Greg Burke
Director of Athletics
Northwestern State University
Marilyn McNeil
Director of Athletics
Monmouth University

Ron Strollo
Executive Director of Athletics
Youngstown State University
Brian Hutchinson
Director of Athletics
Morehead State University
Executive Committee


FCS Preseason Top 25

1. Villanova
2. Montana
3. Southern Illinois
4. William & Mary
5. Appalachian State
6. New Hampshire
7. Richmond
8. South Dakota State
9. Elon
10. Stephen F. Austin
11. McNeesse State
12. Northern Iowa
13. South Carolina State
14. Weber State
15. Delaware
16. Eastern Washington
17. Jacksonville State
18. Liberty
19. Pennsylvania
20. James Madison
21. Eastern Illinois
22. Illinois State
23. Northern Arizona
24. Prairie View A&M
25. Holy Cross

Others Receiving Votes: Cal Poly, Montana State, Furman, UMass, Colgate, Texas State, UC Davis, Furman, Maine, Eastern Kentucky, Lafayette, Harvard and Florida A&M.

ATHLON Preseason Top 25

1. Villanova
2. Appalachian State
3. Richmond
5. William & Mary
6. Elon
7. Southern Illinois
8. Stephen F. Austin
9. South Dakota State
10. South Carolina State
11. James Madison
12. Eastern Washington
13. Pennsylvania
14. New Hampshire
15. Liberty
16. Delaware
17. Northern Iowa
18. Montana State
19. Jacksonville State
20. Eastern Illinois
21. Prairie View A&M
22. Maine
23. McNeese State
24. Furman
25. Texas State

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The more things change, the more they stay the same.

As my term as President of the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association begins, “change” certainly is an appropriate word for the 2010 season as it relates to the date and site change of the FCS national championship game (more on that forthcoming).

At the same time, there is a “sameness” to the core mission of each of our 128 FCS programs - to place primary emphasis on earning a college degree which will forever make a difference in the lives of our student-athletes, while also continuing to mold them into individuals who will make a positive impact in their communities … and, oh yeah, let’s not forget about winning football games, too!

Before moving forward, I want to acknowledge the outstanding leadership I have the honor of following on the FCS ADA Executive Committee, including 2009-10 President Peter Fields.  I especially applaud Peter’s new program to recognize annually FCS football programs for improving APR performance.  Hooray for keeping the “A” in “academics!”  I definitely pledge to continue this initiative.

Over the course of the next year, I look forward to working with the 2010-11 FCS Officers and Executive Committee.  Likewise, I am grateful to have a good support system at the NACDA office, not to mention a good pipeline to the Cleveland sports scene since I am a Northeastern Ohio native!

The focal point for the upcoming year obviously will be the new location of the FCS national championship game in Frisco, Texas – with the Southland Conference as the official host – and the fact that the game for the first time ever will not be played in December, but rather on Friday, January 7.  I think it is only appropriate to acknowledge the city of Chattanooga, and the many wonderful friends that I have made there, for hosting the game for many years.  The spotlight, however, is now on Frisco and it is up to all involved to make our national title game the best ever.

In concert with the NCAA staff, NACDA, and the Southland Conference and Commissioner Tom Burnett, it will be important that January 7, 2011 serve as a platform on which to promote the FCS brand.  There has been discussion about developing an FCS summit, per se, which would hopefully lead to high attendance at the game by FCS athletics directors and football coaches from across the country.  Also in the works are plans to promote the FCS caliber of football by identifying current and former NFL players with FCS roots.  Of course, what will make the national championship game most successful is a good combination of support from the two participating teams and from the Frisco and greater Metroplex football fans.  Stay tuned for more details in the next “Red Zone” issue.

For now, ready or not, here comes the 2010 season.  There is a lot of work to do but it’s going to be both fun and fulfilling.  Best of luck to everybody and hope to see you in Frisco!

Greg Burke
Director of Athletics, Northwestern State University
President, FCS ADA

The members of the Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) have selected Greg Burke, Director of Athletics at Northwestern State University, to serve as president during 2010-11.

"I appreciate Peter Fields for his leadership over the past year and for the contributions he has made to our subdivision," stated Burke. "I look forward to sustaining the momentum from Peter's term as president and to further enhancing the FCS brand and image."

The FCS ADA also elected the following athletics directors to serve as officers during the upcoming year: Marilyn McNeill, Monmouth University, 1st Vice President; Ron Strollo, Youngstown State University, 2nd Vice President; and Brian Hutchinson, Morehead State University, 3rd Vice President.

Complete Release

Southern Conference football teams will show their support for those being negatively impacted along the Gulf Coast by wearing helmet decals with the initials “GC” during the 2010 football season. More than 170 SoCon football players come from states that share a coastline being affected by the oil spill. The nine institutions that play SoCon football agreed to display the decals to express their support and encouragement for the people living in the region.

“Pete Lembo of Elon approached me with the idea while we were at our annual coaches’ meetings in June,” noted Southern Conference Commissioner John Iamarino. “I lived in Louisiana for six years and my son was born there, so when Pete mentioned it, the concept really resonated with me.

“Given the number of SoCon football student-athletes who come from Gulf Coast states and our being located in the South, it seemed the right thing to do. It’s just a small way that our teams can express their support and encouragement for the thousands of families that have been negatively impacted by the oil spill.”

Use of the decal was approved by the NCAA’s rules committee and supervisory officiating organization upon request by the conference.


Complete Release

The Sports Network/ FCS Preseaon All-America Team

Appalachian State may have lost two-time Walter Payton Award winner Armanti Edwards, but it boasts a national-best seven players on The Sports Network/ Football Championship Subdivision Preseason All--America Team, led by senior linebacker D.J. Smith and senior safety Mark LeGree on the first team.

Defending FCS champion Villanova has the most players on the first team with three - senior wide receiver Matt Szczur, senior offensive tackle Ben Ijalana and senior linebacker Terence Thomas.

A breakdown of the 87 selections on The Sports Network/ Teams: Southern Conference, 15 selections; Big Sky Conference, 12; Missouri Valley Football Conference, 11; CAA Football, 10; Southland Conference, 7; Southwestern Athletic Conference, 6; Ohio Valley Conference, 5; Patriot League, 5; Big South Conference, 4; Pioneer Football League, 4; Great West Football Conference, 3; Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, 3; Ivy League, 1; Independents, 1

Complete Release

Three FCS Programs Launching in 2010


University of South Alabama (Mobile, Ala.): NCAA Division I FCS, Sun Belt Conference (with a full transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision anticipated in 2013). President V. Gordon Moulton; Athletics Director Joel Erdmann; Head Coach Joey Jones; website:

Georgia State University
(Atlanta, Ga.): NCAA Division I FCS, Colonial Athletic Association. President Mark P. Becker; Athletics Director Cheryl Levick; Head Coach Bill Curry; website:

Lamar University (Beaumont, Texas): NCAA Division I FCS, Southland Conference. President James Simmons; Athletics Director Billy Tubbs; Head Coach Ray Woodard; website: