FRISCO, Texas – The third Division I Football Championship Subdivision Summit will host more than 120 guests, as key FCS stakeholders will gather in Frisco on Jan. 4, a day prior to the 2013 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game.
“For the third straight year, we are very pleased with the level of interest in the FCS Summit,” said Southland Conference commissioner and Summit organizer Tom Burnett. “The first two Summits included nearly 150 guests interested in the well-being and future
of the subdivision, and we’re expecting a similar number of registrants when all is said and done.”
Since the event originated, additional meetings of FCS athletic directors and presidents occurred in 2011 and 2012, and helped lead to the formation of the FCS CEO Group, a collection of nearly two dozen university presidents and chancellors, and the NCAA’s
FCS Working Group. The collective groups have worked to expand the NCAA Championships bracket to 24 teams, and many enhancements are continuing in branding and expanded television coverage.
This year’s edition includes a report from the FCS CEO Groups representatives, including Southern Illinois Chancellor Rita Cheng, Jacksonville State President Bill Meehan and Coastal Carolina President David DeCenzo. A preview of the 2013 NCAA Football Championship
bracket expansion will also occur, including NCAA Football Committee Chairman Charlie Cobb of Appalachian State, and Mark Lewis and Damani Leech from NCAA Championships and Alliances. Attendees will also preview upcoming FCS branding initiatives developed
by the NCAA, and also review recent and ongoing FCS initiatives from ESPN representatives. The Summit will conclude with a discussion on financial issues that impact Division I football, with NCAA Chief Operating Officer Jim Isch providing an informative presentation.
The NCAA Division I Championship Game will be held Jan. 5 (Noon Central) at Frisco’s FC Dallas Stadium, and features a rematch of the 2012 national championship contest, as No. 1 seed and defending national champion North Dakota State (13-1) battles last
year’s runner-up, Sam Houston State (11-3). The sold-out contest will be televised live nationally on ESPN2.