Friday, December 04, 2009

Friday News--- 12/04/09

UMass HC Kevin Morris was the keynote speaker at the Western Mass High School Super Bowl luncheon yesterday.

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This Google search contains a dozen or more links to articles about the end of Hofstra football.

Matty V. has another article on the decision.

Could UMass play two BCS/I-AA games next year? Why not? it would be the biggest income for the Athletic Dept in the history of UMass. I think 2010 will be a rebuilding year anyway. Two I-A teams will probably not impact our playoff chances.

This was a loss for Hofstra and for the Northeast. School administrators are being very shortsighted in actions like this. Football is gone at Hofstra and will be replaced by nothing.

At one time America was a nation of joiners. Social organizations like the Elks, the Moose (my grandfather was big in the Moose), the Odd Fellows and a dozen other fraternal organizations were a big influence on people's lives. Television stopped all that in its tracks. Nothing ever replaced the social influence of those organizations.

Likewise, attending college in the past was a life-defining action. You were a UMass or Holy Cross grad for life. School administrators need to realize that ethos is changing fast. Young people today no longer consider their school their "Alma Mater". It's a place where they spend four years. Then leave.

That's what just happed to Hofstra. The school administrators just made the Pride into a four year version of Nassau Community College. And just as loveable.

The same administrators will sit around the conference table and wonder why no one signs up with the Hofstra Alumni Club anymore.

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Former UMass player Seam Smalls was arrested Thursday on the UMass campus on weapons charges.

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CAA beat writer Terrance Thomas Sr. has his "CAA Today" Column for this week up on the CSN website.

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12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think I actually saw the Small's incident on my way back from the basketball game. Something big was goin on. What an idiot for doing that.

Anonymous said...

dont put fans in the stands and
umass days are numbered

UMass74 said...

UMass was third in the CAA in average attendance in 2009. Ahead of all schools except for Delaware and JMU.

Richmond, Villanova, UNH, UMaine, URI and Towson's days are numbered.

Anonymous said...

Northeastern, now Hofstra, is Rhody next? Umass should sieze the opportunity and go after their stars. Morris will need all the help he can get next year with all the graduations, arrests etc. Umass could use help/depth at almost every position, especially running back (a big one), defensive back, defensive line, and reciever. And where will Havens weigh in? Is he still here.....

Anonymous said...

they may have been third in attendance but how many people
was that. take the number of games
and divide by attendace.a third
in the caa means nothing. how many people actually took the time to watch a umass football game

TopUMassFan said...

I just saw in a Boston paper that Mass looses. 1-2 million PER YEAR. BU was enjoying success on the gridiron when they dropped the sport. Money is the bottom line. Eventually Mass will have to stop the hemoraging. Let's hope we can do a better job filling the seats before it's too late

Anonymous said...

# of games divided by total attendance???

Anonymous said...

EVERY sport loses money at UMass. Maybe they should drop the basketball program.

Anonymous said...

An investment in the program via upgrade to facilities and, eventually, to FCS is the only way to assure success (read: profit) in the football program. Consider Connecticut or any other program that rises in prominence and stature. A new stadium would creat the interest; joining the Big East would guarantee additional revenue, student and alumni participation and attendance, as well as television revenue. It's simple, really, but to realize this is a huge investment. For now, all anyone can expect is status quo because very little money will be generated from the football program, and it will continute to lose money every year despite the success of the program.

Anonymous said...

fans in the stands is not the biggest concern. UMass actually has one of the best attendences in the country. This is 1aa remember, and we lose almost two million how would better attendence help we only charge 10 dollars a ticket even if we get another five thousand a game paying full price that is only 250 thousand still in the whole a lot. Its more about pride and something for the school, students, and alumni to associate with. Sports are an intricate part of every school and no sport is bigger than football.

TopUMassFan said...

Better competition coming to McGuirk would improve interest but how and who do you get to come? Raising prices means better facilities (anyone else tired of smoke in their eyes and smelling like a burger?) but where does the money come from to make the improvements? Could Mass become an independent within the FCS and only schedule the better teams? Can lesser FBS teams play AT FCS sites? UMass needs to act now or we will be one of the next NU's or Hofstra's

Anonymous said...

Another reason to consider an FBS upgrade is Amherst's proximity to ESPN in Bristol, CT. Connecticut was televised nationally on five occasions throughout the season. Building a new stadium, which could be used for soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse would generate renascent interest in the structure alone. Remember when Mullins went up? How about Rhode Island's relatively new arena for basketball? It's an investment, and the residual benefits would include national but certainly regional interest if not prominence and would draw more applicants to apply. The pride would, in essence, be established by the investment in buildout of facilities. Football, especially in a depressed economic climate, is more a business consideration than a a means of support or school pride. Hofstra is putting the finishing touches on a new medical school. Why do they need football? They had poorer attendance than Northeastern did--and besides Stoney Brook, they were the only FCS team on L.I.