The Sun Belt conference announced at their media days earlier this week that they would be tabling the talks of possible expansion until next season. Now, it seems like they are already looking for new members to join the conference.
According to College Football Talk, the Sun Belt are looking at two FCS teams to join the conference in the future. Coastal Carolina, who has just recently risen to power in the FCS, and Eastern Kentucky have been mentioned as possible additions to the Sun Belt.
Matt Hogue, athletic director at Coastal Carolina, says he was contacted by the Sun Belt in recent weeks about the expansion.
“We’ve been contacted and we’ve had some discussion and that’s really the extent at this point,” Hogue said in a story published by The Sun News. “That’s where we are. We can acknowledge that they have contacted us, and certainly our stance has always been we would explore any opportunities that are presented to us.”
Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson confirmed that both schools had been contacted about possible expansion. The addition of the two teams would allow the conference to field a championship game in the future.
“I think Eastern Kentucky has been public in declaring their interest in moving up to FBS. I think that Coastal Carolina has not made that public statement,” Benson told The Daily Advertiser in a this week. “So has Eastern Kentucky contacted the Sun Belt? Yes. Have we had conversation with Coastal Carolina and others? Yes. That’s about all I can say.”
Adding Coastal Carolina would give the conference a team in South Carolina, which they currently and never have had in the past. They added on an extra Georgia school in Georgia Southern and a North Carolina school in Appalachian State last season.
Adding on Eastern Kentucky would also give the Sun Belt a school in the state since losing Western Kentucky to the Conference USA a few seasons ago.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Rant Sports