I’ll buy anyone a beer at the USF game if you can tell me this post is even aboutAloha,
Good job in reminding the faithful here of where most of the football studs come from: CA, TX, FL & GA & other southern states. There's NO WAY that UConn will ever get kids from CA & TX on a regular basis. So, what's to draw many of the better southern players up to play FBS Independent football up at c-cold, far-away, irrelevant-in-football UConn? It's certainly not our football tradition.
UConn will never draw those kids, especially after at least 10 years now of bottom-feeding in FBS. Kids want to play for winning programs w/ tradition, near their homes, in rivalries against their friends, or in the really big games if they're great. The SEC offers both. So, we aren't getting them up to 1-11 Storrs. New England doesn't grow any of them. We grow hoopsters.
In 2012, the established football powers & NCAA big shots changed the rules. "Football-uber-alles" became the cry & the new reality with college football realignments. UConn got lost in the shuffle. It sucks but that's it - banished in an insanely costly, free-fall to the foreign, distant campus purgatory of the AAC.
It's not the coaches faults entirely either. It's UConn's lack of a longstanding positive reputation outside of the region for FBS football & our constant futility that keeps us from getting the better recruits, & invited into the better leagues.
Note: I hate to say it, but Jimmy Calhoun's less-than-honorable past NCAA history in recruiting battles also had something to do with the Huskies being left out in the cold by the ACC during realignment as well, another story. Cheating is a double-edged sword, Jimmy.
Since 2012, knowledge about the terrible, long-term effects of football on players' health has been firmly established & promoted by all, even the NFL. CTE, early dementia & suicide are no joke to be laughed off as coaches often used to do. Today, millions of knowledgable parents prevent their children from playing tackle football, a sport that shortens brains & lives, all well-documented. That's the main trend that aint going away. Tackle football, as we know & love it, will eventually go away. These people aren't weak. They're just smart enough to make the connection & make changes that promote healthy children. It's a healthy trend, IMO.
Conversely, it's been documented that African-American parents of many aforementioned Southern football studs are the main group still pushing their kids into football - because they have other pressures, like preventing gangs from trying to recruit their children, to deal with. So, they're still available - but not to the UConn's of the Northeastern college football spectrum.
The point is: Why waste time & spend many more millions on the losing proposition that is FBS football for UConn, even as an independent?
Skipping the downsizing steps from FBS-to FBS Independent-to FCS is the smart, fiscally-prudent move.
FCS football in the CAA is the best way for UConn to go, to rebuild traditional, regional rivalries against teams that UConn fans know, actually hate & want to beat & care about the games. No empty seats there. And UConn will save millions by not traveling to those far away campuses. I mean, what was UConn doing playing at Tulsa? Who cares?
CURRENT TREND: Only 24 FBS football programs made money last year. All of the rest of the hundreds of participating schools (FBS-FCS-Div II & III) LOST money on college football. COSTS! Wake up Connecticut & UConn fans - we need a new fiscal approach.
UConn football joining the FCS would provide a fresh start in a positive direction, one that will serve future UConn students & supporters much better than being a hired, money-grubbing loser as an FBS Independent scrounging for games that don't mean a thing to us.
Maybe the lack of independent scheduling by the AD that's rattling the OP is a sign that UConn leaders still don't know how long they'll be willing & able to commit to FBS Independent football.
C'mon, UConn athletics is $40 mil in debt! Collegiate bankrupt athletic budgets today are not feasible for most schools & football costs are most of the budget & increasing exponentially. Let's not throw more bad money after bad money spent, for pride!? Let's cut our losses & go to the CAA of the FCS. It's the logical move if there is to be any level of sustainable football for UConn. The studs will never consistently come up to play at UConn in the numbers to make us an FBS winner again.
UConn has made its bed with the Big East commitment as a basketball school. Football will just have to take a back seat for now, just as basketball had to adjust in 2012.
Yeah, but at least they are giving the tickets away to season ticket holders instead of anyone who wants one. That’s how you keep loyal fans, so when things turn around they don’t have to start trying from scratch to get ticket sales up.I'll just put this here.....UCLA cannot get seats sold to a visiting Oklahoma...
Well the good news is....Thing is - every one on this list has yet to schedule their annual FCS game. So we have to convince these schools to skip their cupcake game which is not easy.
I'll just put this here.....UCLA cannot get seats sold to a visiting Oklahoma...
Laugh all you want but the math is there. Most years it would be six; it just so happens BC is already scheduled as a late season game. Keep in mind we already have 3 P5 games scheduled that year. Is it unrealistic that big SEC school will whore us out for their cupcake game and is it unrealistic that we could get P5 series against low-hanging fruit the first 5 weeks of the season?lol shizzle yeah they are going to get SEVEN p5 games in a season.
shizzz... come on. six home games and seven P5 games? Notre Dame barely pulls that off.Laugh all you want but the math is there. Most years it would be six; it just so happens BC is already scheduled as a late season game. Keep in mind we already have 3 P5 games scheduled that year. Is it unrealistic that big SEC school will whore us out for their cupcake game and is it unrealistic that we could get P5 series against low-hanging fruit the first 5 weeks of the season?
It would be six P5 games most years (1st five weeks and second to last week for SEC payday game) and six home game (one FCS). It is not unrealistic. Week 5 would have to be against an ACC team that plays a conference game in weeks 1-4.shizzz... come on. six home games and seven P5 games? Notre Dame barely pulls that off.
please stop. its absurd. they are going to be lucky to avoid home and home with UMass and NMSU.It would be six P5 games most years (1st five weeks and second to last week for SEC payday game) and six home game (one FCS). It is not unrealistic. Week 5 would have to be against an ACC team that plays a conference game in weeks 1-4.
LOL. BC moved our series forward in 2022-2023 to let us schedule UMass. They actually helped us out. You know why? Because more butts go in their seats when UConn comes to town than any ACC school except Florida State and Clemson.please stop. its absurd. they are going to be lucky to avoid home and home with UMass and NMSU.
yeah the schedule is going to be 6 home games and 6 p5 teams. this is totally going to be what happens.LOL. BC moved our series forward in 2022-2023 to let us schedule UMass. They actually helped us out. You know why? Because more butts go in their seats when UConn comes to town than any ACC school except Florida State and Clemson.