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JMU Board of Visitors Votes to Join FBS, General Assembly Approval Still Required

JMU's Bridgeworth Stadium
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JMU's Bridgeworth Stadium

If James Madison University has its way, it’ll soon compete in the top-tier football subdivision in the country.

The Football Bowl Subdivision is the highest-level of competition for college football. It includes schools like Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia.

And after a vote of approval by JMU’s Board of Visitors Friday, that school could soon join the FBS. Part of the move includes accepting an invitation from the Sun Belt Conference.

Before JMU can do that, though, a special General Assembly committee that deals with collegiate athletics and related finances will have to give its approval.

JMU would join Old Dominion University in the Sun Belt if that happens. That school announced its entry into the conference earlier this week.

Here's the entire statement from the school:

This morning was an important step as JMU moves forward in its consideration and evaluation of an invitation to join the Sun Belt Conference. We are pleased by the vote of the Board of Visitors’ Executive Committee and look forward to the next steps of the process with the Virginia General Assembly’s Athletics Commission. While the excitement and anticipation builds throughout the JMU community, it is important to follow all required processes and we are thankful for the support.

Nick Gilmore is a meteorologist, news producer and reporter/anchor for RADIO IQ.