Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Northeastern Survives


A recent review of athletics by Northeastern University led to rumors that Husky Football was on the chopping block.

Yesterday, the review commission recommended continuing football. Story by the Globe here and another by the Herald here.

Included in the announcement was a wish list to improve Parsons Field. Since I've been following New England football, Northeastern must have announced renovation plans for Parsons about a half-a-dozen times...

UPDATE: The Huskies are playing their traditional killer schedule in 2008. In addition to the CAA schedule they play Syracuse, Ball State and Georgia Southern.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

A new venue for football, soccer, and field hockey would place NU in an enviable position: The institution is no longer a safety school for matriculating freshman and it has positioned itself as a major destinaiton, competing with the likes of BU and BC. I work just down the street, and for those of you who haven't seen the campus recently, it is amazing to see how impressive Huntington Avenue appears with the new physical additions to the University. The Marino Center, a student center with an awesome view of the traffic on Huntington is an incredible selling point for the University and I'm sure for recruits who are considering the school. What NU needs are a few additional dorms (like BC, BU, and UMass) and an on-campus or near-campus multi-use stadium that seats 10,000. Land is hard to come by and very, very expensive in the area. Perhaps the school could partner with the City to create a stadium for the surrounding colleges (Emmanuel, Simmons, Suffolk, Wheelock, Wentworth) and high schools that could be a major selling point for all the schools in the area. I'm extremely happy for the school in retaiing football. Go NU!

Anonymous said...

Is UMass planning to build a student/health and physical activities center with weights/cardio/indoor track/pool/ restaurants/cafes, etc. ? They really need a facility like this for the students!

UMass74 said...

Yes, see;

http://www.umass.edu/fp/projectmanagement
/constructioninformation/reccenter/

Copy all of the above. Blogger clips long URLs in the comments.

Should be very nice when completed

Anonymous said...

Boston Arena / Matthews Arena is the home of the NU Basketball and Hockey teams. The land is there, the cost to upgrade/build a totally new 10-K seat multi-purpose facility is probably cost prohibitive.

Anonymous said...

As far as renovations, the stadium in Brookline is most likely limited by the neighborhood. There is land in surrounding areas of Huntington, but the same limitations will likely cause the same concerns: cost, crowds, size of facility.

I'm impressed that NU nis taking on TWO FBS teams this season. The payout is surely an incentive, but the athletes and students must be pumped. I'd love to see UMass take on UConn, Syracuse, Pitt, or Rutgers AND a team from the West or Mid-west in the same season. I know the Minutemen could do very well against most of the Big East teams. Exposure would be awesome.

Anonymous said...

We should forget about playing Kansas, Texas, and other "name schools". Losing 40-10 is not the kind of visibility I am looking for. Lets schedule every OOC game against MAC schools. Establish rivalries, build up our program and facilities and then upgrade to the MAC.

Establish a long term I-A goal and work to get there. Temple got kicked out of the BE because they couldn't compete. Now they have re-started building a IA program. Lets join the MAC and win before we demand to be let into the BE. Lets walk before we run. Nothing can be more foolish than to say we aren't going to upgrade unless the BE lets us in. 0-12 and 1-11 isn't going to look very good or get us the kind of publicity we are seeking.

Anonymous said...

The plans for the new Student Center look tremendous.

Anonymous said...

"losing 40-10"??? apparently you did not watch umass play boston college this year or navy the year before that. they only lost by 10 points to BC and they were a top 10 team in the country. and the year before that they lost to navy by 1

Anonymous said...

I agree with the last writer. UMass can compete with just about any program in the country. The team will never be embarrassed, and dare I say, Texas Tech is in for a very tough game. I hope they look past us.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately in football there is little difference between competing and losing and losing. Close doesn't count. When was the last time UMass beat a FBS team. Unless we catch a FBS team on an off day the chances of winning are slim. When we played Navy we were the best team on the field that day. When it mattered we couldn't stop them.