Monday, October 26, 2009

Monday before the Maine game-10/26/09

Well, Mrs blog and I are home safe after driving 630+ miles from Virginia. On the way home, we stopped at an old haunt of mine from UMass days: Joe's Pizza in Northampton. The place was packed.I hope to work on an abbreviated Web album of the Richmond game this evening. I had to cover my camera for much of the game because of the downpour.

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I spent a little time with the UMass press guide and tried to figure out if the six interceptions was a UMass opponent record. We threw five interceptions against Hofstra at McGuirk in 1997 (that's listed as the stadium opponent record). The guide does not list an all-time single game opponent interceptions record.

The CAA press guide has the league record for interceptions as 7, which occurred four times, last by Villanova vs. Penn on 9/22/07.

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Matty Vautour has another article on the Richmond game here. He mentions UMass LB Tyler Holmes has 17 tackles. Tyler had a big contingent of fans at the game. UMass had a pretty decent crowd at Richmond and we were making a lot of noise--at least until the downpour sent a lot of people to the exits.

Vautour's Top-25 vote this week.

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The Bangor Daily News has a story about UMaine and the current and future status of CAA football.

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Josh Buchanan has a mid-year FCS top players watch list posted.

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If you follow New England college football, you probably will be pleased that Dartmouth broke a seventeen game losing streak Saturday.

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3 comments:

hampfan said...

nothing like a joe's pizza.

Wikipedia - MAC said...

The Bangor Daily News has a story about UMaine and the current and future status of CAA football.

"We fully fund our football program as well as, if not better than, teams in the league as far as scholarships," said James, who pointed to UMaine's recently renovated Morse Field at d Alfond Stadium, the Mahaney Dome practice facility and the Latti Fitness Center as other key pieces of infrastructure.

The point for us here, and Maine is the example, is that (generally) high school players are signing 1'st with the best league they can.

I also follow a Sun Belt team and a MAC team and they play a more exciting brand of football than we do because they have more skilled athletes than we do. The Sun Belt teams are ranked at the bottom of the FBS because of a lack of depth and lack of infrastructure, but like Buffalo they are improving each year as they build their programs.

According to the ranking in USA Today our team is comparable to some of the MAC schools. We would be successful and competitive our first year. With 20 more scholarships and signing more skilled players we would be a power within a few years. If Buffalo can win the MAC East, we certainly can. A few years ago we didn't care about Delaware. Today we consider them a rival. That would follow when we began to play the MAC teams, esp. Temple and Buffalo.

We would not need significant facility upgrades, mainly additional seating and a practice dome. The major expense would be increased recruiting expenses and travel. I hope most of that expense would be covered by increased ticket sales, shared revenue, and revenue earned from playing other non-MAC FBS schools. We would be a more attractive opponent to other FBS schools, (Kansas, Pittsburgh, Syracuse etc) since we would count as a FBS game.

Matt said...

"had to cover my camera because of the rain."

your smarter than me! got mine destroyed at the men's soccer game Saturday