Comments for: UMaine football team scores more than $500,000 for two FBS games in 2013

Posted July 31, 2012, at 8:37 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 01, 2012, at 1:54 p.m.

ORONO | The University of Maine football team is once again driving toward NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision paydirt. This time, the Black Bears’ march will take them through Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., the home of the National Football League’s New England Patriots. UMaine athletic director Steve Abbott on …


An earlier version of this story mistakenly referred to the Football Bowl Subdivision as the Bowl Championship Series.

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  • Plus, they have a good shot at beating UMass.

  • Anonymous

    Two FBS games. UMass isn’t a BCS school, Northwestern is. The Big Ten is a BCS conference while the MAC is most definitely not. Many forget that the BCS is a separate entity from the NCAA.

    FBS- Football Bowl Subdivision
    BCS- Bowl Championship Series

    Huge difference.

  • Anonymous

    More reasons why Steve Abbott was the right choice as the AD for the Black Bears. 

    • Anonymous

      Right On!  Go Bears!

  • Anonymous

    It might be good to have all the games in Foxborough. If it’s mostly about “scoring” money, why not privatize it, and move the whole program to Foxborough, or at least to Portland? Maybe the Patriots would buy them and turn them into first college-level program to actually become an NFL farm team, the first to spare the universities in this country the sports industry burdens the so-called big-time programs have become. Back on campus, it might allow a genuine restoration of sports and games played by actual students for the reasons the games were played there in the first place. And the fans? We Americans love our foo’ball an’ hoops. We’ll be there, team jerseys on, in the stands and and in our couches forevermore! . We’ll even pay a few bucks (but not too many) to watch and cheer. There might be as many of us as watch the pros at Alfond now.

  • Anonymous

    Wow. Maine is playing two BCS opponents. How long have they had football at Maine? I graduated from what was referred to as a commuter college (only upper division and very few resident students) in 1976 and we had 19,000 students then, now there are over 29,000 on 7 campuses. The school added NCAA football to its offerings in 2001 spending the first four  years in NCAA 1-AA, then moving to conference play in NCAA 1-A. They are far from a powerhouse, but every year their opponents are more challenging which is what it takes to develop a program that gets national attention. They recently appointed their second head coach, Carl Pelini, former defensive coordinator for Nebraska-another step to move the team up. Among the teams they are playing this year are Georgia and Alabama. That’s how you go about getting into the big leagues. If you want to WALK with the big boys, you need to PLAY with the big boys.

    • Anonymous

      UM has had football since 1892.

      Florida Atlantic University. It’s hard to move up in the FBS without being in an upper BCS conference. Good luck to your Owls.

  • Josh Spearin

    It is hard to make all of the advancements towards a powerhouse team when the team is lucky to have 7,000 fans at a game. Even when the blackbears played at home vs. Rhode Island after a huge win last season, attendance barely reached over 7,000…

  • Anonymous

    “Ordinarily, we wouldn’t play two BCS games in the same year,” Abbott admitted, “but it’s such an attractive opportunity that we might do it anyway. This is a special one.”

    Can we please expect our AD to understand the difference between FBS & BCS?  Is that asking too much?????????????????????????????   He went to grad school at UMASS for God’s sake!

    BTW UMO beat UMASS last season.  Not a ‘special one’ by any means.

    • Anonymous

       UMO doesn’t exist. It’s UMaine.

    • you don’t get it do you nostra-dumbass its not umo it doesn’t exist it’s Umaine

  • Anonymous

    Now can we understand the significance of Penn State Football and the events that happened?  We are giddy over a measley $500K for the athletic program, Penn State generates $60 mil a year alone, just in the football program.   

  • Anonymous

    $350,000 should just about cover the buy-out of Tim Whitehead’s contract…

    • Anonymous

      That would be nice…but Maine is stuck with TW for this year,and most likely next…unless they can him next spring…but the last few season Hockey East Coaches have been released with 1 year left on their Contracts.

  • Anonymous

    Abbott puts football first. Good man.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Pete, how can you change Abbott’s quote?  Either he mistakenly stated BCS or he didn’t.  Which is it? 

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