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(Updated) No National TV for Nova Football

When the CAA announced that it had agreed to a 5-game national broadcast contract with the Comcast-owned NBC Sports Network, it was assumed at at least one of those five games would feature the Villanova Wildcats. NBC would have tremendous leeway to pick their five games, and were supposed to be "based on match-ups, game-day environments and other factors." At the very least, it seemed that Villanova's trip to Delaware this season would have been a likely pick for the network.

Things didn't pan out that way, however, but the CAA Football conference has shared NBC/Comcast's current working schedule with the member institutions recently (conference meetings were this week), and none of Villanova's games were selected for national broadcast. The schedule isn't finalized yet (that will be released in the next week or two), but Villanova officials are not anticipating a change in their status.

Nova football is still likely to appear on regional television a few times, however, with two or three regional games seeming likely.

Meanwhile, departing member Old Dominion will appear twice on the NBC Sports Network in their final CAA football season. Specifically, their home game against Delaware on October 27 and their regular-season finale at James Madison were picked. The Monarchs will have two more games carried on regional cable television. In the 2013 season, they will begin their transition to FBS, allowing them to become a full-member of their new conference, Conference USA.

Conference athletic directors also voted to recommend that the football presidents agree to allow departing football members to compete for the CAA title and automatic tournament bid — provided that they aren't transitioning to FBS during their final season in the league. Under that rule, Old Dominion and Rhode Island, both leaving the CAA in 2013, will be eligible to compete for the CAA title in 2012 but Georgia State (who will do their first of two FBS transitional years this fall) will not be.

In a conference where it seems that so many members have at least one foot out of the door, it should be no surprise that the football AD's were receptive to that rule change. The CAA's all-sports membership will decide separately whether Georgia State, ODU and VCU will be allowed to participate in the 2013 CAA basketball tournament.

Updated (6/7/12)- NBC Sports released the following 32-game college football TV schedule today (CAA games highlighted). In addition to the CAA conference games, cross-town rivals Penn will appear three times on the NBC Sports Network as part of their 6-game deal with the Ivy League.

Interestingly, all of the 10 spots on the national schedule for the CAA were given to schools that also will play basketball in the CAA next season. Only 5 of the 10 schools that will play CAA football in 2012 were represented on the schedule. Regionally-broadcast games were not announced yet.

NBC SPORTS GROUP COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE (all times ET)
3:30 p.m. Sat, Sept. 8 Purdue at Notre Dame NBC
3:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 8 Delaware State at Delaware NBC Sports Network
7:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 8 Army at San Diego State NBC Sports Network
12:00 p.m. Sat., Sept. 15 William & Mary at Towson NBC Sports Network
4:00 p.m. Sat., Sept. 15 Miami (Ohio) at Boise State NBC Sports Network
1:00 p.m. Sat., Sept. 22 Yale at Cornell NBC Sports Network
4:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 22 Harvard at Brown NBC Sports Network
7:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 22 Michigan at Notre Dame NBC
10:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 22 Nevada at Hawaii NBC Sports Network
12:00 p.m. Sat., Sept. 29 Penn at Dartmouth NBC Sports Network
3:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 29 Atlanta Football Classic: Florida A&M vs. Southern (Georgia Dome) NBC Sports Network
1:00 p.m. Sat., Oct. 6 Towson at James Madison NBC Sports Network
7:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 6 Miami at Notre Dame (Soldier Field) NBC
12:00 p.m. Sat., Oct. 13 Brown at Princeton NBC Sports Network
3:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 13 Stanford at Notre Dame NBC
3:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 13 Fresno State at Boise State NBC Sports Network
12:00 p.m. Sat., Oct. 20 Penn at Yale NBC Sports Network
3:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 20 BYU at Notre Dame NBC
3:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 20 UNLV at Boise State NBC Sports Network
12:00 p.m. Sat., Oct. 27 Delaware at Old Dominion NBC Sports Network
12:00 p.m. Sat., Nov. 3 Towson at Delaware NBC Sports Network
3:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 3 Pittsburgh at Notre Dame NBC
12:00 p.m. Sat., Nov. 10 Harvard at Penn NBC Sports Network
3:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 10 Air Force at San Diego State NBC Sports Network
7:00 p.m. Sat., Nov. 10 Boise State at Hawaii NBC Sports Network
10:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 10 Fresno State at Nevada NBC Sports Network
12:00 p.m. Sat., Nov. 17 Yale at Harvard NBC Sports Network
3:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 17 Wake Forest at Notre Dame NBC
3:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 17 Colorado State at Boise State NBC Sports Network
7:00 p.m. Sat., Nov. 17 Old Dominion at James Madison NBC Sports Network
2:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 24 Bayou Classic: Grambling State vs. Southern (Mercedes-Benz Superdome) NBC
3:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 24 Air Force at Fresno State NBC Sports Network