Georgia Southern University has submitted a waiver to the NCAA asking to be eligible to play in a bowl game this season.

STATESBORO, Ga.  (WJCL)  Georgia Southern University has submitted a waiver to the NCAA asking to be eligible to play in a bowl game this season.

Athletic Director Tom Kleinlein says the waiver was filed Tuesday with the hopes of granting the Eagles access to the postseason.  Current NCAA rules do not allow programs transitioning from the Football Championship Subdivision to the Football Bowl Subdivision to play in a bowl game.  However, Kleinlein says the university owes it to the student-athletes, coaches and fans to submit the waiver.

“We feel like we have met all our requirements for Division I status already,” says Kleinlein.  “Our team went out and earned a share of the conference championship and we felt we had an opportunity to submit the waiver.”

The NCAA’s two year transition period was established to allow programs moving from the FCS to the FBS to meet requirements of the division.  Georgia Southern currently meets or exceeds NCAA FBS minimums in scholarships issued and attendance.

The waiver was submitted to the NCAA’s legislative committee.  If the waiver is rejected, Georgia Southern can appeal.

The filing of the waiver comes on the heels of UL Lafayette’s loss to Appalachian State which guaranteed Georgia Southern at least a share of the Sun Belt Conference championship.  The Eagles (8-3, 7-0 Sun Belt) can win the outright SBC title with a win over Louisiana Monroe this Saturday.

Georgia Southern is just the third football program to win a conference title while transitioning from the FCS to the FBS.  Nevada and Marshall also won conference championships while moving up.

Kleinlein says he expects a quick answer from the NCAA.
Bowl selections will be made Dec. 7.

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