Liberty University to Move Up to the Football Bowl Subdivision In 2019

Liberty University will be moving on up to the FBS.

The school announced Thursday it would begin a two-year reclassification into the highest-level in college football by 2019. The NCAA granted Liberty a waiver allowing it to move up without joining a conference.

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“This is a very exciting day for Liberty Athletics and our football program,” athletics director Ian McCaw said in a statement. “We are grateful for President Falwell’s vision and leadership in spearheading Liberty’s move to FBS football. We look forward to continuing our upward trajectory of success and meeting the level of competition in FBS.”

Liberty will open the 2017 season against Baylor. McCaw left Baylor during its sexual assault scandal.

Liberty’s desire to move up from FCS to the Football Bowl Subdivision has been the worst-kept secret in college sports over the past few years. In fact, it hasn’t been a secret at all since the last realignment craze, which left Liberty without an invitation to an FBS conference despite a fairly extensive lobbying effort aimed primarily at the Sun Belt.

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