October 14th, 2016 at 10:50 AM ^

It has also really helped GVSU transition from a commuter school for Grand Rapids area kids into a full on residential school and one of the better master's level universities in the Midwest. Sports play a big role in recruitment and being the big fish in the small pond has tangible benefits for them. 



October 13th, 2016 at 9:18 PM ^

Yes, being in the GLIAC is good for your winning percentage. Though I am sure that Hillsdale and Ohio Dominican are really strong programs. Not to mention the mighty University of Findlay.

Real and Spectacular

October 13th, 2016 at 10:02 PM ^

Moving to FCS makes zero sense for GVSU. They receive a low amount of state funding compared to other schools, and would not be able to double the athletic budget (which would be needed to make the move) without significant tuition raises. There are no other fcs schools in Michigan, travel would not be ideal. And remember you can't just play FCS in football, it means every other sport needs to be d1. Not happening any time soon, and certainly shouldn't have happened 10 years ago as you suggest.


October 14th, 2016 at 9:58 AM ^

GVSU is changing the entire landscape of downtown GR west of the Grand, and there is still plenty of room for further expansion.  They definitely have the market to succeed as a small D1 school, and I would have to think state funding would see an increase as a D1 school.  Also factor in the 2-4 million they could make from getting whooped by a few power 5s year.  

Although I am probably just hopeful of a downtown GR with a D1 football stadium and fun tailgates... 


October 14th, 2016 at 11:32 AM ^

Personally, I've advocated for the State to step in with the directional Michigan 1A schools, and make them drop to 1AA, those 3 schools, then add Wayne State, GVSU, SVSU, Ferris St and perhaps a couple of those Ohio/Indiana 1A schools that have budget issues, and you have a FCS conference. Decent travel costs, lower expenses for the directional schools. Win-win.

Big Ten deciding no 1AA games puts a crimp in the revenue stream a little, but it's still a sound idea.


October 14th, 2016 at 4:07 PM ^

Western and Central are totally legit FCS schools. WMU is ranked in the top 10 right now. Central has a mini-rivalry with MSU.

EMU would probably have dropped down if there were any FCS schools around, but since everyone they play is in the MAC they might as well hang around until they're kicked out. If they do get the boot, they'll drop the program.


October 13th, 2016 at 10:17 PM ^

You shouldn't moved away from the dogmatic uninformed statements a decade ago.  You deserve the criticism you get.  

My twelve-year-old nephew moved on.  My thirteen-year-old nighbor's girl moved on.  The list goes on.








(See how obnoxious and pretentious such statements sound?)