I’m sure there are more than a few of you who don’t really care right now, but Idaho State isn’t your ordinary, bad 1-AA team. No, they’ve managed to make themselves into something extra special.
… The Football Championship Subdivision team that comes to Georgia for Saturday’s game has scholarship and practice time limitations due to restrictions from its Academic Progress Rate scores, which grade teams on players’ eligibility, retention and graduation.
Idaho State has 56.7 scholarships this season, according to Idaho State assistant athletic director Steve Schaack. FCS (formerly I-AA) schools are allowed 63 scholarships by the NCAA. FBS programs like Georgia are permitted 85.
The Bengals, who won only once in each of the past two seasons, also lost four hours of practice time per week, limiting them to 16 hours of countable time and five days of activity per week.
The scary part – if you’re Georgia, that is – is that for a win to count towards bowl eligibility, the NCAA requires that an opponent maintain a roster with a minimum number of scholarship athletes. Fortunately, “(t)he 56.7 scholarships are still at the number needed for Georgia to count the win toward bowl eligibility – 90 percent of the total permitted.” If Idaho State had fallen short on numbers, wouldn’t that have been a helluva topper to the season…