Sam Houston is aiming for faster bowl eligibility as he transitions from FCS to FBS

THE WOODLANDS — Amid a two-year transition from FCS to FBS where Sam Houston became a national force, the Bearkats are not eligible to defend their WAC conference championship and play in this year’s playoffs. A similar situation presumably holds true for next season as SHSU is ineligible for a bowl while competing as a member of Conference USA.

However, Bearkats coach KC Keeler, who oversaw Sam Houston’s spring 2021 national championship, believes the team may not have to wait that long for postseason eligibility.

“I think (the transition) is going to take a year,” Keeler said. “The reason it’s going to be a year is because nobody in the history of college football has had to navigate the transfer portal and not be able to play for anything (of significant importance) for two years. That’s not fair.

“There are some people who are going to band together and tell the NCAA that you can’t put us in danger. Telling our kids they can’t play for anything for two years? And then there is the transfer portal. Our children can all walk.”

As the landscape of college football keeps changing, two years of not playing for a championship will seem like something to fans of Sam Houston football, who are used to playing at the highest level in their division felt hard. No college football team in Texas has won more NCAA Division I games in the past decade. Only North Dakota State, Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and Oklahoma have gained more in that span.

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