Re: UMass Football to the MAC - Win / Win
posted at 12/29/2010 12:40 PM EST
In Response to Re: UMass Football to the MAC - Win / Win
[QUOTE]Moving to the MAC will not help the BB program one bit. It's a step down from the A10. And they'd lose their only true, remaining rival, which is not Temple (those days are long gone) but Rhode Island. Hell, Temple has been pressured to move all their sports over and refuses too. For the same reasons, no rivals, and it's a step down. That said, BB is a money loser for UMass, so they don't, or at least shouldn't, have much say in the move.
Posted by SlimPickensII[/QUOTE
I think that UMASS is planning on the days when the Atlantic Ten doesn't exist any more.
The assumption is that the non-football schools in the Big East (Georgetown, Providence, Villanova, Seton Hall, St. John's, Marquette, etc...) will break away from the football schools. They will add a few teams from the Atlantic Ten (St. Joes, Dayton...) and setup an all-Catholic all sports except football league.
The Big East will continue with current membership but possibly add a school or two like East Carolina or Central Florida.
UMASS figures it is better to be in an established all sports league than find itself in the position of URI, scrambling to find a new home.
Most probably URI ends up in America East which would make sense with peers such as Maine, UNH and Vermont.