Is GSU trying to join the Sun Belt a year early? Here’s my take…

It has been more than two weeks since Georgia State learned that it won’t be allowed to play in the Colonial Athletic Association’s postseason tournaments.

Many assumed that GSU President Dr. Mark Becker and athletic director Cheryl Levick would immediately contact the Sun Belt, which they are supposed to join in the fall of 2013 and is the reason why they can’t play in the CAA tourneys, and ask if they can go ahead and become members in as many sports as possible.

If they have, no one’s saying. Becker continues to use the vague “GSU is exploring possibilities” answer. Levick, who returned to work on Monday after a vacation, is declining to comment. Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson has also declined to comment.

It strikes me as odd that no one will comment, especially considering that the CAA news is out. There’s really no affecting that decision now. There could be several reasons why no one will comment:

1. There’s no reason to because GSU isn’t trying to join early. That doesn’t seem to be probable.

2. There’s a fear that the CAA could sue GSU should it leave early. I asked commissioner Tom Yeager during the conference call two weeks ago if that was a possibility and he didn’t seem to think so, but things change.

3. No one wants to say anything until they are sure that GSU can be absorbed into the Sun Belt. The Sun Belt plays more conference games (20) than the CAA (18) in basketball, so that could take a while to sort out, particularly because the Sun Belt’s conference schedule was already done. This seems to be the most logical reason for the hush-hush approach.

But I’d like to hear your thoughts, so let’s have them below…

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

32 comments Add your comment

GSUtimes2

July 6th, 2012
1:05 pm

One can only hope…

GSUtimes2

July 6th, 2012
1:11 pm

Doug, you couldn’t possibly be talking about football too, right?

GStateBen

July 6th, 2012
1:25 pm

Could it be possible that other conferences have called and Becker is evaluating the landscape? CUSA is not likely done. The Big 12 just got a new commissioner on June 15th and things could be moving again.

Going to be a fun summer. Glad we have a seat at the big boy table.

GStateBen

July 6th, 2012
1:25 pm

@GSUTimes2 Football schedule is set and contracts most likely have been signed. It’s the lone outlier of the 19 varsity sports.

Doug Roberson

July 6th, 2012
1:26 pm

No, not football. Established a while ago that can’t happen.

GSUBB

July 6th, 2012
1:28 pm

Everything this administration does is hush/hush, so do not read anything into that. Zero transparency until they are forced to disclose something.

hammer22

July 6th, 2012
1:43 pm

Finally, a new post.

Interview player, whatever. Just do something!

A person SMART enough to know...?

July 6th, 2012
1:52 pm

I’m here again to pretend like I am SMART but I don’t have anything clever to say from my mom’s basement.

Doug Roberson

July 6th, 2012
2:27 pm

Sorry hammer. I have had a few things on my plate during the summer. I hope to start doing some more soon.

GStateBen

July 6th, 2012
2:45 pm

It’s the off season, brutal time for fans.

55 days until kick off…

#STATEofSHOCK

One day

July 6th, 2012
2:46 pm

I long for the day when Levick and Becker have no information to withhold from the public. I’m sure there is a reason, but I think it is easier to be at the final table of the World Series of Poker than be a fan of Ga State Athletics over the past year. We are a fragile program and this year has created and enormous amount of stress on fans trying to establish any kind of traditions. My message….Get to where you are going quickly and provide some sort of stability for all of us. Levick I hope you read this post and take it t heart.

GSU is in Atlanta

July 6th, 2012
2:52 pm

A conference with Men’s Soccer came a calling??? That would be a good thing for all sports

RidgeRunner

July 6th, 2012
3:18 pm

I have assumed that any Conference change would have to be finalized by 7/1. If that is so then we are staying put. But with the non-comment statements sounds something is in the works. While behind-the-scenes negotiations are efficient, they are unbearable for fans that “have to know.” So wait, it is. Still waiting.

Panama

July 6th, 2012
3:41 pm

“GStateBen
July 6th, 2012
1:25 pm

Could it be possible that other conferences have called and Becker is evaluating the landscape? CUSA is not likely done. The Big 12 just got a new commissioner on June 15th and things could be moving again.

Going to be a fun summer. Glad we have a seat at the big boy table.”

I see what you did there ;)

RidgeRunner

July 6th, 2012
5:16 pm

Panama! Who knows. Not sure about fun but the summer could definitely be interesting.

A person SMART enough to know......

July 6th, 2012
8:47 pm

A person SMART enough to know......

July 6th, 2012
8:49 pm

Soccer is OVER for the most part so now Doug has time to dedicate to covering the sports Americans care about and the AJC pays him to write about.

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A Man, A Plan, A Canal...

July 7th, 2012
3:19 am

…Panama

“I see what you did there” is played out and juvenile. For those of you who insist on seeing what others did there, you’ll notice that “a man a plan a canal panama” is the same backwards. A palindrome, like “racecar.”

At least that was worth reading, unlike endless and mindless banter about what Doug or his followers think the future holds for the Panthers.

If you don't like internet humor, GTFO the internet. Whiner.

July 7th, 2012
8:58 am

Methinks Ben knows something, per usual. T-minus 72 hours until GSU announces move to Conference USA.

I don’t always see what you did there, but when I do see what you did there, I see what you did there.

A Man, A Plan, A Canal...

July 7th, 2012
1:59 pm

It would be interesting to announce that we’re leaving another conference before we play one down of football. If that happens, we can call ourselves the Georgia State Prostitutes.

Panther

July 7th, 2012
3:32 pm

Man. What a wanker… Seriously youre going to spend time complaining about that?

A Man, A Plan, A Canal...

July 7th, 2012
6:24 pm

I may think I am SMART but really I am just one errant post from becoming a serial killer. My mom has great a/c in her basement by the way.

Argentina Blue

July 7th, 2012
7:47 pm

I would expect Arkansas State to be the next Sun Belt team to get invited to another lower-level FBS conference. Best football program in the SBC, new coach with experience in the SEC (including a NC ring), decent fanbase, etc. Their performance on the field has been a little erratic at times but they’ve given some good games to bigger teams recently (i.e., Iowa in 2009, Auburn in 2010, etc.). Of course, they are in the Razorbacks’ shadow and maybe the perception might be that their “market” isn’t desirable enough or their stadium might be too small. Who knows? Quality of product doesn’t seem to be the primary factor when considering invites to other conferences.

GSU Men's BB Fan

July 7th, 2012
9:39 pm

I can never see what anyone does anywhere.

BariBlue

July 7th, 2012
11:26 pm

One can only hope that we move ALL of our sports out of the CAA right away. A move to CUSA would be very odd and unexpected. We’d basically be slapping the Sunbelt in the face.

Matt

July 8th, 2012
8:42 am

Whatever the case, Becker and Cheryl need to pursue what most benefits our student-athletes. An immediate move to the Sun Belt is exactly that, not to mention a final, satisfying slap to the CAA’s face.

Internet Tough Guy

July 8th, 2012
1:24 pm

Go ahead and slap Sun Belt in the face. Who the hell cares?

STATEment

July 9th, 2012
12:43 am

In this race, you can’t worry about slapping folks in the face.

Panther

July 9th, 2012
4:17 am

I no longer post from my mom’s basement because the neighbors finally caught on that we were stealing their Internet. I’m just glad I’m able to sit in the corner of Panera where I can tap into their WiFi while sipping a plastic cup full of iced tea for three hours.

Molly

July 9th, 2012
4:18 am

“In this race, you can’t worry about slapping folks in the face.”

So why are we complaining about what the CAA did to us?

English

July 9th, 2012
10:37 pm

“Things that make you go hmmmm?” – C & C Music Factory