The American Athletic Conference will announce on Thursday the creation of the Miami Beach Bowl to be played at Marlins Park starting in 2014, sources told ESPN's Brett McMurphy.
Western Kentucky is leaving the Sun Belt to join Conference USA in 2014, a source told ESPN's Brett McMurphy.
Idaho and New Mexico State, who were left without a conference when the WAC imploded, will join the Sun Belt as football-only members in 2014, sources said Tuesday.
Appalachian State and Georgia Southern will make the transition from the FCS to the FBS and join the Sun Belt Conference, sources told ESPN.
Florida Atlantic and Middle Tennessee State are leaving the Sun Belt Conference for Conference USA.
Because of limited future bowl opportunities, the five smaller FBS conferences are starting three new bowl games in the Bahamas, Boca Raton and Miami in 2014, sources told ESPN.
ESPN has created a bowl game in Montgomery, Ala., between the Mid-American and Sun Belt conferences beginning in December 2014, the network announced Monday.
Because college football's Power Five conferences prefer to play each other in bowl games, the smaller conferences are exploring opportunities to create additional bowl games next season, sources said.
Florida Atlantic and Middle Tennessee State will leave the Sun Belt and join Conference USA on July 1, sources said Friday.
The financial gap between college football's haves and have-nots is about to grow even larger.