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The Mavericks considered academics made the switch between conferences hoping to focus more on basketball and other sports. UTA was a member of the Western Athletic Conference during the 2012-2013 academic year before joining the Sun Belt Conference in 2013-2014.

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Both teams are set to play again Thursday at 7 p.m., with the men’s team playing at Arkansas State University and the women’s team playing at home against Texas State University.

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UTA officials said not having a football team gives the university no reason to remain with the conference. Finding one that focuses on basketball and other sports programs will benefit the university, according to Athletics director Jim Baker.