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NCAA to JMU: No New Year’s Six bowl for you, though Dukes can still go bowling

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ESPN is bringing “College GameDay” to JMU this weekend. That might be as good as it gets for JMU Football this season with Wednesday’s news from the NCAA.

A fourth NCAA committee denied a request from JMU Athletics for a waiver that would allow the football program to participate in the 2023 postseason, meaning the undefeated Dukes won’t be eligible for the Sun Belt Championship Game and a possible spot in a New Year’s Six bowl.

JMU (10-0, 6-0 Sun Belt) can still play in a bowl if there aren’t enough .500 teams to fill the 82 spots in the 41 FBS bowl games at the end of the 2023 regular season.

A berth in a lower-tier bowl, though, would be little consolation for a program ranked 21st in the latest AP Top 25.

The NCAA decision handed down on Wednesday also applies to two other schools making the transition from FCS to FBS – Jacksonville State (7-3, 5-1 Conference USA) and Tarleton State (8-3, 4-2 United Athletic Conference).

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, or subscribe to his Street Knowledge podcast. Email Chris at [email protected].