Musburger: Moving Griz to FBS Would be a Mistake

By Beacon Staff

BOZEMAN – As the NCAA gets ready to lift a moratorium on schools moving up to the Football Bowl Subdivision, Griz football fans are debating the pluses and minuses.

On Friday, Montana native and ABC and ESPN sports broadcaster Brent Musburger said such a move would be “economic suicide.” Musburger was in Bozeman for a fundraiser for the Montana State women’s golf team.

Musburger says moving Montana up to the FBS would be a horrendous mistake and that the state could not support a FBS team.

He says the Griz fill their stadium, people love the competition and they play at a great level. Musburger said Montana’s Football Championship Subdivision semifinal game against Appalachian State last December was as good of a ball game as there was on TV all year long. He says he’d be disappointed if Montana or Montana State made a move up to the FBS.