After making some inauspicious comments to The New York Times, UMass Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy is again talking about the university’s football program. UMass Athletics issued a press release on Wednesday with the following quote from the rookie Chancellor:
“As the college football post-season concludes, the University of Massachusetts community is looking forward to preparing for a second season of competition in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Having successfully concluded our transitional first season, the Minutemen have now achieved full membership in the FBS,” said Chancellor Subbaswamy. “I am fully committed to working with Athletic Director John McCutcheon and Coach Molnar to ensure that our participation at the premier level of college football continues to be a source of pride for years to come for everyone associated with our great university. I look forward to seeing all of our old and new UMass fans next season as we build an outstanding football program together. GO UMASS!”
It’s unusual that the release was sent from the athletic department and not the UMass Office of News and Media Relations. I also think it’s abundantly apparent that the only purpose of the release was to provide the Chancellor an opportunity to reach UMass fans with a positive message. Normally I wouldn’t consider that a bad thing, but in this case I think the Chancellor is once again doing nothing more than placating to a particular group of people in the UMass community. The task of figuring out what Kumble Subbaswamy’s real level of commitment to UMass Football is has become increasingly difficult.
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