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).