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Eagles Bring Storied History to Sun Belt

By Matt Osborne
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Given Georgia Southern's historical reputation, it shouldn’t take much time for the Sun Belt to learn that the Eagles are all about one thing: playing winning football.

Today marked a historic day for Georgia Southern, as the Eagles officially became full members of the Sun Belt Conference.

The move very well be cause for greater celebration from their newfound conference brethren, however, as the Eagles will be bringing their unrivaled history and tradition at the FCS level with them to their new home.

Despite not fielding a football team for more than 40 years following the outbreak of World War II, Georgia Southern has won six FCS national championships, the most of any program in history.

The Eagles’ tremendous history of success on the gridiron certainly doesn’t end there either.

Georgia Southern is one of just five programs to boast two Walter Payton Award winners as the top offensive player in the FCS. Running back Adrian Peterson won the award in 1999, while quarterback Jayson Foster took home the hardware in 2007. The Eagles have also had two coaches – Erk Russell and Paul Johnson – win the Eddie Robinson Award, honoring the top coach nationally in the FCS.

One of the top programs in the FCS in attendance over the past decade, the Eagles have also garnered a reputation for having one of the most intense fan bases in all levels of college football.

As the Sun Belt looks to expand its brand and marketability in the evolving college football landscape, adding a team with a rich history and tradition like Georgia Southern certainly helps set the stage for a successful future.

Sun Belt opponents will undoubtedly spend the next few seasons attempting to familiarize themselves with the pride and passion of Georgia Southern. Given the Eagles’ exemplary historical reputation, though, it shouldn’t take much time for the conference to learn that Georgia Southern is all about one thing: playing winning football.

Matt Osborne - Matt Osborne currently serves as the director of recruiting and lead editor for Southern Pigskin. His work has been published in a number of national publications, including USA Today. Although he loves all levels of football, Matt's number one joy in his life is his relationship with Jesus Christ. Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattOsborne200. For media requests, please email Matt at