NCAA Division I FCS Consensus Mid-Major Football National Championship

The NCAA Division I FCS Mid Major National Football Championship was a label that began in 2001 and ended after the 2007 season. Prior to 2001, mid-major National Champions were named by various polls like Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette and the Dopke collegesportsreport.com polls, but no "consensus" champion was named. Beginning with the 2008 season, the Sports Network ceased the mid-major poll and began including the teams previously ranked in the mid-major poll into more serious consideration for the full Division I FCS poll.

Generally, the teams that were ranked in the poll were from three conferences, the Pioneer Football League, the Northeast Conference, and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (before pulling sponsorship of FCS football after the 2007 season). These conferences were three of six Division I FCS football conferences that did not receive automatic bids to the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision championship tournament. (Beginning with the 2010 season, the winner of the Northeast Conference has been awarded an automatic bid to the FCS playoffs. The Pioneer Football League did not receive an automatic bid, or any at-large bids for that matter, until 2013.)

The Sports Network Cup was awarded annually to the winner. Like the Stanley Cup, the Sports Network Cup was a traveling trophy. It spent the year at the winning school and was passed on to the next winner annually.

The polls that were used to determine the annual champion are the Sports Network (for which the trophy is named), Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette, and the Dopke College Sports Report Polls.

(Notes: A team did not have to be named the national champion by all three polls in order to win the Sports Network Cup. They were only named so by the Sports Network. Hence, the trophy was named the Sports Network Cup. "Consensus" in this instance then meant more in the regard of the Sports Network's authority to name a national champion rather than an agreement by all three major polls.)

Mid-major national football consensus championsEdit

Year Champion Coach League Record Ref.
2001 Sacred Heart Pioneers Jim Fleming Northeast Conference 11–0
2002 Dayton Flyers Mike Kelly Pioneer Football League 11–1
2003 Duquesne Dukes Greg Gattuso Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 8–3 [1]
2004 Monmouth Hawks Kevin Callahan Northeast Conference 10–1
2005 San Diego Toreros Jim Harbaugh Pioneer Football League 10–1
2006 San Diego Toreros Jim Harbaugh Pioneer Football League 11–1
2007 Dayton Flyers Mike Kelly Pioneer Football League 11–1

Sports Network Cup championsEdit

The voting for the Sports Network Cup champions consisted of media covering FCS mid-major schools, as well as media relations professionals from each of the eligible institutions.[2]

Season Champion Runner-up Ref.
2001 Sacred Heart Pioneers 15 Dayton Flyers 6 [3]
2002 Dayton Flyers 17 Duquesne Dukes 7 [4]
2003 Duquesne Dukes 12 San Diego Toreros 6 [5]
2004 Monmouth Hawks 19 Drake Bulldogs 5 [6]
2005 San Diego Toreros 26 Dayton Flyers 0 [7]
2006 San Diego Toreros 20 Monmouth Hawks 0 [8]
2007 Dayton Flyers 30 San Diego Toreros 0 [9]

*Note: Score equals the number of first place votes

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "DU Consensus I-AA Mid-Major National Champions". Duquesne University. 24 November 2003. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ www.sportsnetwork.com https://web.archive.org/web/20110622082425/http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=cfoot2%2Fmisc%2FTSNcup.htm. Archived from the original on 2011-06-22. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "The Sports Network - I-AA College Football". June 13, 2002. Archived from the original on 2002-06-13.
  4. ^ "The Sports Network - I-AA College Football". February 10, 2003. Archived from the original on 2003-02-10.
  5. ^ "The Sports Network - I-AA College Football". February 9, 2004. Archived from the original on 2004-02-09.
  6. ^ "The Sports Network - I-AA College Football". July 26, 2005. Archived from the original on 2005-07-26.
  7. ^ "The Sports Network - I-AA College Football". February 2, 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-02-02.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-27. Retrieved 2020-04-12.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ www.sportsnetwork.com https://web.archive.org/web/20111119025309/http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=cfoot2%2Fmisc%2Fvoting_tsncup07.htm. Archived from the original on 2011-11-19. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)

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