Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Former UMass Coach Robert Talley interviews for Rhody job

The search for a new coach at Rhode Island has narrowed to four candidates. Including former UMass assistant coach Robert Talley.

I've blogged about Talley before .

Also in contention is Maine Head Coach Jack Cosgrove, Rutgers assistant Coach Darren Rizzi, and Norfork State Head Coach Pete Adrian .

My prediction: Darren Rizzi .

UMass and the Rams have played each other 81 times, more than any other football opponent.


Anonymous said...

Rizzi graduated Rhode Island then served as a GA befoe he left for more experience elsewhere. That is a big plus in his favor. He has head coaching experience at New Haven (CT), is from NJ and works for Rutgers (NJ) which should give him local recruiting contacts. He would be a good choice. Recruiting will be tough but his background gives him the credability RI needs.

I think they would be better served to drop down to the Northeast Conference. As the CAA becomes more competitive investing in facility upgrades (more expensive) it remains to be seen if either one of us can continue to compete without spending a considerable amount of $$ to upgrade our facilities. I don't think RI will be able to continue much longer. I fear we may not be able to compete much longer against the CAA South and the other schools around the country building quality facilities.

D1scout said...

anonymous, I think many of the CAA football facilities need upgrading, not just URI. If these programs want to bring money and students into their institutions they need more than educational recognition unless they are am Ivy League school. A strong football program brings regional recognition and can bring national recognition which in turn attracts more students which in turn brings more money, mo money, mo money! This is especially true at the FBS level.

Anonymous said...

d1 I agree with anonymous and you.

Will the UMass BOD spend / invest $40M (actually need more) to remain competitive with the CAA South schools.

We are not talking about IA in case anyone gets excited. We are talking about trying to have facilities that are almost as good as other CAA Schools.

Anonymous said...

URI just upgraded their stadium, but as programs go, it's unlikely that no matter how much the school is willing to invest in football, it will not be able to compete with CAA programs that are willing, but have the necessary capital to do so. If UMass wanted, I'm sure they could create a program similar to UConn, but short of the major expenditure in refurbishing (or recreating) Alumni stadium, they are in an enviable position. The UMass track record in attracting quality recruits (and transfers) translates well to what has become a winning program by any definition. The question, then, is the Administration content to let this program sail on as is, or are they intent on building the facilties that would help to create a new identity for the University? I believe that, because UMass is in the western part of the state, two BSD programs in Massachusetts (BC) could be well sustained. I think UMass would thrive.

Anonymous said...

For this discussion forget about UConn, the MAC, or the BE. Forget about FBS.

What happened in the past is partially not totally irrelevant. If our training facilities are not upgraded we will stop being a desirable location for high students or transfers.

For the fans the stadium facilities need to be upgraded with new seats restroom facilities concession stands etc. If we want to increase attendance and encourage people to drive 2 hrs each way from Boston to Amherst then the game day experience must be made more enjoyable.

Competing for the national Division I Championship require good facilities that are competitive with the other CAA schools. To recruit the best athletes we need a nice field house with offices meeting rooms team study rooms and an academic center. We need practice fields that can be used and don't flood.

Appalachian Street opened the Sofield Family Indoor Practice Facility Adjacent to their Stadium so they can practice in inclement weather. More and more schools are building this type of facility.

These are the improvements we need to remain competitive with the other schools in the CAA. It won't give us the best facilities in the CAA. If we don't improve our facilities history will repeat itself and we will find that we have a team that can no longer compete at the FCS level.

Anonymous said...

I think that if the University is to upgrade the facilities and by extension the program, it will upgrade in a major way: with the objective of aiming for the FBS. Its enrollment is at 20,000 and growing, and has one of the largest student enrollments of any FSD program. The Administration most likely has their eyes set on some refurbishment, but the intent, presumably with facility upgrades to McGuirk (and a football building and state-of-the-art conditioning center), and increased dorm space, upgrades to the physical plant, such as the library and other buildings, is to elevate the national identity of the University--not the football program. Administration will be willing to invest in football and the program if the dividends smell sweet from where they are sitting.

Anonymous said...

The Universities enrollment is nearly 60K and stable.
The enrollment in Amherst is approximately 25K.

The enrollment in Amherst is not increasing. It was actually lowered since there isn’t enough housing. Adding 800 residence rooms every 10 years is not significant growth.

Growth will depend on off-campus housing.

Many residence halls (Amherst Campus) require major upgrades and repairs so on campus housing may actually decrease in the next few years if renovations get funded. Perhaps private investors can be found to build apartment complexes or dorms in or around Amherst or on University owned land (Amherst, Sunderland?).