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Dropping football will never happen. Our football program dates back to 1896 and that history matters to Connecticut. We aren’t going to just all of a sudden stop playing the sport because haters think we should. As you said, FCS football is expensive too, so UConn will remain FBS and weather any and all storms. Stab us with your steely knives but you just can’t kill the beast.
 

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Going to expand on my above comment here regarding we do not pay Big East/AAC money for our Football coaches. There are boom and bust cycles with sports, look at basketball. I don't care if we never get into the AAC because of the P6 arms race type of money. People like the A10 and has the best combination of being a good league and reasonable costs and travel expenses. Perhaps some day UConn will decide a Football only membership has it's advantages and we can team up with them.
 

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I've got no dog in this CFB race, but this is just special. "Weather any and all storms." Like women's lacrosse or those other pesky, stormy sports?

And to top it off, quoting a sh*tty song/band. Is UConn football a beast?

Edit: not sure why it didn't, but that was supposed to quote Steve's post up there w/ the UConn fan quote in it.
 

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When a flagship university of a state school system cannot offer a full array of sports, there's a problem. As an independent in FBS, their only hope for a palatable record is to schedule the doldrums of college football. Even then, I can't see them being .500 or bowl eligible, ever. Basketball is UConn's sport, and really all their success is tied into Jim Calhoun's reign. They sucked before him, and have been a big pile of not much spectacular since. They're moving to the BE, which means they know BB is the priority. FFS, drop to FCS and make sure those state dollars are offering opportunities for well-rounded Connecticut HS athletes in other sports. 22 saved scholarships to downgrade to FCS should be a no brainer. Giving 85 kids full rides and overpaying an FBS staff - to suck monumentally - they should be embarrassed.
Football is only one part of UCONN’s AD budget deficit. Football is responsible for $13 million of the $43 million deficit.
 

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UConn isn’t the first and won’t be the last school to foolishly chase the FCS football dream (despite having no traditional base of support or infrastructure) only to see its broader athletics programs suffer and/or go under.
So has Olean High School. What's your point?
The above post say no infrastructure, WRONG. UConn built a new stadium and UMass has spent about 60M with a new Football Performance center, Press and Sky Box, stadium improvements and a full size Indoor Practice Facility.

Above post says not traditional base of support, WRONG. The 6 game total Football attendance is HIGHER than most A10 BB universities total attendance despite having 3X the number of games.

That is my point, like the facts or not. Continue with your fact news, but will be here.
 

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Actually, 1/2 of the BE was west of the Appalachians before UConn rejoined. The former BE had a NE core.
 

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In the world of today’s FBS, are those things really the needed infrastructure when most teams with which you wish to compete have had them for decades, have built upon them, and since moved on to other things?

Additionally, the peripheral costs for football (equipment, insurance, travel, larger coaching/training staff, etc.) are extremely difficult to overcome unless you’re drawing significant fans and TV cash.

To compare the drawing power necessary to make football profitable to that of men’s basketball? Apples to boner forests. UMass football isn’t competing with A10 schools’ basketball fan bases here. That’s a false equivalency. You’re competing with football bases that have been at the FBS/1-A level for generations. It’s trying to play catch-up when funding football has never been more expensive.
 

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Football is only one part of UCONN’s AD budget deficit. Football is responsible for $13 million of the $43 million deficit.
I'm sure flying the women's soccer team and other non-revenue sports teams to Texas, Oklahoma and Florida has something to do with it, but how in the world does UConn lose $30 million on sports other than football?
 

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Most team in the A10 do NOT make money, look around, it is not about just making money. What percentage of the 240+ BB teams not in a power conference make money?????

To be sure there is some serious mis-management going on at UConn. We are lossing less money from being a FCS than FBS, those are facts. Bet our men's BB program is losing a pile of money, along with almost every other sport except perhaps hockey.
 

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Name 7 teams in the A10 with links that make money. Ooops, non public universities do not have to post those figures.

There is a good number making money in the A10, but not half. In basketball you have a head coach, 3 assistant head coaches, operation manager that are groomed to be assistant coaches. The money spent per player to coaching staff is severely higher than football. Our basketball and head football coaches make close to the same amount of money, actually basketball coach makes a little more than football. The A10 is equivalent to the G5 in FBS football. The A10 is not a power conference. Compare apples to apples and not Football to the P5 instead of the more appropriate average G5 team.
 

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UConn isn’t the first and won’t be the last school to foolishly chase the FCS football dream (despite having no traditional base of support or infrastructure) only to see its broader athletics programs suffer and/or go under.


The above post say no infrastructure, WRONG. UConn built a new stadium and UMass has spent about 60M with a new Football Performance center, Press and Sky Box, stadium improvements and a full size Indoor Practice Facility.

Above post says not traditional base of support, WRONG. The 6 game total Football attendance is HIGHER than most A10 BB universities total attendance despite having 3X the number of games.

That is my point, like the facts or not. Continue with your fact news, but will be here.
The total year’s attendance of 62,312 was lower than the average single-game attendance of 21 of the top FBS programs.

Of the schools your football team outdrew, including UMass, only 1 - Fordham of all schools - played 18 home games. The other 7 all played 14, 15, or 16.

I'm not sure a football team outdrawing basketball teams with 2k-5k arenas is the hill you want to die on.
 

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Name 7 teams in the A10 with links that make money. Ooops, non public universities do not have to post those figures.
Ooops, that post is untrue. The non-public colleges and universities do have annual NCAA financial reporting which is made available. Plus, they file their 990's with the IRS, and those are available.

Otherwise Steve, your posts are coming across as quite defensive. What are you defending against?
 

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Total, not single game average. 16-18 games and total attendance in basketball is less than footballs 5-6 games.
AGAIN responding to the fake news statement
Try 14-16 games, except Fordham who gets to schedule like a P5 and play 18 home games. And yes, I hear you loud and clear - UMass FB total for 2019 was larger than 8 A10 schools BB total for 2019-2020. It's football, and you seat 17K, and big whoop, you outdrew teams playing 2.4x as many games in arenas that seat 2k-5k fans. Again, Steve, that's not the hill to die on.
 
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