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Second FCS Summit to Convene Before 2012 NCAA National Championship Game
Presidents, athletics directors, commissioners, NCAA and TV executives to meet Jan. 6 in Frisco, Texas
The Division I Football Championship Subdivision Summit, a unique business gathering of university presidents, athletic administrators and other key stakeholders, will be held Jan. 6 in conjunction with the 2012 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game in Frisco.
The second FCS Summit follows last year’s successful gathering of approximately 150 guests in Frisco that led to subsequent meetings of FCS presidents, commissioners and athletic directors, all intent on ensuring the future well-being of the NCAA’s highest level of championship football.
Supported by the NCAA, the 13 Division I FCS conferences, NCAA Football, and NACDA and its affiliated FCS Athletic Directors’ Association, the FCS Summit focuses on the important issues related to the subdivision, including its championship playoff.
“The FCS Summit is quickly becoming a key event for the subdivision,” said Kyle Kallander, commissioner of the Big South Conference and current FCS vice president of the Collegiate Commissioners Association. “With the landscape of intercollegiate athletics rapidly changing, and critical issues such as championship expansion, FCS enhancement, and CEO leadership to discuss, this year’s Summit is a must attend for FCS members.”
FCS presidents, athletic directors and conference commissioners from around the country, as well as NCAA staff, television executives and other key football stakeholders are scheduled to attend the Summit. The Summit will feature interactive sessions addressing Presidential Perspectives on the Championship Subdivision and the future of the NCAA Division I Football Championship.
“The first FCS Summit was a great success, as it re-focused stakeholders on the importance and future viability of the subdivision,” added Tom Burnett, commissioner of the Frisco-based Southland Conference, “As the first event exceeded everyone’s expectations, it also spurred national discussion among presidential leaders, athletic administrators and coaches.”
The 2011 Summit was followed by the organization and meetings of an FCS CEO Group that includes two presidents from each of the 13 conferences, and the FCS Athletic Directors Association Round Table at the 2011 NACDA Convention in Orlando. Further, the NCAA has recently organized a FCS Working Group, consisting of commissioners, athletic directors, coaches and NCAA staff.
“We all know the prominent role football plays on our campuses and have seen how it has been at the center of most of the recent conference membership issues,” said Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner Tom Yeager. “It is of critical importance for everyone in the FCS to become engaged in those football issues that ultimately affect our entire athletic program and sometimes by default, other members of our conferences. The FCS Summit provides the opportunity to have this important national discussion.”
By Southland Conference