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The Three Subdivisions of College Football

Sundown

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Last season, Georgia State and Old Dominion announced moves to the Sun Belt Conference and Conference USA, respectively, starting their spending spree. And this season, it's Appalachian State and Georgia Southern's turn to join the Sun Belt.
All these schools think they're moving into Football Bowl Subdivision, the NCAA-named subdivision whose postseason is a bowl system that is outside the NCAA's official championship system.
But it's time to call the subdivision which houses every FCS move-up since 1978 what it really is - the FWS. The Football Wannabe Subdivision.
Many people seem to think there are two subdivisions in Division I: FCS and FBS. In reality, there are three subdivisions, and more and more it's becoming obvious that this is the case.
 
Sundown said:
Link.

Last season, Georgia State and Old Dominion announced moves to the Sun Belt Conference and Conference USA, respectively, starting their spending spree. And this season, it's Appalachian State and Georgia Southern's turn to join the Sun Belt.
All these schools think they're moving into Football Bowl Subdivision, the NCAA-named subdivision whose postseason is a bowl system that is outside the NCAA's official championship system.
But it's time to call the subdivision which houses every FCS move-up since 1978 what it really is - the FWS. The Football Wannabe Subdivision.
Many people seem to think there are two subdivisions in Division I: FCS and FBS. In reality, there are three subdivisions, and more and more it's becoming obvious that this is the case.

In reality, the three subdivisions should read as follows:

SEC Subdivision
FWS
FCS
 
CV Griz Fan said:
Sundown said:
Link.

Last season, Georgia State and Old Dominion announced moves to the Sun Belt Conference and Conference USA, respectively, starting their spending spree. And this season, it's Appalachian State and Georgia Southern's turn to join the Sun Belt.
All these schools think they're moving into Football Bowl Subdivision, the NCAA-named subdivision whose postseason is a bowl system that is outside the NCAA's official championship system.
But it's time to call the subdivision which houses every FCS move-up since 1978 what it really is - the FWS. The Football Wannabe Subdivision.
Many people seem to think there are two subdivisions in Division I: FCS and FBS. In reality, there are three subdivisions, and more and more it's becoming obvious that this is the case.

In reality, the three subdivisions should read as follows:

SEC Subdivision
FWS
FCS

Since football has only started since the early 2000s. Before that SEC fans and the pundit world can't remember if football existed or which teams were in existence.
 
The linked article in the first post is very good and informative. Here are some excerpts, from this long article:

1. But it's time to call the subdivision which houses every FCS move-up since 1978 what it really is - the FWS.
The Football Wannabe Subdivision.

2. The "Big 5" are planning to make two payouts: one to the schools of the FCS, and one to the schools of the FWS. How is this not its own de-facto subdivision?

3. When people talk about the huge success stories of FCS football moving up to playing bowls they never fail to bring up the stories of Boise State, Nevada, South Florida and UConn.

4. What gets little mention today is the fact that the Mountain West and the (now) America 12 are now very much lumped together with the other have-not conferences, like the MAC, Sun Belt, and Conference USA.

5.When most people think of a former FCS school making good in FBS, they think of Boise State. Think the Broncos is now raking in the money? Think again.

From last year's EADA reports, the Broncos entire athletic department was $5 million in the red last season, and have needed to go through a host of fundraising initiatives, from increasing ticket prices 10% a year on average to selling stock in "Boise State Broncos, Inc." to keep their $38 million athletic department running.

With the BCS formula going away after this upcoming season, too, it's very open to debate whether Boise State can count on bowl money alone to keep its athletics department running - especially since the program is required to cut football scholarships for the next three years thanks to NCAA violations found in 2011.

6. Think the Broncos' Mountain West conference-mate Nevada is raking in the bucks as well? While their EADA reports show revenue-neutrality, a closer look shows that the football program's expenses outpace its revenues by $300,000.

Like Boise State, their financial situation is set to change by their presence in the FWS without BCS money- meaning one of the Wolfpack's biggest priorities in the offseason has been to get a fabulous fundraiser to increase the spending on their athletics programs."

7. UConn's phenomenally successful basketball program seems to be carrying along football for the ride. According to the report, football is $2 million in the red - $13 million in revenues vs. $15 million in expenses.

But again, UConn's yearly payout of almost $3 million from being a BCS auto-qualifier will be going by the wayside starting in 2014. The Huskies will now be on the outside looking in, with the tall task of milking a huge amount from fans and donors in order just to remain at the same level. Jacking up the student fees for athletics seems like a foregone conclusion.

8. South Florida, who spent the then-minimum amount of time at FCS of three years when starting their program, can say their football program is supporting the school - their reports show a $4 million profit for the football team. But that was with the $3 million subsidy. It will be a much larger challenge to keep that up with out that money.

9. And these four schools have been considered the "success" stories.

10. New Sun Belt member Georgia State's athletic programs are more than 80% subsidized by student fees, or $19 million of its $23 million budget. Eastern Michigan and UMass of the MAC, South Alabama of the Sun Belt and Florida Internation of Conference USA have similar ratios.

All are losing money - and some, spectacularly so.

11. UMass, who is renting their stadium free from the New England Patriots, had to spend more than $3 million in increased expenses in their first year in the MAC, according to the New York Times, stoking the ire of rank and file academic staff members who had a hard time getting funding for academic projects.

12. Louisiana-Monroe of the Sun Belt had an overall athletics budget of $8.5 million in 2010-2011, a budget that is less than that of most FCS schools. In order to keep the athletics department afloat, the Warhawks are required to play FBS guarantee games just to survive. The $2 million they received last year to play road games vs. Auburn and Arkansas represented 25% of the entire athletics budget.

13. The University of Alabama-Birmingham, or UAB, has struggled mightily in Conference USA thanks in part to the sad state of their football program.

14. The TV deals don't exactly give these schools "prime time" exposure, either.

When they do get broadcast nationally on TV, it's generally on strange days for college, like Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays.

15. You need to look no further than the bowls of the last few years, where former FCS schools UConn, Toledo, Ohio, Louisiana-Monroe, and Northern Illinois have had to rely on the kindness of other conference members just to break even in their postseason bowls. When UConn went to the Orange Bowl in 2011, they famously lost $1.6 million on the deal.

16. In the 25 years since the split of football to I-A and I-AA subdivisions, no FCS school that's made the move to FBS is a member of the "Group of 5", the FBS, or whatever subdivision you want to call it.

17. In the current collegiate football landscape, where the victors are judged to be the ones with the most money in the conferences that receive the most money from the postseason and TV - every single FCS move-up program has to be judged a loser.

Again, see link in first post for entire article. Good job, Chuck Burton.
 
Let's see, with Missoula's BOOMING economy of growing dope (I think the term "air inversion" has taken on new meaning in Sanctuary City) and defense attornies... hell, I think we can get plenty of big donors to the athletic programs when we go Big Time!
 
It looks like a lot of programs are out there that need to be aligned on the same level with Montana. I have a feeling when all plays out, the GRIZ will be just fine. Either way, we will be in a different association/ level than we are now. Exactly how that will look, well that is what we are all waiting to find out.
 
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