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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The outgoing commissioner of the Sun Belt Conference says an Atlanta-based firm has been retained to search for a new commissioner.

Commissioner Karl Benson told the Arkansas-Democrat Gazette the conference has retained Parker Executive Search. A high-ranking executive from Parker Executive Search declined a request for comment.

Benson, whose contractual tenure with the Sun Belt is fulfilled in June 2019, says that the end of his term as conference commissioner does not necessarily equal retirement.

Benson spoke at length about changes expected for the Sun Belt, including his involvement with the changing of commissioners, plans for the Sun Belt’s inaugural conference football championship game in December and the conference’s projection to replace one of its five guaranteed bowl games with a new bowl in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in 2020.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com