Appalachian State will accept an invitation to join the Sun Belt Conference this week, probably on Wednesday, according to a source at ASU
— Tommy Bowman (@AppTrailWSJ) March 25, 2013
The big boys of college football welcomed two more to the FBS ranks on Monday. Tommy Bowman of the Winston-Salem Journal reported that both Georgia Southern and Appalachian State would be making the move from the Southern Conference up to the Sun Belt.
The Sun Belt loses Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Florida Atlantic and Florida International after this year, and had been looking to bring in new schools to improve both the conference’s football presence in the state of Georgia, as well as improve the name recognition of the conference as a whole. All four are moving to Conference USA over the summer.
Both Georgia Southern and Appalachian State bring winning traditions to the league. Georgia Southern has won six FCS national titles while rival App. State took home three consecutive titles from 2005-2007.
App. State also famously knocked off mighty Michigan to open the 2007 season.
The schools are currently rivals and have been for quite some time. Thus, unlike most of the conference realignment fans have been forced to deal with over the last few years, these schools will have be able to play each other and hate each other every year.
According to Steven Godfrey of SB Nation, Georgia Southern will use the 2014 season as a “transition” and will fully join the Sun Belt in 2015. No details on App. State’s jump have been made available yet.