Georgia Southern announces steps for FBS move

The wheels are being readied for motion to take the Georgia Southern University football program to the Football Bowl Subdivision.

The prospect has been long rumored for a program that has won a record six Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) national titles.

GSU President Brooks Keel told the Statesboro Herald that the university is pursuing an eight-year, $36.6 million campaign over five phases to raise funds for such a move. Included is an increase of 18,000-seat Paulson Stadium by 6,300 seats and the construction of a 57,000-square-foot football operations center.

"There's no question it's where we want to go," Keel said of the potential move to the FBS.

A fundraising campaign has been in place since July 1 and has generated $5.1 million in cash and signed pledges, according to John Mulherin, president of the GSU Athletic Foundation.

Georgia Southern is a member of the Southern Conference. Appalachian State, another power in the SoCon, also is pursuing a move to the FBS.