UNH, it'd a GREAT move by URI if in making it, they are able to maintain football. Northeastern and Hofstra just dropped it outright. So football fans, and URI fans should be happy the school is considering options to not just keep football, but to keep it at a level that could get them in the same playoffs that UNH and UMass will be in.
Football is better than no football. And unlike at UNH and UMass, I'm not sure enough people at URI care enough about football to care whether they play in the CAA or NEC. I still wouldn't call this a "GREAT" move for URI. I'd like to see how all the numbers shake out. Sure the cost of scholarships falls and travel costs a little less, but they'll lose revenue without a FBS game, the inevitable drop in attendance and if URI is like any other football school there has to be intangible benefits like alumni staying involved with their school, donating money to their Alma Mater, etc. What's the projected difference in the bottom line?
All I know is that it would be a disastrous move for UNH (and UMass). I can't even fathom playing Bryant, Sacred Heart, Wagner, Monmouth, Duquesne, Robert Morris and Duquesne instead of UMass, Maine, Delaware, Towson, Richmond, William & Mary and Villanova!!