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UTSA officially approved for full FBS membership

Larry Coker AP

Lost amidst the long-expected approval of Power Five autonomy was the expected approval of a non-Power Five program’s official, full move to the highest level of college football.

Not that there was ever actually any doubt, but UT-San Antonio became fully-vested members of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Thursday. Technically, as the release stated “[t]he NCAA Division I Board of Directors approved the recommendation from the NCAA Division I Administration Cabinet to elect UTSA to Football Bowl Subdivision active membership.”

The football program’s first season was in 2011 as a member of the FCS; the Roadrunners have spent the past two seasons as provisional FBS members.

The fact that UTSA is now a full-fledged FBS member means that the Roadrunners will be bowl-eligible in 2014. In 2012 and 2013, during UTSA’s FBS transition phase, the Roadrunners went 8-4 and 7-5, respectively, which would’ve made the school bowl-eligible.

The Roadrunners, coached by BCS title-winning coach Larry Coker, will compete in Conference USA — they were in that conference last year, in the now-defunct WAC the year before — and will be eligible for that league’s championship game as well.

For the record, UTSA opens 2014 with games against Houston, Arizona and Oklahoma State.

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6 Responses to “UTSA officially approved for full FBS membership”
  1. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 8, 2014 1:22 PM

    You have to give them credit for having the guts to schedule 3 tough out of conference games.

  2. coolhorn46 says: Aug 8, 2014 1:42 PM

    UTSA may be a brand new program, but they have a huge future in front of them. They play in the Alamo-Dome, they’re located in a very fertile recruiting area, and they have a first class coaching staff, and a very good fanbase for being such a new program. Don’t go to sleep on the Roadrunners…they’re headed for big things, and a lot sooner than later.

  3. 4512dawg4512 says: Aug 8, 2014 7:19 PM

    Cant wait till they come to Bowling Green to play the Hilltoppers! I’m a WKU fan but when they get here I’ll be a Roadrunners fan for sure!

  4. dmvtransplant says: Aug 8, 2014 9:37 PM

    You have to admit at Coker’s age he could have just retired, but instead he choose to lead a program from the ground up.

  5. ancientcougar says: Aug 9, 2014 10:06 AM

    These are the kind of stories that create fans of the game.

  6. El Pollo Loco says: Aug 9, 2014 2:13 PM

    ANND they’ll be sharing a stadium with the Raiders soon!

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