Many of you might remember this story which is very unique. This school has been so dominant in football that their league threatened to disband if St Thomas didn't leave. Well, now the school has a plan to move all sports to D.1 in 2021.
NDSU is in somewhat a similar situation at the FCS level imo.
They have won 7 of the last 8 FCS titles, currently 5-0 and blowing out nearly everyone: at Delaware 47-22, a Top 10 Illinois St 37-3 etc etc
It's an interesting situation...they are somewhat constrained institutionally, geographically, financially etc to join a FBS conference,
And this was supposed to be a rebuilding year for them...
NDSU would probably be FBS by now had they not waited so long to move up from D-II. They were still transitioning into I-AA/FCS when I was at HC. They've won about 2/3 of the national titles since they've been postseason-eligible.
Reason they haven't moved up: they are in geographic no-mans-land and not in a big TV market. Mountain West Conference probably the best fit.
And, in yesterday's Times, Div.III Grinnell College canceled the remaining games of the season as per an overwhelming vote by the players.
Grinnell was 0-3 having been outscored 114-3 this season. The team is 12-61 in the past 8 years and listed but 38 players on the roster.
Some years ago I happened upon a school called Texas College, a tiny HBCU school in Tyler Texas that competes in the NAIA. Its record of futility is quite something as the school regularly loses by 50-60-70 points a game. I have followed the team passively, checking in from time to time, hoping to see that the Steers program had turned around. With under 1,000 students and an endowment of $3.2MM you can imagine the challenge the school faces trying to keep its doors open, never mind competing in football against the likes of Lamar University (9,000 undergrads) that has sent a couple of dozen players to the NFL. The Steers are 0-4 this year and 8-86 since 2010.