PFL Gains Automatic Qualifier to NCAA Playoffs for 2013
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PFL Gains Automatic Qualifier to 2013 NCAA Playoffs

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PFL Gains Automatic Qualifier to 2013 NCAA Playoffs
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Aug. 22, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS - Beginning in 2013, the Pioneer Football League will gain access to the Division I Football Championship through an automatic bid as a result of the NCAA Board of Directors approving a budget that will allow expansion of the tournament to 24 teams that season. The championship's 2013 expansion will be the second this decade. The bracket grew from 16 to 20 teams in 2010, its first expansion since 1978.

The PFL will join 10 conferences currently awarded an automatic bid. They will be placed into the 24-team bracket by the NCAA Football Championship selection committee along with 13 at-large qualifiers. The committee will select its eight national seeds which will receive first-round byes. The remaining 16 teams will then be placed in the bracket with an emphasis on geographical proximity.

"Having the Pioneer Football League champion automatically qualify for the FCS Playoffs is hugely important to our teams," said PFL commissioner Patty Viverito. "This opportunity seemed a distant hope just one year ago, but will become a reality when the FCS bracket expands to 24 teams in 2013."

The Pioneer Football League, which began with four members upon its inception in 1991, will expand to 12 members in 2013. It is the nation's only non-scholarship, football-only NCAA Football Championship Subdivision conference.

"We are very excited that the PFL Champion will now automatically qualify to compete in the NCAA tournament for a national championship," stated Ky Snyder, USD Executive Director of Athletics. "This was a long time in the making and very deserving."

Added USD head coach Ron Caragher, "It is exciting news for the PFL that our conference champion will be rewarded with the opportunity to represent our conference in post season play."

The PFL is a truly national conference with members on each coast and throughout the nation's heartland. The league still retains four of its charter members - Butler University, the University of Dayton, Drake University and Valparaiso University, plus the University of San Diego (joining in 1992) - which were joined in 2001 by Davidson College, Jacksonville University and Morehead State University. Campbell University joined the PFL in 2008, its first season of intercollegiate football. Marist College, which joined prior to the 2009 season, further extended the league's footprint into the northeast. The league will add Mercer University and Stetson University in 2013, improving the league's representation in the southeast.

 

 

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