The Associated Press
7/17/2007, 12:33 p.m. CDT
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Jacksonville State University is considering a move to the
NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision, formerly known as
The university's board of trustees approved formation of
a committee Monday to explore a possible move to the top
class in college football.
The committee is to report to the board's athletics
committee on Oct. 15 with information on the cost and
feasibility of the move up. The Gamecocks currently are in
the Football Championship Subdivision, former known as
The board also approved a recommendation to get preliminary
architectural drawings by Sept.1 for a renovation of the
south stands that would add 5,000 seats to the 15,000-seat
Paul Snow Stadium, including a new press box and executive suites.
JSU President William A. Meehan called the review of a move
up "very, very preliminary," but football coach
Jack Crowe said it would be a natural progression and key
board member Jim Coxwell said he expect the Gamecocks to
eventually play in the same division as former archrival Troy.
"We've had contact with the Sun Belt
Conference," Coxwell told The Birmingham News,
"and I've talked to Troy's leaders down there
and I've talked to the University of Alabama. It just
seems like something that would fit our system here within
the next few years.
"I think one year we will be Division I-A. We're
headed that way. It's just a matter of time when we get
there," he said.
Coxwell will serve as chairman of the subcommittee, whose
other members are Crowe, Athletics Director Jim Fuller and
trustees Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. and Jamie "Red" Etheredge.
Jacksonville State began the two-year transition to Division
I-AA in 1993. It would serve a one-year transition to the
Football Bowl Subdivision.
"The cost of athletics at the I-AA level is pretty well
set and pretty expensive for all I-AA schools, whether
you're Samford or Jacksonville or Austin Peay,"
Folsom said. "In light of that, this is something we
need to analyze."
Information from: The Birmingham News