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Coastal Carolina is nuts.
The Sun Belt is crazy.
These will not be among the official statements you will be reading today in regards to Coastal Carolina’s whirlwind acceptance of their athletic program into the Sun Belt.
The Sun Belt did not make this decision because Coastal Carolina was the most qualified candidate. They were not convinced by an impressive attendance number or a plan of action that stated exactly how the Chanticleers were going to be able to pay for an expensive, permanent upgrade to the costs and expenses of FBS football.
They picked them because they were in the right place, and were willing to go.
And that’s precisely why someone at the NCAA needs to put a stop to the the madness that is the current structure for drafting FBS teams.
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I’m thinking about starting something daily during the work week – a section of five lunchtime reading links I found interesting.
Most times these will involve the Patriot League, FCS football, college football, or something else that I find interesting or amusing.
Let’s get right to it: Your LFN lunchtime reading for today.
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(Photo Credit: The Republican)
I’ll admit it: UMass has hit pretty much all my sore spots over the years.
Perhaps it was being in the crowd of that 1998 playoff game, where the Mountain Hawks were a horrible pass interference call away from advancing to the I-AA semifinals, complete with the “Lehigh: We’re Just Better” sign. (UMass would go on to become I-AA national champions that year, surprising Georgia Southern in the championship game.)
Perhaps it was the move to the MAC in order to play FBS football, after years of moaning from the powers-that-be at UMass that football was a money loser. If you’re losing money in FCS, a move to the MAC is the equivalent of selling your underwater mortgage for an even larger mortgage, because this time, things will be completely different.
Perhaps it was playing at the home of the New England Patriots, 100 miles away from Amherst and home to the NFL franchise that broke my Eagles-loving wife’s heart.
But in the last few weeks – after a barrage of terrible news over the last few months about UMass’ “unexpected” extra loss of money in FBS, lost local revenue and fraying relations with faculty – things are, honestly, starting to look up in Amherst.
I mean it. Really. Things are looking up.
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