Towson denied FCS playoff bid
Despite being named Co-Colonial Athletic Association Champions, Towson was left out of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
The Tigers (7-4, 6-2 CAA) did not receive an at-large bid, even though they defeated Villanova, Delaware, Rhode Island and New Hampshire in consecutive games.
Villanova, whom Towson defeated in Philadelphia 49-35 several weeks ago, received the automatic bid for the CAA due to tie-breaking scenarios.
Other teams from the CAA that made the playoffs include New Hampshire, whom Towson defeated 64-35 Saturday on the road, and Old Dominion, who was ineligible to win the conference.
“For those of you who know me, you know I teach to be firm, fair and consistent. It’s a good lesson for anyone anywhere in life. This is not fair,” Head Coach Rob Ambrose said. “[The players] earned it. I thought the goal was for the best 20 teams to compete for the national title. These men have earned the respect of each other, this institution and anyone they’ve ever lined up against. I can’t speak for [the selection committee] but I’m incredibly disappointed by them.”
Also to make the playoffs was Stony Brook from the America East Conference, who did not face a ranked opponent all year.
The game against Louisiana State University didn’t influence the tiebreaking procedure, but it was one of the losses that lead to the four-way conference tie.
“We can’t get people to come here and play us,” he said. “When we were a one-win team people would come here, but now no one wants any part of us. Scheduling is an issue, and you’re always going to have to play a 1-A game to balance out the budget, it’s what you need to do at this level. It was a great effort by our players, but I would have never wanted it to come at the expense at the playoff experience that these kids have earned.”
– Alena Schwarz contributed to this article