Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette writes in today's edition on the announcement of the 2012 football non-conference schedule. In addition to a home game against Indiana at Gillette Stadium and road games at Connecticut and Vanderbilt, the Minutemen will head back to Ann Arbor, Michigan to take on the Wolverines on Sept. 15.
"It's a little bit of a different model than a lot of schools (making the upgrade from FCS to FBS) have gone through, but it was important to us to send the signal of where we want to go with this program," Athletic Director JohnMcCutcheon said. "Obviously it's going to be a challenge. We're still in a transition phase but we want to get there as quickly as we can. To have a schedule like this in place shows our fans, and more importantly our prospective recruits, where we want to be.
"This schedule certainly legitimizes the announcement that we are going to the next level," Head Coach Kevin Morris said in a statement. "With Gillette Stadium as our home field, the citizens of Massachusetts will have a premier football venue to watch their team compete at college football's highest level. There is no better time to be a student-athlete, alumnus or fan of UMass football."