Appalachian State University’s football program will be joining the Sun Belt Conference this week, an anonymous source tells the Winston-Salem Journal.
Details are still being worked out and the exact date Appalachian State would leave the Southern Conference are not yet determined, but the source says the Mountaineers could begin competing in the Sun Belt by 2014.
ASU has been a member of the Southern Conference since 1971. The conference has an exit fee of $600,00 for programs leaving in less than two years of notice.
The Sun Belt is part of the Football Bowl Subdivision, while the Southern Conference is part of the Football Championship Subdivision. The Journal reports FBS schools can offer up to 22 additional scholarships as compared to FCS schools.