Thursday, July 28, 2016

Recruiting 2017--Chinedu Ogmonna II

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Back on April 11, 2016 I blogged about Chinedu Ogbonna, a 6-2 200 pound OLB from Wheeler HS in GA.

Michael Traini has a post on Ogbonna and updates his recruiting.

Ogbonna holds 15 offers, including two from Power Five schools Minnesota and Indiana. UMass is his only offer from the Northeast.

Thursday--July 28th, 2016

Dan Malone says a quarterback competition looms for the Minutemen. With the UMass Athletic website still down, I can't link to any of the QB's bios.

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My take would be since Whipple has brought in Virginia Tech transfer Andrew Ford (Hokies bio), he would be in the front position. In the past Whipple has brought in Todd Bankhead, Jeff Krohn and Blake Frohnapfel as transfers. Unless Ford is injured or out of shape (or gets in Whipple's doghouse like Richard Lucero did), I would think he'd be a sure bet to start against the Gators.

The interesting race will be to see who's #2. Ross Comis has the most experience and he looked good against Notre Dame. I was impressed with Randall West in the Spring Game. James Sosinski looked like he had a long way to go. Austin Whipple was still on the roster, but DNP in the Spring game.

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An ESPN1500 writer looks at the odds of Minnesota Free Agents making the Vikings roster. Included Marken Michel.

Michel's Vikings bio.

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NJ.com reports Victor Cruz is excited to prove people wrong.

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Teams seeking to leave the AAC face a $10 million exit fee.

Three MAC teams interested in the AAC ?

The North Carolina Governor and Atty. General tout East Carolina. Can you imagine the Massachusetts Governor pumping up UMass? I can't either.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Recruiting 2016--DaVonne Hall

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I've blogged about DaVonne Hall, a 6-3 315 pound DL from Butler Count CC several times before.

Michael Traini adds a post about Hall's joining the Minutemen 2016 class.

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Wednesday--July 27th, 2016


UMass Football Golf outing.

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Former member of the UMass football announcing team Adam Giardino is now the voice of the Trenton Thunder and Dartmouth football.

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The Herald-Dispatch reports Old Dominion is fired up for the 2016 season and says it should include a win over UMass.

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A Fan Sided writer thinks Tajae Sharpe could be in the top-2 WR's for the Titans this year.

NFL.com says Sharpe has been a "hype bunny" this Spring.

Upi.com thinks Sharpe could be a starter for the Titans.

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Victor Cruz hears the doubters.

Cruz says he's ready for training camp.

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A West Virginia writer thinks a Big 12 expansion to BYU and Houston isn't good for the Mountaineers.

The Salt Lake Tribune says TV is pushing the Big 12 expansion.

The Mountain West gives permission to the Big 12 to contact its member schools.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Recruiting 2017--Cole McCubery IV

I've blogged about 2017 verbal Cole McCubery three times before.

Mike Traini continues with his recruiting catch-up articles by featuring McCubery in this post.

He's the second recruit to reference the Isenberg School of Business as one of the reasons he signed with the Minutemen.


Tuesday--July 26th, 2016

Tajae Sharpe will be signing autographs on August 2nd at the Titans training camp.

BTW, the Titans have an extensive bio for Sharpe up on their roster.

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The Des Moines Register says BYU, Cincinnati and Houston are the fan favorites for Big 12 expansion.

ESPN looks at the motives behind the Big 12's expansion.

Houston says they're the best.

The Wall Street Journal says UConn and USF are the best.

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Florida QB turned WR Treon Harris is leaving the program.

Speaking of the Gators, defensive coordinator Geoff Collins just became the latest million dollar assistant. I'm guessing Tom Messella doesn't make that much.

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An Auburn site previews Mississippi State.

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Back on July 8th I blogged about old foe Georgia Southern being hit with NCAA sanctions. On Sunday it was announced the Eagles will vacate three wins in 2013-2014 for using an ineligible player.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Recruiting 2017--C.J. Lewis verbals to Tennessee

UMass target C.J. Lewis, a 6-4 205 pound dual-threat QB from Cheshire Academy in CT  has verbaled to Tennessee.

Lewis was mentioned as a UMass target as recently as last Friday.

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Recruiting 2017--Mike Ruane IV


I've blogged about 2017 UMass comit Mike Ruane, a 5-11 220 pound LB three times before.

Michael Traini features Ruane in his first recruiting bio in the re-booted UMass site at 247 Sports.

Quote from Ruane "I'm excited. That schedule is just the football I want to play"

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Monday--July 25th, 2016

Michael Traini continues his catch-up articles with coverage of UMass' April 9th Junior Day.

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The Virginia Pilot wonder why the prognosticators are so down on Old Dominion.

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Howard Herman of the Berkshire Eagle praises the return  of UMass-Temple basketball.

Quote from the article "The best rivalries are built on animosity."

There's a lesson there for football too. It's why UMass, BC and UConn need to play each other in football.

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A Syracuse Blog parses the Big 12 expansion and has UMass in the AAC.

The USA Commerce Daily says Big 12 expansion is good news for UMass.

Sports Day in Dallas thinks UConn is one of the top five schools being considered by the Big 12.

The Orlando Sentinel also thinks the Huskies make the top five.

The Hartford Courant says UConn's academics, athletic budget and 13 National Championships since 2003 make the Huskies a good choice.

Saturday Blitz thinks BYU is a no-brainer.

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The Starksville Daily news report Mississippi State's schedule has a different feel to it. Mentions UMass.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Recruiting 2017--Hunter Verdi

One of the players that visited UMass for it's February Junior Day was Hunter Verdi, a 6-5 315 pound OG/OT from Cheshire CT.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

Verdi is drawing interest from UConn, Syracuse, Rutgers, BC and Penn State.

Saturday--July 23rd, 2016

Elijah Wilkinson and Peter Angeh make College Sport Maddness' first team All-independent squad.

Fabien Hoeller, Logan Laurant, Shane Huber and Charan Singh make the second team.

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Dan Traini starts to catch up on UMass recruiting news for the period the Maroon Musket was dormant.

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UConn prepares its pitch and waits for the call from the Big 12.

The Hartford Courant has five questions about the Huskies joining the Big 12.

The Reflector says AAC schools scramble to attract the Big 12's attention.

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SB Nation has five conspiracy theories on why Texas is backing Houston.

Texas Tech joins the Houston bandwagon.

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BYU says they'd take a football-only invite.

Speaking of the Cougars, they're deep and talented in running backs.

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Newly independent New Mexico State hopes some of the Big 12's cards fall in their favor.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday--July 22nd, 2016

Michael Traini reboots the Maroon Musket. This is good news for UMass fans as 247Sports has been more or less ignoring the Minutemen since the Bob McGovern left the Maroon Musket.

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Michigan opens as a 41-point favorite over Hawaii. It's the Wolverines largest point spread since the played UMass in 2012.

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SB Nation's "Fake Teams" says Tajae Sharpe probably won't be a viable fantasy football pick.

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Texas governor Greg Abbot says the Big 12 must take Houston.

The Longhorns may be on board with that.

NJ.com wonders if UConn is a viable candidate.

BYU has started its own website BYU to the Big 12.

The Star-Telegram says there is something to nit-pick about every candidate.

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The Sun-Herald says UMass would bring a good basketball program and a large market to the AAC.

The New Haven Register looks at the AAC's hoops teams. Being in a league with Temple and UConn would be a major boost for Minutemen basketball in fan interest. There's no connection with A10 teams except for Rhode Island for most UMass fans.

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Victor Cruz preps for training camp.

A Bleacher Report writer says history is not on Victor's side.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thursday--July 21st, 2016

Dan Malone says UMass needs to be ready to pounce if the Big 12 expands.

Fbsschedules.com discusses the Big 12 expansion and says it might open a slot for UMass in the AAC.

Underdog Dynasty looks at the results if the Big 12 poaches one, two, three or zero AAC teams.

Big 12 expansion could net an additional $7 million per team for league members.

Maybe Boise State?

One you didn't think of: Tulane.

The Orlando Sentinel says the AAC remains focused.

NBC Sports reports AAC commissioner Mike Aresco braces for the inevitable.

A CBS sports writer ranks UConn #2.

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UMass football has new wheels.

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ESPN says Tajae Sharpe could start for the Titans.

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The Newsstar looks at the C-USA's 2016 schedules including Old Dominion.

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Onlygators.com expects Luke del Rio to start at QB against the Minutemen.

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BC Interuption says the Eagles should be marketed as "Boston's Team".

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The Ivy league moves kickoffs to the 40-yard line.

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The Iowa Register reports the Iowa state legislature wants to be in the loop if Iowa teams start selling beer.

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