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Sun Belt Conference Likely To Name Karl Benson Commissioner On Thursday

The Sun Belt Conference has scheduled an announcement for Thursday and it's likely to be the naming of Karl Benson as the new commissioner, according to Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News. Benson will replace Wright Waters, who will retire on July 1, at the position.

Wilner also reports that, "WAC presidents foolishly refused to give Benson [a] contract extension last year [because they] blamed him for exodus of Boise & Co." Boise State is among the schools leaving the WAC soon, as the Broncos will be heading to the Big East beginning in 2013.

CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd originally reported the hiring of Benson as Sun Belt commissioner. The move is expected to be made official with the conference's announcement on Thursday.

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