAA Tournament: none
New Mexico Lobos
Primary conference: The Mountain West, which doesn’t sponsor men’s soccer; their old men’s soccer league, the MPSF, ended its sponsorship of the sport.
Last year: 17-4-1, 8-2-0 MPSF
NCAA Tournament: 13 seed; lost to fourth-seeded UConn 2-1 in third round
Colorado College Tigers
Primary conference: Colorado College actually competes in NCAA Division III in all other sports except men’s hockey, its premier sport.
Last year: 14-4-5, 8-2-1 C-USA
NCAA Tournament: Lost to Denver, 3-1, in first round