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Thank the ACC for Scheduling FCS Games

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Since 1978, Division I football hasn't been all about bowls. Over 100 football programs compete at the Football Championship Subdivision level for Division I, or FCS, with a different level of scholarship sponsorship than schools like Florida State and Clemson.

FCS schools are an important part of the collegiate football landscape, offering thousands of football opportunities all across the country. 

If FCS football did not exist, over 10,000 deserving student-athletes would not get an education while playing the sport they love. FCS schools largely run their operations, effectively, as not-for-profit ventures. If they are one of the few whose revenues outweigh their expenses, great - but that's not what they're about. They are more about the experience, for both players and students, of having football on campus and the pomp and circumstance that goes with it: homecoming, parades, tailgating. 

When the Big 10 announced they were going to stop scheduling FCS games - in a misguided attempt to improve their schedules - a key source of revenue had the potential to disappear from FCS schools. 

But the ACC showed great foresight in saying that they would continue to schedule FCS games going forward. 

Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski said discussions about eliminating all FCS games went nowhere during the meetings. 

"We live in an area where there’s an awful lot of FCS football. We have some responsibility, and I think the SEC will do the same thing.  We feel like we have a responsibility to the sport in our region to continue to play some of those games.  
I just think it’s not something we would feel good about as a league. There’s a lot of FCS teams that are important to the sport of college football and we don’t necessarily want to cut them out." 
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In doing so, they showed great support for in-state FCS schools, such as Furman, Wofford, Holy Cross, Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, and countless others that will benefit immensely from the guarantees from these games. 

In that spirit, this petition would like to congratulate the ACC for choosing to support FCS football programs in their state. Their move is deeply appreciated by the fans, athletes, alumni and supporters of these schools to give them the opportunity to compete and the financial guarantees to help them thrive.

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