NCAA won't allow 12th game in Division I-AA football

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA Division I Board of Directors defeated a measure to add a 12th regular-season game to the Division I-AA football season.

Also Thursday, the board delayed a name change proposed for Division I-A, I-AA and I-AAA until new titles could be identified, the NCAA said in a news release.

The board designated the second Friday in November as the start of basketball season, one week earlier than previous years.

Teams were given the option of playing a maximum of four games in a preseason tournament -- such as the NIT, Maui Invitational or Great Alaska Shootout -- and scheduling 27 regular-season games, or scheduling up to 29 regular-season games. The previous rule limited teams to playing in two preseason tournaments during a four-year period.

Season-ending conference tournaments will no longer count as one game against the NCAA's regular-game limit.