Not movin' on up
UMass committee says football should stay at Division I-AA level
Posted: Wednesday December 10, 2003 7:15PM; Updated: Wednesday December 10, 2003 7:15PM
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) -- The University of Massachusetts football program should remain at the Division I-AA level, a school committee recommended Wednesday.
A Board of Trustees committee has been studying whether the Minutemen should move up to Division I-A, but decided the program would be better suited to stay at its current status -- for now.
"There is a strong and eager constituency for Division I-A football, but we should not take this step until we have all the ingredients needed to make the move an unqualified and enduring success," said Robert Meers, co-chair of the trustees' Ad Hoc Committee on Athletics.
Authors of the study, conducted by Chicago-based Grenzebach Glier & Associates, said a successful Division I-A team could boost student and faculty recruitment, energize alumni and generate more financial support for UMass.
But a difficult economy makes this a bad time to raise the money needed for a Division I-A program, the study said.
Before the team could upgrade, the committee recommended that Chancellor John Lombardi develop a plan to draw more attention and money to football and other sports at the Amherst campus.