According to an article in the Sun Sentinal, Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson talked a little about expansion this past weekend. The last we heard was the Sun Belt had decided NOT to expand to 12 teams.
Benson said that Georgia Southern, along with two other FCS schools, keep Benson updated on their progress in transitioning their programs to FBS play.
The Sun Belt currently has 10 football teams. Benson said that the conference isn’t expecting to discuss expansion at it’s October presidents meeting, but if the Sun Belt were to expand, it would add two teams — as to gain the right to host a conference championship game at the end of the regular season.
Those expansion talks have not been tabled yet, and Benson doesn’t anticipate any action to take place this year.
So I guess the answer has changed from “No” to “Maybe, but if so, not until the end of the season”. Georgia Southern’s President recently said on a radio interview that he didn’t expect any sort of FBS invitation until the season is over.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the other 2 FCS schools he’s referring to are probably Appalachian State and Liberty. Both have been very public about wanting to join FBS. I would like to think Appalachian State is still ahead of Georgia Southern. But with their new stadium expansion and FBS vote, they might be the flavor of the month.
There’s also the thought that Georgia State might block Georgia Southern’s entry and we could end up with an Appalachian State/Liberty scenario. At this point, I don’t care who goes with us as long as we go. Obviously, I’d prefer Georgia Southern. I hope the rivalry between us ends up getting both teams in as a package. Then again, they might stand pat at 10.