Karl Benson, you deserve all these balloons for not naming your divisions Helios and Apollo or some damn thing. (Andrew Fielding/Zumapress.com)
The four-team Sun Belt expansion is official, and once it's complete -- and if nobody else leaves -- the league will boast 12 teams and the ability to split into divisions and stage a conference championship game. Sagely observing the errors of power conferences we shall not name here, the SBC has elected to name its divisions Sun Belt East and Sun Belt West; the league will split as follows, per an Idaho press release:
When the Vandals enter the league in 2014, there will be two six-team divisions. A Western Division with Idaho, New Mexico State, Texas State, Arkansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe, and an Eastern Division with Appalachian State, Georgia State, Georgia State, South Alabama, Troy and Western Kentucky. Appalachian State and Georgia Southern will be in transition from FCS status.
Y'all know how these things go. You know
there was at least a sliver of a chance that Very, Very Western Sun Belt members Idaho and New Mexico State could've ended up in the East. Excellent avoidance of typical pitfalls, Sun Belt bigshots.