Conference USA, which is expanding to 14 members even with four leaving for the Big East in 2013, announced its football schedule and new division alignments Wednesday.
SMU accepted its invitation last week. SMU Athletics Director Rick Hart said the game is a tremendous reward for the school’s players. SMU finished second in Conference USA’s West Division.
Central Florida was eyeing a return to Conference USA championship game last year before a 21-point loss at Southern Methodist sent the Knights into a 2-5 tailspin to end the season.
This is the last C-USA season for SMU, Houston, Central Florida and Memphis before going to the Big East.
Hart will replace Steve Orsini, who was fired May 17, a month after SMU hired Hall of Fame basketball coach Larry Brown. Orsini had been SMU’s athletic director since 2006.
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