Liberty University Making to Move to FBS Football

Liberty University Making to Move to FBS Football
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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS COSTAL CAROLINA, APPAHLACHIN STATE, AND OF COURSE OLD DOMINION, LIBERTY UNIVERSITY IS MOVING IT’S FOOTBALL PROGRAM UP TO THE FBS LEVEL. EVEN THOUGH THEY CAN’T FIND A CONFRENCE THAT WANTS THEM. I’M BRUCE RADER, WELCOME TO THE SPORTSWRAP LIVE ON THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT. LIBERTY UNIVERSITY A PRIVATE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL IN LYNCHBURG SURPRISED THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL WORLD TODAY ANNOUNCING THAT COACH TURNER GILL’S TEAM HAS RECIEVED A WAIVER BY THE NC- DOUBLE A TO LEAVE THE BIG SOUTH AND WILL PLAY AS AN FBS “INDEPENDENT” IN FOOTBALL. IN THE PAST THE NCAA HAS REFUSED TO LET SCHOOLS MAKE THIS TYPE OF MOVE UNLESS THEY HAD A CONFRENCE AFFILIATION LINED UP, SURPRISINGLY LIBERTY’S APPLICATION WAS APPROVED IN JUST 30 DAYS. LIKE OLD DOMINION, THE FLAMES WILL BEGIN THE TWO YEAR TRANSISTION THIS FALL, AND THEN BECOME AN FBS INDEPENDENT IN 2- THOUSAND 18. LIBERTY MAY BE A SMALL COLLEGE WITH ONLY 15-THOUSAND RESIDENT STUDENTS, BUT HAS OVER A HUNDRED THOUSAND FOLKS TAKING CLASSES ONLINE, IT’S OWN TV NETWORK AND OUTSTANDING SPORTS FACILITIES. LIBERTY’S ENDOWMENT IS JUST OVER A BILLION DOLLARS–WHILE ODU FOR EXAMPLE HAS AN ENDOWMENT OF JUST OVER 213 MILLION, JAMES MADISON IS ABOUT 75 MILLION. THAT’S A LOT OF MONEY, AND BEING A PRIVATE COLLEGE THEY HAVE NO STATE RESTRICTIONS THEY CAN SPEND THAT BILLIONS ON ANYTHING THEY WANT–INCLUDING FOOTBALL. SO HOW DO THE PLAYERS FEEL ABOUT THE MOVE? ARE A PART OF LIBERTY COACHES INCLUDED JUST A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR US. I SEE A LOT OF EXCITING THINGS GOING DOWN ON SATURDAY NIGHTS STARTING NEXT YEAR WITH THIS GOING ON I’M A PART OF HISTORY.” THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT IS UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT HIRING FORMER BAYLOR AD IAN MCCAW WHO RAN THE BAYLOR PROGRAM DURING THE SCHOOL’S SEXUAL ASSAULT COVER UP SCANDAL. MC CAW SAID HE HOPES TO BUILD LIBERTY TO THE LEVEL OF NOTRE DAME AND BYU, TWO RELIGIOUS BASED COLLEGES WHO ALSO PLAY FOOTBALL ON THE INDEPENDENT LEVEL.

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