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FCS National Championship Game Becomes a Frisco (TX) Treat

This FCS offseason, there was a spirited battle going on.  No, not for recruits, but for the new site of the FCS National Championship game.  Chattanooga, the host for what seems like forever, suddenly had someone to bid against: Frisco, Texas, who boast Pizza Hut Park, home of Major League Soccer's Dallas Burn.

Today, the NCAA made it official: the first FCS championship game to be played in January will also be played in a new venue.  In a town where there is no FCS team, next year's championship will be played about a half hour north of Dallas.

And "Big Tex", the iconic mascot of the Texas State fair, isn't the only one who's smiling: the Southland columnist at the College Sporting News is also smiling pretty broadly as well.  In his excellent blog posting covering the announcement, he details the reaction across the country - and the happiness the bid is bringing to members of the Southland conference.  (And in Ralph's Rag over there as well, you can read more about the announcement too - and why three out of the four major news organizations got the announcement wrong.)

Me?  It simply inspired me to make jokes: the Top 10 reasons why Frisco was was selected.  (more)

Reprinted from my blog at the College Sporting News, I couldn't resist: here's my (somewhat) tongue-in-cheek list as to why Frisco, Texas - a town without a FCS team to call home - won the bidding to become the home of the FCS National Championship game for the next three years.

10.  After Chattanooga tripled their bid, the NCAA managed to negotiate free wings to go with their free one-topping pizzas for life from Pizza Hut.

9. Because the NCAA thought it was high time that "Tree City USA" got a postseason game.

8. This way, Dallas can at least crown [I][B]one[/B][/I] champion for the next three years, since it's not like the Cowboys, Stars or Mavericks are ever going to get it done.

7. The NCAA was reportedly unimpressed with the slogan "Amtrak-it to Chatty"!

6.  Because J.R. told them to.  (Which, ironically, was reportedly the slogan Frisco brought up with them to Indianapolis to make their pitch.)

5.  The Cotton Bowl will need somewhere for the fans to go when they can't get scalped tickets to their non-championship game, and when they realize that a true champion is going to be crowned in Frisco they might just stay.

4.  The NCAA thought it was better to issue the game to a place best known for being a watering-hole for trans-continental railways than the main railway hub after the civil war.

3. The IKEA in Frisco is just bigger - just like everything else in Texas.

2. This will do wonders for Dallas Baptist's bid to join the Sun Belt.  (Of course, they'll have to start a football team first.

And the No. 1 reason why Frisco is now the site of the 2010 FCS National Championship Game:

1. Big Tex needs something to do in between state fairs.

(Photo courtesy Dallas Observer).


Douglas said…
Have the Div I Championship game in a major market like Dallas and having it around the time of the BCS game rather than buried before Christmas may give it more status... I presume, moving to 20 teams will mean a playoff game for teams 13-20 Thanksgiving weekend and then running 3 weeks of playoffs from there to get to final 2 after New Years.... Tougher road to hoe for those lower seeded teams with now 5 games to a championship... I'll be curious about the weather though the playoffs this past year were brutal weatherwise and they survived..
ngineer said…
I wonder how many people think the game has been moved to California, since a lot of people refer to San Francisco as "Frisco"...

Being near a big urban area with a 'hub' airport might also make it easier for people to get there. Chattanooga, while centrally located in the east, was not the easiest destination....Let's home some day we'll have such concerns!!
Anonymous said…
No matter. With Coen coming back us Lehigh fans don't need to worry about travel plans. Guess it will be another 4-7 or 5-6 season.

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