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Columnist Harry Minium Showing LU Football Some Love
I posted this on A Sea of Red but thought I'd share here as well.

PilotOnline.com Wrote:C-USA rejected Liberty University's generous offer to join the league ... but the Flames ended up as the big winners
Sep 7, 2017

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Liberty's football stadium with the new, $29.1 million indoor workout facility to the left and a $3 million out track to the right and the school's new $20 million baseball stadium at the bottom right.
Steve Helber | AP Photo

By Harry Minium
The Virginian-Pilot
harry.minium@pilotonline.com


LYNCHBURG Since Liberty University announced in 2012 its plan to move to the Football Bowl Subdivision, officials worked diligently to find a conference, any conference, willing to accept the Flames.

The NCAA requires a Football Championship Subdivision school to join an FBS league to move . Liberty officials intensely lobbied the two leagues that made geographic sense – Conference USA and the Sun Belt – with no luck.

Liberty even offered to open its checkbook. Sources told me that in 2016, Liberty offered Conference USA millions of dollars more than the usual $2 million admission fee for an invitation.

This little nugget seems over the top but in line with rumors that were floating around a year or so ago ...

Quote:How many millions more? One source pegged the offer at $24 million. The offer coincidentally came at about the same time C-USA was learning its TV revenue would soon crater, going from paying $1.1 million per school annually to about $200,000.

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Thanks for posting. IND for FB is really a nice fit. I'm hoping there can be more P5 games scheduled in the next 10-20 years. Imagine a schedule with 7-8 P5 games and 4-5 G5 games. Current schedules look good for the next 5-ish years. The future is very bright!
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As with the Sun Belt and any other conference, it was their loss. Thanks for posting! If Liberty won't be in a power conference, then I would like them to be independent until further notice. We seem to have no trouble getting games and a decent number of P5 schools to come to Lynchburg. I have the confidence of our football program and athletic department to continue the hot streak that we are on.
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I think Liberty offered that $$$ not as an attempt to join CUSA, but rather an attempt to join FBS. You probably made a similar offer to the SBC.

I think ya'll would have left CUSA rather quickly for independence after transitioning.
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Thanks for Posting Sly...

The Baylor win may have turned a lot more heads than we truly recognize. I'm not at all saddened C-USA and or SB turned us down. Because so, we are free to do as we please.
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Soooo....

How much would Liberty have offered the AAC? Inquiring minds...

And congrats on the Baylor win!
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My guess is a substantial sum. We probably would still pony up for the AAC if the opportunity loomed.
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(09-08-2017 12:55 PM)HuskyU Wrote:  Soooo....

How much would Liberty have offered the AAC? Inquiring minds...

And congrats on the Baylor win!
P6 money.

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Columnist Harry Minium Showing LU Football Some Love
I love what I see of Independence so far. However, I also will miss playing for a conference championship and the reward that comes with it.
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The American would be hard to turn down if they were interested but we'd get less P5 schools to play if we joined a G5 conference. At best we would have to load all four non-conference games against P5 schools, and at most half would be at home. That would be a brutal schedule and make it harder to be bowl eligible. The biggest reason, in my mind, for joining a G5 conference at this time is to move the non-football sports into a better conference. However, I think it would be better to just improve our non-football sports to a level where better conferences that don't have football would want us.
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