|NCAA||Division I FCS|
|Schools||1 (1 in 2012, 3 in 2013, 1 in 2014)|
|Sports fielded||1 (men's: 1; women's: 0)|
NCAA Football Championship Subdivision independent schools are four-year institutions in the United States whose football programs are not part of a football conference. This does not mean that FCS independents schedule each other for competition as conference schools do.
Independent institutions[edit | edit source]
Current institutions[edit | edit source]
|Institution||Location||Founded||Type||Enrollment||Nickname||Future Conference||Year Leaving|
|University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Charlotte)||Charlotte, NC||1946||Public||25,063||49ers||C-USA||2015|
|Monmouth University||West Long Branch, NJ||1933||Private||7,440||Hawks||Big South||2014|
|Old Dominion University||Norfolk, VA||1930||Public||24,125||Monarchs||C-USA||2014|
- Charlotte will begin play in 2013 and spend at least their first two seasons as a Football Championship Subdivision independent. They will rejoin Conference USA (C-USA) in 2013 (they had been a charter member of that conference in 1995, but left in 2001), and will become a football member in 2015.
- Monmouth is leaving the Northeast Conference (NEC) for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), which does not sponsor football, in July 2013. In February 2013, the Big South Conference announced that Monmouth would become a football-only member beginning with the 2014 season. Monmouth will play as an FCS independent in 2013 in order to better manage its transition from the NEC, which limits its members to 40 full scholarship equivalents, to the Big South, which allows the FCS maximum of 63.
- Old Dominion is transitioning from FCS to FBS as a part of their 2013 move to C-USA. They will be a FCS independent in 2013, and will be counted as an FBS member for scheduling purposes in 2014. Originally, they were not to become a football member of C-USA until 2015, but the league later voted to make ODU a football member in 2014.
Stadiums[edit | edit source]
|Old Dominion||Foreman Field||19,818|
† Will be completed in 2013.
Former FCS independents[edit | edit source]
The following is a complete list of teams which have been Division I-AA/FCS Independents since the formation of Division I-AA in 1978. The "Current Conference" column indicates affiliations for the next college football season of 2013.
Teams in italics are current FBS members.
- Schlabach, Mark (June 24, 2011). "49ers preparing for Charlotte market". ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/columns/story?columnist=schlabach_mark&id=6699612. Retrieved 2011-09-15.
- "Big South Adds Monmouth University as Associate Football Member" (Press release). Big South Conference. February 14, 2013. http://www.bigsouthsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=206394001&SPSID=25301&SPID=1985&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=4800. Retrieved February 19, 2013.
See also[edit | edit source]
- NCAA Division I FBS independent schools
- NCAA Division I independent schools (basketball)
- NCAA Division I independent schools (ice hockey)
- NCAA Division II independent schools
- NCAA Division III independent schools
- NAIA independent schools
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