Missouri Valley Football Conference commissioner Patty Viverito came out of the gate with both arms swinging today in the annual coaches pre-season teleconference. She said the quiet off season by league teams made her feel blessed compared to the firings, tragedies and alignments other conferences have dealt with. “I feel blessed leading a conference that is playing for championships rather than bowling for dollars,” she said.
She said the expanded playoff field from 20 to 24 teams is expected to get the final OK today from the NCAA executive commitee. Seeds will now be given to the top eight teams rather than the current five, which will virtually guarantee the Missouri Valley champion of being seeded and getting a first round bye.
She also said the Football Championship Subdivision moniker is a mouthful and there is movement to perhaps change that – again. It was Division I-AA for many years, but was switched because I-AA schools that have good basketball teams, for instance, felt people regarded their basketball programs as second rate. She said the FCS level of football has an “identity crisis” and that FCS has not necessarily been better than the old I-AA name.
Pressed further on it, she turned it around and asked me if I have any good ideas on a new name — meaning there is nothing out there right now. Anybody? Comments are open.