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Mike DelNagro
September 05, 1977
But for the vocal support of once and future alumni and the vested interest of NFL clubs, which glean one-third of their players from its ranks, small-college football performs in obscurity, largely ignored by network television, Vegas odds-makers and bowl games.
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September 05, 1977

Small Colleges

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"Big deal," said Athletic Director Tracy Borah. "We don't receive any benefits from the NCAA anyway. We've never been invited to a postseason NCAA event and we've never gotten any TV money either."

College football's smallest category includes the team that profits most from homegrown talent. That would be St. John's of Collegeville, Minn., last season's Division III champion and a school recruiting entirely from Minnesota. St. John's had a 10-1-1 record and led the nation in scoring and total offense. Other contenders include Wittenberg, a perennial Division III powerhouse; Hanover; Towson State; and Buena Vista, the juggernaut from Storm Lake, Iowa that got off 114 plays in a game last year.

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