First, I’m doing a twitter mailbag @ajgsu to answer any questions you might have about Georgia State’s move to the Sun Belt. Please send as many questions as you have and I’ll try to answer them.
During the Sun Belt press conference yesterday, Georgia State athletic director Cheryl Levick and Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson were asked about the timeline of the move.
During their answer, Levick and Benson seemed to disagree on who called who first.
Here’s what happened.
But before I finish this short story, I need to point out a couple of dates:
Some of you have doubted that timeline. Well, He was being truthful.
Here’s what happened, with a small twist.
Remember that things got squirrelly in the fall with the ACC taking two more teams from the Big East and rumblings about Conference USA and Mountain West, which is why GSU commissioned the feasibility study.
Benson and Levick are long-time colleagues from the time he was commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference and she worked for Stanford.
Levick, still waiting on a copy of the feasibility study, called Benson in January, before he said he was even a candidate for the Sun Belt job, to discuss the changing landscape of college football. She had forgotten about that phone call when she and Benson discussed the timeline during the press conference. Benson reminded her backstage.
Now, in between that phone call and the time Benson went on 790AM, he spoke with many consultants, one of whom said that Georgia State had commissioned a study about FBS possibilities.
So, when he went on 790 that’s why he said that Georgia State’s aspirations to be a FBS school were well-known. He thought they were, even though they actually weren’t.
When he called to apologize to Levick, talks began in earnest and continued, culminating in Friday’s offer to join and subsequent acceptance by GSU president Dr. Mark Becker.
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– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu