Appalachian State has announced it is leaving the Southern Conference to join the Sun Belt Conference in 2014.
The Mountaineers, who won three consecutive FCS national championships from 2005-07 and captured 10 Southern Conference titles in football, will be stepping up to play at the FBS level.
Appalachian State will begin playing Sun Belt games and will be a revenue sharing member of the conference in 2014 and be allowed to compete for the conference title. However, the Mountaineers will not be eligible to play in a bowl game until 2015.
Appalachian State joins current Southern Conference rival Georgia Southern in the Sun Belt.
The Mountaineers field hockey team will continue to compete in the NorPac Field Hockey Conference and men's soccer and wrestling will stay in the Southern Conference.