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The 2013 NCAA Division I FCS football season, part of college football in the United States, was organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level. The season began on August 29, 2013, and concluded with the 2014 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game on January 4, 2014, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

Notable changes

For 2013, the FCS playoffs expanded for the first time since 2010. The Pioneer Football League champion now receives an automatic bid into the FCS playoffs, which increased to 24 teams.

Under a standard provision of NCAA rules, all FCS programs were allowed to play 12 regular-season games (not counting conference title games) in 2013, and also in 2014. In years when the period starting with the Thursday before Labor Day and ending with the final Saturday in November contains 14 Saturdays, FCS programs may play 12 games instead of the regular 11. After 2014, the next season in which 12-game seasons are allowed will be 2019.[1]

Conference changes and new programs

Several teams changed conferences from the 2012 season, with all moves officially taking effect on July 1, 2013.

Albany and Stony Brook became football-only members of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). Previously, they had respectively been football-only members of the Northeast Conference and Big South Conference.

Georgia State left the FCS ranks to become a member of the Sun Belt Conference. As it began its FBS transition in 2012, it was counted as an FBS member for scheduling purposes in 2013.[2]

Old Dominion joined Conference USA (C-USA) and started its FBS transition. ODU was technically an FCS independent in 2013 before becoming a provisional FBS member in 2014 and a full FBS member in 2015.

The Southland Conference added four schools—two with established football programs, one launching a new program, and another (New Orleans) without varsity football. The established programs were Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word, both joining from the Division II Lone Star Conference. While technically considered FCS independents in 2013, they played Division II schedules this season. Both would be counted as FCS members for scheduling purposes in 2014, at which time they began playing full Southland Conference schedules. Houston Baptist, arriving from the Division I Great West Conference, fielded a football team for the first time in 2013, but only played a partial schedule. Houston Baptist also began playing a full Southland schedule in 2014.

Monmouth announced in December 2012 that it would leave the Northeast Conference (NEC) for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), effective in July 2013.[3] As the MAAC has not sponsored football since 2007, Monmouth's football plans were uncertain. Those plans became clear on February 14, 2013, when the Big South Conference announced that Monmouth would become a football-only member of that league in 2014. Since Monmouth was transitioning from the limited-scholarship NEC to a conference that allows the full FCS limit of 63 scholarship equivalents, the Hawks played the 2013 football season as an independent.[4]

In addition to the schools changing conferences, three others launched FCS football programs. Charlotte, which rejoined C-USA after eight years in the Atlantic 10 Conference, played as an FCS independent in its first football season, as part of its announced plan to become a full FBS member in 2015. The 49ers were counted as an FBS program for scheduling purposes in 2014 and became a C-USA football member in 2015. Two other schools, Mercer and Stetson, reinstated varsity football after decades-long absences—Mercer had last played in 1941 and Stetson in 1956. Both initially planned to operate as non-scholarship programs in the Pioneer Football League. However, Mercer would later commit to scholarship football when it accepted an invitation to join the Southern Conference (SoCon) in 2014.[5]

Two other SoCon members, Appalachian State and Georgia Southern, were officially announced on March 27, 2013 as future Sun Belt members. Both schools began FBS transitions in 2013 in advance of their 2014 entry into the Sun Belt. They were counted as FBS members for scheduling purposes in 2014, and were eligible for the Sun Belt football championship, but were not eligible for bowl games until completing their transitions in 2015.[6][7]

This was also the last season for two other programs in their then-current conferences. Elon left the SoCon for the CAA in July 2014;[8] at the same time, VMI left the Big South and returned to the SoCon after an 11-year absence.[5]

School 2012 Conference 2013 Conference
Abilene Christian Lone Star (DII) Independent
Albany NEC CAA
Charlotte New for 2013 Independent
Georgia State CAA Sun Belt (FBS)
Houston Baptist New for 2013 Independent
Incarnate Word Lone Star Independent
Mercer New for 2013 Pioneer League
Monmouth NEC Independent
Old Dominion CAA Independent
Stetson New for 2013 Pioneer League
Stony Brook Big South CAA

New, expanded, renovated, and temporary stadiums

New stadiums

  • Albany made its CAA debut in Bob Ford Field, a new 8,500-seat on-campus stadium. University Field, which Albany had used for both football and track since 1970, is now solely a track venue.
  • Charlotte made its football debut in Jerry Richardson Stadium, a new on-campus facility. Its initial capacity is 15,300, but it can be expanded to 25,000 with temporary seating. The stadium design allows future expansion to 40,000.
  • Mercer plays at the Moye Complex, a new on-campus venue with a capacity of 10,200.
  • Stetson plays at the already-existing Spec Martin Stadium, an off-campus stadium owned by Stetson's home city of DeLand, Florida. The stadium holds 6,000.

Expanded stadiums

Renovated stadiums

Temporary stadiums

FCS team wins over FBS teams

(FCS rankings from the Sports Network poll; FBS rankings from the AP Poll)

  • August 29:
    • Southern Utah 22, South Alabama 21
    • #11 Towson 33, Connecticut 18
  • August 30:
    • #1 North Dakota State 24, Kansas State 21
    • Samford 31, Georgia State 21
  • August 31:
  • September 7:
    • Chattanooga 42, Georgia State 14
    • Maine 24, Massachusetts 14
    • Nicholls State 27, Western Michigan 23
  • September 14:
    • #23 Bethune-Cookman 34, Florida International 13
    • Fordham 30, Temple 29
  • September 21:
    • Jacksonville State 32, Georgia State 26 OT
  • November 9:
    • Old Dominion 59, Idaho 38
  • November 23:

Conference standings

Template:2013 Big Sky Conference football standings Template:2013 Big South Conference football standings Template:2013 Colonial Athletic Association football standings
Template:2013 Ivy League football standings Template:2013 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings Template:2013 Missouri Valley Football Conference standings
Template:2013 Northeast Conference football standings Template:2013 Ohio Valley Conference football standings Template:2013 Patriot League football standings
Template:2013 Pioneer Football League standings
2013 Southern Conference football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Appalachian State*   0 0         0 0  
Chattanooga   0 0         0 0  
The Citadel   0 0         0 0  
Elon   0 0         0 0  
Furman   0 0         0 0  
Georgia Southern*   0 0         0 0  
Samford   0 0         0 0  
Western Carolina   0 0         0 0  
Wofford   0 0         0 0  
§ – Conference co-champions
^ – FCS playoff participant
  • Appalachian State and Georgia Southern ineligible for conference championship and FCS playoffs as part of FBS transition
    Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
Template:2013 Southland Conference football standings
Template:2013 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings Template:2013 NCAA Division I FCS independents football standings

Conference summaries

Championship games

Conference Champion Runner-up Score Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Coach of the Year
SWAC Southern Jackson State 34-272OT Dray Joseph, QB, Southern
Arnold Walker, RB, Alcorn State
Jer-ryan Harris, LB, Arkansas-Pine Bluff Dawson Odums, Southern

Other conference winners

Note: Records are regular-season only, and do not include playoff games.

Conference Champion Record Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Coach of the Year
Big Sky Eastern Washington 10-2 (8-0) Vernon Adams, QB (Eastern Washington) Brad Daly (Montana State)
Sullivan Grosz (Cal Poly)
Beau Baldwin (Eastern Washington)
Big South Coastal Carolina
10-2 (4-1)
8-4 (4-1)
Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB (Coastal Carolina) Quinn Backus, LB (Coastal Carolina)
CAA Maine 10-2 (7-1) Terrance West, RB (Towson) Stephon Robertson, LB (James Madison) Jack Cosgrove (Maine)
Ivy Harvard
9-1 (6-1)
8-2 (6-1)
Quinn Epperly, QB (Princeton) Zack Hodges, DE (Harvard)
MEAC Bethune-Cookman
South Carolina State
10-2 (7-1)
9-3 (7-1)
Greg McGhee, QB (Howard) Joe Thomas, LB (South Carolina State) Brian Jenkins (Bethune-Cookman)
MVFC North Dakota State 11-0 (8-0) Brock Jensen, QB (North Dakota State)[9] Tyler Starr, LB (South Dakota)[9] Craig Bohl (North Dakota State)[9]
NEC Sacred Heart
10-2 (4-2)
6-4 (4-2)
Keshaudas Spence, RB (Sacred Heart) Troy Moore, DL (Sacred Heart) Mark Nofri (Sacred Heart)
OVC Eastern Illinois 11-1 (8-0) Jimmy Garoppolo, QB (Eastern Illinois) Anthony Bass, DE (Tennessee State) Dino Babers (Eastern Illinois)
Patriot Lafayette 5-6 (4-1) Michael Nebrich, QB (Fordham) Stephen Hodge, LB (Fordham) Joe Moorhead (Fordham)
Pioneer Butler
9-3 (7-1)
8-3 (7-1)
Mason Mills, QB (San Diego) Terrence Fede, DE (Marist) Jim Parady (Marist)
Southern Chattanooga
8-4 (6-2)
8-4 (6-2)
7-5 (6-2)
Jacob Huesman, So., QB (Chattanooga) Davis Tull, Jr., DL (Chattanooga) Russ Huesman (Chattanooga)
Southland Southeastern Louisiana 10-2 (7-0) Bryan Bennett (Southeastern Louisiana) POY
Cody Stroud (McNeese State) OPOY
Cqulin Hubert (Southeastern Louisiana) Ron Roberts (Southeastern Louisiana)
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  8. "Elon University Accepts Invitation To Join The CAA In 2014-15" (Press release). Colonial Athletic Association. May 23, 2013. Retrieved May 23, 2013.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "Missouri Valley Football Announces 2013 All-Conference Squad" (Press release). Missouri Valley Football Conference. December 2, 2013. Retrieved April 10, 2014.

Playoff qualifiers

Automatic berths for conference champions

At large qualifiers



NCAA FCS Playoff bracket

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Coaching changes

Preseason and in-season

This is restricted to coaching changes that took place on or after May 1, 2013. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2013, see 2012 NCAA Division I FCS end-of-season coaching changes.

School Outgoing coach Date Reason Replacement
North Carolina Central Henry Frazier, III August 22 Fired[1] Dwayne Foster (interim)[1]
Grambling State Doug Williams September 11 Fired[2] George Ragsdale (interim)[3]
Grambling State George Ragsdale October 17 Fired[3] Dennis Winston (interim)[3]
Valparaiso Dale Carlson November 10 Fired Mike Gravier (interim)[4]

End of season

School Outgoing coach Date announced Reason Replacement
Albany Bob Ford August 13 Retired[5] Greg Gattuso[6]
Rhode Island Joe Trainer November 18 Fired[7] Jim Fleming[8]
North Dakota Chris Mussman November 18 Fired[9] Kyle "Bubba" Schweigert[10]
Robert Morris Joe Walton November 21 Retired John Banaszak[11]
Central Connecticut Jeff McInerney November 25 Resigned[12] Peter Rossomando[13]
James Madison Mickey Matthews November 25 Fired[14] Everett Withers[15]
Elon Jason Swepson November 25 Fired[16] Rich Skrosky[17]
Morgan State Donald Hill-Eley November 25 Fired[18] Lee Hull[19]
Stephen F. Austin J. C. Harper November 25 Fired[20] Clint Conque[21]
Southeast Missouri State Tony Samuel November 26 Fired[22] Tom Matukewicz[23]
Weber State Jody Sears November 26 Fired[24] Jay Hill[25]
Alabama A&M Anthony Jones December 1 Fired[26] James Spady[27]
Colgate Dick Biddle December 2 Retired[28] Dan Hunt
Grambling State Dennis Winston December 4 Permanent replacement[29] Broderick Fobbs
North Dakota State Craig Bohl December 7 Hired by Wyoming[30] Chris Klieman[31]
Mississippi Valley State Karl Morgan December 9 Fired[32] Rick Comegy[33]
Valparaiso Mike Gravier December 11 Permanent replacement Dave Cecchini[34]
Drake Chris Creighton December 11 Hired by Eastern Michigan[35] Rick Fox[36]
Central Arkansas Clint Conque December 14 Hired by Stephen F. Austin[21] Steve Campbell[37]
The Citadel Kevin Higgins December 16 Hired by Wake Forest (Assistant)[38] Mike Houston[39]
Hampton Donovan Rose December 17 Fired Connell Maynor[40]
Eastern Illinois Dino Babers December 18 Hired by Bowling Green[41] Kim Dameron[42]
Jackson State Rick Comegy December 18 Fired[43] Harold Jackson[44]
North Carolina Central Dwayne Foster December 19 Permanent replacement[1] Jerry Mack[1]
Georgia Southern Jeff Monken December 24 Hired by Army[45] Willie Fritz[46]
Sam Houston State Willie Fritz January 10 Hired by Georgia Southern[46] K. C. Keeler[47]
Jacksonville State Bill Clark January 21 Hired by UAB[48] John Grass[49]
Georgetown Kevin Kelly January 30 Resigned[50] Rob Sgarlata[51]
Sacramento State Marshall Sperbeck April 25 Resigned Jody Sears (interim)[52]

NFL draft selections

Listed below are all FCS players selected in the 2014 NFL Draft

Round Selection Player Position School NFL Team
2 62 Jimmy Garoppolo Quarterback Eastern Illinois New England Patriots
3 67 Billy Turner Offensive Tackle North Dakota State Miami Dolphins
3 94 Terrance West Running Back Towson Cleveland Browns
3 96 Jerick McKinnon Running Back Georgia Southern Minnesota Vikings
4 125 Walt Aikens Cornerback Liberty Miami Dolphins
4 137 Dakota Dozier Offensive Tackle Furman New York Jets
4 138 Lorenzo Taliaferro Running Back Coastal Carolina Baltimore Ravens
5 143 Kadeem Edwards Offensive Guard Tennessee State Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5 158 Caraun Reid Defensive Tackle Princeton Detroit Lions
5 171 Jordan Tripp Outside Linebacker Montana Miami Dolphins
6 184 Kendall James Cornerback Maine Minnesota Vikings
6 190 Matt Hazel Wide Receiver Coastal Carolina Miami Dolphins
6 196 Walt Powell Wide Receiver Murray State Arizona Cardinals
7 226 Mitchell Van Dyk Offensive Tackle Portland State St. Louis Rams
7 234 Terrence Fede Defensive End Marist Miami Dolphins
7 235 Shelby Harris Defensive End Illinois State Oakland Raiders
7 250 Demetrius Rhaney Center Tennessee State St. Louis Rams
7 252 Lavelle Westbrooks Cornerback Georgia Southern Cincinnati Bengals
7 255 Tyler Starr Outside Linebacker South Dakota Atlanta Falcons

See also

  • 2013 NCAA Division I FCS football rankings


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