DFW, I never said the game needed to be in the Hart Center or even Worcester’s DCU. Play us down there. Hasn’t it been previously posted GU has played other PL teams but HC?
Since 2005, games with American, Boston U, Colgate, Navy, Loyola, and Lafayette...all in Washington.
But it takes two. If Coach Nelson wants to build that record, playing Fairfield or UMass-Boston in December might be more of his approach than a road game.
While I don't think Nelson thought he'd go 3-29 last year; I'm pretty sure he knew he had a weak team and that most certainly affected his scheduling preferences. And this year, he doesn't have any options in that regard, it was agreed to that there'd only be league games unless you were a service academy.
So, we'll see what he comes up with in the future. I hope he tries a couple "anywhere/anytime" road games, one or two is all you'll get anyway and might as well use that sort of thing for recruiting purposes. I doubt there is a Power 5 team that would come to Worcester, home or downtown; and games with mid majors at the DCU have been proven failures.
UMB was a late minute replacement for someone else, I believe (one that of course, blew up in Nelson's face). Might have also had something to do with exam time and not wanting to travel anywhere.
Given the type of crowd we got at BC for the football game, would it make more sense for us to try to get a P5 or Big East opponent to play us at the Gahden rather than playing an A-10 team at the Centrum? Maybe we’d have to do it as a doubleheader with BC or UMass or Harvard to make the dollars work for everyone. Not sure how many people would be interested but maybe Donovan could leverage relationships at Marquette or somewhere else or find a team that wants a home game for a star from Massachusetts.
I guess Georgetown can stay. But nobody wants to travel to Georgetown for a football game. They play a weak schedule, they reunited a rivalry with Catholic. They finally finished the stadium. They have never won the league.
The sad reality is that it would be more exciting playing DeMatha or Gonzaga (high schools) than Georgetown. Better competition and overall stadium environment.
While I am sure that those high schools are top high schools, and could have an athleticism advantage, I would assume a bunch of 20-21 year olds would have a big size and strength advantage over a bunch of 16-17 year olds. Those are big growing years especially in a college weight room. Maybe there was intentional hyperbole that I missed, but in a game like football where size matters a lot, I would give the competitive advantage to a group of skilled men over a group of elite boys
Post by KY Crusader 75 on Jan 25, 2021 16:46:27 GMT -5
Clearly hyperbole-- any PL football team would score at will against any high school team in the country. Look at it this way-- every PL player is a college football player while I'd guess at the best high schools maybe 1 of 3 players goes on to play in college and many of those at the D-3 level.
Post by timholycross on Jan 27, 2021 9:40:56 GMT -5
I would think there's a decent chance that 2021 spring will join 1969 as the only HC seasons where no varsity football games were played at Fitton Field. Pretty good odds the games are played up on the hill; especially March 20.
Post by longsuffering on Jan 27, 2021 18:38:42 GMT -5
OK, I have skimmed this spring schedule stuff but not absorbed it well. GU will not play football. This schedule has HC playing four of the other five PL opponents. Lafayette as of now is still playing football in the Spring, despite that post on their board, but because there is only a four game regular season, by the luck of the draw we don't face them in the regular season?
Someone on the Lafayette board just said 'rumor has it that athletics are about to be suspended because of covid' Say it ain't so
1. I believe he was only talking about Lafayette. Their President has a record of opposing re-opening college campuses and opposing sports.
2. SThere have been MANY incorrect rumors posted on the LC board over the past eight months. Far more were wrong than were right.
First, Byerly is not only a short timer ( she will be replaced in the coming months). It is obvious she does not have the confidence of the BOT. Yes, I agree she is opposed to opening the college, but at the moment she does NOT have that power. Her removal will include the replacement of an executive staff that was incapable of reasonable management during the Covid emergency. Spring sports will be played along with fall sports I predict.
I see that BC opens the 2021 season at home vs. Colgate on Sept. 4
Not very smart scheduling by BC. Colgate will drive right through Worcester to get to Boston and BC will lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in ticket sales, concessions, programs, etc. by playing the Red Raiders instead of the Crusaders. I'm sure the Colgate faithful are enthused about all FBS games, but I suspect the attendance will be significantly lower than an HC-BC game.
If there are still no fans allowed in September it won't matter, but that possibility is almost too depressing to think about.
UMass is not playing any PL teams next year... but they are wisely playing Maine and Rhode Island from the CAA. Actually their schedule is pretty nice considering their circumstances (also includes Army and UCONN). I’d much rather see us play them than UCONN or BC in future games.