05-10-2011 06:35 AM

As UMass Football Ascends, Question Marks Linger

UMass Athletic Director Jon McCutcheon says there are risks in most all scenarios involving football at the university, but far more potential rewards with joining the MAC.

UMass administrators say the school’s planned move up a notch to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) will provide the university with more prominence and legitimacy in the Bay State, and also improve the overall bottom line for football, meaning, at least for the immediate future, that it will likely lose less than it does now. But there are some who believe that both the math and geography — a university in Amherst and a football stadium 90 miles away in Foxborough — don’t work with this gambit.

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