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The 2009 NCAA Division I FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) football season, part of the college football season, began in August 2009 and concluded with the national championship game on December 18, 2009 in Chattanooga, Tennessee,[3] won by Villanova 23–21 over Montana.

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Rule changes for 2009

The NCAA football rules committee proposed several rule changes for 2009.[4] Before these rules were officially adopted, the proposals had to be approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel. The rule changes include the following:

  • If the home team wears colored jerseys, the visiting team may also wear colored jerseys; so long as the two teams have agreed to do so.
  • If the punter carries the ball outside of the tackle box, he is no longer protected under the roughing the kicker penalty.
  • Deliberately grabbing the chin strap is now included as part of the face mask penalty.
  • The edge of the tackle box is defined as being 5 yards to the left and right of the snapper, rather than 2 parallel lines from the position of the offensive tackles.

FCS team wins over FBS teams

In the 2009 season, FCS teams played a total of 91 games against FBS opponents. Notably, four of the five victorious FCS teams—all except Central Arkansas—were members of the Colonial Athletic Association. All four made that season's playoffs and advanced to the quarterfinals. Richmond lost in that round to Appalachian State, while Villanova defeated both New Hampshire (quarterfinals) and William & Mary (semifinals) on its way to the national title.

Notable upsets

Dropped programs

After Northeastern's final game of the season, a 33–27 win over Rhode Island on November 21st, the school announced that it was dropping the football program.[5] The Huskies ended their 74th season with a 3–8 record, but school officials cited that losing seasons were not the determining factor.[5] The $3 million-plus annual program needed more help—millions more each year—than Northeastern wanted to give. School officials stated that the recession also played no role in the decision.[5]

On December 3rd, Hofstra also announced that it was dropping their football program.[6] University President Stuart Rabinowitz announced that it was to reinvest those resources into new academic programs and need-based scholarships.[6] The football team, which finished the season 5–6 after a 52–38 win over Massachusetts, ended their program after 73 years.

Eastern Illinois coach's death

On Saturday, November 28, just hours after Eastern Illinois lost to Southern Illinois 48–7 in the first round of the FCS playoffs, Eastern Illinois' offensive coordinator Jeffrey O. Hoover, age 41, was killed in a car accident.[7] The single-vehicle accident occurred south of Effingham when Hoover, his family and EIU strength coach Eric Cash and his family were driving home from Carbondale, the home of SIU.[8] According to Illinois State Police District 12, Hoover’s wife, Penny, was driving a Chevrolet Suburban northbound on the interstate when she swerved the vehicle in an attempt to avoid a deer in the roadway at mile post 148, near Watson, at 7:43 p.m. The vehicle rolled several times, before landing in the east side of the roadway. Effingham County Coroner Leigh Hammer pronounced Jeffrey Hoover dead at the scene, resulting from blunt force trauma to the head and chest.[8]

Hoover's death was the second Eastern Illinois coaching death within a month. On November 4, assistant women's basketball coach Jackie Moore, 28, died after collapsing during a workout on campus.[7]

Conference standings

2009 Big Sky football standings
     Conf       Overall
Team W   L     W   L
#2 Montana 8 0     14 1
#13 Eastern Washington 6 2     8 4
#17 Weber State 6 2     7 5
Montana State 5 3     7 4
Northern Arizona 4 4     5 6
Sacramento State 4 4     5 6
Northern Colorado 1 7     3 8
Portland State 1 7     2 9
Idaho State 1 7     1 10

† – Conference Champion
Rankings: The Sports Network FCS Poll

2009 Big South football standings
     Conf       Overall
Team W   L     W   L
#22 Liberty 5 1     8 3
Stony Brook 5 1     6 5
Charleston Southern 4 2     6 5
Gardner-Webb 3 3     6 5
Coastal Carolina 3 3     5 6
VMI 1 5     2 9
Presbyterian* 0 6     0 11
* Not eligible for conference title

† – Conference Co-champion
Rankings: The Sports Network FCS Poll

2009 CAA football standings   
    Conf       Overall
Team W   L     W   L
North
#7 New Hampshire# 6 2     10 3
Maine 4 4     5 6
Hofstra 3 5     5 6
UMass 3 5     5 6
Northeastern 3 5     3 8
Rhode Island 0 8     1 10
South
#1 Villanova#†C 7 1     14 1
#5 Richmond#† 7 1     11 2
#4 William & Mary 6 2     11 3
Delaware 4 4     6 5
James Madison 4 4     6 5
Towson 1 7     2 9
# – Division Champion/Co-Champion
† – Conference Co-Champion
C – National Champion
Rankings: The Sports Network FCS Poll
2009 Great West football standings
     Conf       Overall
Team W   L     W   L
UC Davis 3 1     6 5
North Dakota* 2 2     6 5
South Dakota* 2 2     5 5
Southern Utah 2 2     5 6
Cal Poly 1 3     4 7
* Not eligible for playoffs

† – Conference Champion

2009 Ivy League football standings
     Conf       Overall
Team W   L     W   L
#20 Pennsylvania 7 0     8 2
Harvard 6 1     7 3
Brown 4 3     6 4
Columbia 3 4     4 6
Princeton 3 4     4 6
Yale 2 5     4 6
Dartmouth 2 5     2 8
Cornell 1 6     2 8

† – Conference Champion
Rankings: The Sports Network FCS Poll

2009 MEAC football standings
     Conf       Overall
Team W   L     W   L
#8 South Carolina State 8 0     10 2
#23 Florida A&M 6 2     8 3
Norfolk State 5 3     7 4
Morgan State 4 4     6 5
Bethune-Cookman 4 4     5 6
Delaware State 3 4     4 6
Hampton 3 5     5 6
North Carolina A&T 2 5     4 6
Howard 0 8     2 9

† – Conference Champion
Rankings: The Sports Network FCS Poll

2009 Missouri Valley Football Conference standings
     Conf       Overall
Team W   L     W   L
#6 Southern Illinois 8 0     11 2
#11 South Dakota State 7 1     8 3
#18 Northern Iowa 5 3     7 4
Illinois State 5 3     6 5
Missouri State 4 4     6 5
Youngstown State 4 4     6 5
North Dakota State 2 6     3 8
Indiana State 1 7     1 10
Western Illinois 0 8     1 10

† – Conference Champion
Rankings: The Sports Network FCS Poll

2009 Northeast Conference football standings
     Conf       Overall
Team W   L     W   L
Central Connecticut State 7 1     9 3
Albany 6 2     7 4
Wagner 5 3     6 5
Robert Morris 5 3     5 6
Monmouth 4 4     5 6
Bryant* 4 4     5 6
Duquesne 2 6     3 8
Sacred Heart 2 6     2 8
St. Francis (PA) 1 7     2 9
* Not eligible for conference title

† – Conference Champion

2009 Ohio Valley football standings
     Conf       Overall
Team W   L     W   L
#16 Jacksonville State* 6 1     8 3
#19 Eastern Illinois 6 2     8 4
Tennessee Tech 5 3     6 5
Eastern Kentucky 5 3     5 6
UT Martin 4 4     5 6
Tennessee State 3 4     4 7
Austin Peay 3 5     4 7
Murray State 2 6     3 8
Southeast Missouri State 1 8     2 9

† – Conference Champion
* - Not eligible for playoffs
Rankings: The Sports Network FCS Poll

2009 Patriot League football standings
     Conf       Overall
Team W   L     W   L
#14 Holy Cross 5 1     9 3
#21 Colgate 4 2     9 2
#24 Lafayette 4 2     8 3
Lehigh 4 2     4 7
Fordham 2 4     5 6
Bucknell 2 4     4 7
Georgetown 0 6     0 11

† – Conference Champion
Rankings: The Sports Network FCS Poll

2009 Pioneer Football League standings
     Conf       Overall
Team W   L     W   L
Butler 7 1     11 1
Dayton 7 1     9 2
Drake 6 2     8 3
Jacksonville 6 2     7 4
Marist 5 3     7 4
San Diego 3 5     4 7
Davidson 3 5     3 7
Campbell 2 6     3 8
Morehead State 1 7     3 8
Valparaiso 0 8     1 10

† – Conference Co-champion

2009 Southern Conference football standings
     Conf       Overall
Team W   L     W   L
#3 Appalachian State 8 0     11 3
#9 Elon 7 1     9 3
Furman 5 3     6 5
Chattanooga 4 4     6 5
Georgia Southern 4 4     5 6
Samford 3 5     5 6
Wofford 2 6     3 8
The Citadel 2 6     4 7
Western Carolina 1 7     2 9

† – Conference Champion
Rankings: The Sports Network FCS Poll

2009 Southland football standings
     Conf       Overall
Team W   L     W   L
#10 Stephen F. Austin 6 1     10 3
#12 McNeese State 6 1     9 2
#25 Texas State 5 2     7 4
Southeastern Louisiana 4 3     6 5
Sam Houston State 3 4     5 6
Central Arkansas* 2 5     5 6
Nicholls State 2 5     3 9
Northwestern State 0 7     0 11
* Not eligible for conference title

† – Conference Co-champion
Rankings: The Sports Network FCS Poll

2009 SWAC football standings   
    Conf       Overall
Team W   L     W   L
East
Alabama A&M# 4 3     7 5
Alcorn State 3 4     3 6
Jackson State 3 5     3 7
Alabama State 1 6     4 7
Mississippi Valley State 1 7     3 8
West
#15 Prairie View A&M†# 7 0     9 1
Grambling State 5 3     7 5
Texas Southern 5 2     6 5
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 4 4     6 5
Southern 3 5     6 6
† – Championship Game Winner
# – Division Winner
Rankings: The Sports Network FCS Poll
2009 Division I FCS independent football standings
  
Team   W   L
Old Dominion 9 2
North Carolina Central 4 7
Savannah State 2 8

Conference champions

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Automatic berths

Invitation

In order to be eligible for the playoffs, these teams must have a minimum of eight Division I wins, with at least two against teams in automatic bid conferences. They also must be ranked an average of 16 or better in the national rankings, made up of the following components:

  • The Sports Network media poll
  • The FCS Coaches poll
  • A variation of the Gridiron Power Index, using only five of the computer rankings used in that system

No team in the invitational conferences qualified. Starting in 2010, the Big South and NEC will become automatic bid conferences with the expansion of the playoff field to 20 teams.

Abstains

(Overall Record, Conference Record)

Postseason

NCAA FCS Playoff bracket

  First Round
November 28
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 5
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 11 and December 12
Campus Sites
National Championship Game

December 18
Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, Tennessee

                                     
 South Dakota State (8–3) 48  
1  Montana* (11–0) 61  
  1  Montana* 51  
 
   Stephen F. Austin 0  
 Eastern Washington (8–3) 33
 Stephen F. Austin* (9–2) 44  
  1  Montana* 24  
   Appalachian State 17  
 Elon (9–2) 13  
4  Richmond* (10–1) 16  
  4  Richmond* 31
 
   Appalachian State 35  
 South Carolina State (10–1) 13
 Appalachian State* (9–2) 20  
  1  Montana 21
  2  Villanova 23
 Holy Cross (9–2) 28  
2  Villanova* (10–1) 38  
  2  Villanova* 46
 
   New Hampshire 7  
 New Hampshire (9–2) 49
 McNeese State* (9–2) 13  
  2  Villanova* 14
   William & Mary 13  
 Eastern Illinois (8–3) 7  
3  Southern Illinois* (10–1) 48  
  3  Southern Illinois* 3
 
   William & Mary 24  
 Weber State (7–4) 0
 William & Mary* (9–2) 38  

* Host institution

SWAC Championship Game

Date Location Venue West Div. Champion East Div. Champion Result
December 12 Birmingham, Alabama Legion Field Prairie View A&M Alabama A&M Prairie View A&M 30–24

Gridiron Classic

The Gridiron Classic is an annual game between the champions of the Northeast Conference and the Pioneer Football League that has been held since December 2006.

Date Location Venue NEC Champion PFL Champion Result
December 5 Indianapolis Butler Bowl Central Connecticut State Butler Butler 28–23

Final poll standings

Standings are from The Sports Network final poll.

Rank Team Record
1 Villanova Wildcats 14–1
2 Montana Grizzlies 14–1
3 Appalachian State Mountaineers 11–3
4 William & Mary Tribe 11–3
5 Richmond Spiders 11–2
6 Southern Illinois Salukis 11–2
7 New Hampshire Wildcats 10–3
8 South Carolina State Bulldogs 10–2
9 Elon Phoenix 9–3
10 Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 10–3
11 South Dakota State Jackrabbits 8–4
12 McNeese State Cowboys 9–3
13 Eastern Washington Eagles 8–4
14 Holy Cross Crusaders 9–3
15 Prairie View A&M Panthers 9–1
16 Jacksonville State Gamecocks 8–3
17 Weber State Wildcats 7–5
18 Northern Iowa Panthers 7–4
19 Eastern Illinois Panthers 8–4
20 Penn Quakers 8–2
21 Colgate Raiders 9–2
22 Liberty Flames 8–3
23 Florida A&M Rattlers 8–3
24 Lafayette Leopards 8–3
25 Texas State Bobcats 7–4

Standings are from the FCS Coaches final poll.

Rank Team Record
1 Villanova Wildcats 14–1
2 Montana Grizzlies 14–1
T-3 Appalachian State Mountaineers 11–3
T-3 William & Mary Tribe 11–3
5 Richmond Spiders 11–2
6 Southern Illinois Salukis 11–2
7 New Hampshire Wildcats 10–3
8 South Carolina State Bulldogs 10–2
9 Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 10–3
10 Elon Phoenix 9–3
11 South Dakota State Jackrabbits 8–4
12 McNeese State Cowboys 9–3
13 Eastern Washington Eagles 8–4
14 Holy Cross Crusaders 9–3
15 Eastern Illinois Panthers 8–4
16 Jacksonville State Gamecocks 8–3
17 Weber State Wildcats 7–5
18 Northern Iowa Panthers 7–4
19 Prairie View A&M Panthers 9–1
20 Colgate Raiders 9–2
21 Liberty Flames 8–3
22 Florida A&M Rattlers 8–3
23 Penn Quakers 8–2
24 Texas State Bobcats 7–4
25 Lafayette Leopards 8–3

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Armanti Edwards wins 2009 Walter Payton Award". The Sports Network. http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=cfoot2/misc/2009payton_edwards_900.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-17.  
  2. ^ "Arthur Moats captures 2009 Buck Buchanan Award". The Sports Network. http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=cfoot2/misc/2009buchanan_moats_815.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-17.  
  3. ^ "2009: 32nd Annual Division I Championship". NCAA. http://www.ncaa.com/champ/football-fcs-champ.html. Retrieved 2009-02-28.  
  4. ^ Kristin L. Musall. "NCAA Football Rules Committee proposed changes (PDF)". NCAA. Archived from the original on 2009-08-02. http://www.webcitation.org/query?id=1249178557802075. Retrieved 2009-05-13.  
  5. ^ a b c Ryan, Andrew (23 November 2009). "Northeastern calls an end to football". boston.com. http://www.boston.com/sports/colleges/football/articles/2009/11/23/northeastern_calls_an_end_to_football/. Retrieved 24 November 2009.  
  6. ^ a b "Hofstra to End Intercollegiate Football Program to Invest in Academic Initiatives". Press release. Hofstra University. 3 December 2009. http://www.hofstra.edu/home/News/PressReleases/120309_football.html. Retrieved 3 December 2009.  
  7. ^ a b Mitchell, Fred (30 November 2009). "Eastern Illinois assistant football coach dies in car crash". Chicago Tribune. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/chi-30-eiu-foot-nov30,0,2935484.story. Retrieved 6 December 2009.  
  8. ^ a b Huffman, Tony (30 November 2009). "EIU football coach killed in I-57 accident". Effingham Daily News. http://www.effinghamdailynews.com/local/local_story_334111330.html. Retrieved 6 December 2009.  

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