Monday, March 02, 2015

Recruiting 2016--Charly Timite

247Sports image reports UMass is interested in Charly Timite, a 6-3 230 pound weakside DE from Simon Gratz HS in PA.

247Sports page here.

This article from yesterday features Timite. has video.

Rivals three-star athlete.

Partial quote from an October 2014 article on Timite:

On film, Timite shows the ability of a Division I prospect. He plays defensive end and on the offensive line.
“I think I explode well off the ball and I have good technique,” Timite said. “I also know the game of football and I watch lots of film. On top of that I can play both sides of the ball and I’m able to block guys that weight 40-plus pounds more than me. I always have an advantage on my opponent because I'm either faster or stronger than them.

Also Drawing interest from Boston College, Delaware and Monmouth.

Recruiting 2016--Tymir Oliver

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Several sources indicate UMass has offered to Tymir Oliver, a 6-3 265 pound DE from Philadelphia, PA.

247Sports three-star player.

This article from yesterday features Oliver.

Hudl,com has video.

Besides UMass, Oliver holds offers from Rutgers, Boston College, Pitt, Virginia, UConn and Temple.

Monday--March 2nd, 2015

This article (at the end) lists all the B10 non-conference games through 2019. Included is Indiana, which includes a home game against UMass.


Eastern Michigan gets a rare six-game home 2015 schedule, including UMass. The Eagles went 2-3 at home last year.


Kent State gets a tough OOC schedule including Illinois, Minnesota and Marshall and UMass on the road.


Ball State gets the Minutemen at end of a three game home streak.


Helmet cams come to college football in 2015.


Could the Giants cut Victor Cruz to improve their salary cap?


The Daily Norseman wonders if the Vikings will keep Vladimir Ducasse.


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Recruiting 2016- Thaddeus Moss

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Several recruiting services report UMass has offered to Thaddeus Moss, a 6-4 240 pound TE from Charlotte, NC.

247Sports page here.

This Bleacher Report article features Moss.

This article also features Moss. has video.

Moss has ten FBS offers including Boston College.

Saturday--February 28th, 2015

UMass has announced the dates for the 2015 football season.

Dan Malone has some notes and comments on the schedule.

There are a couple of negatives and positives about the season. One problem is no bye week. With a twelve game season, it's nice to have an off week to heal up the inevitable bumps and bruises.

UMass also has no "MACtion" game. We finally have something to showcase with Frohnapfel and Sharpe, it would be nice to have a national audience take a look at UMass football.

On the plus side we do not play NIU and resurgent Western Michigan (they were 7-5 last year with a narrow loss to Purdue). The Minutemen also avoid the dreaded Black Friday game on 11/27. That should help our attendance totals.

Matty V. also covers the 2015 schedule. He reports UMass will shortly sign a home-and-home with Georgia Southern. Those should be fun games! They still hate us in Statesboro. A former Eagle player just got shot, BTW. Kinda puts the fight in Hadley in perspective...

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------------------------------------------------------------------------------- comments on the whole MAC schedule.

FBS has all the dates for the entire league in one place.


Chip Ainsworth of the Greenfield Recorder says maybe it's time for UMass basketball to follow football in whatever conference we end up in. There's been rumors St. Louis wants to leave the A10 for the Big East. One of these years the A10 is going to run out of replacement teams.


CBS Sports says there's plenty of room in the Giants offense for Odell Beckham and Victor Cruz.


Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday--February 27th, 2015

Matty Vautour has a UMass Football Notebook article. He says UMass has sought ESPN's help in completing our 2016 schedule. ESPN has apparently helped other schools as a matchmaker.

In other news Matty says Gene DeFilippo is not interested in the position.

Matty mentions Vaughn Williams as a possible candidate for UMass' open Athletic Director position.

Williams was a four-year letter winner for the Minutemen (1988, 89, 90, 91).

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Williams talks about bringing football to Kennesaw Sate.

This article from December of 2014 features Williams.


An unnamed UMass player will face two counts of assault according to MLive for actions at a party in Hadley over the weekend.


UMass has two players from Cologne, Germany: Fabian Hoeller and Lucas Kolter. Cologne had a big year in tourism (including football).


Victor Cruz puts in the work to recover from his injury.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thursday--February 26th, 2015

Remember Coach Whipple is at the UMass Club this evening to talk about the 2015 recruits and upcoming season.


The UMass Twitter feed welcomes Kelton Brackett to the Minutemen.


SB Nation is previewing all 128 FBS teams for 2015. This installment looks at UMass. They think things in Amherst are looking up and the Minutemen could flirt with a bowl bid in 2015.

Quote from the article:

"The passing numbers were even more impressive when you consider the total lack of big plays in the run game. Then-sophomores Shadrach Abrokwah and Lorenzo Woodley (a former star recruit) were rather successful in short-yardage situations, and their combined 39 percent opportunity rate (percentage of carries to gain at least five yards) was decent.

But UMass had just five rushes of at least 20 yards (only three teams had fewer) and two of at least 30 yards. "

As impressive a jump Whipple's offense made in 2014, we could get to another level with a better running game.


Western Michigan hires one, promotes one.

USC adds the Broncos to its 2017 season. The Trojans have never played a MAC team before.


The BC Blog"BC Interruption" explains how the Eagles ended up with two FCS opponents in 2015.


New Jersey officials consider a bid for the college national championship game. Something like that would help college football in the Northeast.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Recruiting 2015--Kelton Brackett

UMass has announced Kelton Brackett, a 5-11 186 pound Safety will join the Minutemen as a senior transfer from UAB. I've blogged about Brackett before.

UMass' last depth chart had:

Starting safeties

Joe Colton (JR)
Khary Bailey Smith (JR)


Zeke Edmonds  Khary Bailey Smith backed up both positions.

The addition of Brackett will give UMass more nickle packages and the ability to move Bailey Smith to corner if needed. UMass had a severe lack of depth at cornerback in 2014.

Wednesday--February 25th, 2015

Whipple's Twitter feed
Remember Coach Whipple will be at the UMass Club in Boston tomorrow to talk about the 2015 recruits. RSVP so they'll know how many are coming. Should be a good time!


Dan Malone reports that Villanova RB coach Darius Smith (good name) will join the Minutemen staff in the same position.

Smith's Villanova bio.

Sports Illustrated also has a post on Smith's hiring.

A Villanova blog has a post on Smith's leaving the Wildcats.


ESPN mentions Jean Sifrin in this 2015 fantasy rookie TE class.


The Orlando Sentinel says Bowling Green, NIU and Buffalo top their spring MAC Conference preview.


New CMU coach John Bonamego has a salary package that instantly puts him in the top half of the MAC's coaches.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Recruiting 2016--Demari Simpkins image
Several recruiting services indicate UMass has offered to Demari Simpkins, a 6-0 173 pound athlete from Hallandale, FL.

247 Sports page here. has video.

Rivals three-star player.

This article from September 2014 features Simpkins.

Besides UMass, Simpkins has offers from UCF, Cincinnati and Akron.

Tuesday--February 24th, 2015

Minus 14 degrees here at Blog Central this morning.


Dan Malone reports Jean Sifrin left the NFL Combine with some lingering questions. Sifrin essentially missed all of summer practice last year because of his late eligibility. I think he has a huge upside with some intensive coaching. He hasn't done much weight training either. IMHO, he would improve immensely with a summer on an NFL training schedule.

A fantasy football site ranks the TE's results at the NFL Combine.


There seems to have been some sort of incident involving UMass football players at a fight and hit-and-run in Hadley.


Ball State completes their 2015 schedule. The Falcons play VMI, Georgia State (The panthers went 1-11 in their first FBS season. Does that sound familiar?), Texas A & M and Northwestern. Ball State also plays UMass in crossover from the MAC East.


McGuirk will continue to be the home field for UMass Lax this spring.


Old FCS foe Georgia Southern jumped to FBS last year and went 9-3 and undefeated in the Sunbelt conference.


Freshman ineligibility for college football would be a terrible idea.

Freshman ineligibility for college football would be a great idea.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Recruiting 2016--Aidan Howard

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Several recruiting services report UMass has offered to Aidan Howard, a 6-3 163 pound WR from Monroeville, PA.

247 Sports page here. has video.

Rivals three-star player.

This article from PennLive features Howard.

So far, UMass is his first offer.

Monday--February 23rd, 2015

Slow news day on the intertubes.


ESPN says the Giants can't count on Victor Cruz's recovery.

ESPN also wonders if the Giants will try to restructure Cruz's contract.

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Victor wants his wedding guests to dance.


College offensive coaches unite against the new linemen down field rule proposal.


Ohio State, TCU, Alabama and USC are the early betting favorites for this year's national champion.