A day of reckoning is coming for college football's mid-majors. Faced with rising costs and only an occasional crumb from the Bowl Championship Series pie, the pressures are building to justify a Division I-A program in challenging economic times.
New Mexico State, for example, just received a warning from Western Athletic Conference commissioner Karl Benson, who said the Aggies must average 15,000 fans this season or risk being booted from the conference.
And really, does North Texas belong in the same division as Texas?
Tim Stephens of the Orlando Sentinel tackles the question, saying that mid-major teams might have to "finally face up to the truth they've denied for so long and stop spending taxpayer money in an effort to be something they are not — and never will be."