Friday, September 30, 2016

Friday before Tulane--September 30th, 2016


Don't forget the UMass hoops slam dunk exhibition! OT, but basketball starts practice.

UMass homecoming parade before the game.

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" previews the UMass-Tulane game and says the Minutemen look to win their first Homecoming game since 2009.

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Campus Insiders picks UMass by four over the Green Wave, but in one paragraph they refer UMass as Alcorn State, so what do they know...

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News OK picks Tulane over UMass 19-14. They also pick Buffalo over BC. Note that Buffalo lost to Albany in the opening week.

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Tulane is prepared for a road test at UMass.

The New Orleans Advocate reports Tulane DE Ade Aruma is a athletic freak.

Green Wave punter Zack Block is becoming a weapon for Tulane.

A Tulane booster just gave $2.5 million to their athletic club.

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SB Nation says take UMass and the points.

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Watched Houston dismantle UConn last night 42-14.

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Your tax dollars at work: The National Institution of Health spends $50 thousand to discover if college students eat junk food when they drink.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Thursday before Tulane--September 29th, 2016

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Matty Vautour reports Jalen Williams makes big plays while battling injuries.

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The UMass Daily Collegian says with a 63% completion ratio, Andrew Ford looks to lead the Minutemen for the foreseeable future.

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UMass' close loss to Mississippi State kept them out of ESPN's Bottom Ten.

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New Amherst restaurant Sunset Grill & Pizza will offer buy-one-slice, get one free if UMass beats Tulane Saturday.

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This article features RSSO DT Joe Previte 6-2 269. So far this year Previte has 4-2 GP-GS 2 UT 10 AT 12 TT 1.5-3 TFL and 1 fumble recovery (which was the one that ended FIU's chances).

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Tulane will feature a revamped offensive line against the Minutemen after starting center Junior Diaz suffered a season ending injury against Navy. John Leglue 6-7 298 will move to center and Kenneth Santa Marina 6-6 325 will move to Leglue's left tackle spot.

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Tulane HC Willie Fritz was pleased with the Green Wave's Wednesday practice.

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Tajae Sharpe was limited in Wednesday's Titan's practice due to a hamstring problem.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wednesday before Tulane--September 28th, 2016


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UMass hoops will hold a fan event before Saturday's Homecoming football game. This looks like it'll be fun!

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Matty Vautour reports Andrew Ford is comfortable running the UMass offense. I would infer that Ford will be at QB again against Tulane.

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Tulane HC Willie Fritz names Glen Cuiellette as the Green Wave's starting QB against the Minutemen.

Coach Fritz warns the Green Wave not to get complacent after an emotional win over Louisiana Lafayette.

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Adam Aucoin of the UMass Daily Collegian reports Andy Isabella has found his niche in the UMass offense.

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The Bangor Daily News reports UCF and UMass will be Maine's next FBS opponent.

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The Sports Chat place looks at UMass-Tulane and has the Green Wave by 2 points.

Jeff Sagarin has Tulane 2 rating points ahead of UMass, but if you add three points for UMass being the home team (as per the heading), it's UMass by one.

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Victor Cruz is going to try to keep Odell Beckham cool.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tuesday before Tulane--September 27th, 2016

UMass has it's game notes for Tulane up.

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Tulane kicker Andrew DiRocco earned three weekly awards for his four field goal-three extra point performance against Louisiana Lafayette.

Green Wave LB Nico Marley earned a Louisiana weekly sportswriter award for his 11 TT 5 UT 1.0 SACK, 3.0 TFL 1 FF effort against Louisiana Lafayette.

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Tulane opens as a 4 point favorite over the Minutemen. Currently 2.5

Keepers College Football ratings has Tulane over the Minutemen by 12+ (.pdf download).

He has the Green Wave ranked at #87, Minutemen #118 (another .pdf download).

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Former Green Wave football player Devon Walker looks to complete his education after suffering a devastating spinal cord injury in 2012.

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AT & T boosts mobile internet coverage at Tulane's stadium.

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Fox Sports has five candidates to replace Ron Turner at FIU.

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ESPN has the latest developments in the Big 12 expansion.

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Tajae Sharpe had only three receptions for 48 yards against the Raiders.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Monday before Tulane--September 26th, 2016

Tulane's HC is Willie Fritz. He spent his last two years at Georgia Southern and went 9-3 in 2015 with the Eagles. Fritz brings the famous Georgia Southern spread offense to Tulane. At Georgia Southern in 2015, Fritz ran 1,370 times and passed 292 (82.4% rushing --per Phil Steele).

This year the Green Wave has rushed the ball 139-953 4.8 AVE 63 LONG 9 TD's 238 yards/game.

Passing 30-67-348 44.8% AVE 4 TD's 2 INT 102 yards/game.

Whipple went 1-1 against the Georgia Southern in FCS. The Minutemen rushing defense has been stout this year, but the spread offense will control the time of possession and will be tough to shut down. The UMass offense needs to score some points like we did with Mississippi State. Tulane's defense has been only giving up 21 points a game and held Wake Forest to 7 points. We need to score to win.

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Florida International fired HC Ron Turner Sunday.

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Andrew Cyr of the UMass Daily Collegian reports despite improvement, UMass has yet to capture a marquee Win.

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A Louisiana Lafayette (which lost to Tulane Satruday) newspaper discusses the problems Tulane's spread option offense gives opposing teams.

Green Wave QB Glen Cuiellette threw three TD's in Tulane's win over Louisiana Lafayette.

The Tulane win over Louisiana Lafayette was a four-overtime thriller.

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Newsday features current Jets RB coach Marcel Shipp. His Jets bio.

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Tulane is #119 and UMass is #125 in total offense.

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OT, but I've been watching a lot of football and football commercials. Anyone besides me think the Burger King plastic faced avatar is kinda creepy? It has a Clockwork Orange vibe.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunday after Mississippi State--September 25th, 2016

Hey that was a good game. We were trading punches with an SEC team. They were better, but not by much. It was fun to watch and featured a couple of ESPN highlight reel catches by our receivers. The offense broke out with 411 total yards.

WE made some mistakes and Mississippi State made some good ones. I still feel this team is light years ahead of the past in athletic  ability and grit. Be sure to check out the post game quotes where Whipple said he enjoys coaching this team and he enjoyed coaching this game.

We were right there with 'em all game. I truly believe the future is bright.

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UMass' writeup. Post game quotes.

Mississippi State writeup.

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Mike Traini of Fight Massachusetts recaps the game.

Dan Malone says the UMass comeback attempt came up short.

Video of Coach Whipple's post game interview.

Matty Vautour says UMass was unable to hold the lead.

Matty says Andrew Ford played well enough to continue to start.

The Jackson Clarion Ledger says Mississippi State avoided the upset.

Maroon & White nation has five Bulldog players who played well against UMass.

SB Nation highlights Jalen Williams outrageous catch.

For Whom the Cowbell Tolls has five quick thoughts about the game.

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Florida lost by 10 at Tennessee.

Boston College beat Wagner 42-10.

UCF crushed FIU 53-14.

Tulane beat Louisiana Lafayette in 4 overtimes.

Old Dominion beat UTSA 33-19.

Louisiana Tech lost to Middle Tennesse State 38-34.

South Carolina lost to Kentucky in a defensive struggle.

Troy blew out New Mexico State.

BYU lost to West Virginia.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Game Day Mississippi State--September 24th, 2016

Another Saturday, another SEC team. Another real challenge to a still building UMass squad. Unlike Michigan or Wisconsin in our first couple of years, I think the Minutemen will be competitive again today. It'll be a good day to work on our run game and get Ford more reps.

I was really impressed with the UMass defensive secondary last week with their nine pass BkUp's. The Bulldog's offense has not been very productive so far this year. Mississippi State is #109 in total offense. If the UMass defense can keep the game reasonable into the fourth quarter. We could have a chance. Or we could get run over by a big, physical SEC team. After today, six of the eight remaining games are against Group-of-five opponents.

In addition, the 2016 Minutemen recruiting class continues to shine. In the weekly Gridiron Club e-mail Coach Whipple said:" What is really exciting is that we had 13 freshmen play a combined 330 plays which is really promising for the direction of our program. "

That does not include JUCO's Andrew Ford, Ali Ali-Musa, Tedrick Lowery, Colbert Calhoun and more.

I'll be at Gillette. Hope to see everyone there. Go UMass!!!

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Matty Vautour says UMass seeks a Power Five victory.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" previews today's game.

NESN says UMass-Mississippi State highlights their Saturday schedule. BTW, here in Southern NH, the game will be on Dish Network's channel 440 ALT.



Team Speed Kills predicts Bulldogs 34 Minutemen 13.


Maroon & White Nation says the keys to victory for the the Bulldogs is to manhandle UMass.




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