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Reports: Appalachian State, Georgia Southern to join Sun Belt

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer

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Appalachian State is ready to make the jump to the FBS. (USATSI)

Appalachian State and Georgia Southern have been battling in the Southern Conference on the FCS level for years now, but it seems the two programs will be taking their rivalry up another level.

According to multiple reports, both Appalachian State and Georgia Southern will be joining the Sun Belt Conference for the 2015 seasons. The Winston-Salem Journal originally reported on Appalachian State's move and SB Nation reported on Georgia Southern's.

Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson would not confirm the reports when contacted by CBSSports.com.

While Appalachian State is the more familiar name thanks to its upset victory over Michigan in 2007, both schools finished in the top ten of the FCS rankings last season and both have been rumored to be interested to making the jump to the FBS level in recent months.

They're not the only FCS schools to be joining the Sun Belt, as the conference is currently undergoing a makeover thanks to members leaving for other conferences in the never-ending shuffle that is conference realignment. Georgia State will also make the move from the FCS to the Sun Belt in 2013 where it will be joined by former FCS schools Texas State and the University of Texas at Arlington.

Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Middle Tennessee State and North Texas all played their final season in the Sun Belt last year.

With the addition of Appalachian State and Georgia Southern the Sun Belt will have ten football schools in 2015.

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