Saturday, May 31, 2014

Solving the Non-D1 Problem (Part Two)

This is part two of "Solving the Non-D1 Problem"; an expansion of my earlier article.

Now that we've gotten the Big South idea out of the way, I am pleased to bring you some extra ways we can fix this horrid scheduling dilemma.

If it's exposure you want (and, in turn, some money), then you may want schedule an extra game against a larger FBS opponent. Last year's contest with Baylor was played in front of 44,989 people, which is only a little over 1,600 less than the 46,640 fans that were counted for Wofford's entire home schedule.

Also, the game was carried on Fox Sports' regional networks, so it much likely reached more viewers than some Terrier contests on ESPN3.

But at the end of the day, those are FBS games; "money games", if you will.

However, if we want wins, but still want to keep it Division I, we would be better off scheduling an FCS opponent.

If we do that, we could get a good opponent from another major FCS conference. Possibilities include the CAA, Big Sky, or even the "Valleys" (Ohio and Missouri).

For that matter, we could even schedule one from the Southland Conference. Thinking about it, it may be nice to do something like that.

In my opinion, scheduling teams from the Big South would be beneficial to our program, and help us out in the long run.

But that's just it.

These are all based on opinion, and there are infinite ways (well, they do come to an end at some point) to make a schedule, and justly there are infinite ways to solve this conundrum.

Each has its own allure, its own statistical luster that, in turn, draws a unique following.

We can only ponder over these possibilities, and hope that the right choices are made for our future schedules.

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