Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez piqued the interest of FCS schools everywhere when he suggested on his radio show that the Big Ten has agreed to stop scheduling FCS opponents in the future. Nothing is finalized, but if such an agreement becomes the standard for Big Ten scheduling, it will have a negative effect on the FCS schools that counted on those paychecks for their annual budgets.
Northern Iowa athletic director Troy Dannen spoke to the Cedar Rapids Gazette on Wednesday, explaining the other side of the Big Ten’s proposed scheduling decision.
“I would tell you the loss of the Big Ten schools will be devastating, to UNI and to a lot of our peers,” Dannen said. “Not just because we wouldn’t play Iowa and have the guarantee, if you think this will stop at the Big Ten … I look at things happening in the equity leagues in fives, and so I have to believe this might lead to additional dominoes.”
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