INDIANAPOLIS – University of South Alabama Director of Athletics Dr. Joel Erdmann announced Sunday that the National Collegiate Athletic Association, on the recommendation of the Football Oversight Committee, has approved the school’s request for a waiver to potentially include a second win over an NCAA Football Championship Subdivision opponent toward postseason bowl eligibility.
The NCAA’s ruling declares that with six victories including two over FCS opponents that the Jaguars will be designated as a deserving team per the application of postseason eligibility legislation, but that South cannot be selected until all other eligible teams are placed for bowl participation. Should less than 80 schools be eligible to participate in a postseason bowl, USA will be placed in a game before any teams with 5-7 records are selected.
The Jags had just one school from the NCAA FCS level on its original 2016 schedule — earning a win over Nicholls Sept. 24 — but after Louisiana State exercised its option last month to cancel a Nov. 19 match-up with USA in Baton Rouge the only opponent available to play on that date was Presbyterian, a member of the Big South Conference. The Jags picked up their second victory over an NCAA FCS opponent this season on Saturday by defeating the Blue Hose at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
South, which currently has a 5-5 overall mark, closes out the regular season with two Sun Belt Conference contests; following a trip to Idaho the Jaguars will return home to face New Mexico State.
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