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Published October 11, 2013
MOVING ON UP: In Augusta, David Lee noted Georgia Southern Univ.'s move to FBS has been "met with a mixed response." But AD Tom Kleinlein on Wednesday said that it is "about more than just the ability to play football at a higher level." All athletic programs, "except soccer, would play in the Sun Belt Conference beginning in 2014, and the football team would be eligible for a bowl game as soon as 2015." Kleinlein said, "Our job is to get people interested in Georgia Southern University through the games we play and the competitions we have and stories we tell. Now, we're able to do that on a stage we've never been able to before." As part of the move, GSU is "expanding Paulson Stadium to add 6,300 seats and build a new football operations center." Kleinlein said that the timetable for completing the expansion "is close to being on time after experiencing a wet summer." They "remain on track for finishing in late June or July" (AUGUSTA CHRONICLE, 10/10).