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NEW ORLEANS (AP/CBSDFW) – A person familiar with the decision says UT Arlington has accepted an invitation to become a non-football playing member of the Sun Belt Conference in 2013.

The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity because no public announcement has been made about the decision. A conference call is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

The person says UT Arlington’s decision to join the Sun Belt still must be approved by the University of Texas Board of Regents.

Last month, CBSDFW learned UT Arlington was in discussion to make the move following the departure of the University of North Texas to Conference USA.

In an email to CBSDFW on April 30, UT Arlington spokesman Gregg Elkin said the school is “not in a position at this time to make any comments.”

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The Mavericks are already scheduled to move into the Western Athletic Conference this fall.

The Sun Belt Conference is now slated to have 12 members for the 2013-14 academic year, including 10 which play football.

The University of Denver is leaving the league this summer, while North Texas and FIU will leave in the summer of 2013. They’ll be replaced by Texas State, Georgia State and UT Arlington.

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