Belmont might be headed out the door, but the Atlantic Sun has found a replacement.
Northern Kentucky University is expected to announce Thursday that it will join the A-Sun, effective for the 2012-13 school year.
NKU would be the 10th member of the Atlantic Sun, which is headquartered in Macon, Ga. Belmont is leaving to join the Ohio Valley Conference in July.
Currently the university competes in the Great Lakes Valley Conference out of NCAA Division II.
The Norse, however, reportedly have tried to move up to Division I for years and supposedly showed interest in the OVC last month. The interest was not mutual.
The 15,000-student institution based in Highland Heights, just seven miles from Cincinnati, would be the first Kentucky school in the A-Sun.
The conference, which includes Lipscomb, has schools in Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.
Northern Kentucky does not compete in football. Its men’s soccer team captured the Division II national championship in 2010.