ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia State is moving up to the Football Bowl Subdivision by joining the Sun Belt Conference for the 2013 season.
The official invitation was extended to the school by Sun Belt Conference president and Troy University chancellor Jack Hawkins on Monday.
The Panthers will continue to play in the Football Championship Subdivision as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association through 2012. Georgia State launched its football program in 2010 with Bill Curry as coach.
Georgia State will play a Sun Belt schedule in football in 2013 and will be eligible for the postseason and the conference championship in 2014.
The Panthers will move to the Sun Belt in all sports.
GSU football is scheduled to play a home-and-home series with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2013 and 2014. The recent move is likely to affect that agreement. The Panthers are currently slated to host the Mocs at the Georgia Dome in September of 2013, and play at Finley Stadium in September of 2014.
It is possible the series will remain as scheduled as GSU makes the transition to the FBS level. The Mocs were able to retain a series with Western Kentucky several years ago as the Hilltoppers made the leap to the Sun Belt.
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