Wednesday, December 31, 2014
But it's a particular quote of his that seems to summarize Division I football perfectly, at both the FCS and FBS levels.
"I don't want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member."
Division I has never truly been a large tent of equal schools. It was a division that counted as members Texas (whose athletic budget is as large as some small nations), Mississippi Valley State (whose entire athletics budget is about the size of what the University of Texas pays for socks for its athletes) and Marist (who doesn't even spend any money on athletics scholarships for its football athletes).
But 2014 was a year of true soul-searching in athletics, where a whole lot of schools decided they didn't want to belong to the Division I club that accepts them as members.