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No Earned Access in Division II Football Playoffs

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In the interest of fair play and doing what is right, we as Division II Football fans urge the NCAA to do away with the systematic playoff selection failure known as Earned Access which does not afford the best football teams in Division II an opportunity to play for the Division II National Football Championship. The Earned Access rule is an oxymoron since the majority of the teams which benefit from this rule have not earned their selection to the playoff field, yet are given access at the expense of a more deserving team. This rule on more than one occasion has caused teams, which are legitimate national contenders to miss the National Division II Football Playoffs - this is unfair to the Coaches, Players, Fans and Alumni of these schools which are left out of the playoffs for political correctness sake. We as Division II Football fans demand a more fair system in which the best teams are chosen on a fair basis, in which a one or two loss team with a higher strength of schedule and plays in a stronger conference can not bypassed for a two or three loss team for the sake of inclusion. For Example: Carson-Newman College finished the 2007 season 10-1 Co-Champions of the South Atlantic Conference, losing by 6 points in the final minute of the game to another 10-1 team Catawba College, which made the playoff field in the Southeast Region. Carson-Newman led Division II in several statistical categories including scoring - and was ranked 5th in the Southeast region, yet due to Earned Access was passed over by a 2 loss team that did not win their conference and a 3 loss team. We demand that the NCAA Division II Rules Committee fix this travesty before more deserving Playoff Teams are bypassed in the future this is going to happen every year until something is done to fix it and that time is now.


Chris Judd Carson-Newman Class Of 1997
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