Jim Reis: Move to I-A football a big mistake for UMass

  • Massachusetts tight end Kyle Horn is tackled by Connecticut defensive back Tyler Coyle during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 26, in Amherst. AP

Published: 12/2/2019 1:44:16 PM

How much longer must the decision-makers wait to acknowledge that the move to Division I-A football was a big mistake for UMass?

For the past eight years, no matter who the coach is or how much money the taxpayers pay them — hundreds of thousands for the head and assistant coaches — they have been most often slaughtered almost every week (1-11 record, with most games lost by wide margins.)

And what about the players who train and try so hard, but are routinely severely injured playing these bigger and faster athletes from other, more established and larger college programs? Remember when UMass football won the 1998 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship and regularly made the playoffs at this lower level.

The schedule included many New England colleges and most often had very exciting games playing New Hampshire, Maine, UConn and Rhode Island, and other colleges. Shouldn’t UMass football be about playing primarily New England rivalries, recruiting talented I-AA players, and giving their fans an exciting, competitive game to watch?

UMass is an outstanding and top notch academic university that doesn’t need Division I-A football to attract students or funding, and with their student costs continuing to rise every year, shouldn’t this be one of the many other cost saving actions that should be made?

Jim Reis

Northampton




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