chance of bowl: 13.6%
Purdue is the biggest concern right now, but damn am I ready for the last Saturday in November.
Surprised this isn't up yet, but here goes:
NCAA Will allow conferences to give Student athletes an additional $2,000 stipend to help cover the "full cost of attendance"
APR cutoff will move up to 900, then 930 - failure here means no bowl game
Schools will have the option to offer multi-year scholarships or keep giving them out on a year by year basis
Incoming athletes' GPA requirements went up some
Bball "evaluation days and dead periods" changed a bit
Hooray FCOA! Hooray kids being able to afford to go home for the holidays!
Note: I put the * in the title because estimates have "FULL" cost of attendance closer to $2950/year
Also, recently 300+ student athletes signed a petition asking for FCOA in addition to other things that make sense (like sports related medical expenses). Read about that petition here:
Just a thought for discussion:
Division 1-A was created in 1978 with 139 teams allowed 95 scholarships each. The scholarship limit was new, as prior to 1977 teams could offer as many scholarships as they pleased. This year features 120 teams allowed 85 scholarships each. Over the same time span, the U.S. population has increased from approximately 220 million to 310 million (although youth likely represent a slightly smaller proportion of the population today compared to '78).
I hear constant talk about the Big 10 being down, which okay yeah it's not like the league has looked impressive. But I hear the same rumblings about the SEC (we're talking overall, top-to-bottom strength), Pac-12, ACC, Big East, Big 12, MWC, and basically everybody but the MAC.
Is it possible that the effects of more kids competing for the same number of scholarships are finally becoming very obvious? Assuming the ceiling on prospects' ability has risen roughly uniformly (superior modern training and nutrition) and that football ability falls roughly on a bell curve, we have more kids (in raw numbers, not proportions) at a few standard deviations above the mean, so the talent becomes more evenly distributed across the FBS.
There are many other explanations for the apparent parity in the FBS, including items that come top-down rather than bottom-up such as coaching and schematic styles and rule changes, but I wonder if demographics may be the largest contributor to parity.
I'll be heading up to Ann Arbor with one more person than expected, and therefore I'm in the market for a single ticket. I found one at a good price and location within the student section, but since the friend coming is not a Michigan student, I would need to get the ticket validated. I searched and saw a thread from 2009 on the topic, and got the price of $25 for a game like Purdue (i.e. not ND or OSU). Is this still accurate? I don't want to end up buying a significant portion of a friends ticket when I tell her the wrong price.
Thanks for the help, as always, MGoBoard.