There is a major shift taking place in the college football landscape, and for the moment, nobody knows what the power conferences will look like when the dust settles.
While Georgia Southern coach Jeff Monken primarily is focused on Western Carolina, Saturday’s opponent, Monken and GSU are aware of the changing landscape of the game.
“There have been conversations between myself, the athletic administration and the university administration,” Monken said. “That’s a reality, that everything as we know it now with the major conferences, that there may become a super conference, or they’ll align together, and who knows what that does for opportunities.”
Monken is optimistic that any changes would improve things for larger Football Championship Series programs. He also doesn’t view any move as a final destination.
“We realize we’re probably never going to be the BCS champion. We may never have a stadium with 110,000 seats. That’s OK,” he said. “You go into a league where you can be competitive in that league — be the best in that league — and then from there you grow. Maybe then you could become a Boise State. Boise was a Division II, then a I-AA, and they’ve grown into something really special. But for every one of them, there’s always (teams) who would love to be Boise State and aren’t there yet.
“If it’s right for Georgia Southern,” he added, “I have faith in our administration that we’ll make that decision and do what’s right for the school. I’m in support of whatever’s best for our university.”
Monken recently discussed construction on a 50,000-square-foot facility he expects will begin at Paulson Stadium in October.