Departing Mountaineers, Eagles chasing SoCon title


SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Appalachian State and Georgia Southern coaches say they'll play for a Southern Conference title this season, even if both are ineligible to win the crown in their final seasons in the league before moving to the Sun Belt Conference in 2014.

The schools have won or shared championships in the Football Championship Subdivision league a combined 22 times since 1986, yet both will play the season with more than the 63 scholarships allowed by FCS. That means they can't officially win the SoCon title or participate in the NCAA FCS playoffs.

That's not stopping Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield or Georgia Southern coach Jeff Monken.

Satterfield and Monken say if their teams finish on top after full conference schedules, they'll celebrate and cherish a championship just like they've always done.

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