There have been a number of schools that have either dropped football or dropped out of 1-A.
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That's not what I said.
I said from I-A to I-AA.
I know several schools have dropped football.
Villanova was up until the late 70's/early 80's I-A and then dropped down, and even eliminated football and then came back as I-AA.
Considered doesn't mean jack. Tulane considered going to DIII too, look what happened.
The ADs use it as a threat to scare up more donor money.
Oh yes it does. If there are constraints to a program, it will be an option.
No offence to Arizona, but the reason it's growing is that it's filling up with hispanic immigrents.
You don't honestly think millions of white people are flocking to AZ?
Not that hispanics can't afford football tickets, but they just aren't interested in football.
They like soccer.
That's part of their growth. Many retirees and young people move to Arizona.
Oklahoma, which has had 3 1-As successfully for many decades is the size of what Arizona was 15 years ago.
We aren't even talking Tulsa like numbers here for Northern Arizona to survive.
The market question for a divisional level is different than competing for someone for a division I-A conference. You can have a market as small as the University of Wyoming's and survive. Perhaps even lower. If the WAC was down to 4 or 5 members and couldn't get Sun Belt teams to join them, they would approach Big Sky members and see if they would want to join. In this case, if NAU was approached and there was no competition for that 8th WAC member, then they would be invited if they were willing to move up. Conferences are not going to go down folding because there are no more I-A teams available. If Montana, Montana State and Sac State left for the WAC, it would make the Big Sky less attractive and may compell an additional team or two to follow those three in their footsteps. The WAC wouldn't have any other option. The WAC hasn't been in the Arizona market since the 1970's when it was a state that had 1/3 the people it has now.