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Exclamation Did rules change on FCS moving up without a conference?
For years I've heard talk that an FCS school couldn't move up to FBS without an FBS conference "sponsoring" them. ESPN is reporting Liberty will be an FBS Independent in 2018. Did they change the rules?
02-16-2017 06:19 PM
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RE: Did rules change on FCS moving up without a conference?
(02-16-2017 06:19 PM)billybobby777 Wrote:  For years I've heard talk that an FCS school couldn't move up to FBS without an FBS conference "sponsoring" them. ESPN is reporting Liberty will be an FBS Independent in 2018. Did they change the rules?

No. The NCAA approved a waiver. In other words, they made an exception to the rule. Wonder what kind of can of worms that may open?
02-16-2017 06:21 PM
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RE: Did rules change on FCS moving up without a conference?
(02-16-2017 06:21 PM)NotANewbie Wrote:  
(02-16-2017 06:19 PM)billybobby777 Wrote:  For years I've heard talk that an FCS school couldn't move up to FBS without an FBS conference "sponsoring" them. ESPN is reporting Liberty will be an FBS Independent in 2018. Did they change the rules?

No. The NCAA approved a waiver. In other words, they made an exception to the rule. Wonder what kind of can of worms that may open?

Exactly. James Madison has hesitated on making the jump because they don't want to play in CUSA. Now they make the jump without CUSA and with H&H's vs Liberty, Umass and Army probably.
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02-16-2017 06:33 PM
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RE: Did rules change on FCS moving up without a conference?
The NCAA has shown it doesn't want to go to court to defend its oh-so-airtight rulebook and conference invite rule. So the rule may technically still be in place but the precedent is set.
02-16-2017 06:34 PM
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RE: Did rules change on FCS moving up without a conference?
(02-16-2017 06:21 PM)NotANewbie Wrote:  
(02-16-2017 06:19 PM)billybobby777 Wrote:  For years I've heard talk that an FCS school couldn't move up to FBS without an FBS conference "sponsoring" them. ESPN is reporting Liberty will be an FBS Independent in 2018. Did they change the rules?

No. The NCAA approved a waiver. In other words, they made an exception to the rule. Wonder what kind of can of worms that may open?

This move is good for NM St maybe? Yet another Indy to play. Maybe Idaho figures out a way to stay FBS? More and more schools could be doing it.
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02-16-2017 06:35 PM
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RE: Did rules change on FCS moving up without a conference?
(02-16-2017 06:34 PM)LatahCounty Wrote:  The NCAA has shown it doesn't want to go to court to defend its oh-so-airtight rulebook and conference invite rule. So the rule may technically still be in place but the precedent is set.

I bet James Madison could go Indy right now.

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02-16-2017 06:36 PM
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Through today's decision, the NCAA demonstrated a clear path to FBS Indy status aside from conference invitation. But very few teams have the facilities and resources and limited pathway to make it happen. Perhaps NDSU & JMU and maybe Montana if they so desired. I am curious to see if they follow suit now that they know there is opportunity. As a Liberty fan, I'd love more indies to fill a schedule.
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I hope this results in a flood of schools looking to jump up but who are currently blocked from doing so. With the influx of new schools hopefully a new conference or two emerges.
02-16-2017 06:42 PM
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MAH GAWD!!!!! THAT'S NODAK'S MUSIC!!!!!!!
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RE: Did rules change on FCS moving up without a conference?
I could think of several Eastern FCS teams using this loophole to go FBS.

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