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    Default Next for the BELT: JMU out - Liberty in

    Guys, it looks like Liberty may be the school replacing Western Kentucky. The article also throws a curve ball about Ark State being considered by the MAC. The dominos keep falling.....

    James Madison may not be on the move to the Sun Belt conference as soon as some early reports anticipated. The FBS league has a new primary target.

    James Madison University has spent millions of dollars expanding and improving their football facilities across the board in the last decade. They have built new locker rooms, a first-class weight room, trainer and medical facilities, academic support, indoor and outdoor practice facilities and meeting rooms, all of which can rival schools at any level of college football. Most visibly, they have added around 10,000 seats to Bridgeforth Stadium, expanding and renovating it unto a world-class stadium with a capacity of just under 25,000 seats.
    Even with their recent big-time investments in football, which is currently playing at the FCS level in the CAA conference, the Dukies are apparently taking a cautious approach to their football future.
    After Western Kentucky University was grabbed by Conference USA, the Sun Belt Conference has been on the hunt for a 12th team, to allow them to host a conference championship game -- the SBC recently added Appalachian State and Georgia Southern from the SoCon, and independents New Mexico State and Idaho in football-only.
    Those investments at James Madison helped push them quickly to the top of the SBC's wishlist, which also includes Jerry Falwell-founded Liberty University, according to ESPN.
    A reporter at the Harrisonburg Daily News-Record, however, has reported that JMU won't be jumping at the opportunity to upgrade. They aren't desperately interested in the Sun Belt, and plan to finish their study and hold off on an upgrade decision until their report is produced in September (sound familiar?).
    The Sun Belt, meanwhile, has apparently moved on to plan-B ($$). Liberty University, which has an endowment of just $54 million and an enrollment of less-than-20,000 on campus (but has over 60,000 online students enrolled), is now the top target of the conference. Liberty would likely be the first private school to move up from I-AA football since the division split in the 1970s.

    http://www.vuhoops.com/2013/4/3/4179...t-focus-shifts

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    Good God NO!!!!
    "Number 6"? I'm afraid I'm not familiar with that one...

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    Lurking a few of the JMU boards gives me the feeling that no one at JMU really wants the Sun Belt, they talk about us (the SBC) like trash. To hell with 'em. I'm not crazy about Liberty, but it's still better than JSU, who can't even decide if they want to be I-A or not.

    The Sun Belt has taken advantage of the departure of the other schools and is creating some good regional match-ups. If everyone (all the SBC schools) can keep from freaking out and blindly jumping to other conferences we can be as strong as any mid-major. Just my $.02.
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    Let's be serious here. No bull. Would you rather be consorted the most revered school in Div. 2, or the laughing stock of Div. 1.seeings how JMU isn't high in the ranks of D2 it's probably a good idea for them to stick where they are. Heck, I wouldn't want to join the sunbelt myself.
    ‎"There would be a lot less coaches fired in our Conference if all of our programs could have eight home games and all of our out-of-conference opponents be Division 2" - Larry Blakeney.

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    Troy is DI-A in all sports. James Madison is DI-AA, or FCS, in football and DI in all other sports. They are not Division II, that's West Alabama, Delta State, Valdosta State, etc.

    I know how you feel, it bugged me that Troy couldn't jump from the Southland straight to the SEC (sw). But since we're here, instead of whining about where we think we *should* be, like other schools, why don't we try to make where we already are the best it can be?
    Last edited by Trojans1andAll; 04-04-2013 at 11:56 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WeSuck.com View Post
    Good God NO!!!!
    ---Tailgate party Specialist---
    That somehow always forgets to bring tickets, tents, and atleast 1 food item, but never forgets the cold beer.

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    Liberty is a media black-eye for the SBC waiting to happen.
    We are with you all the way! So, get out there team and FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! Let's win to-day!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPSousa1898 View Post
    Liberty is a media black-eye for the SBC waiting to happen.
    How so?
    I am what I am and thats all I am.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spiritual_Trojan View Post
    How so?
    Perception, stereotype, prejudice...Sr. is dead and gone. The school is a real school. You'd think that people that were open-minded enough to allow LB to redeem himself wouldn't be as judgemental...just a thought.

    “I quit worrying about Auburn and Alabama. They’re cowards and you can print that,” he said. “Troy people would love to play them, but they’re chicken. I’m not talking about the (Alabama or Auburn) coaches and the players. I’m talking about the ones who wear the panties who make decisions.” --LB by way of the SavannahNow.com

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