The SoCon has been looking to add a few schools and Kennesaw State’s name has been dropped more than once.
For those of you who don’t know, Kennesaw State is located just 20 miles outside of Atlanta on top of (wouldn’t you know it) Kennesaw Mountain. They have a student population of 24,600 which makes them one of the larger possible SoCon adds.
Their mascot is Scrappy the Owl. Speaking of crappy, they currently have the 11th worst D-I men’s basketball team in the country by RPI. (They should fit right in.)
They were D-II until the 2009-2010 season, and they actually won quite a few national championships at that level (not in football obviously). Then they started their transition into the D-I Atlantic Sun conference. They decided awhile back that they wanted football, after a 10 month study. But the A-Sun doesn’t sponsor football. That and their location makes them an obvious candidate for the SoCon or Big South.
There was only one problem, the Board of Regents did NOT approve the proposed student athletics fee increase. Instead they sent it to their business committee for further review. Today the business committee finally came out with their recommendation to the Board of Regents to approve the fee increase, calling it a “sound” plan.
Now the Board of Regents itself will vote on the proposal and will likely take the advice of their business committee and approve it. The school will play football in their soccer stadium (that was supposedly built with football in mind). They plan to renovate it but not expand it. It currently seats 8,000. Now all they need is a coach, a few players,…and a conference.