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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."
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I saw this video of Deion Sanders (http://www.nfl.com/videos/back-2-campus/0ap3000000654324/Deion-Sanders-at-FSU-I-came-here-to-be-the-best-ever) addressing his alma mater and immediately thought back to Desmond Howard on College Gameday in 2014 discussing "greatness" at Michigan at that time (http://michigan.247sports.com/Bolt/Howard-Not-Seeing-Greatness-At-Michigan-31510579). Desmond said that he "... went to practice this season, and I didn't see anybody who looked like they wanted to be great," and that he "didn't see one guy on that field based on his practice habits that wanted to be great. The only guy I saw who had that kind of swagger about him may have been Jabrill Peppers. They were happy, but I didn't see anybody putting in that type of effort where they wanted to be great, and that's an issue."
I don't think it's coincidence that you have two all-time college greats talking about wanting to be "great" first. IMO, it seems since 2006 and the fallout from "The Game" that that type of desire has been eroding in Michigan's football program. We can debate whether it was due to coaching or players simply lacking that mindset. I personally think it was a combination of the two. Enter Harbaugh.
Harbaugh doesn't want to be second best at anything and we've all witnessed how his relentless competitive nature has brought a swagger, fight and determined focus back to the program. When Harbaugh talked about signing up to sit at the big boy table instead of the smaller one by the kitchen (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4JFqtn3Q6A), I think that was his way of talking about being great, being the best and winning all of the trophies and rivalry games.
When you look at what Lewis, Peppers, Butt, Wormley, etc., accomplished in 1-year under Harbaugh and how they're primed for All-B10/All-American seasons, or the way the recruits immediately talk about wininng NCs and going to the NFL, you realize that "being great" mindset is taking hold again! Populate a team, a program with that type of desire coupled with the kind of football playing student-athletes Harbaugh is bringing in and it's easy to picture Towsley Museum adding more NC and Heisman Trophies soon and often.
Desmond Howard wanted to see it and I think this is one of the best things that Harbaugh has done for this program and the players. Thoughts?
Thought I would share this reminder after receiving the email from the athletic department. Somehow I had missed when this opened up, but thankfully read the email and renewed my tickets today.
Hope everyone else remembered to renew their tickets already!
The WSJ, in an article listing five steps to increasing a team's NFL draft success, listed #3: "Follow recruiting rankings."--
"Houston’s J.J. Watt is an inspiration for every overlooked recruit in the country. A two-star prospect out of high school, according to Rivals, he has gone on to become a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and a weekly nightmare for opposing quarterbacks.
But NFL teams would do well to remember that such transformations are exceedingly rare. In fact, the players who were rated as top recruits in high school generally do turn into better players in the NFL.
By comparing Rivals recruiting rankings for every player drafted in the past five years with Pro-Football-Reference’s “Approximate Value” (AV), a statistic that quantifies every player’s impact, we found that each bump in star rating is associated with greater success in the NFL.
Five-star players produced nearly twice as much AV per year as two-star players, for instance, and were 5.1 percentage points more likely to have appeared in an NFL game."