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Georgia St. Expected to Join Sun Belt

Apr
03
2012
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Category: CAA Expansion & Realignment, Featured News, NCAA Conference Expansion & Realignment, Sun Belt Expansion & Realignment

Georgia State University Georgia St. Expected to Join Sun BeltSun%20Belt%20Conference Georgia St. Expected to Join Sun BeltThe rumors started some time ago, that the Sun Belt had interest in Georgia St. Well, it appears that interest has been formalized int he form of an agreement to invite Georgia St. to join the Sun Belt. Georgia St. is expected to accept and transition to FBS. Upon starting football at Georgia St., upgrading to FBS has always been a top priority. With CUSA as the most desired conference for the school, but an invitation there no coming, the Sun Belt is the best option, providing a geographically sound home for the Georgia St. athletic programs. Due to an NCAA rule requiring schools upgrading from FCS to FBS to have a formal invitation before upgrading, the Sun Belt has fulfilled that necessary requirement for Georgia St.

The Georgia St. departure from the CAA adds to a continuing trend. UMass left to join the MAC, URI to the NEC, and Hofstra and Northeastern have dropped football.

Current CAA football members Old Dominion, JMU and Delaware continue to be considered the most likely CAA football schools to upgrade to FBS. However, unless the MAC opts to expand to 16 and invite all 3, these 3 schools will not likely have an FBS conference home in the near future.

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  • Captain Marvy

    MWCUSA is making a big mistake by letting Georgia State go to the Sun Belt. I know Georgia State is new on the football scene, but Atlanta is a huge market right in the middle of the CUSA footprint, and Charlotte might be another. I also see Georgia State as being practically a mirror image of UAB.

    MWCUSA is letting the Sun belt get stronger while passing over Georgia State, and probably UNC Charlotte, because they aren’t FBS right now. That shouldn’t matter though. This is about the future, not the present, but shortsightedness is carrying the day as usual. College leaders are sometimes dumb.

  • http://collegesportsinfo.com CollegeSportsInfo.com

    It’s highly unlikely at this point that any MAC schools would be included. The plan is to either have a full merge at 16 schools to 24. If it were to do an alliance for FB only or even a full merge AND expansion from 16 to more schools, the checklist is already pretty much set at the top: #17 & #18 (or #8 and #9 for MWC all-sports) are Utah St. and SJSU. For #9 and #10 for the CUSA side are LIKELY (can’t stress that enough), EITHER FIU or FAU, along with North Texas. So that would be a 20 team football conference right there. 20. That’s a lot of school. Beyond that, if for some reason there were economic gains in going to 22 or the maximum of 24, you have a pool of schools like UTSA (offers San Antonio market), LA Tech, FAU, New Mexico St., even FCS schools like Charlotte, Appalachian St., Montana and others…not to mention EVERY WAC and Sun Belt school. Now Ohio would be a worthwhile consideration, along with NIU. But it’s still a stretch because MAC schools are only in the mix if we’re talking a 22 or 24 school conference…which seems like a stretch if the schools aren’t coming from the SEC, ACc, B10, P12, B12, etc.

  • Guest

    I think if C-USA takes 2 teams from the MAC (Northern Illinois and Toledo would make sense), then Delaware and James Madison will almost certainly be invited to replace them as full members.  Perhaps ODU would get a football-only invitation.  With George Mason and VCU probably leaving for the A10, the CAA could be in serious trouble.

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