spoiler alert: i linked this
The discussion on the panoramic big house photo listed some observations of things that you no longer see at home games. (Fans wearing white, location of the marching band, grass turf, etc.) This made me think of other things, the majority of which are no longer allowed.
1. Flags and flagpoles inside the Big House:
2. Male cheerleaders doing backflips on to the field after scores for every point UM had on the scoreboard. (Makes sense they had to stop doing this once the field was lowered in 1991. They'd kill themselves trying that today.)
3. Toilet paper explosion after touchdowns:
4. Marshmallows in the end zone:
5. Students drinking beer in the stands:
6. Packed student section for pregame regardless of opponent. I really hope we get back to this:
After Idaho dropped, EMU refuted talk of dropping, UMass is pushing for dropping out of FBS and going back to FCS at their faculty senate meeting.
UMass has been an utter disaster since joining FBS.
Once a proud FCS program that won a national championship in 1998, UMass joined FBS in 2012 and gained MAC membership as an affiliate member with a requirement to join the league in all sports a couple years later or get booted like Temple did.
UMass has gone 8-40 overall and 7-25 in the MAC since the jump. They went 2-22 in their first two seasons. Michigan played them in their first FBS season in 2012, a game which was a far cry from the 2010 meeting where the #17 ranked FCS team put a scare into us.
UMass was booted from the MAC recently after not joining for all sports, so now they face a similar fate as Idaho. Play as an independent or drop.
The University of Massachusetts faculty senate continues to call for the school to either drop down to FCS or cancel its program altogether, a revised agenda for Thursday's upcoming meeting revealed.The faculty senate, meeting for its second-to-last session of the spring semester, does not have the power to bring on the change but has a motion that will urge the university's chancellor, president and board of trustees to "end Division I football (Football Bowl Subdivision) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and either move to a different division or discontinue NCAA football."