Grand Realignment continues without App State (for now)
- Updated: May 2, 2012
So grows the Sun Belt.
Texas State University has accepted an invitation to join the Sun Belt Conference starting in the 2013-14 season, university president Denise Trauth and conference commissioner Karl Benson announced on Wednesday.
As expected, Texas State will play its first season as a Football Bowl Subdivision team in the Western Athletic Conference this fall.
This is just one of many such announcements expected by the Sun Belt and Conference USA, who appear to be in some type of sudden bidding war for new members.
Among those names being thrown around for CUSA is a … /deep sigh … yet-to-play-a-game-much-less-field-a-team program.
UNC Charlotte, come on down!
A source with knowledge of the football-driven situation confirmed to the Observer on Tuesday afternoon that the 49ers will return to the league they played in from 1995-2005. The announcement could come as soon as Friday, according to a report on CBSSports.com, which first reported Tuesday that the 49ers will be joined by five other schools in an expanded CUSA – Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Florida International, Texas-San Antonio and Old Dominion.
49ers athletics director Judy Rose neither confirmed nor denied the move on Tuesday, but said that Conference USA officials met with Charlotte officials earlier in the day. That was the second time in recent weeks the two had met.
Read more here: http://gmine.blogspot.com/2012/05/charlotte-49ers-headed-to-conference.html#storylink=cpy
Among all the rumoring, two words have been absent. “App” and “State.”
But wait. It gets even more depressing.
Just before App State wrote year 1 of Histor3, Old Dominion decided it wanted to return to football after a decades-long absence. The first team was fielded as an FCS independent in 2009. Last season the program joined the 73-team Colonial Athletic Association.
Apparently it won’t be there long.
Sources confirmed that a CBSSports.com report that had ODU among six schools joining Conference USA wasn’t entirely accurate.
Old Dominion, a member of the Colonial Athletic Association since 1991, is on the table. But a source said that the Monarchs were granted an extension in order to allow the school’s leadership, including the Board of Visitors, to weigh a possible conference jump.
Not a done deal, but the butterflies are on the CUSA radar.
While all these rumored rumors rumor around sans any Boone-linked gossip, the Stink is getting busy to make its own pitch to the penthouse.
Earlier in the week, school president Dr. Brooks Keel announced Georgia Southern will play football at the highest collegiate level. The Eagles currently play in the Football Championship Subdivision, whose members play with a maximum of 63 scholarships. FBS members play with a maximum of 85 scholarships.
No timetable has been given for the move.
“It could be tomorrow, or it could be down the line, but we’re confident we can get in a position where we can be attractive to a conference,” Monken said.
So you have two multiple title programs with deep competitive history looking to make like the Jeffersons, while comparative newborns are given quick access to the express elevator.
Could be worse, we guess. Stink could be getting an invite before App State. But that would never happen ……. would it?