Georgia State compared to the rest of the Sun Belt schools

How does Georgia State compare to the other schools in the Sun Belt?

With a lot of help from the Sun Belt’s sports information department, here are some comparative stats, and some other basic information for those already in the conference.

Georgia State

Location: Atlanta

Undergraduate enrollment: 22,500

Joining the SBC: 2013

Nickname: Panthers

Sports: Football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, softball, baseball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, women’s sand volleyball, men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s track and field, women’s track and field

Athletic department budget: $19.5 million (2010 fiscal year)

APR (2010-11): Men’s basketball (946), women’s basketball (953), baseball (963)

RPI (2012): Men’s basketball (136), women’s basketball (248), baseball (119 in 2011)

Arkansas-Little Rock

Location: Little Rock, Ark.

Undergraduate enrollment: 5,793 (2011; rest of schools are 2011)

Joined the SBC: 1991

Nickname: Trojans

Sports: Baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s soccer, women’s swimming and diving, women’s tennis, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, men’s track and field, women’s track and field, women’s volleyball.

Athletic department budget: $8 million (2011; rest of schools listed are 2011)

APR (2010-11): Men’s basketball (971), women’s basketball (932), baseball (933)

RPI: Men’s basketball (177), women’s basketball (98), baseball (165 after 2011 season)

Website: www.ualrtrojans.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ualrtrojans

Twitter: twitter.com/UALRathletics

Arkansas State

Location: Jonesboro, Ark.

Undergraduate enrollment: 7,681

Joined the SBC: 1991

Nickname: Red Wolves

Sports: Football, baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s soccer, women’s tennis, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, men’s track and field, women’s track and field, women’s volleyball, women’s bowling.

Athletic department budget: $11.5 million

APR: Men’s basketball (894), women’s basketball (932), football (943), baseball (954)

RPI: Men’s basketball (224), women’s basketball (229), baseball (131)

Website: www.astateredwolves.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AStateRedWolves

Twitter: twitter.com/AStateRedWolves

Florida Atlantic

Location: Boca Raton, Fla.

Undergraduate enrollment: 13,976

Joined the SBC: 2005

Nickname: Owls

Sports: Baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, women’s track and field, football, men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s swimming and diving, women’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, softball.

Athletic department budget: $15.6 million.

APR: Men’s basketball (950), women’s basketball (925), football (920), baseball (956)

RPI: Men’s basketball (206), women’s basketball (165), baseball (55)

Website: www.fausports.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/FAU.Owls.Athletics

Twitter: twitter.com/FAUAthletics

Florida International

Location: Miami

Undergraduate enrollment: 21,140

Joined the SBC: 1998

Nickname: Panthers

Sports: Baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s track and field, women’s track and field, football, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, women’s golf, women’s swimming and diving, women’s tennis, women’s volleyball, softball.

Athletic department budget: $24.6 million

APR: Men’s basketball (984), football (943), baseball (979)

RPI: Men’s basketball (195), women’s basketball (304), baseball (38)

Website: www.fiusports.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/FIUSports

Twitter: twitter.com/FIUAthletics

Louisiana-Lafayette

Location: Lafayette, La.

Undergraduate enrollment: 12,875

Joined the SBC: 1991

Nickname: Ragin’ Cajuns

Sports: Baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, football, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, men’s track and field, women’s track and field, men’s golf, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, softball, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball.

Athletic department budget: $13.9 million.

APR: Men’s basketball (984), women’s baseball (960), football (943), baseball (979).

RPI: Men’s basketball (195), women’s basketball (304), baseball (81)

Website: www.ragincajuns.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RaginCajunsAthletics

Twitter: twitter.com/ULRaginCajuns

Louisiana-Monroe

Location: Monroe, La.

Undergraduate enrollment: 5,005.

Joined the SBC: 2001.

Nickname: Warhawks

Sports: Baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, football, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, men’s track and field, women’s track and field, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s soccer, softball, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis.

Athletic department budget: $8.3 million

APR: Men’s basketball (852), women’s basketball (952), football (908), baseball (942)

RPI: Men’s basketball (317), women’s basketball (250), baseball (184)

Website: www.ulmwarhawks.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Warhawks

Twitter: twitter.com/ULMWarhawks

Middle Tennessee State

Location: Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Undergraduate enrollment: 19,682

Joined the SBC: 2000

Nickname: Blue Raiders

Sports: Baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, football, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, men’s track and field, women’s track and field, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s soccer, softball, women’s volleyball, men’s tennis, women’s tennis.

Athletic department budget: $21 million

APR: Men’s basketball (964), women’s basketball (976), football (979), baseball (978)

RPI: Men’s basketball (56), women’s basketball (45), baseball (200)

Website: www.goblueraiders.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BlueRaidersAthletics

Twitter: twitter.com/mtathletics

North Texas

Location: Denton, Texas

Undergraduate enrollment: 22,095

Joined the SBC: 2000

Nickname: Mean Green

Sports: Men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, men’s track and field, women’s track and field, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s soccer, softball, women’s volleyball, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, women’s swimming and diving.

Athletic department budget: $22.4 million

APR: Men’s basketball (945), women’s basketball (949), football (932)

RPI: Men’s basketball (200), women’s basketball (207)

Website: www.meangreensports.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MeanGreenSports

Twitter: twitter.com/MeanGreenSports

South Alabama

Location: Mobile, Ala.

Undergraduate enrollment: 8,665

Joined the SBC: 1976

Nickname: Jaguars

Sports: Baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, football, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, men’s track and field, women’s track and field, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s soccer, softball, women’s volleyball, men’s tennis, women’s tennis.

Athletic department budget: $15.8 million

APR: Men’s basketball (898), women’s basketball (950), baseball (928)

RPI: Men’s basketball (169), women’s basketball (178), baseball (99)

Website: www.usajaguars.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/South-Alabama-Jaguars/114104958637170

Twitter: twitter.com/USAJaguarSports

Troy

Location: Troy, Ala.

Undergraduate enrollment: 11,034

Joined the SBC: 2004

Nickname: Trojans

Sports: Baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, football, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, men’s track and field, women’s track and field, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s soccer, softball, women’s volleyball, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, rodeo.

Athletic department budget: $15 million

APR: Men’s basketball (953), women’s basketball (983), football (932), baseball (944)

RPI: Men’s basketball (259), women’s basketball (338), baseball (49

Website: www.troytrojans.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/troyathletics

Twitter: twitter.com/TroyAthletics

Western Kentucky

Location: Bowling Green, Ky.

Undergraduate enrollment: 13,890

Joined the SBC: 1982

Nickname: Hilltoppers

Sports: Baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, men’s track and field, women’s track and field, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s soccer, softball, women’s volleyball, men’s tennis, women’s tennis.

Athletic department budget: $22.3 million

APR: Men’s basketball (964), women’s basketball (959), football (959), baseball (956)

RPI: Men’s basketball (171), women’s basketball (235), baseball (88)

Website: www.wkusports.com

Facebook: www.facebook.comm/WKUAthletics

Twitter: twitter.com/wkusports

— Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

24 comments Add your comment

Die Troll 2: Troll Harder

April 9th, 2012
10:15 pm

Where is App State?

Dwayne Blupper

April 9th, 2012
10:18 pm

GSU is in Atlanta

April 9th, 2012
10:21 pm

@Die Troll 2: Troll Harder – hahahaha…Awesome name!

lgwest1

April 9th, 2012
11:57 pm

Come on Georgia Southern University (GSU).
Lets move up, FBS.

lgwest1

April 10th, 2012
12:00 am

Where you @ georgia southern?

RidgeRunner

April 10th, 2012
8:37 am

lgwest1 , have you not figured it out my now? No one wants you. GSU after 2 years invited to FBS. GA Southern after a couple of decades or so has not received an invitation. Just face it, you are to play for ever in semi-college football.

GEORGIA SOUTHERN

April 10th, 2012
8:37 am

Location: The Boro

Undergrad Enrollment: 18,000

Joining the SBC: 2014

Nickname: Eagles

Sports: All the good ones

Budget: We got enough

APR: Not a problem

RPI: Always #1

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zgoldatl

April 10th, 2012
8:40 am

Keep it classy Ga Southern fans

GSU_MEX_ALUM

April 10th, 2012
9:02 am

Thanks for the info Doug.

GO GSU PANTHERS!

GT Letterman

April 10th, 2012
9:43 am

Comments with no class and no grammar.

Let’s give GaState a chance to win some games and do something before we trumpet them as best around.

And certainly let’s see if we can build one up without having to tear another down.

GSU is in Atlanta

April 10th, 2012
10:34 am

Leave it up to a Southern fan to write homophobic comments

ajg-marietta

April 10th, 2012
11:43 am

Good Info, Doug.

The sun belt feels like a good fit.

Just a fan

April 10th, 2012
12:48 pm

I am a Southern fan and I am delighted that Ga.State got the chance to make that move. Just makes it better for the whole state, as far as I am concerned. Good luck with the seasons to come. SunBelt will be a good fit for your guys and will be a better travel schedule for sure.

GSU(therealgsu) Student

April 10th, 2012
1:12 pm

@JustaFan I agree with you. As a State student, I also agree that yall should make the jump. Its the only way that we could get a REAL football rivalry. Think of the Headline:

BATTLE TO BE THE REAL GSU!!!

PantherCJ

April 10th, 2012
1:43 pm

Excited as can be.

Atlanta Mafia

April 10th, 2012
4:34 pm

I want the GaSo fans to go think about reality and not to consider GSU in their thought process.
GaSo fans may love their team but this is about more than love or winning football at FCS level.
Please – Reality Check: First, I don”t think that GaSo can afford the added scholarships for FBS.
GaSo does not have the facilities, or the money, or the alumni support, or the media market, or the finances, or the endowment that would make them attractive to FBS. Now don;t go getting all wacky and crazy about this Eagles fans. If you want to be in FBS you need to evaluate what I have written and not lash-out in anger. Example – GSU has an endowment of $170M and GaSo has an endowment of $38M. GSU plays in the best stadium in the State of Georgia and GSU is in a major media market of Atlanta. I think that the GaSo admin knows that they can’t meet the money requirements for any move to FBS.

Neutral

April 10th, 2012
4:55 pm

Enter your comments here

Neutral

April 10th, 2012
5:00 pm

I here what your saying Atlanta Mafia, but I don’t think the Southern fans in their history have ever placed the amount of pressure on their administration as they have over the past 2 months to move to the FBS and I would argue that someone at Southern is going to get fired and Ga State is the reason.
Since Ga State began football KSU, Berry, Reinhardt, and Mercer have all started football programs. State is definitely stirring up the entire state of Georgia and creating civil unrest in South East Ga.

STATEment

April 11th, 2012
8:56 am

Thanks for the comparison.

Panthersville.com

April 11th, 2012
9:57 am

Only one Sunbelt school has a MBB RPI higher than ours. NCAA Tourney, here we come!

Pennsylvania CAA fan

April 11th, 2012
8:31 pm

One stat– I looked the schools up the other night– Sunbelt schools seem to let anyone who applies attend their fine universities. Crazy high acceptance rate? Why is that do you think?
…..
you all know the answer… right…….oh yes I am the crazy yankee who actually looks at the academic standards/expectations for ALL the students at GSU.

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Atlanta Mafia

April 13th, 2012
9:59 pm

@ Neutral – If someone at GaSouthern tries to move to FBS then they will get fired! I understand that the GaSo folks love their school so here is a link for the hard-headed South Georgia crowd. This is the GaSo feasibility study done on a possible GaSo move up to the FBS. http://www.georgiasouthern.edu/athleticstudy/pdf/GSUFSreport728.pdf
I’m sure that after you read this you will understand that GaSo isn’t going anywhere anytime soon except to sit in the SoCon and hope that doesn’t collapse. Read it and weep. GaSo does NOT have the market, facilities, alumni-base, etc…. READ IT and stop embarrassing yourselves. A move to
FBS will only hurt GaSo. The key word that I find in the study is “disadvantaged” in the FBS. But, I can see from the study that GaSo is the perfect FCS school, really.