SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2010
JU snubbed in FCS playoff bid
The JU football team season came to an end on Sunday morning as the Football Championship Subdivision committee denied the Dolphins an at-large bid.
Jacksonville’s season ends with a 10-1 record and the second Pioneer Football League title in the last three years. The Dolphins also earned a win on the road at Old Dominion, who had jumped into the at-large discussion in the final weeks.
The only blemish to JU’s record was a loss at Appalachian State, the top-seeded team in the playoffs. Jacksonville rose to No. 18 in the Fathead.com/Sports Network poll released early Sunday morning.
“I’m heartbroken for all of our players, especially our seniors,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “This group did everything we asked of them and our seniors were the guys who came in four years ago to turn this program around.
“We did everything but beat the number one team in the country. It’s a bitter pill for us to swallow right now.”
The Dolphins led the country in total offense and scoring, with a top 20 rushing attack and a top 10 passing attack. The defense was no slouch either, ranking in the top 20 in rushing defense and led JU to a top five finish in turnover margin.
“I think we’re all very disappointed with the decision right now,” said JU director of athletics Alan Verlander. “We had a great season and are disappointed by the selection process. I want to thank our seniors for their hard work and leadership throughout their careers in building our program into a top 20 program.”