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.