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What 12 I-A Games Means for Lehigh

Recently the NCAA made two new important changes to their rules at the conclusion of their Board of Directors meeting in late April. These changes could have ramifications that could affect who and how Lehigh schedules opponents starting in the 2006 season.

The first change is that I-A (but not I-AA) schools are allowed to schedule a 12th regular season game every year at their own discretion. Previously, 12 regular-season games were only allowed during years where there were 14 or more weekends during the NCAA football season (which does happen occasionally- the last time this happened was in 2003). This 12 game regular season "exemption" applied to I-AA as well - in 2002 Lehigh actually played a 12 game schedule.

The second change is that the rule that I-A schools could only count 1 victory against a I-AA school every 4 years towards their bowl eligibility was waived. Starting in 2006, each school can count 1 I-AA game a year towards their total.

These changes got me thinking…