South Alabama is among the four teams making the leap to FBS football this year, along with UMass, Texas State and UT-San Antonio. The other three are included in NCAA Football 13, but not the Jaguars. Why not?
"South Alabama was a provisional member of FBS last year and did not play a full FBS schedule," EA Sports communication manager Julie Foster told SB Nation. "We did not receive confirmation that they were changing to a full FBS schedule this year until it was too late for inclusion in NCAA Football 13. South Alabama will be included in NCAA Football 14."
Requests for further clarification were not responded to.
Specifically, I'm curious about how the process works, considering USA announced in 2011 that it would go through a provisional FBS schedule in 2012 and join as a full-time Sun Belt member in 2013, though it would still very much be an official FBS program this year. If someone at USA failed to make the program's plans very clear to EA Sports, you'd have to think that mixup feels like a major missed marketing opportunity for a school that's looking to put itself on the national map.