Thursday, January 21, 2010

Discussing the future

The athletics committee of the JSU board of trustees and other administrators held a big meeting in the JSU athletic department building Thursday prior to the ESPNU-televised basketball game with Tennessee State.

The group heard a presentation from Johnny Williams, the former Troy athletic director now a private consultant, who is advising the Gamecocks in their exploration of moving to Division IA in football.

There weren't any decisions made in the meeting -- a precursor to Monday’s board of trustees meeting -- and the information according those on the scene was more of what the board has been hearing since the process began. The message coming out was just continue to lay the groundwork in the event the school wants to make the move.

Of course, the Gamecocks would absolutely need a conference to go to if such a move were to happen and the Sun Belt, now minus one team with New Orleans getting approval to pull out this summer to move to Division III, continues to be the most discussed target.

Also, the club level seats in Paul Snow Stadium went on sale to the public at tipoff of the basketball game. David Farrar, JSU’s associate AD for external affairs, said he expects all 1,026 of the club level seats will be sold before the start of next football season and projected they would sell "a couple hundred in the next 24 hours." The seats go for $500 apiece.

It's not like they were flying off the shelves at the initial offering. Through halftime of the basketball game, there were zero sold -- a lot of inquiries, but no sales.

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