Worst Conference in FCS


Worst Conference in FCS

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Stats FCS ranks the Pioneer League as the worst Conference (13th) in the FCS... see the write up below:

Pioneer Football League (9 teams)

San Diego has won 37 straight PFL games and needs two more to match the FCS record for consecutive league victories. Will there be a killer "D"? Drake's veteran-laden squad seemingly rates the best chance for ending the Toreros' run of six straight league titles, and Dayton and Davidson have talented squads. Projected postseason qualifiers: 1.

The other non-scholarship conference Ivy is at 7.... and Patriot is at 11.  How does the Pioneer League improve it's status or is a foregone conclusion. Can Drake unseat USD?
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Anyone anyone Bueller?
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The PFL has pretty much been at the bottom since the MAAC Football League folded and the NEC got football scholarships.  PFL schools don't have the cache of the Ivy League, nor do they have Ivy League levels of need-based aid.  That doesn't mean the top team in the PFL (USD) isn't better than the best of the Patriot, NEC, MEAC, SWAC, and possibly other conferences.  I don't care much that Valpo and Butler are terrible...would like them to improve, but that's up to them.








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Honestly, the PFL has outlived its usefulness.  It's not going away anytime soon, but it should.  Let me count the reasons why.

1.  Mission:  "From the league’s inception it has been a proponent of the creation of a non-scholarship football classification within Division I and adopted the moniker of Pioneer based on the intent to become the first league in that new division."  FAIL

2.  PFL Commissioner 's Conflict of Interest:  Her #1 priority is MVC women's sports.  Her #2 priority is the Missouri Valley Football Conference.  Not sure what her #3 priority is, but I doubt it's the PFL.  Last fall, she said, "“When I read the newspaper accounts of St. Thomas’ interest in going to Division I, and I had to look it up in the directory online.  I was not familiar at all, quite frankly, with St. Thomas, until the issue of their membership and their current Division III league was brought up in the national media.”  Even on an Internet message board, her interest in the league would be considered weak.

3.  Schizophrenic Scheduling:  Mix the desire for cost containment with the abrupt comings & goings of PFL programs, and you get schedules with unequal levels of difficulty.  Has San Diego ever rotated off Drake's schedule? (No) Just drop the pretense of a league championship, and have these teams schedule one another as independents.

4.  The Only PFL Team That Wins Playoff Games Cheats:  That's the University of San Diego, which suffered a wrist slap when a whistleblower exposed their football scholarships in 2013.  Can anyone point to the results of a follow-up investigation on that?  Does anyone know how many years the scholarships were offered?  Any details on what the league is doing to ensure that it doesn't happen again?   It seems the league exists to give trophies to USD and give them a playoff run.  I would prefer that the league disband, and that members step back into a scheduling arrangement with each other... with as many games as possible v. the nonscholarship Ivy League.



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Valpo will be improved with their new HC, it may not happen this year, but in the next couple of years they will be better. Can Drake unseat USD, and can Dayton and other PFL teams schedule and win Meaningful non conference games ??
So you suggest Drake go independent? Remove the Pioneer prez?
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Drake should not go indy on its own.  Just saying the PFL only benefits San Diego.  Long term, PFL membership will not be good for most schools.



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Thoughts on what Drake should do ... how can it improve its situation.. can the PFL improve ?
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DawgsRus1132 - 5/27/2020
Thoughts on what Drake should do ... how can it improve its situation.. 

Part of the answer gets back to money and scheduling.  Drake plays only two home games before the 24th of OCTOBER.  That includes the Hastings College game.

This is very bad for recruiting.  Play a couple winnable FCS games at home in September (reference: Sagarin ratings).  Try to impress someone.



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