B1G might be easing its stance on scheduling FCS opponents
Not long ago, it seemed the door was closed on B1G teams scheduling games against FCS opponents. But, according to one athletic director, the door might be slightly ajar.
According to North Dakota State athletic AD Matt Larsen, the policy against scheduling FCS programs has been modified due to the nine-game conference schedule. Larsen told InForum that the B1G teams will be permitted to scheduled FCS foes in years when they have just four home conference games.
B1G commissioner Jim Delany has not made a comment on the potential policy change, but it will likely be a topic of discussion at B1G Media Days, which will be held on Monday and Tuesday next week.
The B1G’s push against scheduling programs from the FCS began in 2015. Then, Delany said it was “really a commitment to the FBS.”
Obviously, eliminating FCS opponents from the schedule has improved the strength of opponents for every B1G program and has been a popular policy change among the fans. But getting an additional game in your stadium would also be a benefit for every athletic department during years when there are only four home conference bouts.
It will be interesting to see what Delany has to say on the topic if he does in fact address it early next week.