Author Topic: 2012-2020: Future of SBU Football - Conference Affiliation, FBS Football, etc  (Read 14170 times)

BigFatFan

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Interesting, where does UMass go from here?  back to FCS?

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That is the question many people are asking on many boards.  I don't think they are a candidate for a major conference ACC, CUSA. So I thought the MAC was a good fit.

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That is the question many people are asking on many boards.  I don't think they are a candidate for a major conference ACC, CUSA. So I thought the MAC was a good fit.

ESPN article indicates:

1).  MAC seems very content at 12 teams.

2).  UMass will not go down to FCS.  They will be in the MAC for two seasons so they have time.

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/10677441/massachusetts-minutemen-reach-agreement-leave-mid-america-conference-2015-season

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Interesting, where does UMass go from here?  back to FCS?

They should.. My guess is Stacey Bedell left for SB because UMASS Football is a disaster and only getting worse..

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Hammer that  is the best guess .  UMass needs to start playing home  games on campus. Imagine driving to Giants Stadium on Saturday  to see SBU play.  Folks aren't going to do it especially with a losing program plus most Boston area fans  are Patriot fans first.

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UMass will resume playing 1/2 of their games at home this year.  Their stadium renovation is complete.

That said, I have NO idea what will happen with their football program.

When Temple up and left on short notice a few years ago that completely pulled the rug out from underneath UMass (and the MAC).

And I guess Temple FB is a mess now too.  Temple hurt a lot of folks, including themselves.

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its a good little warning tale to those who want to jump to the bigger conferences too quickly...
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I have to think the MAC was making a power play to get UMass elite mid major bball program under their umbrella. The MAC had nothing to lose, UMass isn't bringnig much to the table, and they missed an opportunity to do the same to Temple a couple years back.

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I still hope around 2020 that we have the stadium and fan support that an FBS move requires, regardless of whether that move ever happens.

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2020 is a reasonable target.   I think we can do a better job than UMass in a step up.   Builds up the fan base  as I really hope  we can we.  We have two respectable venues to keep filled.

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I really would not be shocked to see UMass end up as an independent until the next set of realignments (which we all know is going to happen by 2020).

C-USA and Sunbelt for UMass are good fits academics/athletics, but not geographic.  AAC is good geographic, but not athletic.

As for us, I'd really like to see us stay in the CAA and America East until we get establish dominance.

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That is the question many people are asking on many boards.  I don't think they are a candidate for a major conference ACC, CUSA. So I thought the MAC was a good fit.

ESPN article indicates:

1).  MAC seems very content at 12 teams.

2).  UMass will not go down to FCS.  They will be in the MAC for two seasons so they have time.

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/10677441/massachusetts-minutemen-reach-agreement-leave-mid-america-conference-2015-season
That is the question many people are asking on many boards.  I don't think they are a candidate for a major conference ACC, CUSA. So I thought the MAC was a good fit.


ESPN article indicates:

1).  MAC seems very content at 12 teams.

2).  UMass will not go down to FCS.  They will be in the MAC for two seasons so they have time.

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/10677441/massachusetts-minutemen-reach-agreement-leave-mid-america-conference-2015-season


James Madison to C-USA.

IF MAC is interested in expanding, it might need to be Delaware and SBU. 

They 'fit' and their location is okay.  Need 'two to dance' and those two could partner.  Otherwise, I see nothing along the mid-Atlantic for the MAC.

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Towson seems like an obvious consideration if you are throwing JMU into the mix.  I really dont see SB going up a level until they can get sustained fan base at their games.  sure, Homecoming was a sellout, but for other games, the stadium was half full, and its a small venue now.  if we can generate enough interest to pack the house for all games, then I'd say lets give it a try.  otherwise, lets just look to get better in the CAA, win a few conf. championships, and make deep runs into the FCS playoffs.

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That would  be a quantum leap now. I agree a few more years,more   fans and more wins!

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Besides, we don't even have a permanent Director of Athletics. I don't see even consideration of a conference move until a new one is hired and he/she gets a couple of years on the job at SB.