I agree with the previous comment. This is a very poor piece of journalism that shows bitterness, a shallow mind, and a vindictive spirit. I am an avid fan of the Mocs, and have been closely following I-AA (FCS) football since the days when a when a win over Marshall (I'm assuming that's the West Virginia reference) was a big thing.
Listen, the NCAA is in charge of putting on a great game and creating awonderful experience for student athletes and fans,not placating or feeding the ego of sportswriters.
It's easier to fly to Dallas then Chattanooga. I's cheaper. It's a major league city that can host NBA all-star games (like this year) and NBA Finals, and NHL Stanley Cup games, etc. There are more hotel rooms. It's got better weather (Sorry Mark, that's not debatable.)
I'm sorry that we lost this game. I went each year. But to slam a city (Dallas) in our paper for getting this game reflects poorly on our city. They won the bid. So we blame other team for losing? Mark, you didnt slam the NCAA or our local people who put the bid together... you slammed the winning city. What kind of writing is that? Third grade "Johnny won the spelling by so now I'm gonna punch him in the nose' mentality??
Our columnists are, in a way, representives of our city. In this instance, we look like poor losers, and are acting like a child who lost his toy.
Good luck to the new city. They have a wonderful event to call theirs. I hope they can do as well as we did in Chattanooga.
And I wish our journalists would be more classy and explain 'why' things happen, not moan-and-groan when we don't get our way.