Friday, December 05, 2008

Frantic Friday 12/07/08

Bruce Dowd has a long re-cap of last week's and preview of this week's CAA playoff games here .

The Sports Network has its FCS Preview Week 15 up.

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Success in FCS football doesn't matter? That's not Appalachian State's experience. Applications, donations and corporate sponsorships are way up .

Former UNH offensive coordinator is the designated successor Head Coach at Oregon.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Liam for his Award!!

Anonymous said...

The App State story has been repeated over and over in the past. School athletic prowess generally translates into vastly improved academic success both in drawing more students (and thereby increasing the admissions department's ability to be more selective) but also in increasing enthusiasm and contributions to the a school overall. New Englanders have been, it seems, a tad slow understanding this but it's true.

This likely doesn't apply much, if at all, to the prestigious academic schools such as the Ivies with their prodigious endowments. Perhaps that's why this region has been slow to pick this up.

UMass74 said...

Yes. Walk around the campuses of Florida State, Iowa State, Oregon State and look at the facilities, the dorms and the labs.

Then walk around the New England land-grant schools like UNH, UMaine, UMass and URI;the campuses look like minimum security prisons.

Obviously the taxpayers of Oregon, Iowa and Florida etc, seem to have a connection to those schools, even if they are not alums. What could the connection be? What could it be?

Anonymous said...

Being a recent guaduate of UMass and having the opportunity to visit many schools in the New Engand Area due to my major I can say, without any reservations, that while I am of the opinion that most of the New England schools offer excellent educational opportunities or educations, per sa, most of the public school campuses such as UMass are dumps and the facilities are strictly second class or tier II as most rating services put it! The thinking guilding these institutions seems to be that success in major sports programs, especially football, is irrelevant and what facilities we have is good enough. These powers to be should take a close look as institions such as "App" State and UConn to observe what impact major sports has had on their expanding revenue budgets, facility improvements, and national profile in attracting greater number of students and donations from their graduates.

I'm of the opinion that most of the New England universities think too small when it comes to understanding the American psychology in its' love of major sports especially football. Be it good or bad that's the way it is and how I see it.