I don't think people are having complexes due to their school being smaller.
Scroll down to the second question and answer in the link below.
The Seattle Times: High School Sports: Seeing a game in logging country? Try the Owlburger
Use 1-Plus and 1-Minus.
I agree that the name change they chose was dumb but the reasoning for changing does make sense to me. It actually had nothing to do with football or that they wanted the former 1-AA to sound better.
They were trying to remove the assumption many people had that 1-AA football schools were at a lower level in other sports. The Division 1 sub-classification only applies to football. All other sports are simply division 1. I've read many articles reporting division 1-A basketball scores when there is no such thing. Basketball and other sports are simply division 1,2, or 3.
And in the end its really not that hard to say D-1 FCS or FBS
The reasoning behind the name change was to correct the misconception that I-AA football teams aren't Division I. The nomenclature was designed to help corrent this misconception. The names "Football Championship Subdivision" and "Football Bowl Subdivision" are meant to point out that the former I-A and I-AA are both Subdivisions of Division I and are are only used for Football. One of which plays its postseason in a Bowl system, and the other which plays its postseason as a Championship Playoff. That is the true reasoning behind the name change. All the teams in the FCS are Division I teams and only play in a lower division for football.
I woulkd rather be a 1-AA than a subdivision anyday. Like a neanderthal man. Hey, the majors and AAA Minors. Not the same. Just admit it.
So what is Drake now classified as. FCS non-scholarship?
I don't think I like the change,but pantherjoe's explanation is helpful as they are both division I (rep to him). I don't know when this change was decided though. Does anyone here know?
The NCAA has a history of doing stupid things like this. Remember when they changed the name of the basketball regionals from simple (East, South, Midwest, West) to utterly moroninc (the cities hosting the regional) ?
Drake and others like them are FCS non-scholarship. And its worth pointing out that those teams are eligable for the FCS playoffs, although their conferences do not get auto bids and I cant remember a time a nonscholly team has ever made it.
The rule was officially enacted starting with the first week of the FCS playoffs last year.
Also I must point out that most FCS fans arent happy with the new naming. We were all for the name change and loved the idea behind it (it annoys me when people call us D2), but we think they couldve come up with a better name than FCS and FBS. Personally I was for calling it the BCS and PCS (Bowl Championship Subdivision and Playoff Championship Subdivision). I think that with the Bowl Championship Series already being called the BCS it wouldve made sense just to call everyone in the former I-A BCS as it woulda been easier to remember. That also makes the similar sounding PCS easier to remember.
OK...so who here was under the misconception that Division I-AA teams weren't Division I? I mean, for me the I part of the designation I-AA made it pretty clear that I-AA was part of Division I. After all these years, was this really that big of a problem??? If there was any doubt about it, it should have been cleared up during March Madness, where the 300+ Division I teams play in the same tournament.
Sorry...I'm not buyin' the NCAA's little explanation. This is either some kind of marketing ploy which the NCAA thinks will help bring in better TV deals for the FCS teams, or some ploy to improve the prestige of the FCS teams and their playoffs. With the proliferation of all the Bowl games over the past decade, where over 1/2 of the I-A teams are participating in bowl games (which now start in Mid December), I would guess that the I-AA playoffs have been marginalized, and the NCAA is trying to do something to rectify that problem.
Misconception??? Give me a break... :skeptical:
Think what you want but thats absolutely what it was about. This was something that the presidents and athletic directors at I-AA schools lobbyed for for a long time. While most of the die hards (like the people on this board) would know that I-AA was DI, it is a common misconseption among casual fans. Schools are identified with football and basketball and especially for those schools that dont have solid basketball teams it can be a problem.
I'm a die hard UNI fan, and a fan of FCS football in general, I know what Im talking about.