Georgia State fans got two pieces of good news on Friday:
1. GSU mailed to the NCAA its application to reclassify from FCS to FBS. (The packet is thinner than a mortgage application and, after reading it, not nearly as convoluted).
2. GSU hopes to post on its website next week its master plan for athletics facilities. More on that below.
The FBS packet includes the invitation from the Sun Belt Conference, which GSU hopes to join next year, the actual application, a copy of the strategic plan, the strategic plan checklist responses, the diversity strategic plan, and a check for $5,000, which is required by the NCAA. Its dry reading.
An NCAA reclassification committee will meet in July to review the application. Georgia State hopes to receive approval by the end of July. Once it is approved, a conference call will be set up in which the NCAA will go over FBS orientation, which will explain the differences in rules and regulations between FCS and FBS. That’s also when GSU should learn when the scholarship increases for football will go into effect.
Perhaps the most interesting items in the packet are the projected recruiting budgets, revenues and expenses for the next three years.
Highlighting the revenue sports:
As for revenues and expenses:
So, it appears that Georgia State projects that will lose a few thousand in the 2012-13 (which is before they began to realize more NCAA money from the Sun Belt), and will make $1.3 million by 2014-15.
Now, onto the master plan, something many of you have asked me about quite often during the past year.
Georgia State hopes to put the presentation on its website next week. It won’t include how much money the new facilities will cost because they reason that posting something in today’s dollars may not be accurate by the time construction is finished. But they do hope that by making this available to the public, it will begin the process of marketing which will lead to the possibility of increased donations (which have grown by $2.4 million since the 2009 fiscal year) and naming-rights opportunities.
The plan will include the renovation for the Sports Arena, the volleyball complex, a baseball stadium, a softball stadium and a soccer arena. You will be to view the plan in total, or separately by project. I haven’t seen it yet. I saw hard copies last year, but I’m guessing they have changed.
It’s wrong to assume that there will be a new Panthersville, the site where baseball, softball and soccer currently play. Depending upon land availability and price, it’s reasonable to assume that some of these pieces will be broken up. It will take around 15 acres to build everything.