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Div. I Small Schools


#1

I edited the old post to get some more readers comments. Thanks to those who posted. It was originally about FAU and FIU. I've read where FAU and FIU seriously increased the athletic and recreation fee that's built into tuition in order to support DivI football.

I am all for smaller schools competing in DivIA...(Boise state, Bowling Green, UTEP) but there has to be a limit. I'm sorry, but without a playoff, teams like FIU and FAU will NEVER be competitive...they will always be sucker teams for the big schools.

All the NCAA can do is add another stupid bowl game so these teams can play in December. So why not just stay at Div.II level where they can compete and actually win?

Noles 10 UM 7


#2

Exactly!

I go to FAU and they build a fitness building just for the football players 2 - 3 yrs ago. Needless to say, the tuition went up. I have heard that any student can use the center now, but not sure since I don't workout at school anymore.


#3

Just go to the schools website and find out I'm sure you can find the information online, or someone to email. Give FIU a few years and watch their athletics grow. They already are one if not the fastest growing schools in the nation. The school being in Miami, will attract a lot of talent besides keeping a lot of local talent in the area. Give FIU some years they'll get their recognition. The program has only been around a short term and look how far it has gotten.


#4

FAU alumni here! Going to the FAU vs. Oklahoma State game in an hour or so!

I think it's silly to say that they will never be competitive. Every program has to start somewhere. Do you have any idea how many athletes in top programs around the country are from Delray and Deerfield Beach? In fact the QB from Bowling Green, who is being hyped for the Heisman, is from Delray and said he seriously considered FAU. I'm friends with a lot of the players who just graduated, they started the program at the school as freshmen, and I and everybody else in town is really proud of what they have accomplished.

Getbig, what's up! Drop me a PM, I bet I know you. I stopped working out at school when they fagged out the student weight room, removing the sole squat rack and power cage. I don't think that non-athletes can use the Oxley Center. I tried to get them to let the rugby team use it when I was playing, but no dice. How did you get turned on to T-Nation? I want $20 if you are one of the guys I gave the address to in the student weightroom! JK, but PM me, I could use a training partner.

Oh, and they did increase the fees you mentioned, but FAU is still way cheaper than UF,FSU, or UM. Plus, they give free tickets and bus rides to games to students.


#5

I think it's silly to say that they will never be competitive. Every program has to start somewhere. Do you have any idea how many athletes in top programs around the country are from Delray and Deerfield Beach? In fact the QB from Bowling Green, who is being hyped for the Heisman, is from Delray and said he seriously considered FAU. I'm friends with a lot of the players who just graduated, they started the program at the school as freshmen, and I and everybody else in town is really proud of what they have accomplished.

I'm not attacking them, but when I say never competitive, i don't mean never winning. They'll win, sure. But they will never achieve the status of the big programs(Texas, Michigan, USC...). Yeah, the qb for bowling green is a heisman candidate, but BG will never play for a national title.

Pulling an upset over a Big conference team is great. It happens all the time. Remember Northen Illinois? But that doesn't mean they can hang in the SEC or Big 12. I'm not being silly with my statement. It is the truth. Believe me, I would love to see smaller schools get shots at the title, but college football is NOT set up for small schools. College Basketball is. Be proud of your program, but be realistic. It aint gonna happen!


#6

I get what you're saying, but like I said, every program starts somewhere. Sure, we're not talking about 10 years from now but in 20 years who knows. FAU is not a "small" school. Not sure on the exact numbers, but enrollment is upward of 20,000. UM is a smaller school attendance wise.


#7

FIU plays my Texas Tech Red Raiders tomorrow.

It won't be pretty. I think the BCs should dock the larger D1 schools for playing smaller schools such as FIU, or even 1AA schools. Who really cares how badly Florida can beat Valdosta State?


#8

Then who would Kansas State Play;)