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Subject: Re: FCS playoffs

Son of Eli
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Date Posted: 14:35:04 09/07/17 Thu
In reply to: remember it well 's message, "FCS playoffs" on 10:06:23 09/07/17 Thu

This is a well written and well reasoned article. I can't see how the Ivy Council of Presidents could refute these arguments if open hearings were held on this issue at their next meeting. The current Ivy League ban on participating in the FCS playoffs is completely arbitrary and capricious. It is also discriminatory to these student athletes who deserve the same right to compete for a National Championship in their sport that all other Ivy League student athletes have.
The purpose of the Ivy League was to de-emphasize football. This was done at a time when Ivy League school were winning Heisman trophies and participating in the Rose Bowl. The concern was that to continue to compete at this level was corrupting to the original and primary purpose of the school, which is education.
The goal to de-emphasize football in the Ivy League was accomplished more effectively by the NCAA then the Ivy agreement ever did, when the NCAA downgraded Ivy League football to IAA status in 1982. The Ivy League no longer needs to be worried about competing with the likes of Alabama and Ohio State for a National Championship, or of the corrupting influence of huge money from the bowl games. Instead they can compete with their Patriot League counterparts and other similar small schools for a national championship on a much smaller scale.
Bans on post season play in Football are anachronistic. It's well past time for a change.

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Date Posted: 15:55:27 09/07/17 Thu

Well put.

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