Griz football games with FBS-bound Liberty now uncertain | University of Montana Grizzlies

Montana has filled the open dates in its nonconference football schedule for the 2018 and 2019 seasons — for now.

The Grizzlies this month agreed to a home-and-home contract that would have Montana host Liberty in 2019 a year after visiting the Flames’ Lynchburg, Virginia, campus. Just days after signing the agreement, though, Liberty announced its intention to jump from the Football Championship Subdivision to the upper tier of college football and the Bowl Subdivision.

The reclassification casts some doubt into whether its dates with Montana will ever be played. FBS programs almost never travel to an FCS opponent and the Flames, who will be an FBS independent starting in 2018, must maintain a certain number of FBS-opponent home games.

Liberty has explored such a move for years and the contract between the schools includes an escape clause for just such an occurrence.

“This agreement may be terminated by either party if that party’s sports team is reclassified to a different NCAA membership division during the term of this contract,” the agreement read.

Liberty was approved just last week for reclassification with an NCAA waiver that allows the private Christian school to move up without an FBS conference invitation for the 2018 season and play as an independent. Liberty saw FBS independence as feasible because of its vast financial…

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