Houston Baptist to join Southland in '13

FRISCO, Texas -- Houston Baptist is moving to the Southland Conference in 2013.

The league announced Monday that the current Great West Conference member will be eligible for conference championships in most sports starting July 1, 2013.

Houston Baptist rejoined Division I this year and announced last month that it was adding football. The HBU football program will join the Southland in 2014, giving the conference a record nine teams.

The Huskies currently compete in 14 of the Southland's 17 sponsored championships, highlighted by men's and women's basketball.