2018 NCAA Division II Football Championship game bids open

The NCAA is currently accepting bids to host the final game of the 2018 Division II Football Championship.

Division II announces football showcase schedule

Division II announced today 19 regular-season football games that will be showcased on ESPN3 or NCAA social media as part of a new media agreement intended to promote the division on several platforms throughout the academic year.

2018 NCAA Football Data Task Force

The NCAA Sport Science Institute hosted the 2018 Football Data Task Force in Indianapolis February 26 and 27, 2018. The purpose of the meeting was to: 1) review emerging information from the NCAA-DoD CARE Consortium, The Datalys Center and the Ivy League Conference regarding concussion and repetitive head impact exposure in football, and; 2) facilitate dialogue around how the emerging information may impact and help shape college football rules, policies and procedures going forward. The event was attended by concussion scientists and experts as well as by Divisions I, II and III conference commissioners, directors of athletics, sports medicine staff and football coaches and officials. The meeting was co-chaired by Bob Bowlsby, commissioner of the Big 12 Conference, and Brian Hainline, NCAA chief medical officer.


Participants of the 2018 NCAA Football Data Task Force

Organization and Member Representatives

  • Ray Anderson, Arizona State University
  • Stevie Baker-Watson, DePauw University
  • Brad Bankston, Old Dominion Athletic Conference
  • Todd Berry, American Football Coaches Association
  • Bob Bowlsby, Big 12 Conference
  • Steve Broglio, University of Michigan
  • Carolyn Campbell-McGovern, The Ivy League
  • Jim Catanzaro, Lake Forest University
  • John Chandler, Coe College
  • Dick Christy, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • Christy Collins, Datalys Center
  • Stefan Duma, Virginia Tech
  • Richard Johnson, Wofford College
  • Kerry Kenny, Big Ten Conference
  • Larry Kindbom, Washington University
  • William King, Southeastern Conference
  • Tom McAlister, Indiana University of School of Medicine
  • Michael McCrea, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Jack McKiernan, Kean University
  • Bob Nielson, University of South Dakota
  • Mike Norvell, University of Memphis
  • Michael Ortiz, Pac-12 Conference
  • Gary Pine, Azusa Pacific University
  • Julie Ruppert, Northeast-10 Conference
  • Steve Shaw, Southeastern Conference
  • Jon Steinbrecher, Mid-American Conference
  • Brian Stemper, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Michael Strickland, Atlantic Coast Conference
  • Erin Wasserman, Datalys Center
  • John Wristen, Colorado State University-Pueblo

National Office Staff

  • Scott Bearby, Office of Legal Affairs
  • Brian Burnsed, Communications
  • Dawn Buth, Sport Science Institute
  • Dan Calandro, Championships
  • Amanda Conklin, Academic and Membership Affairs
  • Amanda Dickey, Sport Science Institute
  • Dan Dutcher, Governance
  • Brian Hainline, Sport Science Institute
  • Ty Halpin, Championships
  • Maritza Jones, Governance
  • Kevin Lennon, Governance
  • Cassie Langdon, Sport Science Institute
  • Eric Mayes, Academic and Membership Affairs
  • John Parsons, Sport Science Institute
  • Ron Prettyman, Championships
  • Kris Richardson, Academic and Membership Affairs
  • Terri Steeb, Governance

Back to the Drawing Board

A proposal that would have altered the Division III football preseason to permanently implement important health and safety recommendations was defeated at the 2018 NCAA Convention, prompting the division’s members and governing bodies to explore the issue and emerge with a new proposal.

Football Oversight Committee expands

The Division I Football Oversight Committee has undergone structural changes and conducted its first meeting with its new composition this week.

Primary bowl commitment numbers set

A four-year average of historical bowl eligibility data determines the number of primary bowl commitments each Football Bowl Subdivision conference may reasonably contract for the bowl cycle spanning the 2020-21 to 2025-26 seasons.

DI football to offer more participation opportunities

College athletes competing in Division I football can participate in up to four games in a season without using a season of competition, the Division I Council decided this week at its meeting in Indianapolis.

Para-athlete leads by example, showing kids with disabilities what’s possible

Coaches who first noticed Tanner Wright’s arm quickly took notice of his effort. Minds changed. That’s what Wright, now a kicker on McMurry’s football team and a sprinter on the track team, wants patients at Dallas’ Scottish Rite Hospital to see.


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