Thursday, January 29, 2015

Recruiting 2015--- Allen Edwards

SB Nation reports Allen Edwards, a 6-4 245 pound DE from Dean College in Massachusetts has verbaled to Pitt.

Edwards had offers from UMass and Idaho (probably because of Charlie Molnar).

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Thursday--January 29th, 2015

The UMass website reports that the Minutemen have increased the number of Academic All-Conference selections every year since joining FBS and the MAC.

The UMass Athletics Twitter feed says 25 Minutemen players made the Dean's List.

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The UMass Daily Collegian has another article on Marcel Shipp's leaving for the Jets. It has some player quotes about Shipp.

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Roubins Joseph and Sha-Ki Holines, friends and former Commerce teammates, will line up opposite to each other next year when UMass plays at Buffalo.

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Phil Steele has UMass tied for #2 in the college football universe in returning starters in 2015.

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The College Football Playoffs looks at the ramifications of Navy joining the AAC in 2015.

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The Irish Illustrated looks at the gains and losses to NFL draft by Notre Dame's 2015 opponents (includes UMass).

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The LA Times has college football recruiting 101.

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SOON WE WILL HAVE NO CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS LEFT

UMass will ban dorm visitors for the Super Bowl.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wednesday-- January 28th, 2015

Seven UMass players have been named to the 2014 MAC All-Academic team. Honored were:

Dan Malone has an article on player making the All-Academic team here. The complete MAC All-Academic team here.

Congrats to all the players who made the All-Academic team!

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North Jersey.com also has a post on Shipp's hiring.

Matty Vautour has an article here.

Besides Shipp's presence as a position coach, he was well-known in New Jersey, an area UMass has targeted in the past for recruiting. That may be a factor in hiring a replacement.

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Max Moore of Hustle belt talks about recent UMass three-star RB verbal Sekai Lindsey.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tuesday--January 27th, 2015

Well, my snow blower is all gassed up and I'm ready to do battle. Only about four inches of snow so far in Jaffrey.

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Max Moore of Hustle Belt is excited about kicker Mike Caggiano verbaling to the Minutemen.

Mike Karpinski has a post about the seven UMass commits.

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Will the FBS full-cost-of-attendance stipend force FCS schools to do the same? Interesting point. Will the non-FBS schools who want to be top-tier in other sports (Villanova in hoops, UMass-Lowell in hockey for example) give full-cost-of-attendance to those sports. Anything they do for a men's team has to be done for the women's team because of Title IX. Could basketball players at Villanova, men's and women's get the stipend and other sports athletes not?

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MLive.com has an article on Eastern Michigan wanting to bale on their game with Michigan State.

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The Star-Telegram says deflategate is all about home field advantage and hating on Bill Belichick. Patriots fans will not be surprised that Bill is not held with a lot of affection in other parts of the country.

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ESPN reports 45,000 people showed up for Ohio State's Nation Championship celebration.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday--January 26th, 2014 UMass gets seven verbals

Dan Malone reports UMass received seven verbals from it's recent campus visits.

The UMass Daily Collegian also has an article on the commitments.

Some are recruits I've blogged about before; four are new. On the ones previously covered click on the link for images, bios and other links posted at that time.

Verbaling were:

Michael Caggiano, a 5-10 kicker from Manalapan, NJ. See previous blog coverage. NJ.com has an article on Caggiano's verbal.

James Oliphant, 5-9 170 pound DB/Athlete from St. Thomas Aquinas Fl. See previous blog coverage.

Reche Thomas, a 6-4 325 pound OL from Varo Beach, FL. See previous blog coverage.

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New to the blog are:

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Artayvious Lynn, a 6-6 200 pound TE from Bossier City, LA.

Lynn's 247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has highlights.

Rivals page here.

Was highly rated while participating in a national prospects camp.

Lynn chose the Minutemen over an offer from South Alabama.

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Arron Kinsey, a 6-4 225 pound weakside DE from Miami, FL

247Sports two-star player.

Hudl.com has 15 ways to kill a quarterback.

Rivals two-star recruit.

Chose UMass over an offer from UAB

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Sekai Lindsay, a 5-10 205 pound RB from Melbourne, FL

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

Originally verbaled to Pitt.

Chose the Minutemen over offers from Appalachian State, Cincinnati, FIU, Georgia Tech, Indiana, North Carolina, Pitt, South Alabama and Temple.

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D'Shan Harley, a 6-6 220 pound OLB from Wichita Falls, TX

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

Max Preps has some stats and video.

The Time-Record has a story about Harley verbaling to UMass and some stats.

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This weekend's commits look like a good group. Michale Caggiano has a chance to be a four-year starter for the Minutemen. UMass fans hope he fixes a two-year train wreck in the UMass kicking game. Kicking is offense. Punting is defense. Caggiano has the potential to also be a strong punter.

Running back Sekai Lindsay is another player UMass fans hope pans out. Despite the fact the Minutemen had several three-star running backs on the roster, the last two years have finished with former walk-on Shadrack Abrokwah as the starting RB. The UMass ground game is nowhere at the level of the Blake Frohnapfel and the passing attack. UMass needs better production from the running backs to be even in the middle of the MAC for a quality running game.

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Boston College was the lone vote against cost-of-attendance for college athletes.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Saturday--Janaury 24th, 2015


UMass has hired Mark Michaels as special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach.

Michaels replaces Ted Daisher, who was fired by Whipple on September 16, 2014. Daisher had the unusual distinction of being fired by both Molnar and Whipple.

Michaels seems to be a good hire. He has worked with Whipple before and knows his management style. He also has extensive NFL experience.  Michaels last worked as a high schools coach in the talent-rich Tampa area of Florida. This article from 2012 interviews Michaels and asks about his coaching career in FL.

You remember Molnar added Allen Suber to the UMass coaching staff with the probable intent of increasing the Minutemen recruiting presence in Florida. Suber only lasted one year.

With six years of coaching in the Tampa area, Michaels should have some connections that would help recruiting.

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UMass psychology professor Susan Whitebourne comments on deflategate.

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The Senior Bowl plays today, with two MAC players on the roster.

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And now---- teal turf.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Recruiting 2015----Trae Philpots

In November, UMass offered to Trae Philpots, a 6-4 235 pound DE/LB from Creekside HS in Georgia.

Last Sunday, he verbaled to Middle Tennessee State.

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Friday--January 23rd, 2015

Maine will play at BC for the first game of 2015 season for the Eagles. BC's OOC schedule of Maine, New Mexico State, NIU and Notre Dame seems likely to be a 3-1 run.

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Central Michigan's HC Dan Enos left to become offensive coordinator at Arkansas.

Hustle Belt looks at possible replacements.

The Lansing State Journal says the MAC is hard on coaches.

The head coach leaving breaks recruiting commitments. On January 15th, Hustle Belt rated CMU's recruits as #6 in the MAC

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If you missed it. Khalil Mack, who kicked our butts in 2013, was named ESPN's NFL Defensive Rookie-of-the-Year.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thursday--January 22nd, 2015

UPDATE: UMass will hold a football signing day party at the Amherst Brewing Company on February 4th.


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Paul Bys, UMass equipment manager, explains to Boston.com how footballs are treated prior to a game.

SB Nation has everything you need to know about deflategate.

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BYU has scheduled a home-and-home series with Michigan State bumping a scheduled UMass game.

The only alternative open date for both squads is October 15th. UMass' 2016 schedule. BYU's 2016 schedule.

Eastern Michigan, who was to have a three-for-one home game with MSU with one of the games schedule for 2016, has canceled the arrangement.

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A Bleacher Report writer ranks conferences by the quality of the league's coaches.

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Olympic proponents outline Boston's winning bid proposal.

NoBostonOlympics.com says it'll cost at least $19 billion, more than the Big Dig.

Boston mayor bans city employees criticizing the cost of the Olympics bid.

The Blog awaits a Globe editorial about protecting the interests of the Commonwealth's taxpayers.

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