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#1 2018-09-09 07:36:06 - 19,579

AndreWhere (640)
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19,579

Even if USM had eked out a win, we'd still be left to ponder that number, and the fact that Hopson just got an extension.

Pretty inspirational shit.


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#2 2018-09-09 07:47:00 - 19,579

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AndreWhere wrote:

Even if USM had eked out a win, we'd still be left to ponder that number, and the fact that Hopson just got an extension.

Pretty inspirational shit.

That was announced.  No way there were more than 16k and zero chance of breaking 12k the rest of the year after the coaching blunders and lack of energy last night.

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#3 2018-09-09 08:00:07 - 19,579

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tg300 wrote:
AndreWhere wrote:

Even if USM had eked out a win, we'd still be left to ponder that number, and the fact that Hopson just got an extension.

Pretty inspirational shit.

That was announced.  No way there were more than 16k.

Inevitably. Could be worse than that, really.


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#4 2018-09-09 08:18:37 - 19,579

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Everything considered I do believe we will be dropping to FCS within 3-4 years when Hops contract expires. School will blame attendance and lack of support. Alumni will blame poor leadership. The economy should be unstable by then since we are well past it’s time for an adjustment(usually every 10 years). You will see attendance below 10K by the UTSA game.


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#5 2018-09-09 08:26:42 - 19,579

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Nugget's Ghostbuster wrote:

Everything considered I do believe we will be dropping to FCS within 3-4 years when Hops contract expires. School will blame attendance and lack of support. Alumni will blame poor leadership. The economy should be unstable by then since we are well past it’s time for an adjustment(usually every 10 years). You will see attendance below 10K by the UTSA game.

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#6 2018-09-09 08:43:49 - 19,579

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Nugget's Ghostbuster wrote:

Everything considered I do believe we will be dropping to FCS within 3-4 years when Hops contract expires. School will blame attendance and lack of support. Alumni will blame poor leadership. The economy should be unstable by then since we are well past it’s time for an adjustment(usually every 10 years). You will see attendance below 10K by the UTSA game.

If it does come to that, I hope it's a UAB-style wake up call that will provoke people to step up and save the program. And "people" has to include students. 

We're unfortunately closer to what you describe than ever. I realized our budget was small, but the latest figures have us second-to-last in FBS. One list I saw had us right above Idaho, and they are indeed dropping down to FCS.

How this happened really bewilders me. In terms of real fan support (ticket sales, attendance, donations...) USM has been near the top of CUSA. A competent administration ought to serve as a sort of "force multiplier" that translates decent fan/donor money into a decent budget.

Personally I'd rather drop football than go FCS. I'm on the fence on playing in the same conference as FIU versus dropping football. I guess I can deal with it when the team's winning.


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#7 2018-09-09 09:26:22 - 19,579

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We are not alone. UCONN has a somewhat similar situation. They don’t want to be in the FBS and fan support is even worse than us. They have money from the conference but it doesn’t cover what they are losing with the football program and basketball program these days. They would love to drop football and focus exclusively on basketball again without the AAC. They have actually been killing their athletic legacy because of chasing football.

I would be fine if we dropped football if it meant we would pour millions into baseball and basketball.


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