Saturday, May 11, 2019

Celebrating 150 Years of College Football - Day 90 - Massachusetts Minutemen

The Uni Watch Fans (Sports Aesthetics) Facebook page will be posting a minimum of 1 NCAA Football Team (Division I) a day to celebrate the 150 years of College Football. The teams will begin with the oldest team in their respective conference (Big Ten = Oldest Conference) until all the teams are listed. The team helmets will go back to the early 1960’s and their current logo will be used.
The Massachusetts Minutemen football team is a collegiate football team representing the University of Massachusetts in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. Massachusetts is the fourth oldest program currently in FBS. The Minutemen currently compete as an Independent.
UMass began play in 1879 and have since appeared in three FCS National Championship games, winning the title in 1998. The Minutemen began a two-year Football Bowl Subdivision transition period in 2011, becoming bowl eligible in 2013. In March 2014, the Mid-American Conference and UMass announced an agreement for the Minutemen to leave the conference after the 2015 season due to UMass declining an offer to become a full member of the conference. In the agreement between the MAC and the university, there was a contractual clause that had UMass playing in the MAC as a football-only member for two more seasons if UMass declined a full membership offer. UMass announced that it would look for a "more suitable conference" for the team. Possibilities included going independent or joining the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, or the Sun Belt Conference. In September 2014, UMass announced that they would be going independent beginning with the 2016 2017 season. The Minutemen continued playing as an independent in 2017 and 2018. They have already set their entire 11-game schedule for both 2019 and 2020, and most of their 2021 schedule is also set. Unless the school totally reworks the schedule and cancels many already-scheduled games, the UMass program will have to continue as an FBS independent for several more years, till at least 2022.

All-Time Record:   570-586-50 (.493)

Special thanks to:

Conference: FBS Independent
Team: UMass Minutemen
Founded: 1879
Joined Conference: 2014




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