Duke, Liberty cancel three-game football series

By Kevin Kelley -

The Duke Blue Devils and the Liberty Flames have canceled their future three-game football series, according to a report by The News & Observer.

Duke and Liberty were scheduled to begin a three-game football series at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C., on Nov. 22, 2025. The series was then set to shift to Liberty’s Williams Stadium in Lynchburg, Va., on Sept. 26, 2026 before concluding at Wallace Vade Stadium on Sept. 4, 2027.

On Friday, Steve Wiseman of The News & Observer reported that all three games of the Duke-Liberty series have been canceled.

Duke senior associate athletics director Art Chase confirmed the series’ cancellation and he is talking with other schools to fill the schedule openings.

Liberty is currently a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Independent. As an Independent, the Flames had to schedule and play 12 games each season outside of a conference.

As a result of recent conference realignment, Liberty is joining Conference USA beginning in 2023 and will play eight conference foes and four non-conference opponents per season. Therefore, the Flames have had to cancel several non-conference opponents that were scheduled out years in advance.

In addition to Duke, Liberty has canceled future series with the Eastern Michigan Eagles, Miami RedHawks, North Carolina Tar Heels, UCF Knights, and Virginia Cavaliers. A series with the Georgia Southern Eagles has also reportedly been called off.

Following the recent news of cancellations, Liberty is left with at least five games to cancel in 2024, four in 2025, three in 2026, and one in 2028.

“Once we get to about 2027 and beyond, I think we’ve got really nice schedules,” Liberty Director of Athletics Ian McCaw told The News & Advance. “It will be a mix of continuing series like Virginia Tech and Old Dominion, and we have some games with App State, Coastal Carolina. There will be games that our fans are very excited about, regional rivalries that mean something to our fanbase.”

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Comments (2)

Your numbers are off in future years to cancel, as you’ve neglected that schools like FIU and NMSU are now *conference* games.