It’s time for the NCAA to ditch the FBS and FCS.
This has been a pet peeve of mine since the NCAA rolled out the names for the Division I football subdivisions in 2006.
Division I-A and Division I-AA were easy. They were clearly understood, and every fan knew exactly what D-I and I-AA meant.
After eight years, fans still don’t say Football Bowl Subdivision or Football Championship Subdivision, and they don’t know how to distinguish them.
The terms are clunky and difficult to say. Plus, fans actually have to think about the terms for a moment to determine which level is which.
The NCAA went to the FBS and FCS designations as a way of putting both subdivisions under the Division I banner. The logic worked.
The terms, on the other hand, don’t work. Even the abbreviations — FBS and FCS — are difficult to keep straight.
There’s no better time than now for the NCAA to get rid of the Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision. Why?
The major colleges actually will have a playoff to determine the national champion this year. So, in essence, both subdivisions are now Football Championship Subdivisions. Get it? The terms no longer distinguish the two subdivisions.
So, it’s time to go back to the I-A and I-AA. Stop the confusion now while the timing is right.