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EMU Regents say: We're not eliminating football, we're not leaving the MAC
Letter signed by EMU's president and Board of Regents, posted on athletic department's website.

http://emueagles.com/news/2016/4/26/gene...orter.aspx

Quote:In the past several days, there has been considerable media coverage of reports that indicate that Eastern Michigan University is considering eliminating football, or reducing support for football by dropping down to a lower division of the NCAA and by dropping out of the Mid-American Conference. These reports are not based on any solid factual information. We have absolutely no plans to eliminate football or move into any other division or conference.
04-26-2016 04:53 PM
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RE: EMU Regents say: We're not eliminating football, we're not leaving the MAC
They actually might be more competitive in a lower division.
04-26-2016 05:20 PM
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RE: EMU Regents say: We're not eliminating football, we're not leaving the MAC
(04-26-2016 04:53 PM)Wedge Wrote:  Letter signed by EMU's president and Board of Regents, posted on athletic department's website.

http://emueagles.com/news/2016/4/26/gene...orter.aspx

Quote:In the past several days, there has been considerable media coverage of reports that indicate that Eastern Michigan University is considering eliminating football, or reducing support for football by dropping down to a lower division of the NCAA and by dropping out of the Mid-American Conference. These reports are not based on any solid factual information. We have absolutely no plans to eliminate football or move into any other division or conference.

In other words, if the current football coach, who is in his 3rd year, does not turn things around soon, let's say by his 4th year, then it's time to pull the plug on the football program.
04-26-2016 05:35 PM
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RE: EMU Regents say: We're not eliminating football, we're not leaving the MAC
(04-26-2016 04:53 PM)Wedge Wrote:  Letter signed by EMU's president and Board of Regents, posted on athletic department's website.

http://emueagles.com/news/2016/4/26/gene...orter.aspx

Quote:In the past several days, there has been considerable media coverage of reports that indicate that Eastern Michigan University is considering eliminating football, or reducing support for football by dropping down to a lower division of the NCAA and by dropping out of the Mid-American Conference. These reports are not based on any solid factual information. We have absolutely no plans to eliminate football or move into any other division or conference.

Now they done it! Now it's in writing, they will drop football.
04-26-2016 06:08 PM
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RE: EMU Regents say: We're not eliminating football, we're not leaving the MAC
(04-26-2016 06:08 PM)MWC Tex Wrote:  
(04-26-2016 04:53 PM)Wedge Wrote:  Letter signed by EMU's president and Board of Regents, posted on athletic department's website.

http://emueagles.com/news/2016/4/26/gene...orter.aspx

Quote:In the past several days, there has been considerable media coverage of reports that indicate that Eastern Michigan University is considering eliminating football, or reducing support for football by dropping down to a lower division of the NCAA and by dropping out of the Mid-American Conference. These reports are not based on any solid factual information. We have absolutely no plans to eliminate football or move into any other division or conference.

Now they done it! Now it's in writing, they will drop football.

Yes. The dreaded vote of confidence.
04-26-2016 08:35 PM
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RE: EMU Regents say: We're not eliminating football, we're not leaving the MAC
They're just kicking the can down the road. It's not a bad idea to, really. Who know what the state of the game, and the NCAA will be in a decade. It may turn out something happens and most of the MAC is plagued by something the major conferences, schools, and the NCAA does; is it better for EMU to stand with its mates to see it through for a bit longer, or cut it and take their chances?

As much as football is a revenue-killer to entire departments, not having one doesn't make for comfort, either. And, honestly, what is EMU's alternative if they drop to FCS or drop the sport altogether? Horizon and Summit? Eastern outpost for the MVC? None of those places are exactly populated with happy residents...
04-26-2016 09:44 PM
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RE: EMU Regents say: We're not eliminating football, we're not leaving the MAC
The EMU professor and student government don't understand the situation based on their comments.

- Drop to FCS or D2? It would cost more because the little saved in scholarship costs is out-weighed by loss of revenue by CFP money, guaranteed games, and TV money

- He says he just wants to drop football only. What? Once those 85 men's scholarships are gone, 85 women's scholarships would also be cut from Title IX requirments? Thats half the women's sports. You can't just cut men's football scholarships without balancing it out I don't think. I dunno, maybe you can. Anybody know for sure?

- He mentions the students don't want to pay the $900 athletics fee, but fails to mention that only $200 of it is for football. He is OK with $700 student fee? If he thinks football's $200 bang for the buck isn't worth it (which actually gets the university attention), how does he feel about an invisible track and field's $73 student fee? What does EMU get out of track and field charging each student $73?

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RE: EMU Regents say: We're not eliminating football, we're not leaving the MAC
(04-26-2016 05:20 PM)hawghiggs Wrote:  They actually might be more competitive in a lower division.
But then what would be the point? Their growing competitiveness in the last few years brings them to the point of hoping to go to the Big Dance in March. Drop down to D2 or D3, and then who cares how well their BBall team does?
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RE: EMU Regents say: We're not eliminating football, we're not leaving the MAC
(04-26-2016 09:52 PM)Miami (Oh) Yeah ! Wrote:  The EMU professor and student government don't understand the situation based on their comments.

- Drop to FCS or D2? It would cost more because the little saved in scholarship costs is out-weighed by loss of revenue by CFP money, guaranteed games, and TV money

- He says he just wants to drop football only. What? Once those 85 men's scholarships are gone, 85 women's scholarships would also be cut from Title IX requirments? Thats half the women's sports. You can't just cut men's football scholarships without balancing it out I don't think. I dunno, maybe you can. Anybody know for sure?

- He mentions the students don't want to pay the $900 athletics fee, but fails to mention that only $200 of it is for football. He is OK with $700 student fee? If he thinks football's $200 bang for the buck isn't worth it (which actually gets the university attention), how does he feel about an invisible track and field's $73 student fee? What does EMU get out of track and field charging each student $73?

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I don't think any school in the country has a balance. They are all working on it and they are all at risk for a lawsuit. Dropping 85 men's scholarships gives them a chance to drop a women's sport or two, but not 85 scholarships. FBS requires more sports than merely being in Division I. They can get to the minimum and focus more on basketball and the remaining sports.

They lose and nobody goes to their games. There's no reason to continue football.
04-26-2016 10:21 PM
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RE: EMU Regents say: We're not eliminating football, we're not leaving the MAC
If the reason for dropping football is because nobody goes to the game and it loses money, then there are track and field, rowing, swimming, and field hockey teams all over the country that need to be cut. Not sure many would be upset if EMU drops out, just saying I dont understand while football is always targeted when other sports are also very expensive and get less attention and everybody gives them a pass. You think its cheap flying a swimming ans diving team all over the AAC from the NE to Texas for the 10 people in attendance, no TV, and not a mention in the news?
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