Last time out, we looked at the current composition of each conference and where its members were in 2009 (the season before the realignment tremors began). Now I want to look back a little further, to the turn of the century. Why the year 2000? That represented the swan song for the Big West as a football conference and was the final season before the Sun Belt began playing football. As we did last time, we’ll start with the Power 5 (P5) conferences.
Atlantic Coast Conference
Big 10 Conference
Big 12 Conference
national champion. Eight of the original twelve remain, and the two teams they have added were playing in the Big East (West Virginia) and WAC (TCU) in 2000.
Now we can turn our attention to the Group of 5 (G5) conferences to see where their members were playing at the turn of the century.
American Athletic Conference
Mountain West Conference
final Big West football championship, giving them their second conference title as a IA program.
Sun Belt Conference
Southwest Conference. And last, but not least, the two Louisiana schools (Lafayette and Monroe) were independents in 2000.
And finally, the let’s look at the Independents.
Army was a conference member. The Black Knights played football in Conference USA from 1998-2004. They never won more than two conference games in any season before returning to Independent status. Navy and Notre Dame were independents in 2000 and BYU was a member of the Mountain West Conference.