By Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - The Sun Belt Conference presidents and chancellors have decided to drop New Mexico State from its football conference beginning in 2018.

The New Orleans-based conference announced Tuesday that its presidents and chancellors have decided to remain a 10-football team conference and not renew agreements with New Mexico State and Idaho.

Both football teams will play in the conference until 2017.

New Mexico State President Garrey Carruthers says the schools is disappointed but respects the conference’s decision.

New Mexico State remains a member of the Western Athletic Conference for non-football sports.

The university is currently evaluating options for football.

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