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Georgia State says it’s looking into FBS status

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The 1-A ranks of college football will be growing in numbers in 2012 with the addition of former 1-AA teams Texas State, UT-San Antonio (to the WAC) and UMass (to the MAC).

In the not-too-distant future, it may grow by one more.

Georgia State announced on its official athletic site today that it commissioned a consulting group, Collegiate Consulting, to conduct a study regarding the feasibility of a move to 1-A football. The Panthers just completed their second season in football at the 1-AA level in the Colonial Athletic Association.

“We are performing our due diligence to fully understand potential opportunities in the rapidly changing landscape of college athletics and particularly college football,” GSU AD Cheryl L. Levick said in a statement. “We will evaluate the information in the feasibility study to determine the best course of action for Georgia State.

“No decisions have been made, and Georgia State has not received an invitation from any conference.”

It just so happens that new Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson said conference expansion would be one of his first priorities. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports via the school’s commissioned report that “that the Sun Belt would be the best fit.

GSU could be making that move by 2014.

Other 1-AA programs that have looked into the move to 1-A included Villanova, (too) long rumored to be joining the Big East, as well as Appalachian State.

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5 Responses to “Georgia State says it’s looking into FBS status”
  1. wvuandsteelers says: Feb 22, 2012 7:55 AM

    As a GSU alum, I have to say this: shouldn’t you have a little success at I-AA before you make this jump?

    Now, the positives of GSU are the Atlanta location; playing games in the Georgia Dome; a top shelf business school and a good head coach.

  2. fitz66 says: Feb 22, 2012 8:00 AM

    Memphis says that its not a prerequisite for upgrade.

    PS: Someone with WVU and Ga St. ties, thought I was the only one!

  3. woebegong says: Feb 22, 2012 9:30 AM

    Imagine they do this and play tech. in a few years and beat them. The hole in the center of Atlanta would be a deep one. Not to mention what it would do for the ACC.

  4. wvuandsteelers says: Feb 22, 2012 11:33 AM

    fitz66–Grew up in WV, moved down here 2 days after I graduated high school to go to GSU. Been here ever since.

    Strangely enough, I was valedictorian in 1989…..the 1988 valedictorian also moved down here and went to GSU. We even wound up having a class together. Very small world.

  5. fitz66 says: Feb 22, 2012 12:50 PM

    Nice! Opposite, grew up here in Atlanta. – Undergrad at GSU (didn’t have the heart to turn down the Hope Scholly) and Graduate at WVU. Ever to to Lasseters for the WV games?

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