Because of concerns regarding the increasing cost of travel, the NCAA Division III championships committee pushed back a recommendation to increase the playoff roster size from 52 to 56 players.
â€œThe rationale for adding another baseball player to the roster, and four more players to the football roster, is valid,â€ Redlands athletic director Jeff Martinez, the chairman of the committee, said in a story in the NCAA News. â€œThe games have changed — in baseball, the need is relief pitching; and football is a vertical game with more receivers, more personnel packages.
â€œBut, you have to weigh, is it more important to put more people on every sideline, or to be able to afford an additional charter flight or two when air-travel conditions make doing so unavoidable? We cannot control the air situation, and we have every indication that it’s going to get more challenging before it gets less challenging.â€
It will have to wait until the next budget cycle, in 2010-11.