It seems to be BC's God given right to be the first to bring college football to the New England Patriots' Gillette Stadium, right? Now while I didn't expect the Eagles to schedule a game at Gillette over the next few years, I can't say I saw this coming:
The University of Massachusetts will face New Hampshire in the first college football game to be played at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, the schools and the New England Patriots officially announced today.
The teams will meet each of the next two seasons at Gillette, home of the NFL's Patriots. They will meet Oct. 23, 2010 with New Hampshire as the home team, and Oct. 22, 2011 with UMass as home team.
Division I-AA football at Gillette Stadium ... wooo! Really gets the blood pumping, doesn't it?
Shouldn't someone have told UMass to take a number? Now while this isn't treachery at the level of a UConn swooping in and playing the first-ever college game at Gillette, this still got my attention. There's something to be said for an in-state FCS team coming in and scheduling a game at an NFL stadium before the in-state FBS team gets a game there.
Could this be a signal that UMass is thinking about getting serious about college football, positioning themselves to make the jump to I-A? I've been told Big East football might be in the market for a football program or two in a few years. Could UMass be thinking about pulling a UConn?
Maybe I'm reading too much into this? Am I?