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A few months ago, 65% of the students at my alma mater Georgia Southern University voted for a $75 activity fee to be used for a possible move up from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Today that became a reality as GSU President Brooks Kiel announced that GSU has accepted an invitation to join the Sun Belt Conference & will begin conference play in all sports except men's soccer (The Sun Belt has no soccer program so GSU will look for a different conference for them) in 2014. The Eagles' 2013 football schedule won't change but they won't be eligible for the SoCon title or for the FCS Playoffs since 2013 will be a transition year. The university will also be breaking ground to add 6,300 additional seats to Paulson Stadium (Current capacity around 18,000) & to build a new Football Operations Center later this year for the move up.

So with all this going on how do I feel about it as a GSU alum? I'll be honest-When talk of a move up to the FBS first began a year ago I wasn't too enthusiastic about it since the Eagles were already a six-time National Champion in football on the FCS level & very competitive against their Southern Conference opponents. But now that it's official, it'll be almost like it was back in 1981 when GSU was able to persuade then Georgia defensive coordinator Erk Russell (God rest his soul) to come to Statesboro to restart their football program that had been dormant since World War II. It's a new challenge for GSU athletics & one that I'm excited to see come about just as I was back in 1981 when I was a student there (And one of the founding members of the GSU Marching Band Southern Pride I'm proud to say ). Look out, Sun Belt Conference-Here come the Eagles!