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Sun Belt's Benson: New structure 'within 30 days'

    Georgia Southern's wishes to make the jump to the Football Bowl Subdivision got a bit of a push in the right direction Saturday evening as Sun Belt Conference commissioner Karl Benson held a press conference discussing the latest meeting between he and the conference's school presidents.

    While no conference invitations were extended, Benson stated that the Sun Belt was in the process of determining whether it wants to have 10 or 12 football playing members.
    According to Bowling Green Daily News reporter Chad Bishop, Benson said that "within 30 days, we hope to be able to announce what the new structure will be."
    Regardless of that decision, Benson also stated that the conference expects to have 12 schools by the 2015 season.
    Georgia Southern has been heavily rumored to be one of several teams under consideration for inclusion as the Sun Belt expands.
    The conference currently has 11 members, 10 of which compete in football. Four schools — North Texas, Florida Atlantic, Florida International and Middle Tennessee State — will all be leaving the conference in July while Georgia State, Texas State-San Marcos and the University of Texas at Arlington are all slated to move into the Sun Belt at the same time.
    Bishop reports that while the number of 2014 Sun Belt schools will be determined within 30 days, it could be 60-90 days before official invitations to the conference are sent out.