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2017 ASNN365 March Newsletter

Posted on March 11, 2017. Filed under: Baseball, Basketball, Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, Football, Girls High School Basketball, High School Basketball, NBA, NCAA Sports, Softball, Sporting News, Sports Business, Track and Field | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Let the Madness begin….

March 2017

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basketball Via @NCAA: Only .03% of MBB players will make it from HS hoops to pro basketball! = GET YOUR GRADES!!!

basketball ICYMI: A Georgia basketball game ended early thanks to a vicious dunk that shattered the backboard! 😳

@1001RecruitTips: NCAA-institution scholarships can be renewed, reduced, increased or canceled from year to year & school must provide you opp to appeal

RECRUIT TIPS c/o @1001RecruitTips: Where do players send film? Can they send it to colleges directly?

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basketball March Madness Bracket information: Information

basketball 2017 March Madness perspective….

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Is an NCAA scholarship guaranteed for four years? Hhhhmmmm Click here for the answer!

Starting your NCAA search? Find an @NCAA school by sport + state:

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Following the Money in the NCAA

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Following the Money in the NCAA

March 14, 2017

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It’s March and that means March Madness – the time of year when sports fanatics become passionate experts in college basketball for about three weeks. Last year the men’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament attracted 11.3 million viewers, 8% more than in 2014 and the highest viewership in 22 years.

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The NCAA Just Misses $1 Billion In Annual Revenue – WOW!!! And that’s all for a non-profit wink wink… The NCAA pulled in $989 million in its 2014 fiscal year, according to an audited financial statement cited by USA Today on Wednesday. Since the association had $908.6 million in expenses, it ended up with a nearly $80.5 million surplus for the year.

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2017 ASNN365 February Newsletter

Posted on February 21, 2017. Filed under: Boys High School Basketball, Football, Girls High School Basketball, High School Basketball, NCAA Sports, Softball, Sporting News, Sports Business | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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HBCU rankings….

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2017 BIG TEN RECRUITING

Posted on February 3, 2017. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports, Sporting News, Sports Business | Tags: , , , , , |

How did the BIG TEN do with Recruiting?

February 3, 2017

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Among Big Ten schools, Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State crushed it in recruiting. Northwestern and Illinois held their own.

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So say national recruiting analysts Tom Lemming of CBS Sports Network and Tom Luginbill of ESPN.

“One of the things that stands out to me about Ohio State,” Luginbill said, “is how they have been able to forecast who they will lose early in the (NFL) draft. They make inroads and get replacements now rather than in the next class. They did that at linebacker, cornerback and safety. And quite honestly, I thought they needed to improve at running back.”

Luginbill said the Buckeyes did that by signing J.K. Dobbins, an early enrollee from La Grange, Texas.

Ohio State’s 21-man class has an outrageous 19 four- or five-star players, according to 247Sports.com’s composite rankings. It ranked second nationally to Alabama after the smoke cleared on national signing day Wednesday.

Fifth nationally, behind Georgia and USC, was Michigan. Its 30-man class has two five-stars in versatile Detroit receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones and defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon of Leesburg, Ga., plus 19 four-stars.

“Michigan is in the headlines for having a big class,” Luginbill said. “They cast a wide net and addressed a variety of positions. Their class is not just quality but significant quantity, compared to a Clemson (14 players), which didn’t have as many scholarships to give out.”

As for Penn State, which had the Big Ten’s third-ranked class, Luginbill said: “Penn State made a climb. It’s a top-15 class, and I think much of it can be attributed to the performance on the field. Winning and recruiting go hand in hand.”

Luginbill called Illinois “one of the tougher jobs in college football.”

“It’s tough in-state and tough when you have to cross borders,” he said. “It’s a pretty good class from a top-heavy perspective. They really addressed the defensive front seven and some needs in terms of speed and explosiveness on offense.”

Illinois (25 players, including junior-college quarterback Dwayne Lawson, who can’t sign until the summer because of academics) and Northwestern (19 players) ranked 44th and 48th nationally.

“For Northwestern, what I love is that they recruit their guys throughout their process,” Luginbill said. “They’re like an academically more stringent Michigan State in terms of how they approach recruiting. I think (defensive end) Earnest Brown out of Texas will be a really, really good player.

“What you need to hopefully have happen going forward is to get that bottom and middle third of the classes up closer to the talent level of the top third. That’s where you’d probably say these two are lacking.”

Lemming, the Schaumburg-based analyst who has been grading talent since the late 1970s, praised NU’s Brown as “a long-armed and quick-handed guy.”

“He was one of the bigger defensive surprises in the state of Texas, a legit four-star guy,” Lemming said. “The key was that Northwestern got on him early. They pushed the academics and kept working him.”

Lemming said of Andrew Marty, the potential successor to quarterback Clayton Thorson: “I like his height (6-foot-4), his arm strength and his potential. He’s more of a pro-style (passer), but he has good feet. He can develop into a great passer. He and Penn State’s Sean Clifford (also an Ohio native) are among the best in the Midwest.”

Lemming also had kind words for Illinois coach Lovie Smith and his staff, saying: “Illinois was everywhere — Texas, New Jersey, Florida — and it paid some dividends. This is a better class than their (3-9) record would indicate. Dwayne Lawson, I think, will be a big surprise. (Brother Rice receiver) Ricky Smalling is a fantastic player with Odell Beckham-type skills. (Running back) Mike Epstein runs a legit 4.4. Illinois’ reputation in the state wasn’t great, so they mainly went outside.”

The Illini also made inroads in St. Louis, signing three from the area.

“Next year will be the best year in 20 years for St. Louis,” Lemming said. “There are six to seven potential All-Americans and another 15 D-1 guys. It will be the year of St. Louis.”

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2017 IHSA Football Commitments

Posted on February 3, 2017. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports, Sports Business | Tags: , , |

Recruits from our Coverage area

February 2, 2017

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Listed below from the Class of 2017 is Illinois High School Association players from our area from D-1 to Juco. Best of everything to all of you signees and of course CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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University of Illinois
QB Cam Thomas Marian Catholic
LB Marc Mondesir St. Rita
WR Ricky Smalling Brother Rice
DB Kendall Smith Bolingbrook

Northern Illinois University
WR Tyrice Ritchie Homewood-Flossmoor
DE Jawon Denton Chicago Morgan Park
LB Michael Kennedy Mount Carmel

Northwestern University
DT Joe Spivak Montini Catholic (preferred walk-on)

Southern Illinois University
LS Thomas Gill Chicago Mount Carmel

Illinois State University
WR Andrew Edgar St. Patrick
FB Nico Muto Lincoln-Way Central (preferred walk-on)

Western Illinois University
OL Fawaz Ayoola Simeon
LS Erik Abrell Aurora Christian

Eastern Illinois University
LS Mario Rodrigues Lincoln-Way Central

Western Michigan University
RB Prince Walker Montini Catholic
OL Dylan Deatherage Bishop McNamara
OL Tom O’Mara Marist

University of Iowa
QB Tommy Herion Loyola Academy (preferred walk-on)

University of Wisconsin
DE Izayah Green-May Bolingbrook

University of Minnesota
OL John Michael Schmidt Homewood-Flossmoor
WR Chris Bell Bishop McNamara

West Point (Army)
TE Jon Hamilton St. Patrick

Air Force Academy
DE Jordan Brown Lemont
LB Austin Reutsche St. Viator

US Naval Academy
WR/DB Mitch West Montini Catholic

Bowling Green State University
DT Caylon May Rich Central

Central Michigan University
DE Elijah James Oswego East
OL Jamezz Kimbrough Homewood-Flossmoor

University of Connecticut
DB Ian Swenson Loyola Academy

University of Toledo
DT Devonte Dunn Nazareth Academy

University of Missouri
TE Logan Christopherson Lemont

University of Notre Dame
TE Cole Kmet St. Viator

Duke University
TE Jake Marwede Loyola Academy
QB Chris Katrenick Jacobs

University of Kansas
DB Robert Topps III Marist

Kansas State University
OL Bill Kuduk Marist

University of Wyoming
RB Xazavian Valladay Brother Rice
K Tim Zaleski St. Rita

Howard University
WR David Terrell Jr. Loyola Academy

South Dakota State
LB Tyler Desmartis Homewood-Flossmoor

Yale University
LB Micah Awodiran Marist
TE/DE Chris Sampleton Nazareth Academy

Butler University
OLB Mickey Kane Loyola Academy

Valparaiso University
OL Thomas Walsh Benet Academy

Colgate
OL Sam Diehl Lincoln-Way East
OL Jack Badovinac Loyola Academy

University of Dayton
WR/DB Paddy Byrne St. Patrick
RB Richie Warfield Providence Catholic
WR/K/P Steven Fleming Lemont

Cornell
DB Phazione McClurge Mount Carmel

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Saginaw Valley State University
DB Jalen Perkins Simeon
OL Jack Doyle Homewood-Flossmoor
OL Christian Mallenger Homewood-Flossmoor

Northwoods University
ATH Joe Coates Bolingbrook
QB Bryant Wright Homewood-Flossmoor

Minnesota State Mankato
DB Aarion Lacy Brother Rice
SS/OLB Duvell Lee Simeon
S Zyon Bell Bolingbrook

University of Indianapolis
DB Cameron Weems Nazareth Academy

Davenport University
OL Joe Carpenter Richards
OLB Jaylen Jenkins Hillcrest
Ol Meekah Lester Simeon

St. Cloud State
WR Nate Gimza Richards
DB Torrey Nalls Richards
DB Willie Spears III St. Laurence

Winona State University
OLB Trey Telez Lincoln-Way West

Concordia University St. Paul
LB Blake Evans Lincoln-Way West

Lindenwood University
TE Marc McClinton Reavis
OL/DL Bobby Ogden Joliet Central

Quincy University
WR Justin Garner DeLaSalle
DE Zach Tencza Lincoln-Way East
OL Jack Eken Bolingbrook

McKendree University
LB Iben King Brother Rice
DT Ebrima Njie DeLaSalle
WR Martez Malone Providence Catholic
DE Shelby Been Brother Rice
OL Myles Jordan Ag Science
WR Chris Tenton Ag Science

Lincoln University
S/OLB Tyron Taylor Bolingbrook
LB Ryan Burke Aurora Christian
OT David High Rich Central

University of Findlay
LB Danny Allen Lincoln-Way West

University of St. Francis (Joliet)
DL Robert Ford Joliet West
DT David Tischina Marist

St. Xavier University
LB Sam Nasca Bolingbrook
OL John Ivlow Bolingbrook
RB Pat Doyle Richards
WR Julian Rodriguez Evergreen Park
WR Dylan Leschewski Aurora Christian
K/P Mike Iturbe Shepard
WR Alec Freeman St. Laurence
LB Conor McHale Marist
RB Eric Williams Evergreen Park

Robert Morris University (Illinois)
WR/DE Koby Stewart Tf South
WR Johnny Holman Joliet West
DL Nate Merriweather Bolingbrook
DB Jonathon Tunzi Bremen
WR Damon Turner Evergreen Park

St. Ambrose College
QB Zach Schraer Joliet Central
DT Kyle Julius Lincoln-Way East
OL Orrin Myrick Mount Carmel
QB/WR Zach Schrader Joliet Central
OL/DL Joe Dunlap Lincoln-Way West

Olivet Nazarene University
WR Sheldun Benn Brother Rice

Hillsdale College
DL Kevin Marmo Providence Catholic

University of Wisconsin Stevens Point
DB Anthony Woods DeLaSalle

University of Wisconsin Whitewater
OLB Ryan Liszka Benet Academy

University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
OL Jeremiah Crisostomo Joliet Central

Benedictine University
OL Caleb Quade Lemont

Carthage College
LB Kevin O’Boyle Providence Catholic

Elmhurst College
OL Martin Lecesne Joliet West
RB Chris Binder Providence Catholic

Loras College
WR Mike McDevitt St. Rita

University of Dubuque
LB Michael Considine Bolingbrook

St. Norbert College
OL/DL Brennan Springmire Montini Catholic

John Hopkins University
QB Nick Leongas Maine South

Willian Penn University
WR/LB Jordan Cousert Mount Carmel
DT Rashad Wilson Joliet West

Grandview University
OLB Tommy Morrison Montini Catholic

University of Chicago
QB Jared Drake Providence Catholic

Carroll University
QB Hunter Campbell Lincoln-Way Central

Illinois College
WR David Stocking Joliet Central
DB Allen Smith Joliet Central

College of DuPage
DL Corey Jones Joliet West

Independence Community College
DT John Mitchell Crete-Monee
DL Creo Argue Crete-Monee

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2017 January ASNN365 Newsletter

Posted on January 14, 2017. Filed under: Basketball, Basketball, Football, Girls High School Basketball, High School Basketball, NBA, NCAA Sports, Sporting News, Sports Business | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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NEW YEAR, NEW SEASON, NEW OUTLOOK ON SPORTS….

January 2017

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RULING: Students should NOT be paid minimum wage

 

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As @NCAA coach basketball is in FULL swing, here’s a break-down of coaches salaries… WHEW!!!

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Uncoachable kids become unemployable adults. Let your kids get use to someone that will be tough on them other than you….

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2017 Sports Outlook

Posted on January 14, 2017. Filed under: Baseball, Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, Football, Girls High School Basketball, High School Basketball, NBA, NCAA Sports, Softball, Sports Business, Track and Field, Volleyball | Tags: |

Sports Outlooks for New Rules and Procedures

January 2, 2017

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Here a list of suggestions we have compiled for new Rules and / or procedures that we think would improve sports near and far.


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MLB: Speed up the game by eliminating mound visits and multiple pitching changes and consider the electronic proposal HBO Real Sports aired Tuesday, September 27, 2017.
NCAA: N/A
High School: schedule games in a cluster (or same location) especially for conference play and monitor scheduling around graduation season where a students doesn’t have to weigh the odds of a State finals contest or participate in graduation ceremony.

 

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NBA: Whenever a play is being reviewed, teams must go to a neutral corner of the floor or even opposite of their bench. Teams can’t receive a fake timeout. Also hire a true third (or fourth official) to speed up replays or questionable calls
NCAA: Get rid of one and done!!! If an athlete is so-called ready to go pro… let them – bye bye! But if you sign a letter of intent, it’s good for three years like football. This way, those that think they are pro ready can go… but those that go to college, you can build a solid program around these students, be in somewhat control of your destiny and job security, and the athletes can polish up on their athletic skills. More to come on this one…
High School: Modify and better manage revenue generated tournaments where big name corporations aren’t making mega dollars off the back of so-called student-athletes who receive nothing but exposure (wink wink).

 

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NFL: Modify replays… hire a true review official at every game that works hand in hand with television broadcast. This official reviews the same stuff we see on TV, communicates the ruling down to the field all while the fans in the stands see the entire process live on the jumbo-trons…. This will definitely speed up the game and give the fans pure interaction to the game.
NCAA: Modify the scheduling… ALL top 20 (or 26, must be even) teams from the season before are opens up a slot on their schedule that the NCAA owns which in part they (NCAA governing body) makes teams play an out of conference foe so we can try our best to remove the statement “this team is undefeated but they didn’t play anyone…”
High School: Make officials take fitness exams and be of how can we say physical appearance. Too often, officials are not in shape enough to keep up with the movement of today’s game. If a team runs a hurry up and is moving the ball, they should not be penalized by an out-of-shape official who can’t keep up.

 

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High School: monitor scheduling around graduation season where a students doesn’t have to weigh the odds of a State finals contest or participate in graduation ceremony.

 

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2016 December ASNN365 Newsletter (update)

Posted on December 18, 2016. Filed under: Baseball, Basketball, Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, Football, Girls High School Basketball, High School Basketball, NBA, NCAA Sports, Sporting News, Sports Business | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Year in Review… Bowls… and Holiday Wish list…

December 2016

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COMMENTARY: Time for Playoff Expansion

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QUOTE: Someone out there wants your job. Someone is plotting to take your job. What have you done TODAY to #EARN your position?

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basketball Illinois HS BBall Tournaments…

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(L)ethal
(E)nergetic
(T)ough
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bluearrow College Playoff Payouts (cha-ching)

bluearrow  FCS Playoffs and how it works!

bluearrow But how the current playoff system works…

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Time for 8 Team Expansion

Posted on December 18, 2016. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports, Sports Business | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

How to Expand the College Football Playoff

December 11, 2016

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As the subject states… it’s time to expand the College Football Playoff (CFP) from 4-teams to 8 like immediately!

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It’s the third College Football Playoff season rankings and Bill Hancock, the CFP’s executive director, reiterated that the system is working. “We are confident,” Hancock said Sunday, “that four is the right number.”

Is it? The Big Ten Champion is out of the playoffs… Big 12 leader is out… Undefeated Western Michigan is out…. but it’s working?

He went on to say “I don’t anticipate any discussion about expansion.” In a word, INTERESTING!!!!

So, wouldn’t you say eight teams would be much more solid as well as fun for the students! And it seems that the majority of fans want the playoff to expand! And every playoff in every major American sport has eventually grown bigger!

NOTE: FCS, Division-I, has been doing this for years

Speaking December 7th at the Learfield Intercollegiate Athletics Forum, Emmert said he prefers an eight-team format that includes automatic bids for champions of each Power Five conference.

And in case you didn’t know, NCAA Commissioner, Mark Emmert, doesn’t have control over the College Football Playoff format — the NCAA doesn’t run the Football Bowl Subdivision postseason and they always remind you of that — but “if” he did, he’d expand it to eight teams in a heartbeat.

However, as Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany noted on Wednesday, the field selection this year did not provide any movement toward an eight-team playoff. In so many words he shared ‘the tires have been kicked on an eight-team playoff, casually or otherwise, even before major college football had a four-team playoff. With the three-year-old postseason format paying out hefty sums of money, one can venture to guess expansion is coming at some point in the future.’

Why eight teams? Many believe, including the staff at Amateur Sports, eight is the sweet spot for the college football playoff: more national representation but not too much, and only one more round of competition. Even further…. win your conference (Big Ten, SEC, ACC, MAC, Big 12, PAC12, *AAC or *Sun Belt) and you are in – PERIOD!!! With one spot for a solid wildcard (highest ranked teams remaining including independent teams like Navy and Notre Dame, etc).

* best overall record between these two conference determines who’s in…

The case for expansion…

For the first two years of the playoff, one thing looked abundantly clear: winning your conference championship was important and all eight playoff teams in those two years were conference champs. But this year, Penn State messed things up by winning the Big Ten championship. Suddenly, the qualifying statements perpetuated by the “CYA” mission of selecting the “four best teams” began pouring in. Then came along the dialogue about the resumes between Penn State and Ohio State, which were not close but they won when they had to based on their schedule.

To be clear, this isn’t to say those statements are wrong. In many ways they’re right. But can anyone remember this much dismissing of conference titles last year? How about the year before? Funny how it emerges when it’s the team no one expects winning the conference.

And let’s not forget the efforts of Western Michigan who went undefeated including winning the MAC championship, and they are out too.

Additionally, two things fans love about March Madness take effect. There’s the Cinderella story, which would have been Western Michigan this year, and the team with the hot hand. No one denies that early-season losses by Oklahoma and USC matter, but it’s also true they aren’t the same teams now as they were in September. Expanding to eight at least allows for greater consideration of this.

The macro point here is that the first three seasons of the playoff have been filled with inconsistencies. Fans see this on a week-to-week basis with the mock rankings selection show. “Body clocks” is a pass one week and “game control” is a criterion the next. Flexibility is the beauty of having a human committee. It’s also what makes it extraordinarily frustrating. Having the Power Five conference champions as automatic bids absolutely takes away the drama, but it also takes away a lot of the frustration.

What would an eight-team playoff look like this season? This exercise is part reality and part subjectivity.

To acknowledge the selection committee members, we will use their top four: No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Ohio State and No. 4 Washington.

Now, the fun part: we pick the next four!

They are as follows: No. 5 Penn State, No. 6 Western Michigan, No. 7 Michigan and No. 8 Oklahoma. Despite a 39-point loss at Michigan Stadium, Penn State is ahead of the Wolverines because of its overall profile (wins over Ohio State, Wisconsin, Temple and Iowa) and conference championship.

Unfortunately, the first four out would be USC, Wisconsin, Florida State, and Colorado. USC is very close to Oklahoma to us even though they didn’t win their conference or division but has two better wins — Washington and Colorado — than anything on Oklahoma’s résumé. Plus, outside of Alabama, USC is the team no one wants to play.

Here’s how our hypothetical eight-team playoff would look this year.

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NOTE: With the team with the higher ranking “host” to game on their home field.

No. 1 Alabama (13-0) vs. No. 8 Oklahoma (10-2)

No. 2 Clemson (12-1) vs. No. 7 Michigan (10-2)

No. 3 Ohio State (11-1) vs. No. 6 Western Michigan (13-0)

No. 4 Washington (12-1) vs. No. 5 Penn State (11-2)

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NOTE: Losers are then slotted to the “already” predetermined bowl games ~click here for details on that. Notice in the column of team selection how it states conference and place in the standings.

CONCLUSION
Now to be fair, there is a case against expansion expanding…

What do you want to reward? The best team in tournament play at the time of the tournament, or the best team in the land?

In the modern era of college football, championships have been won by teams with superior talent and excellent coaching. Each year, you could make an argument that only about 13-16 teams in the country will fit that description at the beginning of the year, and many of those teams will fall from title contention because of injuries or ill-timed poor play. If the playoff is expanded, you gain the element of postseason drama but risk losing a worthy champion because of a bad break. Often you hear let’s leave the “Cinderella story” to college basketball and let college football crown its king with the four best teams in the country.

I also think expanding the playoffs would require increasing the scholarship limit or cutting back on the number of regular-season games. Expanding the playoff would decrease the urgency for conference championship weekend for teams that were “locks,” like Ohio State was heading into Selection Sunday this season.

I’m not great at math, but scholarships cost money, cutting regular season or conference title games means less money, and there isn’t enough impetus for this current crop of conference commissioners to go through the headache or reworking the letter of the law without knowing more regarding the future of finances (media rights) in college football.

Regardless of the “so-called” obstacles, isn’t it about the “student-athlete” and their efforts on the field? And these athletes can only play who’s on the schedule and in front of them. We also believe the NCAA should “own” one floating week on ALL D1 schedules each year, which they can force teams to play a real, out of conference competitor, but that’s in an upcoming article – Stay tune. We digress…

In the end, we’re going to watch and debate, but respectively speaking, it’s time to reward overall achievement not what we think will happen.

For fun, here is a 16-team playoff by our friends at SEC country  – whew!… click here!

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FCS – how it works

Posted on December 12, 2016. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports, Sports Business | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

FCS Playoffs – ever wonder how they do it?

Well, we did too….

December 10, 2016

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With all of the conversation about the “so-called” money bowls and how they can’t afford nor have time to expand to a full-fledged playoff… Well, there is a Division I football division that does just that….

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FCS — or Division I-AA, which is what us older people like me will call it until the day we die — has been running a championship tournament for its football teams for years. This year, in fact, is the 35th anniversary of the tournament, which is now called the NCAA Division I Football Championship.

The single-elimination FCS playoff includes 24 teams. Ten of them are auto-bids as winners of 10 of the FCS’ 13 conferences.

NOTE: The Ivy League, SWAC, and MEAC don’t take playoff auto-bids.

The field shrinks from 24 to 16 after the first round, and then it’s pretty simple: whoever wins four games in a row wins the national championship. The tournament field is selected by a NCAA appointed committee made up of athletic directors from select FCS schools that represent each region of the country.

The rest of the 12 teams in the field are unseeded, and teams are usually matched up based on regional proximity, with hosting rights granted based on bidding and projected gate receipts, as well as record, conference affiliation and strength of schedule. If two unseeded teams meet in subsequent rounds of the playoff tournament, the team that presents the highest monetary bid to the NCAA is awarded hosting rights.

One interesting scenario is the higher-ranked teams host a home-field game until the finals. WHAT??? And the playoff runs through Jan. 7, when it ends at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

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The eight FCS automatic playoff bids are awarded to the conference champion of the following conferences:

-Big Sky Conference
-Colonial Conference
-Mid East Athletic Conference
-Missouri Valley Conference (formerly the Gateway Conference)
-Ohio Valley Conference
-Patriot League
-Southern Conference
-Southland Conference

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