Big Ten Bans Scheduling Small Schools
The Big Ten will no longer allow its schools to schedule football games against schools outside the NCAA’s top division.
ESPN (“Big Ten won’t be playing FCS teams“):
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.
This is absolutely a move in the right direction, one that I’ve been advocating NCAA-wide for years. It’s also the next logical step towards four superconferences in college football. Eventually, the true big-time programs will form a de facto professional league in which only they will be eligible to compete.