Georgia State football, all of two years old, will make the leap to the highest level, according to Brett McMurphy. The Sun Belt, which has been talking up adding two more teams, reportedly has voted in the Panthers and will extend an official invite soon.
Sun Belt votes to add Georgia State, invite may come this week sources tell @CBSSports— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyCBS) April 3, 2012
The state of Georgia would then finally have a third FBS team after spending many a decade surrounded by states with FBS schools aplenty. The Panthers are coached by former Alabama boss Bill Curry and play their games in the Georgia Dome. They were scheduled to begin their CAA football life this season, and we'll assume for the time being that it will end up being their last.
Though they haven't had success yet on the field, the Panthers offer one of those fancy media markets that conference honchos are into, and with their recruiting resources (they play in the home of the SEC Championship Game, I mention again) it's not hard to imagine they would've outgrown CAA football if they'd stuck around for a whole decade or what have you.