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2016 college football postseason: Lower Divisions


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I figure one thing re:Sam Houston @ JMU: I'm not sure if they can top the Northern Iowa/NDSU playoff game from last year where NDSU's punter won Player of the Game (seriously, when does that happen at all?  Never mind it actually seeming to be justified (and make no mistake, Ben Lecompte earned that PotG)?  That's like army of unicorns rare), but they're sure as hell gonna try.

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On 12/4/2016 at 0:11 PM, 4_tattoos said:

 

OT: Rumor going around that Merrimack College may be pursuing a move to Division 1. Primarily for their hockey program.

Merrimack's hockey program already IS Division 1, in Hockey East. I think that if they moved to Division 1 for all sports, they'd feel like Presbyterian College or Savannah State, as in absolutely no success.

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5 minutes ago, 4_tattoos said:

OT: North Alabama officially announces plans to reclassify to Division 1.

http://roarlions.com/sports/2016/11/25/RiseandRoar.aspx

 

Is North Alabama part of the same system that decided to pull the plug on UAB's football program?

 

 

Nope. The University of Alabama System is just the schools at Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Huntsville.

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24 minutes ago, Seadragon76 said:

 

Nope. The University of Alabama System is just the schools at Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Huntsville.

Okay, hopefully UNA football stays in FCS for a couple decades before folks start seeing dollar signs and make a push for FBS.

Although they'll be in a different conference many people on other boards are hoping a football rivalry between North Alabama and Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley Conference) develops in the future. Alabama A&M and Alabama State not so much.

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13 minutes ago, 4_tattoos said:

Okay, hopefully UNA football stays in FCS for a couple decades before folks start seeing dollar signs and make a push for FBS.

Although they'll be in a different conference many people on other boards are hoping a football rivalry between North Alabama and Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley Conference) develops in the future. Alabama A&M and Alabama State not so much.

The expenses already piling up with the decision to move up.

 

1- They need to pay the NCAA a $1.5M check to move up.

2- Division 2 has 36 football scholarships, FCS is 63.

3- Coaching contracts need to be adjusted for now being D-1 jobs as well as the cost for related facility improvements.

4- Student fees are going to cover whatever the lone Athletics's fundraiser falls short on annually.

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Hopefully UNA hasn't gone into this without making sure all their ducks were in a row. They wouldn't want to end up like Winston-Salem State and come crawling back to Division 2 after three years, realizing they didn't have the funds needed to operate D1 athletics.

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1 hour ago, 4_tattoos said:

Hopefully UNA hasn't gone into this without making sure all their ducks were in a row. They wouldn't want to end up like Winston-Salem State and come crawling back to Division 2 after three years, realizing they didn't have the funds needed to operate D1 athletics.

Dude, 95% of athletic departments operate in the red begin with.

 

I mentioned that athletics has a separate fundraising staff than the rest of the university, but the school's entire budget for 2016-17 is just $106M and athletics is 6.25% of that.

 

If they don't have community buy in via endowng scholarships, corporate sponsorships and buying tickets, the increase in student applications/enrollment won't help. Being beaten up by two or three FBS opponents each year is only going to so much in erasing any budget shortfall. Their travel budget just got much larger because of the ASun.

 

Luckily for them, they don't have to add any women's sports.

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11 hours ago, 4_tattoos said:

Hopefully UNA hasn't gone into this without making sure all their ducks were in a row. They wouldn't want to end up like Winston-Salem State and come crawling back to Division 2 after three years, realizing they didn't have the funds needed to operate D1 athletics.

 

D-1 has been an ambition for that school for much of the 2010s, if not 2000s.

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Still OT: Here's a look at the Big South Conference map with the inclusion of future members Campbell and North Alabama. Is there any way for the Big South and CAA to initiate a trade? Monmouth for Elon lol

 

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The MAAC hasn't sponsored football since the mid-2000s and given the Northeast Conference's historic "D3 football teams operating at the FCS level" approach to the sport, Big South membership was an "any port in a storm" thing for Monmouth.

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26 minutes ago, rams80 said:

The MAAC hasn't sponsored football since the mid-2000s and given the Northeast Conference's historic "D3 football teams operating at the FCS level" approach to the sport, Big South membership was an "any port in a storm" thing for Monmouth.

And Monmouth's facilities are far below the capacity of the current lowest seating ones currently in the CAA, like 40% lower.

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On 11/13/2016 at 9:03 AM, Seadragon76 said:

Allow me...

 

At the JuCo level, they have bowl games similar to what the FBS has, but at a far fewer amount (8 bowl games). The final regular season rankings come out tomorrow and the #1 team in the rankings will have a chance to make their conference's designated bowl game the National Championship game only if #2 agrees to play in the game. Otherwise, the final rankings will decide the national championship.

 

NAIA has a 16 team tournament with the selections held today. A conference champion ranked in the Top 20 of the final poll gets an automatic bid while the rest of the bids are at-large bids with their ranking being the biggest factor.

That's fascinating.  Does # 2 ever turn it down?  I'd think they'd want a crack at the #1 team for all the marbles rather than trying to win a game and still losing out to the #1 team, which will probably win its game.  Unless #2 just does not think they'd have a chance (which is not the usual mindset).

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Was at JMU for the 'game' last night. It was super cold! And quite a blowout, lol. We left after the intentional grounding for safety call, which put JMU up 44-0, and they had scored another TD right after we got out of the stadium

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It's going to be North Alabama vs Northwest Missouri State for the Division 2 national championship. Guess we can expect another good turnout in Kansas City this year. Those Northwest fans packed the house last year.

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FCS semifinals: North Dakota State vs James Madison | Youngstown State vs Eastern Washington

 

Division 3 national championship/Stagg Bowl: Wisconsin-Oshkosh vs Mary Hardin-Baylor. Finally somebody other than Mount Union and Wisconsin Whitewater!

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