|2012 NCAA Division I FCS season|
|Duration||August – November|
|Payton Award||Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion|
|Buchanan Award||Caleb Schreibeis, Montana State|
|Duration||November 24 – December 15|
|Championship date||January 5, 2013|
|Championship site||FC Dallas Stadium, Frisco, TX|
|Champion||North Dakota State|
|Division I FCS football season|
The 2012 NCAA Division I FCS football season, part of college football in the United States, was organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level. The season began on August 30, 2012, and concluded with the 2013 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game on January 5, 2013, at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
- 1 Conference changes
- 2 FCS team wins over FBS teams
- 3 Conference standings
- 4 Conference summaries
- 5 Playoff qualifiers
- 6 Postseason
- 7 Coaching changes
- 8 See also
- 9 References
Several teams changed conferences from the 2011 season. Texas State of the Southland Conference (but technically played as an independent in 2011), Massachusetts of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and independents South Alabama and UTSA are transitioning to the Football Bowl Subdivision and were transitional FBS members in 2012; all four will were to become full FBS members in 2013.
The Great West Conference dropped football after all of its five football members in the 2011 season joined other conferences. Cal Poly, North Dakota, Southern Utah and UC Davis all joined the Big Sky Conference. South Dakota joined the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
In their third year as a program, Georgia State, already a full member of the CAA, joined the football conference after two years as an independent. However, this was the Panthers' only season as a CAA football member, as the school has announced that it would begin an FBS transition in 2012 in advance of its July 2013 move to the Sun Belt Conference.
There were no teams playing as independents in 2012.
|School||2011 Conference||2012 Conference|
|Cal Poly||Great West||Big Sky|
|North Dakota||Great West||Big Sky|
|South Alabama||Independent||Sun Belt (FBS)|
|South Dakota||Great West||MVFC|
|Southern Utah||Great West||Big Sky|
|Texas State||Independent||WAC (FBS)|
|UC Davis||Great West||Big Sky|
FCS team wins over FBS teams
- August 30:
- September 1:
- September 8:
- September 15:
- September 29:
|Conference||Champion||Runner-up||Score||Offensive Player of the Year||Defensive Player of the Year||Coach of the Year|
|SWAC||Arkansas–Pine Bluff||Jackson State||24–21||Rico Richardson (WR, Jackson State)||Brandon Thurmond (DT, Arkansas–Pine Bluff)|
Other conference winners
Note: Records are regular-season only, and do not include playoff games.
|Conference||Champion||Record||Offensive Player of the Year||Defensive Player of the Year||Coach of the Year|
|Big Sky||Eastern Washington
|DeNarius McGhee (Montana State)||Jody Owens (Montana State)||Beau Baldwin (Eastern Washington)|
Tim Walsh (Cal Poly)
|Big South||Coastal Carolina
|Miguel Maysonet (Stony Brook)||Quinn Backus (Coastal Carolina)||Joe Moglia (Coastal Carolina)|
|Taylor Heinicke (Old Dominion)||Stephon Robertson (James Madison)||Andy Talley (Villanova)|
|MVFC||North Dakota State||10–1 (7–1)||Matt Brown (Illinois State)||Marcus Williams (North Dakota State)||Craig Bohl (North Dakota State)|
|OVC||Eastern Illinois||7–4 (6–1)|
|8–3 (6–2)||Eric Breitenstein (Wofford)||Jeremy Kimbrough (Appalachian State)
Davis Tull (Chattanooga)
Sam Houston State
|Wynrick Smothers (Central Arkansas)||Darnell Taylor (Sam Houston State)||Clint Conque (Central Arkansas)|
- Old Dominion had the best conference record at 7–1, but was not eligible for the title because it announced its 2013 departure for Conference USA in May 2012. Under CAA bylaws, a school that announces its departure immediately becomes ineligible for conference championships.
Automatic berths for conference champions
- Big Sky Conference – Eastern Washington
- Big South Conference – Coastal Carolina
- Colonial Athletic Association – Villanova
- Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – Bethune-Cookman
- Missouri Valley Football Conference – North Dakota State
- Northeast Conference – Wagner
- Ohio Valley Conference – Eastern Illinois
- Patriot League – Colgate
- Southern Conference – Georgia Southern
- Southland Conference – Central Arkansas
At large qualifiers
- Big Sky Conference - Montana State and Cal Poly
- Big South Conference - Stony Brook
- Colonial Athletic Association - New Hampshire and Old Dominion
- Missouri Valley Football Conference - Illinois State and South Dakota State
- Southern Conference - Wofford and Appalachian State
- Southland Conference - Sam Houston State
NCAA FCS Playoff bracket
December 7 and December 8
December 14 and December 15
|National Championship Game|
|South Dakota State||3|
|Eastern Illinois||10||1||North Dakota State*||28|
|South Dakota State*||58||1||North Dakota State*||14|
|1||North Dakota State*||23|
|Coastal Carolina||24||4||Old Dominion*||63|
|1||North Dakota State*||39|
|Sam Houston State||13|
|Sam Houston State||45|
|Stony Brook*||20||3||Montana State*||16|
|Sam Houston State||34|
|Sam Houston State*||18|
* Home team † Overtime
Preseason and in-season
This is restricted to coaching changes that took place on or after May 1, 2012. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2012, see 2011 NCAA Division I FCS end-of-season coaching changes.
|Southern||Stump Mitchell||September 17||Fired||Dawson Odums (interim)|
|Davidson||Tripp Merritt||November 5||Fired||Brett Hayford (interim)|
|Florida A&M||Joe Taylor||November 7||Retired||Earl Holmes (interim)|
End of season
- In addition to the above changes, Southern named its interim head coach Dawson Odums as permanent head coach on December 14.
- "Taylor Heinicke wins Payton Award". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 17, 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
- McMurphy, Brett (April 7, 2012). "Sun Belt adding Georgia State". College Football Insider. CBSSports.com. Retrieved April 9, 2012.
- "UAPB Comes from Behind to Win SWAC Title!!!!!" (Press release). Southwestern Athletic Conference. December 8, 2012. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
- "SWAC Releases 2012 All-Conference Team" (Press release). Southwestern Athletic Conference. December 4, 2012. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
- "2013 FCS National Championship Bowl: North Dakota State Bisons vs. Sam Houston State Bearkats". Stat Broadcast. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
- "Mitchell reassigned, Odums named interim coach" (Press release). Southern University Athletic Media Relations. September 17, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2012.
- "Davidson dismisses head coach Merritt" (Press release). Davidson College Athletic Media Relations. November 5, 2012. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
- "Joe Taylor Steps Down As FAMU Head Football Coach" (Press release). Florida A&M Sports Information. November 7, 2012. Retrieved November 20, 2012.
- "Bill Curry to retire after season". ESPN.com. Associated Press. August 15, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2012.
- "Georgia State hires Trent Miles". ESPN.com. Associated Press. November 30, 2012. Retrieved December 1, 2012.
- "Campbell head coach Steele will not return in 2013" (Press release). Campbell University Athletic Media Relations. November 5, 2012. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
- "Mike Minter named head football coach at Campbell University" (Press release). Campbell University Athletic Media Relations. November 27, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
- "Bradley Dale Peveto won't return". ESPN.com. Associated Press. November 28, 2012. Retrieved November 19, 2012.
- "Former Southland champion coach Jay Thomas takes over NSU football" (Press release). Northwestern State University Sports Information. December 20, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2012.
- "Western Illinois football coach won't return". The Register-Mail. Galesburg.com. November 20, 2012. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
- "Bob Nielson Named Leatherneck Head Football Coach" (Press release). Western Illinois Athletics. December 19, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2012.
- "Morehead State fires football coach Ballard". Lexington Herald-Leader. November 20, 2012. Retrieved November 20, 2012.
- "Tenyer Introduced as Morehead State Head Football Coach" (Press release). Morehead State University Athletic Media Relations. December 13, 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
- "Mike Sanford Tabbed As Indiana State Head Football Coach" (Press release). Indiana State University Athletics. December 14, 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
- "Head football coach Jack Crowe out at Jacksonville State". AL.com. Jacksonville State Sports Information. December 1, 2012. Retrieved November 30, 2012.
- "JSU Announces Bill Clark as Head Football Coach" (Press release). Jacksonville State University Athletics. December 15, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2012.
- "Biggs To Retire From Coaching After 2012 Season" (Press release). UC Davis Sports Information. December 1, 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
- "Ron Gould Named UC Davis Head Football Coach" (Press release). UC Davis Sports Information. December 17, 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
- "Jerry Moore Tenure Comes to an End at Appalachian" (Press release). Appalachian Sports Information. December 2, 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
- "Satterfield Named App State's 20th Football Coach" (Press release). Appalachian Sports Information. December 14, 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
- Brady, Rachel (December 17, 2012). "Ticats hire Kent Austin to be head coach, head up football operations". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. Retrieved December 23, 2012.
- "David Archer '05 Named The 27th Football Coach At Cornell University" (Press release). Cornell University Sports Information. January 3, 2013. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
- "Caragher Named New San Jose State University Head Football Coach" (Press release). University of San Diego Official Athletic Site. December 17, 2012. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
- "Davidson Names Alum Paul Nichols Head Football Coach" (Press release). Davidson College Athletics. December 21, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2012.
- "Charleston Southern football coach Mills resigns". FOXSports.com. Associated Press. January 3, 2013. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
- Shelton, David (January 18, 2013). "Charleston Southern introduces Chadwell as new football coach". The Post and Courier. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
- Tresolini, Kevin (January 7, 2013). "UD fires football coach K.C. Keeler". The News Journal. Retrieved January 7, 2013.
- "Rutgers OC Dave Brock headed to Delaware" (Press release). ESPN. January 18, 2013. Retrieved January 18, 2013.
- "Gardner–Webb coach resigns". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 18, 2013. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
- "North Greenville football coach McCray leaves for Gardner-Webb". The Greenville News. Greenville, South Carolina: GoUpstate.com. January 28, 2013. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
- Heath, Donald (17 April 2013). "SSU fires football coach Davenport". Savannah Morning News. Archived from the original on 15 July 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
- "Earnest Wilson III hired as new SSU football coach". Savannah Morning News. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "Broussard tabs Odums as Southern's head coach" (Press release). Southern University Athletic Media Relations. December 14, 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2012.