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Appalachian St. Committee Recommends FBS Upgrade

Aug 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: Featured News, NCAA Conference Expansion & Realignment, NCAA Division Upgrades, SoCon Expansion & Realignment, Sun Belt Expansion & Realignment

A report out of Winston-Salem is citing sources who claim that the Appalachian St. committee voted on Monday to recommend to ASU Chancellor Ken Peacock, that the school upgrade to FBS football. Appalachian St. has been the subject of many FBS upgrade rumors over the past decade due to it’s success at the FCS level […]

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Georgia Southern Looking at Move to FBS

Nov 29th, 2007 | By | Category: Featured News, NCAA Division Upgrades, SoCon Expansion & Realignment

Georgia Southern University Athletics Director Sam Baker announced Thursday plans to commission an external feasibility study regarding potential movement of its football program from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-AA) to the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-A).Read More…

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ETSU Students Vote Down Football

Apr 12th, 2007 | By | Category: Atlantic Sun Expansion & Realignment, Featured News, SoCon Expansion & Realignment

East Tennessee State University officials announced Wednesday evening that students have voted down a ballot referendum regarding an increase in student athletic fees that would have helped pay for a new football program. “This was an opportunity for our students to be heard,” said ETSU President Dr. Paul E. Stanton, Jr. “This vote did not […]

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Samford to Join SoCon

Mar 18th, 2007 | By | Category: Featured News, SoCon Expansion & Realignment

This one has been brewing for quite some time, but is now official. The Southern Conference announced today that Samford University has accepted an invitation to join the Conference. Samford will become the 12th member of the SoCon beginning July 1, 2008. The SoCon’s Council of Presidents formally ratified the unanimous endorsement of the league’s […]

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Socon Expansion Rumblings: Samford

Jan 19th, 2007 | By | Category: expansion, Featured News, SoCon Expansion & Realignment

SoCon officials, including commissioner John Iamarino, were in Birmingham, Ala., on Thursday visiting the campus of Samford University in what could be a prelude to an invitation to Samford to leave the Ohio Valley and join the SoCon. Samford would provide a 12th basketball team and a ninth football team, relieving scheduling problems in both […]

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OVC and SoCon Swap Expansion Options

Sep 12th, 2006 | By | Category: expansion, Featured News, Ohio Valley Conference Expansion, SoCon Expansion & Realignment

The courtship of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has ended. UTC is staying put in the Southern Conference after rejecting the advances of Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher. How did this ill-fated romance begin? “I called the chancellor and inquired if they would be open to looking at alternatives,” Steinbrecher said. “Chattanooga has […]

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UTC to Remain in SoCon

Sep 6th, 2006 | By | Category: Featured News, Ohio Valley Conference Expansion, SoCon Expansion & Realignment

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga chancellor Roger Brown said Tuesday that the school’s athletic department has turned down inquiries from the Ohio Valley Conference and will remain in the Southern Conference. UTC has been in the SoCon since moving up to NCAA Division I athletics in 1977, but Dr. Brown and several school administrators and […]

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OVC Considers Adding UT-Chattanooga

Jun 21st, 2006 | By | Category: Featured News, Ohio Valley Conference Expansion, SoCon Expansion & Realignment

The Ohio Valley Conference has inquired about pulling the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga from the Southern Conference, and UTC chancellor Roger Brown said Tuesday the school is interested in exploring the possibility. Brown said incoming athletic director Rick Hart has been notified of the talks and will address the issue as quickly as possible […]

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SoCon Commish Thinks Expansion

Jun 2nd, 2006 | By | Category: expansion, Featured News, SoCon Expansion & Realignment

John Iamarino, who became the commissioner of the Southern Conference on Jan. 30, took in the league’s basketball tournament last weekend. He’ll take to the road next, completing campus visits and meeting with presidents and athletics directors of member schools. Iamarino, who was commissioner of the Northeast Conference for nine years before taking the SoCon […]

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Coastal Carolina and the Southern Conference

Oct 31st, 2005 | By | Category: Big South Expansion & Realignment, Featured News, SoCon Expansion & Realignment

In yesterday’s column, Terry Massey wrote about Coastal Carolina and it’s hopes for a Southern Conference invitation. “It was two years ago the last time VMI visted Coastal Carolina, which is an eternity for a third-year football program, especially one that has come as far as the CCU’s in such a short period of time.” […]

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