Big Ten to End Games Versus FCS Schools

No more cream puffs!  (Yeah, right…)

All this really means is that the Big Ten can no longer go hunt­ing for its powder-puff games in the Divi­sion I-AA (now called FCS) ranks.  Instead, it will look for smaller fish con­fer­ence as “The Era of the Super-Conference” is now upon us.

Of course, the true irony of this, is that Wisconsin’s been doing this for years with AD Barry Alvarez look­ing for cup­cakes in what’s left of the Moun­tain West, West­ern Ath­letic Con­fer­ence and Mid-American Conference.

Wis­con­sin ath­letic direc­tor Barry Alvarez says Big Ten offi­cials recently agreed to stop sched­ul­ing non­con­fer­ence games against FCS programs.

The non­con­fer­ence sched­ule in our league is ridicu­lous,” Alvarez said on WIBA-AM in Madi­son, Wis. “It’s not very appealing …

So we’ve made an agree­ment that our future games will all be Divi­sion I schools. It will not be FCS schools.”

Alvarez didn’t say when the agree­ment would take effect.

Wis­con­sin has one FCS team on its sched­ule in 2013, a Sept. 7 meet­ing against Ten­nessee Tech.

A source told ESPN.com’s Adam Rit­ten­berg the ban could start in 2016, with sev­eral FCS games already on the books for 2014 and 2015. But it could be a grad­ual move with some schools stop­ping now and some stop­ping later, the source said.

Frankly the NCAA needs to crack down on this nation­ally.  A com­mon prac­tice among col­lege foot­ball pro­grams — espe­cially the big name schools — is to pay a lesser known, FCS pro­gram or nearby state school which barely qual­i­fies for D-1 (now called FBS) sta­tus to sac­ri­fice a home game just so they can get beat up by the big­ger school in the big­ger school’s stadium.

In the process, the FCS school gets a mil­lion or so bucks, while the FBS school gets to pound some­one into the dirt early in the sea­son.  At the same time, they’ve prob­a­bly made about four times the amount they’re pay­ing the FCS school through ticket and apparel sales.

Expect to see more “home and home” con­tracts between Big Ten schools, but if his­tory is any indi­ca­tion, it won’t be with any big name competition.

The ghost of Appalachian State” still haunts Michi­gan after all.

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