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03-27-2013, 07:12 PM
Conference realignment grades: Sun Belt adds 2 FCS titans, 2 WAC evacuees

Monday, SB Nation reported the Sun Belt is bringing on FCS greats Appalachian State and Georgia Southern, while CBS Sports reported Idaho and New Mexico State are joining as well.

By Jason Kirk on Mar 26 2013

Any time a college conference picks up four schools in a single day, it would be ideal to give each addition a careful portion of consideration. But this shopping spree is basically two purchases, not four, so it makes sense to look at the foursome in pairs.

Georgia Southern and Appalachian State: A
Considering the Sun Belt's realistic prospects, this duo is as good as it gets. The two most successful programs in FCS history (nine combined national titles since 1985) offer perhaps the Sun Belt's best rivalry from Day 1, legit football fan support all around (App State already outdraws the Sun Belt average, while Southern's close to it with a stadium expansion on the way) and geographic fits that make future rivalries more likely and don't create any travel strains.

While Boone and Statesboro won't do much for the TV market side of things, the Sun Belt's priorities right now are survival and creating a solid football league that fills up bowls and competes for that guaranteed BCS 2.0 mid-major automatic bid.

Still, as far as local interest goes, the Sun Belt could've done no better here. And having more programs in football-mad Georgia than any other D1 conference can't hurt.

A no-brainer.

Idaho and New Mexico State: D
And this is the move you don't want to have to make.

The Sun Belt needed to get to 12 schools in order to hold a future championship game, which for most leagues means stealing a glint of spotlight from the weekend usually headlined by the SEC's title game. Adding these two WAC evacuees puts the conference on pace for 12 by 2015, so long as nobody steals another school. As FBS currently stands, there were technically no other options...

Complete story: http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2013/3/26/4148330/sun-belt-expansion-appalachian-state-georgia-southern

03-30-2013, 10:44 AM
Hilltoppers are gone also...