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FCS Independents
2011 season
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 institutionsEdit

Current institutionsEdit

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.[1]
  • 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.[2]
  • 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.

StadiumsEdit

School Football Stadium Capacity
Charlotte McColl-Richardson Field15,300
Monmouth Kessler Field 4,600
Old Dominion Foreman Field 19,818

† Will be completed in 2013.

Former FCS independentsEdit

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.

Years Team Previous Conference Conference Joined Current Conference
1987–1991 Arkansas State Southland Conference Division I-A independent (1992) Sun Belt Conference (2001–present)[N 1]
1997–2000 Austin Peay Ohio Valley Conference[N 2] Pioneer Football League (2001–2005)
2006 Pioneer Football League Ohio Valley Conference (2007–present)
1978–1985 Bucknell Division II independent Patriot League (1986–present)[N 3]
1993–1998 Buffalo Division III independent Mid-American Conference (1999–present)[N 3]
1996–2003 Cal Poly American West Conference Great West Conference (2004–2011)[N 4] Big Sky Conference (2012–present)
1993–1995 Central Connecticut State Division II independent Northeast Conference (1996–present)
2013–2014 Charlotte No football program
1982–1985 Colgate Division I-A independent Patriot League (1986–present)[N 3]
1989 Davidson Colonial League[N 3] Division III independent (1990–1992)
1993–2000 Division III independent Pioneer Football League (2001–present)
1980–1985 Delaware Division II independent Yankee Conference (1986–1996) Colonial Athletic Association (2007–present)[N 5][N 6]
1993 Duquesne Division III independent Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (1994–2007) Northeast Conference (2008–present)
1984–1986 Eastern Washington Division II independent Big Sky Conference (1987–present)
1999–2001 Elon Division II independent Big South Conference (2002) Southern Conference (2003–present)
2002–2004 FIU No football program Sun Belt Conference (2005–2012) Conference USA (2013–future)
2001–2004 Florida Atlantic No football program Sun Belt Conference (2005–2012) Conference USA (2013–future)
1989 Fordham Liberty Football Conference Patriot League (1990–present)
2000 Georgetown Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Patriot League (2001–present)
1984–1991 Georgia Southern Club football Southern Conference (1992–2013)[N 7]
2011 Georgia State Unclassified (exhibition only) Colonial Athletic Association (2012) Sun Belt Conference (2013–future)
1982–1985 Holy Cross Division I-A independent Patriot League (1986–present)[N 3]
1982–1985 Indiana State Division I-A independent Missouri Valley Football Conference (1997–present)[N 8]
1998–2000 Jacksonville No football program Pioneer Football League (2001–present)
1980–1992 James Madison Division III independent Yankee Conference (1993–1996) Colonial Athletic Association (2007–present)[N 9][N 6]
1978–1985 Lafayette Division II independent Patriot League (1986–present)[N 3]
1978–1985 Lehigh Division II independent Patriot League (1986–present)[N 3]
1989–2001 Liberty Division II independent Big South Conference (2002–present)[N 10]
1987–1988 Louisiana Tech Southland Conference Division I-A independent (1989–1992) Conference USA (2013–future)
1993 Marist Liberty Football Conference Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (1994–2007)
2008 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Pioneer Football League (2009–present)
2013 Monmouth Northeast Conference
1996–2000 Morehead State Ohio Valley Conference Pioneer Football League (2001–present)
1978 Nevada Division II independent Big Sky Conference (1979–1991) Mountain West Conference (2012–present)
1980–1983 Nicholls State Division II independent Gulf Star Conference (1984–1986)
1987–1991 Gulf Star Conference Southland Conference (1992–present)
1978–1983 Northwestern State Division I independent Gulf Star Conference (1984–1986) Southland Conference (1987–present)
2009–2010 Old Dominion No football program Colonial Athletic Association (2011–2012)
2013 Colonial Athletic Association
1978–1980 Portland State Division II independent Division II independent (1981) Big Sky Conference (1996–present)
1982–1985 Richmond Division I-A independent Yankee Conference (1986–1996) Colonial Athletic Association (2007–present)[N 6]
1993–1995 Saint Francis (PA) Division III independent Northeast Conference (1996–present)
1989–2002 Samford Division III independent Ohio Valley Conference (2003–2007) Southern Conference (2008–present)
2002–2009 Savannah State Division II independent Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (2010–present)
2011 South Alabama Unclassified (exhibition only) Sun Belt Conference (2012–present)[N 11]
1997–2000 South Florida No football program Division I-A independent (2001–2002) Big East Conference/American Athletic Conference (2005–present)[N 12]
1980–1983 Southeastern Louisiana Division II independent Gulf Star Conference (1984–1985)
2003–2004 No football program[N 13] Southland Conference (2005–present)
1996–2003 Southern Utah American West Conference Great West Conference (2004–2011)[N 4] Big Sky Conference (2012–present)
2007 Stony Brook Northeast Conference Big South Conference (2008–2012) Colonial Athletic Association (2013–future)
1981–1987 Tennessee State Division I-A independent Ohio Valley Conference (1988–present)
1987–1996 Towson Division II independent Patriot League (1997–2003) Colonial Athletic Association (2007–present)[N 14]
1993–1995 Troy Division II independent Southland Conference (1996–2000)
2001 Southland Conference Division I-A independent (2002–2003) Sun Belt Conference (2004–present)[N 15]
1993–1995 UAB Division III independent Division I-A independent (1996–1998) Conference USA (1999–present)[N 16]
1990–1995 UCF Division II independent Division I-A independent (1996–2001) American Athletic Conference (2013–future)
2011 UTSA No football program Western Athletic Conference (2012) Conference USA (2013–future)
1993–1995 Wagner Liberty Football Conference Northeast Conference (1996–present)
1982–1998 Western Kentucky Ohio Valley Conference Ohio Valley Conference (1999–2000)
2007–2008 Gateway Football Conference[N 8] Sun Belt Conference (2009–2013)[N 17]
1982–1992 William & Mary Division I-A independent Yankee Conference (1993–1996) Colonial Athletic Association (2007–present)[N 9][N 6]
1995–1996 Wofford Division II independent Southern Conference (1997–present)
1988–1996 Youngstown State Ohio Valley Conference Missouri Valley Football Conference (1997–present)[N 8]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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