Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday--November 23rd, 2014

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Randall Jette in 2014 has gone 30 UT 22 AT 58 TT (fifth on the team) 0.5-0 TFL 4-49 INT (leads team) 14 BKUP 18 PD 1 FF. That's 3rd in the nation in passes defended per game.

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In the only MAC game yesterday, Ball State beat EMU 45-30.

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Monmouth QB Brandon Hill, a UMass transfer went 13-29 161 in his final collegiate game , a victory over Gardner Webb

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The Detroit Free Press reports James Ihedigbo learned his work ethic from his immigrant parent's time in Amherst.

Bill Belichick says James Ihedigbo is important to the Lions defense.

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UNH turned the ball over six times, but squeaked out a 20-12 win over Maine to win the CAA title yesterday.

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Ladainian Tomlinson's collegiate rushing single game record of 406 yards stood for 15 years---and now it's been broken two weeks in a row.

Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon could break Barry Sanders' single season NCAA rushing record.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Saturday--November 22nd, 2014

Dan Malone reports Austin Whipple said "I need to play better". Blake Frohnapfel watched Friday's practice on crutches...

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Matty Vautour reports Austin Whipple is hoping to improve in his second game.

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Hustle Belt previews today MAC conference game between Eastern Michigan and Ball State.

Ball State's 3-7 season is causing the Cardinal's head coach Pete Lembo's stock to drop.

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UConn coach Bob Diaco says Husky football was a giant mess---and now it's a smaller mess.

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BC gets #1 Florida State today.

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Longtime rivals UNH and Maine square off in Orono. A win will give UNH an undefeated FCS season and a #1 seed going into the FCS playoffs.

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A ESPN Poll says most college coaches favor an eight team playoff.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday--November 21, 2014

The MAC Conference has canceled Buffalo-Kent State. Dan Malone has a story about the cancellation.

Buffalo players react to the cancellation.

Blame Kent State's equipment truck driver.

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Jovan Santos-Knox is having a monster season.

Single season record

Total Tackles:

1. 140.5 Kole Ayi 1998 (15 games)
2. 136.5 Khari Samuel 1998 (15 games)
3. 129.0 Jovan Santos-Knox 2014 (11 games)
4. 123.0 Justin Riemer 1996 (11 games)

He's fourth in the nation in tackles/game. Note Stanley Andre is 20th.

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Coach Whipple is in the middle of the pack in head coaches compensation.

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Western Michigan's HC P.J. Fleck has been named a semi-finalist for the Maxwell Coach of the Year.

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Jerron Seymour a RB at Vanderbilt who had 57 yards and a TD against UMass last year, has been dismissed from the team.

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USA Today says rugby punts are bounding through college football.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thursday--November 20th, 2014

The Boston Globe said UMass football was in a deep freeze in Akron.

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The Fresno Bee reports Akron QB Kyle Pohl and the Akron Zips beat UMass.

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UMass trainer Jennifer Brodeur gets a number of quotes in this article on high school football helmets.

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Toledo beat Bowling Green last night to keep their hope of a MAC West title alive.

Hustle Belt said that's five in a row for the the Rockets over Bowling Green.

Because of the snow emergency in Buffalo the Bulls game against Kent State was postponed.

More on the postponed game here and here.

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Blake Frohnapfel's old team, undefeated Marshall is looking to prove itself against top competition.

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The Detroit News says James Ihedigbo is thriving with the Lions.

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OT: but after losing 72-40 to John Calipari's Kentucky team Kansas' head coach Bill Self says the Wildcats could go undefeated. Includes a quote from Calipari about his UMass teams.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wednesday--November 19th, 2014

Well, UMass lost to Akron who looked bigger, stronger and faster. The defense blew one coverage, but other than that the Minutemen were obviously trying to keep the Zips in front of them. Late in the game the announcers said Akron had 60-something plays and 40 of them were on the Minutemen side of the field. The defense forced two fumbles and competed all night.

Our kicking game was terrible, as usual. We missed an extra point and had an eight-yard punt.

Without Frohnapfel, the UMass offense was anemic. Austin Whipple threw three INT's. The Zips defense controlled the line of scrimmage and then some. Time after time, Akron blew up running plays. The Minutemen had 67 yards rushing.  The Zips front seven looked a lot faster than the UMass offense. Whipple only had one sack, but was hurried on many plays.

So we learned (I learned) what we already knew: Coach Whipple still has a number of pieces missing from a winning team. He needs a couple of more recruiting classes.

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Not a lot of press coverage for a Tuesday night game.

UMass write-up on the game.

The Zips website says Akron cruised by the Minutemen.

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Dan Malone says UMass was out-manned and overmatched.

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The Hampshire Gazette said Austin Whipple and UMass struggled in the Akron cold.

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The UMass Daily Collegian reports UMass fell 30-6 at Akron.

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Ohio.com has observations on the Zips 30-6 win.

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In the other MAC game last night, NIU beat the Ohio Bobcats 24-14.

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ESPN looks at Texas Tech who is struggling with a 3-7 season. Their coach says they're focusing on the future. You know you're having a bad season when your defensive coordinator shows up drunk for a morning staff meeting...

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Game Day--Akron November 18th, 2014

Well, today it'll be an uphill battle for our Minutemen. The weather is supposed to be in the middle teens with wind and snow showers----not the best conditions for UMass' vertical passing attack. In addition, we will likely start a QB who has never thrown a pass in college.

It's a day to run the rock. We can hope that the UMass defense will have another energized day and get some turnovers. A short field for the offense would make a big difference. I don't know what to make of Akron, last week with supposedly one of the best defenses in the MAC, they gave up 55 points to a mediocre Buffalo team.

With bad weather and a nearly empty stadium, it'll probably come down to who wants it more. Football is one sport that you need to play with emotion. If you want to play in the pros, you have turn it on when the light goes green.

Go UMass!!!

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UPDATE 7:45 PM:

Offshore Gaming.com says the UMass QB situation is cloudy

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UPDATE 3:45 PM:

The Akron Journal has four keys to beating UMass.

Pregame.com likes the "over" odds on the Minutemen vs Zips game.

CBS Sports has UMass rising out the their "bottom 25".

Fansided.com thinks Blake Frohnapfel will play against Akron.

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Coach Whipple's comments from Monday's MAC teleconference.

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Lots of news today.

Jean Sifrin was named a semi-finalist for the Mackey TE Award. Phil Steele also mentions Sifrin.

UMass write-up on Sifrin.

Dan Malone has a story about Sifrin being named to the semi-finalist list.

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Tajae Sharpe was named the MAC offensive player-of-the-week.

Dan Malone has more on Sharpe.

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Dan previews the UMass-Akron game.

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Matty V. reports Blake Frohnapfel will be a game-time decision.

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The UMass Daily Collegian says the Minutemen will look to run the ball if Frohnapfel can't go.

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The Boston Globe says UMass will huddle before deciding who starts at QB.

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The Boston Herald talks about the UMass QB question.

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UMass is tied for 7th in the Lambert Meadowlands Trophy rankings.

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Cleveland.com says Akron looks to get back in the win column today against the Minutemen.

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Hustle Belt's Week #13 pick 'em.

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Keepers College football ratings has UMass by 5.28. In Vegas, the line has moved up to the Zips by 7, probably due to Frohnapfel's injury.

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Lately there have been a lot of UMass sports on ESPN3. I bought a Chromecast and it works great with my setup. You need a wireless-enabled computer (my desktop Lenovo has a wireless card) and your TV needs an unoccupied HDMI port. The Chromecast can be powered from a usb port on the TV. If your set does not have one, Chromecast comes with a wall-wart power supply. It works out-of-the-box with Windows and Apple. I could not get to work with my version of Linux.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday--November 17th, 2014

UMass rises to a tie for #6 in the Hustle Belt Power Poll.

Hustle Belt has MAC Bowl predictions after week #13.

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The Ball State Daily says UMass brought the Cardinals rushing attack to a halt.

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Akron opens as a 4.5 favorite in the Las Vegas odds.

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Sports Chat Place previews UMass-Akron.

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Blake Frohnapfel's 424 passing yards against Ball State makes NBC Sports Statistically Speaking column.

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Keepers College football rankings has the Minutemen as #113.

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The Berkshire Eagle says how about playing the Western Mass Football Championship games at newly shined up McGuirk?

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Last year Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon gained 144 yards against the Minutemen. Saturday, he set the FBS record with 406 rushing yards against Nebraska.

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SB Nation reports Iowa Western Community College is what a JUCO powerhouse looks like.

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UNH blew out Delaware and will remain #1 in the FCS rankings.

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