Nick Saban is right.
Far more than competitive balance and officials’ readiness and preferred style of play, college football should be concerned with player safety.
The Alabama State schedule released Tuesday includes its game with Stillman on Saturday, November 22. It’s the second straight year that Stillman has been Alabama State’s opponent in the game after replacing longtime rival Tuskegee in the Classic, which is going into its 91st year.
The two post-season NCAA football playoff games held in Hammond in December 2013 and hosted by the Southland Conference championship team at Southeastern Louisiana University had an estimated total economic impact of more than $835,000 on Tangipahoa Parish, according to a study.
In the 2013 college football season, FCS programs set a record by beating FBS teams a record 16 times. In 2014, they will beat them to the season’s starting line.
When Savannah State football coach Earnest Wilson III went searching for future opponents a few weeks ago, he called FBS programs like Iowa and Miami, the kind of deep-pocketed athletics departments that are capable of writing the Tigers six-figure checks in exchange for being a sacrificial lamb for one Saturday.
“Iowa told me they couldn’t do it,” Wilson said. “Other programs told me they couldn’t.”
Paperwork needed to lift ban on postseason play
Southern University is reaching the climax of a months-long effort to provide documentation of academic progress by its student-athletes to the NCAA in order to lift a ban on postseason play for all Jaguars programs.
Justin Green opens roughly 200 emails a day from high school football players hankering to suit up for Montana.
As second-year recruiting coordinator for the Griz, he considers it critical to his job. Not all Football Championship Subdivision programs go to such lengths for overlooked players, which is one reason Montana comes up with diamonds in the rough.
The scholarship offers rolled in one after the other, and his list of college choices grew more impressive by the month. National champion Florida State. Big Ten champion Michigan State. And power programs such as Wisconsin, Stanford, Georgia Tech and Central Florida.
But Kurt Holuba’s college choice would be about much more than football. “It’s a 40-year decision, not a four-year decision,” he said.
Four Division I colleges in North and South Dakota are holding signing day parties for football and other sports. Only one is charging for the event.
Across the nation today, students signed on the dotted line to commit to play a sport in college. However, there weren’t any future Crimson signing any dotted lines. As Harvard is a member of the Ivy League, prospective student athletes are not able to receive athletic scholarships and therefore do not sign National Letters of Intent. Instead, a simple verbal agreement is all that they must give to secure his/her spot on one of Harvard’s 42 athletic squads.
Football attendance topped 50 million for the first time in 2013 as the number of NCAA schools playing the sport continued to grow.
The 657 schools in the NCAA who sponsor football (13 more than in 2012) drew 50,291,275 fans at home games, neutral-site games and postseason contests last season to break the mark of 49,699,419 set in 2011.
The University at Albany has “no immediate expansion plans” for Bob Ford Field, the $18 million sports stadium that opened in the fall, the school president said Friday in an email to the campus community.
The NCAA announced that it will be making five new rule changes to the 2013-14 division one football recruiting calendars and beyond.
“Cards from as far back as 1894 show black-and-white photos of Ivy League stars posing in their sweaters.”
Just in time for Super Bowl XLVIII, a new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art takes a look back at the storied history of football through old-fashioned trading cards.