Division I-AA Marist of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. counts Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly among its former players. O'Reilly was a punter for the Red Foxes, averaging 41.4 yards a boot during his senior season when the team played on the club level.
The latest non-Division I-A poster schedule comes from Louisiana College, a Division III team located in Pineville. The Wildcats are coming off an 8-3 season that included a first-round playoff loss to Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Besides winning the 2004 Division I-AA championship, one of the proudest moments in James Madison's history came on Sept 11, 2010, when the Dukes upset Virginia Tech, 21-16, at Blacksburg. T-shirt sales went through the roof.
James Madison counts Charles Haley, the only player to win five Super Bowl rings, Scott Norwood, the former Buffalo Bills kicker, and Gary Clark, a Pro Bowl receiver with the Washington Redskins, among its former players.
Bethune-Cookman, a private historically African-American university in Daytona Beach, competes in Division I-AA. Brian Jenkins enters his fourth year as coach with a 27-8 recording, including two appearances in the I-AA playoffs.
Making a coaching change is never easy and sometimes it gets messy. Such was the divorce between Jerry Moore and Appalachian State. Moore was 215-87 in 24 seasons at Appalachian State, including three consecutive national titles from 2005-08. And there was the 2007 victory against Michigan.
But Moore was pushed aside in favor of Scott Satterfield, who will guide the Mountaineers into Division I-A. Appalachian State will compete this season in I-AA's Southern Conference before joining I-A's Sun Belt in 2014. The team, which must add 22 scholarships in the transition, won't be eligible for postseason play in I-A until 2015.