Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thursday--March 27th, 2014

OK. First off, this one is on the MAC. UMass would not have considered going FBS two years ago without a league offer. The MAC wanted to keep Temple and so they made the offer to UMass.

Second the MAC did not have to invoke the all-sports clause. They knew that would not be acceptable to us.

Read between the lines of this quote:

This is not the outcome we anticipated when UMass was admitted as a football-only member.  However, circumstances changed regarding our football membership and this is a result of those circumstances,” added Steinbrecher.  “I want to thank University of Massachusetts Chancellor, Dr. Kumble Subbaswamy, and Director of Athletics, John McCutcheon, for their professionalism and understanding in reaching this amicable decision.” 

Translation: Thanks for not pointing out in print what a screw job this is. We wanted you with Temple, but without the Owls...

Everyone knows I love UMass football. But leaving the MAC was the right thing for UMass and the athletic dept. There is no way UMass should be in MAC for basketball.

I think UMass is committed to FBS football. I don't think coach Whipple would have signed on without that commitment.

See this quote from the AD " McCutcheon said, "We remain committed to FBS football. Many institutions have successfully navigated this challenging period of conference realignment and we will do the same."

UMass obviously wanted to move to a different conference sometime. It would appear that McCutcheon thinks we have options.

Where does that leave UMass? We need to have Coach Whipple get us winning. We have two years to look for another conference. Conference USA with old foe Old Dominion is an option. So is the Sunbelt conference with old foes Appalachian State and Georgia State.

The AAC would be even better. We'd be back with UConn and Temple.That would be an attractive hoops league too.

Tulsa, a small religious school with 3,000 undergrads joined the AAC. If they did it, we can.

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Matty V. Says UMass made the right call. Note that I wrote the above before reading Matty's article.

Hustle Belt asks "What does this mean for the MAC?"

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From Coach Whipple's Twitter feed :" No matter what conference we join, UMass Football is committed to building champions The future has begun!

From me.
Let's Go UMass.

“This is not the outcome we anticipated when UMass was admitted as a football-only member.  However, circumstances changed regarding our football membership and this is a result of those circumstances,” added Steinbrecher.  “I want to thank University of Massachusetts Chancellor, Dr. Kumble Subbaswamy, and Director of Athletics, John McCutcheon, for their professionalism and understanding in reaching this amicable decision.”  
- See more at: http://www.mac-sports.com/tabid/969/Article/332848/MAC-and-UMass-Announce-2015-As-Final-Year-In-Football.aspx#sthash.kTOzeDNf.dpuf
“This is not the outcome we anticipated when UMass was admitted as a football-only member.  However, circumstances changed regarding our football membership and this is a result of those circumstances,” added Steinbrecher.  “I want to thank University of Massachusetts Chancellor, Dr. Kumble Subbaswamy, and Director of Athletics, John McCutcheon, for their professionalism and understanding in reaching this amicable decision.”  
- See more at: http://www.mac-sports.com/tabid/969/Article/332848/MAC-and-UMass-Announce-2015-As-Final-Year-In-Football.aspx#sthash.kTOzeDNf.dpuf

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

The AAC seems like a good match, at least initially, but I think the endgame is the ACC. It would provide the highest level of competition in basketball and for football, the league is as stable and strong as any other in the country. The stature of the representative schools would be significant.

vetteson said...

"As the world Turns: UMass football"

Season three, Episode 1:

"We have a plan.........."

Anonymous said...

^ I think you have the right idea but the wrong conference. It's the Big Ten. Maybe the American for the next decade or so, but we want the Big Ten.

Football wins is the only thing holding us back from the AAC. That's why Molnar was canned and Whipple was brought in. It wasn't just UMass fans happy with that decision. The ship needed to turn abound ASAP because the MAC was coming and we didn't want all-in. Whipple provides hope, energy, and hopefully a few wins.

Show up, support the team, and get 2-3 wins this year.

izy1 said...

The caliber of schools in the AAC far surpasses what UMASS faced in the MAC. 2 year clock is running to get to that level of play.
If they can't get it together in the NEW Season 1 with Whipple in command don't expect any stellar invitations to any other conference.
GO UMASS

Anonymous said...

UMASS will certainly fit into the AAC football attendance numbers. Under Molnar Umass was getting 16k a game. The Memphis at Uconn game drew 17k.Memphis gets about 20k fannies in the seat, alot less in 2012. With Whippl's exciting offense, and winning ways,attendance will grow.Don't let the AAC or the UConn crowd make you think they are turning away fans,we will help Uconn, not hurt it. Unless you wish to watch Tulane or Tulsa.

Anonymous said...

Tough to build champions and play for championships when your not in a league.