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UMass needs time, support in its push to compete at top level

In response to your Jan. 11 editorial “UMass should shrink or scrap football”: Making the transition from a decorated past in the Football Championship Subdivision to the Football Bowl Subdivision is not easy. It takes years of solid recruiting and support. What the University of Massachusetts Amherst needs is time.

The 2014 football season was a major step in the right direction. Former UMass head coach Mark Whipple has returned to the Amherst campus, and has made a tremendous impact, with improvements in a number of statistical categories. The record may have been 3-9, but four of the losses were by less than a touchdown; 2015 is poised to be a tremendous season.

By moving to the FBS, UMass is investing in its future. The school must compete on the highest level nationally, in all facets, to continue its growth as a top public university. The UMass football budget is less than 1 percent of the entire UMass budget. Attendance, excitement, donations, and revenues for the program have risen since UMass moved to FBS. As a member of the class of 2008, I’m proud to support the school and its football program.

Zach Emery

Hawthorne, N.J.