Author Topic: 2012-2020: Future of SBU Football - Conference Affiliation, FBS Football, etc  (Read 17419 times)


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Re: 2012-2020: Future of Stony Brook Football
« on: February 06, 2012, 01:11:57 pm »
Interesting topic. A few of us have touched on it in other areas of this forum. I for one don't think FBS football is necessarily the right goal. The reason colleges field teams is to foster school spirit and pride (to attract/retain better students and faculty) and to bring publicity to the university. Of course there's not a one-to-one relationship between these factors. For example, Binghamton (no football) has always had a much higher student satisfaction rating, and places like the the Ivies have all the publicity they need without big-time football.

I think SBU can work towards both goals without going FBS. A good argument could be made for moving to the CAA, as SB would be playing schools that "matter" more. But I think being super competitive in the FCS is a much better end-state than being mediocre (at best) in the FBS. FBS-affiliation in football only matters much if a school has inclusion in a BSC conference. That ain't gonna happen here. I'd rather keep the stadium on the smaller side, and accessible. If I wanted to battle traffic and crowds, I'd to to an NFL game (which I don't). Anyway, my three cents.