History UsefulNotes / CollegiateAmericanFootballConferences

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* ''Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC)'' [Illinois State, Indiana State, Missouri State, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Southern Illinois, Western Illinois, Youngstown State]: One of two football-only leagues in FCS, with a history that is, to say the least, a ContinuitySnarl. While the MVFC claims 1985 as its founding date, its history can be traced through two branches dating back as far as 1907, and involves four other conferences, one of them a women's sports league. ''Seriously.'' Nonetheless, it's at or near the top of the FCS pecking order, and its top teams are often competitive with the bottom half or so of FBS. North Dakota State is currently the five-time defending FCS champion, and has beaten an FBS team in each season since 2010—except in 2015, when the FBS caught a break by none of its members scheduling NDSU. The most recent of these wins, in 2016, was the most recent by an FCS team over a ranked FBS team, with the Bison going into Iowa and taking the Hawkeyes down.

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* ''Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC)'' [Illinois State, Indiana State, Missouri State, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Southern Illinois, Western Illinois, Youngstown State]: One of two football-only leagues in FCS, with a history that is, to say the least, a ContinuitySnarl. While the MVFC claims 1985 as its founding date, its history can be traced through two branches dating back as far as 1907, and involves four other conferences, one of them a women's sports league. ''Seriously.'' Nonetheless, it's at or near the top of the FCS pecking order, and its top teams are often competitive with the bottom half or so of FBS. North Dakota State is currently the five-time defending FCS champion, and has beaten an FBS team in each season since 2010—except in 2015, when the FBS caught a break by none of its members scheduling NDSU. The most recent of these wins, recent, in 2016, was also the most recent by an FCS team win over a ranked FBS team, with the Bison going into Iowa and taking the Hawkeyes down.



* ''Patriot League'' [Bucknell, Colgate, Fordham (football only), Georgetown (football only), Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh]: Founded in 1986 as the football-only Colonial League; became the Patriot League in 1990 when it added other sports. Basically an "Ivy League Lite"—its members are relatively small[[note]]of its members, only Boston University, which no longer has a football team, has over 10,000 undergraduates[[/note]], academically strong schools, though not quite at the Ivy level. The league was actually founded to give the Ivies a chance to fill out their football schedules with schools that shared their academic focus. The conference did not allow athletic scholarships at all until allowing them for basketball in 1996. Scholarships were extended to all non-football sports in 2001, but football scholarships were not allowed until 2012, and Georgetown still doesn't award football scholarships. Unlike the Ivies, the Patriot League participates in the FCS postseason.

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* ''Patriot League'' [Bucknell, Colgate, Fordham (football only), Georgetown (football only), Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh]: Founded in 1986 as the football-only Colonial League; became the Patriot League in 1990 when it added other sports. Basically an "Ivy League Lite"—its members are relatively small[[note]]of its members, only Boston University, which no longer has a football team, has over 10,000 undergraduates[[/note]], academically strong schools, though not quite at the Ivy level. The league was actually founded to give the Ivies a chance to fill out their football schedules with schools that shared their academic focus. The conference did not allow athletic scholarships at all until allowing them for basketball in 1996. Scholarships were extended to all non-football sports in 2001, but football scholarships were not allowed until 2012, the 2013 season, and Georgetown still doesn't award football scholarships. Unlike the Ivies, the Patriot League participates in the FCS postseason.



* ''Southern Conference ([=SoCon=])'' [Chattanooga, [[MilitaryAcademy The Citadel]], East Tennessee State, Furman, Mercer, Samford, VMI[[note]]Virginia [[MilitaryAcademy Military Institute]][[/note]], Western Carolina, Wofford]: Founded in 1921, the [=SoCon=] is probably most notable for having spawned two of the current FBS power conferences, the SEC and ACC. It didn't drop to the I-AA level until 1982, four years after the Division I split. For many years, it was at the very top of the FCS ladder, but conference realignment took a major toll, with three members leaving in 2014. Appalachian State and Georgia Southern, with nine FCS championships between them, left for FBS and the Sun Belt; Elon stayed in FCS, but left for the CAA. At the same time, Mercer and VMI (the latter [[HesBack a former member]]) joined for all sports including football, while East Tennessee State (also a former [=SoCon=] member) rejoined for non-football sports. ETSU resurrected its dormant football program in 2015, playing that season as an FCS independent before joining [=SoCon=] football in 2016. Of note, Appalachian State made history in 2007 when they [[DavidVersusGoliath upset a #5-ranked Michigan]] and became the first FCS team to defeat a ranked FBS team.

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* ''Southern Conference ([=SoCon=])'' [Chattanooga, [[MilitaryAcademy The Citadel]], East Tennessee State, Furman, Mercer, Samford, VMI[[note]]Virginia [[MilitaryAcademy Military Institute]][[/note]], Western Carolina, Wofford]: Founded in 1921, the [=SoCon=] is probably most notable for having spawned two of the current FBS power conferences, the SEC and ACC. It didn't drop to the I-AA level until 1982, four years after the Division I split. For many years, it was at the very top of the FCS ladder, but conference realignment took a major toll, with three members leaving in 2014. Appalachian State and Georgia Southern, with nine FCS championships between them, left for FBS and the Sun Belt; Elon stayed in FCS, but left for the CAA. At the same time, Mercer and VMI (the latter [[HesBack a former member]]) joined for all sports including football, while East Tennessee State (also ([[RunningGag also a former [=SoCon=] member) member]]) rejoined for non-football sports. ETSU resurrected its dormant football program in 2015, playing that season as an FCS independent before joining [=SoCon=] football in 2016. Of note, Appalachian State made history in 2007 when they [[DavidVersusGoliath upset a #5-ranked Michigan]] and became the first FCS team to defeat a ranked FBS team.



* As noted above, Coastal Carolina will spend the 2016 season, the first of its transition to FBS, as an FCS independent. The second transitional season in 2017 will be the Chanticleers' first in Sun Belt Conference football.

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* As noted above, Coastal Carolina will spend is spending the 2016 season, the first of its transition to FBS, as an FCS independent. The second transitional season in 2017 will be the Chanticleers' first in Sun Belt Conference football.
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* ''Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC)'' [Illinois State, Indiana State, Missouri State, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Southern Illinois, Western Illinois, Youngstown State]: One of two football-only leagues in FCS, with a history that is, to say the least, a ContinuitySnarl. While the MVFC claims 1985 as its founding date, its history can be traced through two branches dating back as far as 1907, and involves four other conferences, one of them a women's sports league. ''Seriously.'' Nonetheless, it's at or near the top of the FCS pecking order, and its top teams are often competitive with the bottom half or so of FBS. North Dakota State is currently the five-time defending FCS champion, and has beaten an FBS team in each season since 2010—except in 2015, when the FBS caught a break by none of its members scheduling NDSU. The most recent of these FBS wins, in 2016, was the most recent by an FCS team over a ranked FBS team, with the Bison going into Iowa and taking the Hawkeyes down.

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* ''Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC)'' [Illinois State, Indiana State, Missouri State, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Southern Illinois, Western Illinois, Youngstown State]: One of two football-only leagues in FCS, with a history that is, to say the least, a ContinuitySnarl. While the MVFC claims 1985 as its founding date, its history can be traced through two branches dating back as far as 1907, and involves four other conferences, one of them a women's sports league. ''Seriously.'' Nonetheless, it's at or near the top of the FCS pecking order, and its top teams are often competitive with the bottom half or so of FBS. North Dakota State is currently the five-time defending FCS champion, and has beaten an FBS team in each season since 2010—except in 2015, when the FBS caught a break by none of its members scheduling NDSU. The most recent of these FBS wins, in 2016, was the most recent by an FCS team over a ranked FBS team, with the Bison going into Iowa and taking the Hawkeyes down.
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* ''Pac-12'' [Arizona, Arizona State, California[[note]]Cal-Berkeley[[/note]], Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, USC[[note]]Southern California[[/note]], UCLA[[note]]University of California-Los Angeles[[/note]], Utah, Washington, Washington State]: Another "Power Five" league, this one consists of Western US schools and is also tied to the Rose Bowl. Several of these teams have incredibly storied histories, though the one most likely to be known by the casual fan right now is USC, which is well-known for both currently being one of the more dominant teams and for landing in hot water for allegedly paying players. Oregon has also grabbed a lot of attention in recent years for playing the best football in school history[[note]] Including a ridiculously fast-paced offense; they basically spend the whole game as if they're in a 2-minute drill.[[/note]] and perhaps even more so for their flashy uniforms that ''[[UnlimitedWardrobe are different for each game]].''[[note]]Famed shoe company & sports outfitter Nike is headquartered in Oregon and a major sponsor of the team, providing the uniforms for free. Its co-founder Phil Knight is an Oregon alum as well, and has pumped ''hundreds of millions'' of his own money into the school's sports facilities.[[/note]] Known as the Pac-10 until Utah and Colorado joined in 2011. Before that, they were the Pac-8 until Arizona and Arizona State joined in 1978, thus making the name a geographic ArtifactTitle. Like the Big Ten, the Pac-12 is well-known for being both an athletically competent and academically prestigious conference (with the 4 California schools regularly being ranked in the Top 25 universities in the country). It also refers to itself as the "Conference of Champions", stressing the strengths of its schools' athletics well beyond just football. Of particular note are UCLA, Stanford, and USC, all of which have ''[[OverNineThousand at least 100]]'' national team championships.[[note]]Fun fact respecting UCLA: UsefulNotes/JackieRobinson attended UCLA and played baseball, football, and basketball ''and'' ran track for the Bruins; he was actually most promising at ''football'', where he was part of UCLA's 6-0-4 1939 team, before the war started and eventually led him to baseball and the Dodgers.[[/note]]

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* ''Pac-12'' [Arizona, Arizona State, California[[note]]Cal-Berkeley[[/note]], Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, USC[[note]]Southern California[[/note]], UCLA[[note]]University of California-Los Angeles[[/note]], Utah, Washington, Washington State]: Another "Power Five" league, this one consists of Western US schools and is also tied to the Rose Bowl. Several of these teams have incredibly storied histories, though the one most likely to be known by the casual fan right now is USC, which is well-known for both currently being one of the more dominant teams and for landing in hot water for allegedly paying players. Oregon has also grabbed a lot of attention in recent years for playing the best football in school history[[note]] Including a ridiculously fast-paced offense; they basically spend the whole game as if they're in a 2-minute drill.[[/note]] and perhaps even more so for their flashy uniforms that ''[[UnlimitedWardrobe are different for each game]].''[[note]]Famed shoe company & sports outfitter Nike is headquartered in Oregon and a major sponsor of the team, providing the uniforms for free. Its co-founder Phil Knight is an Oregon alum as well, and has pumped ''hundreds of millions'' of his own money into the school's sports facilities.[[/note]] Known as the Pac-10 until Utah and Colorado joined in 2011. Before that, they were the Pac-8 until Arizona and Arizona State joined in 1978, thus making the name a geographic ArtifactTitle. Like the Big Ten, the Pac-12 is well-known for being both an athletically competent and academically prestigious conference (with the 4 California schools regularly being ranked in the Top 25 universities in the country). It also refers to itself as the "Conference of Champions", stressing the strengths of its schools' athletics well beyond just football. Of particular note are UCLA, Stanford, and USC, all of which have ''[[OverNineThousand at least 100]]'' national team championships.[[note]]Fun fact respecting regarding UCLA: UsefulNotes/JackieRobinson attended UCLA and played baseball, football, and basketball ''and'' ran track for the Bruins; he was actually most promising at ''football'', where he was part of UCLA's 6-0-4 1939 team, before the war started and eventually led him to baseball and the Dodgers.[[/note]]



** Army — The oldest of the three major [[MilitaryAcademy academies]] that train officers for the [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks US military]].[[note]]There are actually five service academies, but the other two are considerably smaller and have Division III athletic programs.[[/note]] Since the federal government funds all necessary academic operations, TV exposure and money are less of an issue for Army than for most other D-I schools. Army is a member of the Patriot League (see FCS section below) for (most) non-football sports.[[note]]Interservice rival Navy, which had been a football independent throughout its history before joining The American, remains in the Patriot League alongside Army for non-football sports.[[/note]]

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** Army — The oldest of the three major [[MilitaryAcademy academies]] that train officers for the [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks US military]].[[note]]There are actually five service academies, but the other two are considerably smaller and have Division III athletic programs.[[/note]] Since the federal government funds all necessary academic operations, TV exposure and money are less of an issue for Army than for most other D-I schools. Also, being able to play a national schedule enables West Point to expose itself to potential cadets throughout the country. Army is a member of the Patriot League (see FCS section below) for (most) non-football sports.[[note]]Interservice rival Navy, which had been a football independent throughout its history before joining The American, remains in the Patriot League alongside Army for non-football sports.[[/note]]



* ''Big Sky Conference'' [Cal Poly (football only), Eastern Washington, Idaho State, Montana, Montana State, North Dakota, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Portland State, Sacramento State, Southern Utah, UC Davis (football only), Weber State]: Formed in 1963, it's one of the better FCS conferences. Popular among Western schools seeking easy wins... but Oregon State might beg to differ, as Eastern Washington beat the Beavers when they were ranked in 2013 (the most recent of the three times FCS teams have beaten ranked FBS schools). North Texas would ''definitely'' beg to differ, as the Mean Green ended up on the wrong end of a [[CurbStompBattle 66–7 shellacking]] by Portland State in 2015. At North Texas' ''homecoming''.[[note]]when alumni are invited to return to the school, with plenty of special events alongside the game[[/note]][[note]]The loss, the largest ever by an FBS team to an FCS team, was so humiliating that North Texas fired its head coach on the spot.[[/note]]

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* ''Big Sky Conference'' [Cal Poly (football only), Eastern Washington, Idaho State, Montana, Montana State, North Dakota, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Portland State, Sacramento State, Southern Utah, UC Davis (football only), Weber State]: Formed in 1963, it's one of the better FCS conferences. Popular among Western schools seeking easy wins... but Oregon State might beg to differ, as Eastern Washington beat the Beavers when they were ranked in 2013 (the most recent (one of the three four times FCS teams have beaten ranked FBS schools). North Texas would ''definitely'' beg to differ, as the Mean Green ended up on the wrong end of a [[CurbStompBattle 66–7 shellacking]] by Portland State in 2015. At North Texas' ''homecoming''.[[note]]when alumni are invited to return to the school, with plenty of special events alongside the game[[/note]][[note]]The loss, the largest ever by an FBS team to an FCS team, was so humiliating that North Texas fired its head coach on the spot.[[/note]]



* ''Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC)'' [Illinois State, Indiana State, Missouri State, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Southern Illinois, Western Illinois, Youngstown State]: One of two football-only leagues in FCS, with a history that is, to say the least, a ContinuitySnarl. While the MVFC claims 1985 as its founding date, its history can be traced through two branches dating back as far as 1907, and involves four other conferences, one of them a women's sports league. ''Seriously.'' Nonetheless, it's at or near the top of the FCS pecking order, and its top teams are often competitive with the bottom half or so of FBS. North Dakota State is currently the five-time defending FCS champion, and has beaten an FBS team in each season since 2010—except in 2015, when the FBS caught a break by none of its members scheduling NDSU.

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* ''Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC)'' [Illinois State, Indiana State, Missouri State, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Southern Illinois, Western Illinois, Youngstown State]: One of two football-only leagues in FCS, with a history that is, to say the least, a ContinuitySnarl. While the MVFC claims 1985 as its founding date, its history can be traced through two branches dating back as far as 1907, and involves four other conferences, one of them a women's sports league. ''Seriously.'' Nonetheless, it's at or near the top of the FCS pecking order, and its top teams are often competitive with the bottom half or so of FBS. North Dakota State is currently the five-time defending FCS champion, and has beaten an FBS team in each season since 2010—except in 2015, when the FBS caught a break by none of its members scheduling NDSU. The most recent of these FBS wins, in 2016, was the most recent by an FCS team over a ranked FBS team, with the Bison going into Iowa and taking the Hawkeyes down.
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Alignments listed are as of the upcoming current 2016 season.
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** Coastal Carolina will leave the FCS Big South after 2015–16 and go up to FBS. They will spend 2016 as an FCS independent and non-football Sun Belt member, and join Sun Belt football in 2017. At the time Coastal was announced as a future member, their arrival would have allowed the conference to stage a conference championship game, but only if it didn't lose any football members (read: boot out Idaho and New Mexico State). However, in 2016, a Big 12 proposal to allow all FBS conferences to stage football championship games, even if they have fewer than 12 members, was approved by the commissioners of the FBS leagues. Subsequently, the conference unanimously voted to hold a conference title game starting in 2018 (the same year Coastal becomes bowl-eligible); however, how the teams are selected and where the game will be played will be determined at a later date.

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** Coastal Carolina will leave left the FCS Big South after 2015–16 and to go up to FBS. They will spend 2016 as an FCS independent and non-football Sun Belt member, and join Sun Belt football in 2017. At the time Coastal was announced as a future member, their arrival would have allowed the conference to stage a conference championship game, but only if it didn't lose any football members (read: boot out Idaho and New Mexico State). However, in 2016, a Big 12 proposal to allow all FBS conferences to stage football championship games, even if they have fewer than 12 members, was approved by the commissioners of the FBS leagues. Subsequently, the conference unanimously voted to hold a conference title game starting in 2018 (the same year Coastal becomes bowl-eligible); however, how the teams are selected and where the game will be played will be determined at a later date.



** BYU[[note]]Brigham Young[[/note]] — The flagship school of the [[UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} LDS Church]], whose members are often called "Mormons", BYU only became a football independent in 2011. It had previously been a member of several Western-based conferences, most recently the WAC and then the MW. BYU left the MW largely over TV issues. The school has its own cable network, but the MW did not allow it to air any games. The problem for BYU was that it was getting only $2 million a year from the conference's own (now-defunct) cable network. With its built-in LDS following, BYU felt that it could make far more money as an independent. The school then placed most of its non-football sports in the West Coast Conference, a league that doesn't play football.[[note]]Perhaps more significantly from BYU's point of view, the WCC is made up of private, faith-based schools, and most significantly does not schedule any sporting events on Sunday. Not playing on Sunday is '''''VERY''''' SeriousBusiness for BYU—the NCAA now has standing contingency plans for its championship events to accommodate BYU's refusal to play on Sunday. (At least once in the past, the NCAA has had to make such arrangements on the fly.)[[/note]]

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** BYU[[note]]Brigham Young[[/note]] — The flagship school of the [[UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} LDS Church]], whose members are often called "Mormons", BYU only became a football independent in 2011. It had previously been a member of several Western-based conferences, most recently the WAC and then the MW. BYU left the MW largely over TV issues. The school has its own cable network, but the MW did not allow it to air any games. The problem for BYU was that it was getting only $2 million a year from the conference's own (now-defunct) cable network. With its built-in LDS following, BYU felt that it could make far more money as an independent. The school then placed most of its non-football sports in the West Coast Conference, a league that doesn't play football.[[note]]Perhaps more significantly from BYU's point of view, the WCC is made up of private, faith-based schools, and most significantly does not schedule any sporting events on Sunday. Not playing on Sunday is '''''VERY''''' SeriousBusiness for BYU—the NCAA now has standing contingency plans for its championship events to accommodate BYU's refusal to play on Sunday. (At least once in the past, the NCAA has had to make such arrangements on the fly. To be fair, the NCAA has such contingency plans for any school with religious convictions that prohibit play on a certain day of the week, with BYU simply being by far the highest-profile example.)[[/note]]
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** The Big Ten is also known for having very strong academic prowess across the board. They're not UsefulNotes/IvyLeague (by definition, since the Ivy League is a separate athletic conference), but all its members (including Maryland and Rutgers) except Nebraska are members of the Association of American Universities (and Nebraska does have that academic caliber — it used to be an AAU member before the organization de-emphasized agriculture and didn't count its off-campus medical center). Additionally, they are all members of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, designed to facilitate sharing of academic resources among members. All 14 schools are joined in this by the University of Chicago — this is a holdover from when [=UChicago=] was a full member of the conference; it withdrew from the sports element in 1946, when its sports teams were rather crappy (they still are, and now compete in NCAA Division III, in which athletic scholarships are not allowed), and were replaced in the lineup by Michigan State (which was expanding and improving rapidly at the time, and funnily enough taking a fair number of Chicago grads to teach) in 1950.

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** The Big Ten is also known for having very strong academic prowess across the board. They're not UsefulNotes/IvyLeague (by definition, since the Ivy League is a separate athletic conference), but all its members (including Maryland and Rutgers) except Nebraska are members of the Association of American Universities (and Nebraska does have that academic caliber — it used to be an AAU member before the organization de-emphasized agriculture and didn't count its off-campus medical center). Additionally, they are all members of the Big Ten Academic Alliance[[note]](known as the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, Cooperation until 2016)[[/note]], designed to facilitate sharing of academic resources among members. All 14 schools are joined in this by the University of Chicago — this is a holdover from when [=UChicago=] was a full member of the conference; it withdrew from the sports element in 1946, when its sports teams were rather crappy (they still are, and now compete in NCAA Division III, in which athletic scholarships are not allowed), and were replaced in the lineup by Michigan State (which was expanding and improving rapidly at the time, and funnily enough taking a fair number of Chicago grads to teach) in 1950.
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** In March 2016, the full member Sun Belt schools unanimously decided to drop Idaho and New Mexico State from its football membership after the 2017 season. A few months later, Idaho announced that it would return to FCS football in its current all-sports home of the Big Sky Conference, becoming the first school ever to voluntarily drop from FBS to FCS. New Mexico State, however, decided to remain in the FBS, taking its chances as an independent again after 2017.
** Coastal Carolina will leave the FCS Big South after 2015–16 and go up to FBS. They will spend 2016 as an FCS independent and non-football Sun Belt member, and join Sun Belt football in 2017. At the time Coastal was announced as a future member, their arrival would have allowed the conference to stage a conference championship game, but only if it didn't lose any football members (read: boot out Idaho and New Mexico State). However, in 2016, a Big 12 proposal to allow all FBS conferences to stage football championship games, even if they have fewer than 12 members, was approved by the commissioners of the FBS leagues.

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** In March 2016, the full member Sun Belt schools unanimously decided to drop Idaho and New Mexico State from its football membership after the 2017 season. A few months later, Idaho announced that it would return to FCS football in its current all-sports home of the Big Sky Conference, becoming the first school ever to voluntarily drop from FBS to FCS. New Mexico State, however, decided to remain in the FBS, taking its chances FBS as an independent again after 2017.
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** Coastal Carolina will leave the FCS Big South after 2015–16 and go up to FBS. They will spend 2016 as an FCS independent and non-football Sun Belt member, and join Sun Belt football in 2017. At the time Coastal was announced as a future member, their arrival would have allowed the conference to stage a conference championship game, but only if it didn't lose any football members (read: boot out Idaho and New Mexico State). However, in 2016, a Big 12 proposal to allow all FBS conferences to stage football championship games, even if they have fewer than 12 members, was approved by the commissioners of the FBS leagues. Subsequently, the conference unanimously voted to hold a conference title game starting in 2018 (the same year Coastal becomes bowl-eligible); however, how the teams are selected and where the game will be played will be determined at a later date.
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** In March 2016, the full member Sun Belt schools unanimously decided to drop Idaho and New Mexico State from its football membership after the 2017 season. A few months later, Idaho announced that it would return to FCS football in its current all-sports home of the Big Sky Conference, becoming the first school ever to voluntarily drop from FBS to FCS.

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** In March 2016, the full member Sun Belt schools unanimously decided to drop Idaho and New Mexico State from its football membership after the 2017 season. A few months later, Idaho announced that it would return to FCS football in its current all-sports home of the Big Sky Conference, becoming the first school ever to voluntarily drop from FBS to FCS. New Mexico State, however, decided to remain in the FBS, taking its chances as an independent again after 2017.
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** Idaho rejoined the Big Sky in 2014 (after an 18-year absence), but without its football team, which (as mentioned above) returned to the Sun Belt; however, after the Sun Belt decided to drop Idaho after 2017, the school decided to take up the Big Sky's standing invitation to return its football team to that league. The Vandals will become the first team to voluntarily drop from FBS to FCS.

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** Idaho rejoined the Big Sky in 2014 (after an 18-year absence), but without its football team, which (as mentioned above) returned to the Sun Belt; however, after the Sun Belt decided to drop Idaho after 2017, the school decided to take up the Big Sky's standing invitation to return its football team to that league. The Vandals will become the first team to voluntarily drop from FBS to FCS.
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** In March 2016, the full member Sun Belt schools unanimously decided to drop Idaho and New Mexico State from its football membership after the 2017 season.

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** In March 2016, the full member Sun Belt schools unanimously decided to drop Idaho and New Mexico State from its football membership after the 2017 season. A few months later, Idaho announced that it would return to FCS football in its current all-sports home of the Big Sky Conference, becoming the first school ever to voluntarily drop from FBS to FCS.



** Idaho rejoined the Big Sky in 2014 (after an 18-year absence), but without its football team, which (as mentioned above) returned to the Sun Belt; however, after the Sun Belt decided to drop Idaho after 2017, the Vandals football team could end up playing in the Big Sky rather than taking their chances as an FBS independent again. The Vandals have a standing invitation to return to Big Sky football.

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** Idaho rejoined the Big Sky in 2014 (after an 18-year absence), but without its football team, which (as mentioned above) returned to the Sun Belt; however, after the Sun Belt decided to drop Idaho after 2017, the Vandals football team could end school decided to take up playing in the Big Sky rather than taking their chances as an FBS independent again. The Vandals have a Sky's standing invitation to return its football team to Big Sky football.that league. The Vandals will become the first team to voluntarily drop from FBS to FCS.
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