AP Source: Sun Belt commissioner Benson to step down

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A person familiar with the decision says Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson is stepping away from his post when his contract expires at the end of June.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because a formal announcement is not scheduled until Thursday afternoon.

Benson has led the conference since 2012 and will be 67 years old when his contract expires.

The Daily Advertiser of Lafayette first reported Benson’s decision, which comes at a time of relative stability.

The Sun Belt was in flux when he took over during widespread conference realignment.

Benson has overseen additions of current members Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State and Texas State. He also administered the formation of two, five-team divisions for football, and the Sun Belt’s inaugural conference title game to be played this year.