Maybe I’m overreacting to this, but I don’t see how it’s a welcome development for Georgia Tech.
Georgia State is expected to join the Sun Belt Conference and accept an invitiation from the league as early as Thursday, college football industry sources told CBSSports.com.
Georgia State, which has been in the Colonial Athletic Association since 2005, would join the Sun Belt beginning in the 2013 season.
It’s a great move for the Sun Belt, which gets access to a major media market. And State can now sell itself as a D-1 program to in state recruits, which gives it a leg up on more established 1-AA programs like Georgia Southern.
But the Panthers become more direct competition in the same town as Tech, and can also recruit the same fertile in state grounds with broader academic standards. That ain’t good. And it’ll get worse if Georgia State manages to replace former Jacket head coach Bill Curry with someone more dynamic.