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jtacoma
09-28-2012, 09:07 AM
STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - In a few hours, Georgia Southern University will know what their students think about a move to division one sports.

Student voting ended Thursday. Those results are expected to be released at 12 p.m. The students' decision is not binding.

If passed, the Board of Regents would have to vote on three new fees for students, which would cost $110.

The first issue is whether or not students are willing to pay a $25 per semester fee to add 6,000 seats to Paulson Stadium. The project would more than double the 4,000 student seats available now.

The second vote is whether or not to impose a $75 fee that would help underwrite a move by the football team and other sports to a larger athletic conference and higher level of competition. Proponents have said a step up to Football Bowl Subdivision would increase revenue, visibility, and give players a larger stage to compete.

The third referendum would be for a $10 fee to support sustainability projects to make the campus greener and more environmentally friendly.

http://www.wtoc.com/story/19664580/gsu-vote-referendum-results-expected-friday

jtacoma
09-28-2012, 11:27 AM
Updated: Sep 28, 2012 12:16 PM EDT



STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - Georgia Southern University now knows what its students think about a move to Division I sports.

Students cast ballots in favor of three new student fees. Voting ended Thursday. The results were announced just after 12 p.m. Friday.


Students support a $25 per semester fee that would add 6,000 seats to Paulson Stadium. The project would more than double the 4,000 student seats available now.

They also voted yes to a $75 fee that would help underwrite a move by the football team and other sports to a larger athletic conference and higher level of competition. Proponents have said a step up to Football Bowl Subdivision would increase revenue, visibility, and give players a larger stage to compete.Students support a $10 fee for sustainability projects to make the campus greener and more environmentally friendly.

However, the students' decision is not binding. The Board of Regents now vote on three new fees for students, which would cost $110.

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Troy79
09-28-2012, 07:32 PM
If approved by their board, Ga. Southern will be in the Belt in a few years. It likely would be a good fit to have them and one other school to have two divisions of 6 teams each.

Go TROY!

jtacoma
11-14-2012, 12:15 PM
From: Georgia Southern University
Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012



Regents Approve Georgia Southern University Student Fees for Stadium Expansion and FBS

The University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents today gave their approval, a required step, on two new student fees for Georgia Southern University students. The Regents approved a $25 per semester fee to expand the University’s Allen E. Paulson Stadium and a fee to help fund a potential move to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The Regents’ approval is required for any new student fee and follows a record turnout and approval by Georgia Southern students this past September.

The stadium expansion fee will go into effect beginning fall 2013 and will expire once the cost of the project has been fully paid. A date for construction has not been set, but the University hopes to begin construction as soon as possible.

In addition to the approval of the $25 stadium expansion fee, the Board of Regents also approved a $15 redirection of the current approved $154 athletic fee to be used to support construction of a Football Operations Center at the east end of Allen E. Paulson Stadium. The new facility will provide coaches’ offices, team meeting rooms, locker rooms, rehabilitation rooms, weight room and the Georgia Southern Football Hall of Fame.

“We are extremely grateful to the University System of Georgia and to the Board of Regents for their guidance and support during this process. An overwhelming majority of our students voted to support these fees this fall and we could not be more pleased with today’s approval,” said Georgia Southern President Brooks Keel, Ph.D. “I have said it before and I’ll say it again. Whether it is in the area of academics, research, sustainability, economic development or athletics, our goal is to take Georgia Southern University to the next level.”

Following the student vote to support the fees this past September, Georgia Southern’s Student Government Association President Dominique Quarles said, “This vote wasn’t just about today, but to improve Georgia Southern for future generations of Eagles.”

The announcement of the Board of Regents’ approval comes only one day after the University announced that it had hired a new athletic director (AD). Tom Kleinlein, deputy director of athletics at Kent State was named the University’s new AD on Monday evening following a national search.

Expansion of Allen E. Paulson Football Stadium Fee ($25)

This fee will be used to increase the seating capacity of Allen E. Paulson Stadium by more than 6,300 seats. The new addition will add an upper deck to the student/visitor side of the stadium. Currently, the stadium has 4,000 seats dedicated for student use. With a record 20,500 students attending Georgia Southern this fall, only 25 percent of the University’s student body was able to be provided with a seat during home football games. By increasing the capacity of the stadium now, Georgia Southern will be well positioned for a future move to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The new seats, which this fee will fund, will be dedicated for student use each home football game.

In addition to football games, the expansion will also provide additional seating for graduation ceremonies and special events. The stadium currently has a total of 14,444 seats. Each spring, the stadium is filled to capacity and beyond with more than 23,000 family members and friends attending its annual undergraduate commencement ceremony. In addition, the University hosts a variety of other events at the stadium including last spring's concert of The Band Perry and The Fray.

Note: Once the total cost of construction has been fully paid, this fee will no longer be assessed.

Fee to Fund Move Up to the Football Bowl Subdivision ($75)

This $75 fee will support Georgia Southern Football's move to a new level of competition as well as a move to a new athletic conference. Georgia Southern has expressed interest in moving up to compete with other major universities in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) series. Because the state of Georgia does not fund athletic department operations, this fee will ensure that the University has the necessary funding to make a move up when a conference invitation is presented and accepted. The fee to support the University’s potential move up to the FBS level of competition will not go into effect until Georgia Southern is offered and accepts an invitation to join an FBS conference. The fee would begin the first full semester after joining the FBS.

Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 120 degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. In 2012, the University was named one of the Top 10 most popular universities in the country by U.S. News & World Report and is a top choice of Georgia’s HOPE scholars. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered approach to education. Visit: www.georgiasouthern.edu.

Troy79
11-15-2012, 01:56 PM
Guys, I think this is great news for the Sun Belt. By adding a quality team to the conference, we just need one more to make for a Conference Championship opportunity, two divisions of six teams each. Ga Southern is a short road trip for Troy and would keep a smaller sized 'footprint' for our conference. As Hemi told me Saturday, we need to be the smaller version of the SEC so we can recruit in the same regions for quality players. It sounds like Ga Southern would like to have a confernce affiliation asap, unlike Troy who started as an independent. With the upgrading of their facliities on the drawing board, it sounds like they will be ready to make a move in just a few years. This was a great rivalry in our D-I AA days so I believe they would be a good fit for the Belt. If C-USA continues to decline and the Sun Belt continues to improve, maybe we could get one additional team to come join us to make it an even 12 teams, assuming the Belt does go after Ga Southern.

Go TROY!