SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego State says it will join the Big West Conference in 14 sports, including basketball, starting in the 2013-14 academic year.

Monday's announcement comes five days after SDSU said its football team is moving from the Mountain West to the Big East beginning with the 2013 season.

School officials say their teams will gain TV exposure and decrease travel by competing in the Big West, which includes Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara. The Big West has a TV contract with ESPN.

In basketball, SDSU will play four games against Big East opponents each season starting in 2013, and the Aztecs have discussed a home-and-home series with Connecticut.

Baseball coach Tony Gwynn says the move to the Big West will strengthen the Aztecs' schedule and help with recruiting.

 

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