Wednesday, March 26, 2014

UMass to leave the MAC

UPDATE: I'll have some commentary up tomorrow morning. Leaving the MAC is another challenge, but it's also opportunity. The MAC went 0-5 in Bowl games. EMU basketball drew 373 fans for a CIT Tourney game. UMass went 1-11 and still was in the middle of the league in football attendance.

Let's improve the next two years and find a new home that wants us. Go UMass!

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Multiple news sources report UMass will leave the MAC in two years.

USA Today.

CBS Sports.

SI.com.

From Gazette.com.

Wow. Forcing UMass to join the conference in all sports must have been intended to force UMass out. The league had to know the Athletic Dept would never agree to to that stipulation.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

umass will be back in the CAA in two years.

Anonymous said...

No Way they are going back down. The money being spent on basketball and Football training centers and the expansion of the University itself will force that issue.

Anonymous said...

Are there any leads for different conferences? This is going to destroy recruiting if they don't find a new conference soon...

UMass74 said...

I don't think it will do much of anything to recruiting. If Whipple can get us winning, then the Sun Belt (football only) and the ACC (maybe all sports) are possible.

Remember Tulsa made the ACC. Google the school. They have 3,000 undergraduates and 300 faculty.

Not very honorable of the MAC to force us out (see the language were they say they appreciate us not telling them off), but as Tony Soprano would say "Now that Temple has left, it's just business"

Anonymous said...

Can't mix up the ACC and the AAC which I think you meant to say!

UMass74 said...

Yes, AAC is correct. I'll probably be screwing that up for some time.

AAC is where we would best fit. Temple. UConn.That's a place a top-shelf public university would want to be in.

I could live with the Sunbelt. We have history with Old Dominion, Appalachian State and Georgia Southern. Being in the Sunbelt is no weirder (geographically) than Tulsa being in the AAC.

Anonymous said...

If the AAC is a forward thinking league, they'll realize that we won't be 1-11 forever, and we're really a pretty nice fit both geographically and in terms of being a "like" institution.

Anonymous said...

It may not have been a way to force UMass out. It was a calculated gamble by the MAC. If UMass improves on the gridiron we are jumping ship. UMass decided to take the gamble and not sacrifice the rest of the athletic department for football. Football now has to stand on its own and get the school into another conference, or fold. It’s a big gamble, but it is the only way to go. Hoops would have been decimated in a few years and many other issues for travel with a smaller budget etc. for the other sports. The MAC probably didn’t expect UMass to take the gamble.

Anonymous said...

your naive to think it wont hurt recruiting. we will just get the kids that have no other offers now. every coach will be telling kids UMASS has no conference to play in and is heading to FCS.

UMass74 said...

I don't think a chance to play in the MAC made any recruit's scalp tingle.

Anonymous said...

Our coaches will be able to sell where we will end up as well, which will most likely be better than the MAC.

MinuteFan said...

Wherever we end up, will we have to go through the same "probationary" period? Not eligible for league championships or bowl appearances, and a reduced take of league money for a few years, correct? Doesn't seem fair to have to go through that again when this was not on UMass.

Anonymous said...

They will likely end up in the AAC but if not they can be an Football independent, schedule games against North East schools, other independents and rest of FBS. Has worked well of other teams.

Anonymous said...

why would anyone schedule an independent team like Umass. what do they gain by playing Umass.

Anonymous said...

Incorrect UMass do not have to go through probation again. They are FBS members now. If they join another conference they will join immediately the following year or season. I hope they join the Sun Belt Conference. The SBC needs a 12th team and eastern team with Appalachian State.

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