Robert N. Brooks: University gains even as football program fumbles
Maine defensive back Jamal Clay (15) wraps up Massachusetts running back Stacey Bedell (23) during their NCAA football game in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday Sept. 7, 2013. Maine defeated Massachusetts 24-14. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia) Purchase photo reprints »
To the editor:
Concerning the UMass football team’s loss to Maine, while undoubtedly Coach Charley Molnar is in part to blame, others shouldn’t be let off the hook: so-called experts in the media, some UMass administrators and alumni and others who unrealistically boosted the program from Day One before a single point had been scored, and continued to do so through last year’s season.
It is hoped that the division upgrade will soon be seen for the mistake that many knew it to be. Notwithstanding, I hope success, however defined, will in fact be realized in the near future.
Just keep things in perspective, meanwhile. It’s only a game and has little or nothing to do with the admirable academic strides the university is making. Somehow or other Brandeis, Chicago, Cal Tech and MIT seem to prosper absent football.
Robert N. Brooks