12-02-2011 03:03 AM

Although the University of Massachusetts is already moving ahead to upgrade its football program, faculty leaders continue to question the merits of the move and on Thursday took a stand against using public money to renovate McGuirk Stadium.

In a resolution approved at the end of a lengthy panel discussion that included a speech by Chancellor Robert C. Holub, the Faculty Senate called for the university to halt plans to renovate or expand McGuirk until it has raised 80 percent of the estimated $30 million project through private donations.

Most of the discussion, however, focused on the merits of moving UMass from the Championship Subdivision to the Bowl Subdivision of Division I football.

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