Would be awesome if we could be a half decent hoops team again. Going to Sweet 16's and NCAA Big dances but you have to realize that FBS football is a different animal. There are no more Independents like back in the day and getting into a conference is the holy grail now. When we were FCS it was a non issue, but like I've said, other than ND and Army football independence is not sustainable. No CFP, no bowl ties ins, etc. Unless you don't care about us being FBS football then it's all good. Why do you think BYU and Liberty and NMSU jumped at the chance to join a conference? You have to offer something as a FBS program to be invited.
Don Brown's back and there's gonna be stability. Hey na, hey na, Don Brown's back.
At the 46 minute mark bamford addressed this issue by saying: “the conference piece will play itself out” and “we have to win games”. Absolutely none of the pertinent issues I brought up were addressed. He gave an opinion not a reasoned answer. To say something will play itself out is gibberish. Scheduling future games and actually getting into a conference are the crux of FBS in 2022. He is doing wishful thinking when he says “the next 5 years “…..I wish he actually mentioned the conference “we thought long and hard about and tried to get into”.
Ryan Bamford has done a great job as AD, but to say “we have to win games” is asinine! No sh&t!!! I thought we had to lose games. All I can say is if people want to stay in the A10 permanently then you can kiss FBS goodbye! Good luck putting together a schedule after 2024 or 2025. But you say” only Army notre dame and UConn and UMass are Indy’s!!”! How come? “ Because Army is federally supported and is a football blue blood and Notre Dame is a ACC member and also a blue blood. If bamford turned down either the MAC or C-USA then we are screwed.
Agree totally but C-USA basketball is even worse. I like the Loyola add to the A-10 (it seems odd that the A-10 is filled with schools that won national championships and final fours 50 - 80 odd years ago). Hope things work out for our football team but Bamford saying "the conference piece will play itself out" is like saying "we are hoping for the best" very wishful thinking. The Plant the Flag podcast with the coaches was entertaining with the 4 coaches but the reason Bamford does not have an answer for "the conference piece" is because there isn't one. Worst case scenario is UMass and UConn drop back down to FCS. I could actually see us back in FCS and UConn dropping football altogether.
Look at the A-10: we're the only FBS school; look at the Big East: UConn is the only FBS school.
That New Jersey team that made it to the elite eight only got 1 team in the big dance as well. That said understand Bamford's position. If he thinks we have a shot at the Big East bb understand. Otherwise no and have adjusted my giving, consolidated all to the Gridiron club for the same reason an Xavier fan gave be on the elevator in Atlantic City. We had 27 sports at the time and they had something like 18 and focused their dollars on bb with no football. Focus your giving on the sport you care about. Could be wrong but believe Martin is getting close to 1.8 million with everything.
We all do what we believe in and think the A10 will always be deeper and a bit better than the MAC. Realistically the MAC is discussed as it is the only conference that has a doable footprint and similar to the A10 with the exception of URI, Fordham, St. Joes and LaSalle. Yes it's better but we have had the same 5M in TV revenue for a decade while the MAC went from 1.3M to 10M. Never mind the huge, 1.5M, which is over 1 million more than we will receive as independents. The reason for the above numbers is to say 1M more in CFP money, football travel was 100k cheaper while in the MAC and over a Million would be an off-set a big chunk of increased travel expense.
This logic has baffled me for years. Umass bball hasn’t finished in the top 5 in the A10 for 5 years? 10? How long has it been since they won the A10 regular season or conference championship?
AMENUMass1991 wrote: ↑Mon May 30, 2022 5:32 pmThis logic has baffled me for years. Umass bball hasn’t finished in the top 5 in the A10 for 5 years? 10? How long has it been since they won the A10 regular season or conference championship?
Coach Cal was 30 years ago!!!! But I'm willing to let it all go since we won the Hockey National Championship a couple years ago. We're sort of in limbo because we are in the A-10 for the olympic sports and football is out on an island. Who knows? we just got "The Problem" Ahmad Haston and if this commit holds up we are going to be a half decent football team, indy or not.
Yes the A-10 is a much better hoops league than the MAC or C-USA. The A-10 got more bids than either of those leagues. Also I like the Loyola add.minutefanjsf wrote: ↑Mon May 30, 2022 7:58 pm
who knows?!? maybe Bamford is the miracle AD. maybe he's right when he says the conference piece "will work itself out". We just got a very highly rated QB as a commit next year. Ahmad Haston turned down a P5 and some G5 schools for us.
ZooMass84 and others agree with the MAC all sports would be a good all around conference. Both the Women's and Men's basketball teams get multiple NIT bids. Have state my views but willing to accept AD Ryan Bamford's approach to see how everything shakes out. Hope the Don Brown and Frank Martin hires are as good as Tori Verde, who for the record believe his wife may also had some influence and the same for Greg Carvel.