Honestly never I'd see the day, but the NCAA knew a prolonged legal battle over the conference invitation requirement would be a risk. And Liberty has the resources to fight the battle. So here we are with a new, lets say hardliner version of Notre Dame in the offing. FBS schedule in 2018, Bowl eligible in 2019.
Will be interesting to see how they do, resources for days, and have hired the recently fired Baylor AD. But without the location advantage that ODU had during the transition. Gill isnt exactly a proven FBS winner, even though Beamer himself probably couldnt do much to help KU after their nosedive post Mangino. And we saw how they stacked up this year vs a good Hokie squad, so the talent needs an upgrade if they want to compete.
Berman and Brett McMurphy at ESPn also had this early.