The Big South Conference and Ohio Valley Conference announced yesterday that they would form a partnership to begin with the 2023 football season.
This offseason, conference realignment has been the topic of conversation almost every month. The Big South has lost Presbyterian, North Carolina A&T, Hampton, Monmouth, Kennesaw State, and North Alabama, and the OVC has lost Jacksonville State, Eastern Kentucky, Austin Peay, and Murray State in the last year.
A conference needs at least six teams to have an auto-big into the FCS Playoffs and the aforementioned losses puts both conferences under that minimum. This new association will feature the nine teams from both conferences. The Big South brings four, Campbell, Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb, and Robert Morris, and the OVC brings five in Eastern Illinois, SEMO, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, and UT Martin.
In the coming months, the association's structure, administration, and 2023 schedule should be finalized.