It is being reported that those in positions of authority at Appalachian State University are seriously considering a move up to Division I. I have noted that I believe that such a move is not a good idea for most IAA schools. There are exceptions and the Mountaineers may be one of them. If the Appalachian State program can get into the Big East it would be a major step up. Conference USA or Sun Belt? They should probably stay at the IAA level before moving to a non BCS conference. The Mountaineer football programs is one of the best in the IAA ranks and would be very competitive right out of the gate in the Big East, CUSA, Sun Belt and perhaps even the ACC.
It will be interesting to see where this leads.