Monday, December 31, 2007

1980 UMass Football Historical Scans

The following eight images are scans from several 1980 game programs.

I've included the 1980 team photo, 1980 coaches, 1980 roster and several other scans from various programs.
Also included are three scans from the 10/04/80 UMass-Rhode Island game program at Meade Stadium. It has the offensive and defensive starters for both clubs.

In 2005, when I went to Meade Stadium, I talked with several members of the Rhody Band and fans. No one remembered "That Ram Band", which was a long time Rhode Island thing. That Ram band wore blue and white colonial costumes and did a leg swing. Vanished into the maw of history now, I guess.

In 1980 the UMass Captains were Bob Manning, Fred Read and Frank DiTommaso. UMass went 7-3 that year and were 4-1 in the Yankee Conference (2nd).

Bob Manning was First Team All-American that year!

Of the two games shown, UMass lost to Delaware 17-21 and beat the Rams 26-8.

Click on the image and Blogger displays a larger view.

I'll add the images to the "UMass historical scans" section in the sidebar after I finish digging out from the latest snow storm...

Saturday, December 29, 2007

The mother of all sideline warnings

I attended all the UMass games this year except for three: Boston College, Hofstra and SIU. It's hard to remember a game I attended without the refs throwing a sideline warning flag. Maybe two or three.

Guess that rule does not apply to BCS/I-A teams. Watch this video "The mother of all sideline infractions" Even if the guy doesn't touch the ball, look at how many of the Texas staff are on the field...

Friday, December 28, 2007

Thorr Bjorn continues to make an impact at Rhode Island

Former UMass assistant AD (and former UMass football player) Thorr Bjorn continues to make an impact in the Rhode Island AD job. See this article about Ram football that is as much about Thorr as it is about new Rhody Head Coach Darren Rizzi. Looks like he is going to inject some life into Rhode Island football.

Also Q&A with the new Rhode Island football coach here .

A professional Athletic Director is a big component of a winning and successful athletic dept. In the past, many New England land grant universities (including UMass) have used the position as a dumping ground for political appointees...

Recruiting 2008---DB/WR Darren Thellen

Looks like UMass will be getting its first verbal shortly. The Boston Herald reports that Darren Thellen a 6-2 195 DB/WR from Brockton, MA is interested in signing with UMass.

Thellen's MaxPreps page is here .

Image is by Marc Vasconcellos from a site called Wicked Local Photos.

Darren, you made the right choice!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Recruiting 2008 RB Keith Robinson

UMass is recruiting Keith Robinson a 5-9 175 pd RB from Winslow township HS NJ.

His profile is here.

He also has a interview about his recruiting and talks about his visiting the UMass team during the William & Mary game .

Keith, UMass is a great place to play football!

KAEO Kicker Michael Torres

Former UMass Kicker Michael Torres is doing well for Central Florida. Story here .

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Someone you should know---- Guy Racine

Local bus driver adopts UMass Sports teams. Story here .

2008 Recruiting --- OG/DT Reshannon Stanley

UMass is recruiting 6-2 285 pd OG/DT Reshannon Stanley from Weaver HS in Hartford, CT. He is the Hartford Courant State Defensive Player-of-the-Year.

As a defensive tackle, he had 78 tackles and 8 sacks in 2007.

His MaxPreps page is here .

Also being recruited by Hofstra and Central Connecticut .

Raheem, UMass has the best defense in the Northeast!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas to All!

The UMass Football Blog would like, on its third Christmas to extend to all the UMass Football community, on-line and off, a very merry Christmas.

"Running to the window, he opened it, and put out his head. No fog, no mist; clear, bright, jovial, stirring, cold; cold, piping for the blood to dance to; Golden sunlight; Heavenly sky; sweet fresh air; merry bells. Oh, glorious! Glorious!

'What's to-day?' cried Scrooge, calling downward to a boy in Sunday clothes, who perhaps had loitered in to look about him.

'Eh?' returned the boy, with all his might of wonder.

'What's to-day, my fine fellow?' said Scrooge.

'To-day?' replied the boy. 'Why, Christmas Day.' "

Dickens, "A Christmas Carol"

Monday, December 24, 2007

Recruiting 2008---Josh Kniceley OG

UMass is recruiting Josh Kniceley a 6-3 280 pd OG from Bridgeport, WV. His page is here . Kniceley was All-Area, All-Conference and All-State.

Also interested are Army, Marshall and West Virginia.

Josh, UMass is a great place to play college football!

Monday Morning Odds & Ends

I don't think I published the link to Bruce Dowd's last "CAA Today" column of the year. It's here .

We ended up sixth in the final SME poll.

The FCS Academic All-America list is here .

Maine signs a JUCO DL from Dean Junior College (UMass has two players from Dean)

UMass Coach Tree---Jerry Azzinaro Marshall

Former UMass assistant coach Jerry Azzinaro has been hired by Marshall as Defensive Line Coach. He spent last year with New Hampshire.

Azzinaro was formerly Defensive Coordinator and Recruiting Coordinator at UMass. He was an assistant coach 1992-94 and 1997.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

UMass Coaching Tree---Neal Brown Troy State

I've blogged several times about former UMass WR Neal Brown becoming a coach. Brown is currently an assistant coach at Troy.

This article talks about him being ready to become Offensive Coordinator at Troy. He seems to be a fast rising star in coaching.

2008 Football Schedule Ver 1.1

Last Tuesday I blogged about the three confirmed dates for the 2008 schedule .

Now another date has been established:
  • 09/13/08 @ JMU
  • 09/20/08 @ Texas Tech
  • 10/04/08 DELAWARE
  • 10/11/08 @ Northeastern (Their entire 2008 schedule is here )

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Saturday Morning Odds & Ends

OK, that's quite enough snow, thank you. The UMass Football Blog has been marooned in Maine for the last two days. Then I had to shovel out after I got back.

Meanwhile, Jason Hatchell was named one of the "FCS Nifty Fifty". This is a nice honor for Hatchell who has put a lot of effort into UMass football. Of course, this blog thinks about five other UMass seniors could have been included.

UMass finished seventh in the final Sports Network poll.

Down in Rhode Island, new Rhody Head Coach Darren Rizzi says the Rams will win.

Joining Rizzi as Defensive Coordinator in Rhode Island is the former head coach of Millersville .

And Maine Head Coach Dave Cosgrove who, you will remember, used the Rhody job as leverage, has agreed to a contract extension in Maine.

UPDATE: I meant to publish a link to this story back before the National Championship game. It's about the CAA sticking together (and has some UMass quotes).

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

UMass Football Blog Publishing Schedule

The UMass Football Blog will not be published tomorrow, Dec. 20th. It may not be published the the 21st either. I will be away with no internet connection.

The Blog will be back up and running, God willing, by the 22nd at the latest.

Final Polls

Keeper's College rankings had us ending up 5th in FCS.

The AGS, Coaches Poll and Sporting News Polls are here .

The UMass athletic dept article about the Coaches Poll is here .

UPDATE: Article about the Rhode Island coaching change here .

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

2008 UMass football schedule

There are three confirmed dates for the the 2008 schedule.
  • 9/13/2008 @ JMU
  • 9/20/2008@ Texas Tech 6:00 pm. Texas Tech's 2008 schedule is here (pdf). This year they beat FCS team Northwestern State 75-7. The Red Raiders play Virginia in the Gator Bowl on 01/01/08, if you want to check them out early.
  • 10/04/2008 Delaware at McGuirk. Delaware's 2008 schedule here .
That's two FCS playoff teams and a BCS bowl team and we still have nine games to go...

Rhode Island will announce its new Coach today

Rhode Island will announce its new head football coach today.

It's down to Rutgers assistant Darren Rizzi and former UMass assistant coach and current Stonehill head coach Robert Talley.

UPDATE: Maine coach Dave Cosgrove's applying for the job may have been a negotiation tactic.

UPDATE II: Another Rhody article here . The Providence Journal thinks it's Rizzi.

UPDATE III: It is Rizzi. Story here.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Chicago-area players go unrecruited

This article states that there are a number of Chicago-area players that are not getting a lot of looks from DI colleges.

Recruiting 2008-----QB Tanner Boucher

UMass is interested in Tanner Boucher a 6-4 220 pd QB from Keene, NH. Boucher threw for 1,500 yards and 25 TD's in 2007. Runs a 4.56 40 and benches 275.

His page is here .

Boucher also made the All-State team .

Also interested are Albany, Army, BC, Duke, UNH, and Syracuse.

Recruiting 2008---Boston Herald All-Scholastics

The Boston Herald has it's fall 2007 football All Scholastics article up.

From the Article:


MANSFIELD The Defensive Player of the Year in the Hockomock League, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior linebacker led the Hornets in tackles with 52. He also was a factor in the offensive backfield, carrying the ball 77 times for 630 yards and 10 touchdowns, while catching 10 passes for 75 yards. An honors student, Abany is looking at Bryant, Stonehill and UMass.


CATHOLIC MEMORIAL A two-time Catholic Conference All-Star, the 6-foot-4, 195-pound senior wide receiver caught 51 passes for 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns. A two-sport standout, Colarusso averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds a game for a Knights team that played for the Division 2 state title last year. He is looking at Penn State, UConn, UMass, Hofstra, Maine, Buffalo and UNH.


MANSFIELD Gilson turned in his second consecutive outstanding season in leading the Hornets to the Hockomock League title. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior threw for 1,419 yards and 14 touchdowns, giving him career totals of 3,035 yards and 31 touchdowns. Gilson is being recruited by schools such as New Hampshire, Delaware, UMass and Maine.


BILLERICA The senior quarterback threw for 2,400 yards and 23 touchdowns, while rushing for 320 yards and two more scores. Morrison threw for a career-high 340 yards and five touchdowns against Andover. A member of the National Honor Society, Morrison would like to play either football or baseball in college with UMass, Bryant and Bentley at the head of the pack.


CHELMSFORD The 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior tight end saved his best for last, kicking field goals in the final minute to win both playoff games, giving the Lions the Division 1A Super Bowl title. Smart led the Lions with 47 catches for 800 yards, giving him a career total of 85 catches for 1,300 yards. A three-sport athlete, Smart is looking at Delaware, UMass and Maine."

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Hey, I got the header image back.

Thanks to the Blogger community, I've got my header image back.

While I can program (some) in html, I'm not very good with CSS style sheets.

Turns out I needed:

#header-inner {


width: 660px;
height: 233px;


However, before Blogger broke the process, I could add and remove header images with a couple of clicks. Now I have to edit the image with PhotoShop and then edit my template code to match the image size.

Light day for football news

A blog named "TV Tanlines" has a post on the chaos that went on during the last five minutes of the the National Championship game. WARNING, WARNING WARNING---THE BLOG IS NOT WORK SAFE UNLESS YOU WORK FOR THE OSBOURNES.

The college Sporting News has another article on the Payton and Buchanan awards .

Saturday, December 15, 2007

This year's redshirts

While watching Appalachian State pull the legs off Delaware last night, I spent some time looking at the UMass roster.

If I didn't miss anyone, and I'm sure someone will point it out if I did , it looks like UMass had 15 red-shirts in 2007.

  1. Scott Wallace QB
  2. Octavious Hawking QB
  3. Shane Viveiros DB
  4. Emil Igwenagu LB/RB
  5. Jonathan Hernandez RB
  6. Josh Samuda C
  7. Johnny Evans LB
  8. Tim Nolan OL
  9. Michael Binkoski OL
  10. Brian Ostaszewki OL
  11. Justin Sawicki OL
  12. Tom Gilson WR
  13. Julian Talley WR
  14. Courtney Jackson DE
  15. Jonathan Emond WR
The players with no bio information are probably walk-ons. We also will have Chauncey Incarnato OL a transfer who was not eligible this year.

Barring any academic problems or players leaving the team, I looks like we are do not have heavy needs at OL and QB.

During later posts, we will look at what we do need in recruits this year.

Appalachian state repeats

Applachian State repeats as National Champions. The Hens had no answer for the Mountaineers in a game that was marked by several instances of bad sportsmanship by both teams.

And yes, the Appy fans were still obnoxious.

A typical Delaware story here .

An Appalachian State story here .

David Coulson covers the National Championship game here .

The Sporting News has a game recap here .

Friday, December 14, 2007

Blogger acting up again

Looks like Blogger is acting up again. I checked the header image in my template and it's OK.

Hopefully, we'll get it back soon.

Nice work to UMass Soccer & Basketball

As you know, I bleed Maroon & White for UMass football.

However, I did have UMass basketball season tickets for a number of years. Since moving to New Hampshire, Mrs. Blog and I have been doing weekend games.

Congratulations to UMass basketball for their big wins over Syracuse and Boston

Looks like someone finally figured out the college basketball is guard oriented.

Also kudos to UMass Soccer for their trip the the Final Four.

Be sure to check out the UMass All-Sports Blog by Bob McGovern. Despite the fact that I have snow tires older than he is, McGovern does an outstanding job covering all UMass sports.

Now if only he would explain what "offsides" is in hockey ?????????

Championship Day Reading

Charles Burton looks at the Championship Game .

So does Eric Gemunder , Click on the "weekly preview"

Georgia Southern's Jayson Foster won the Walter Payton Award (Liam Coen finished 16th)

A Montana DE won the Buck Buchanan award (UMass had two players receiving votes)

The coach that almost lost to UNH in the first round won the Eddie Robinson Award.

And the Saluki's coach jumped ship to Northern Illinois in the MAC.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

UMass NFL Prospects

Draft Daddy has a list of "Juniors to watch" Sean Smalls is on it here .

They also have a list of "Sophmores to watch" Jeromy Miles is on this one.

NFL Draft Scout follows 17 UMass players (including this year's seniors).

I don't remember UMass ever having a sophomore on the Draft Daddy watch list before.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

UMass-Southern Illinois Picassa Web Album

Courtesy of UMass kicker Chris Koepplin's family I have set up a 26 image Picassa Web Album here .

I've also added a sidebar link in the "2007 UMass Images" section.

A big thanks to the Koepplin family for sharing their images with us!

Wednesday morning reading

Sporting News columnist David Coulson has a look at the National Championship game.

Bruce Dowd has a look at the game from a CAA perspective .

Bruce Schmidt has a look at Chattanooga hosting the National Championship game and approves .

UPDATE: Two football players from Colgate were arrested on burglary charges yesterday . One of the players was their featured RB Jordan Scott.

UPDATE II: This Colgate-area paper has an update. Pretty depressing. :(

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

More FCS Champiohship stuff

Delaware Online has an article here .

Another Hens-Mountaineers article here .

The College Sporting News has an article here .

And for lack of anyplace else to put it, the College Sporting News has an article covering the All-Conference teams of all 15 FCS conferences here .

Former UMass Coach Robert Talley interviews for Rhody job

The search for a new coach at Rhode Island has narrowed to four candidates. Including former UMass assistant coach Robert Talley.

I've blogged about Talley before .

Also in contention is Maine Head Coach Jack Cosgrove, Rutgers assistant Coach Darren Rizzi, and Norfork State Head Coach Pete Adrian .

My prediction: Darren Rizzi .

UMass and the Rams have played each other 81 times, more than any other football opponent.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Recruiting 2008-- WR/TE Richard Rossi

UMass is recruiting Richard Rossi, a 6-2 210 pd WR/TE from Milford Academy, NY.

Rossi is a three star player. He is a Rivals Top-50 Prep player.

Other schools interested in Rossi are Eastern Michigan and Syracuse.

His Milford Academy page is here .

Rich, UMass has a better football program than either Eastern Michigan or Syracuse ! (just ask all the Orange players who transferred to UMass)

KAEO Paul Gorham

Former UMass Coach Paul Gorham (1999-2003) is now head Coach at Sacred Heart.

His Sacred Heart bio is here . The Pioneers went 3-8 this year in the NEC.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Sunday Morning Digest

Well, Delaware defeated the Salukis to go the the National Championship against Appalachian State. SIU-centric articles here and here and here .

And we told Delaware not to kick to Craig Turner .

Woah! The Hens and the Mountaineers in the National Championship. Not two of my favorite teams. Ben Albert is Associate Head Coach for Delaware, so I've got to go with the Hens .

Under the "How-did-I-miss-that-information" category is that fact that former UMass guy Chet Gladchuk is Athletic Director at Navy. Paul Johnson, the Navy Coach left to become Head Coach at Georgia Tech.

UPDATE: David Coulson has an SIU-Delaware article here .

One from the Delaware side here .

Saturday, December 08, 2007

More UMass and Playoff articles

The Salem News has an article on UMass Fullback Chris Zardas' injury. It's a stark reminder of how much football players put their body on the line. Zardas certainly looked like he was becoming a real asset to UMass when he was injured.

The UMass football Blog wishes Chris and all the other Minutemen injured this season a quick and complete recovery.

Around the playoffs:

Delaware plays the Salukis in Carbondale at 4:00 pm today.

A Delaware writer looks at the playoffs .

A story from the Saluki side here .

Hens-Saluki matchups here .

If you missed last night's Richmond-Appalachian State game, you missed Amanti Edwards going off on the Spiders .

This article gives some the records set by Edwards and the Mountaineers .

Dave Coulson has a write-up on the Richmond-Appalachian State game here .

Friday, December 07, 2007

Austin and Hatchell Walter Camp All-Americans

Matt Austin and Jason Hatchell have been named Walter Camp All-Americans.

Walter Camp Foundation press release here .

UMass press release here .

Coach Brown and AD John McCutcheon honored

Last night Coach Brown and UMass AD John McCutcheon were honored by the All-American Football Foundation. Coach Brown was awarded the Johnny Vaught Coach of the Year Award.

Coach Brown's wife Debe Brown also received an award.

AD John McCutcheon received the Robert R Neyland Outstanding AD Award.

Note that Coach Brown currently leads all UMass Football Coaches in winning percentage. The following lists UMass coaches in total games coached, then wins and then shows winning percentage
  • Vic Fusia --93 games--59 wins--.645
  • Mark Whipple--75 games--49 wins--.629
  • Dick McPherson--73 games--45 wins--.623
  • Jim Reid--67 games--36 wins--.552
  • Bob Pickett-64 games--36 wins--.563
  • Don Brown--50 games--36 wins--.720
Great work by Coach Brown. And kudos to Mrs. Brown for being a cool hand with an IV drip. As a person who has had more than my share of IVs, I appreciate good nursing.

Richmond plays Appalachian State tonight

Remember that CAA team Richmond plays Appalachian State tonight at 8:00 pm on ESPN.

Friday FCS articles

The UMass Daily Collegian looks at the SIU game .

David Coulson picks against the CAA again .

Bruce Dowd looks at the CAA's run in the playoffs .

Eric Gemunder looks at this week's games (a pdf download) .

And the Salukis finally think they have the attention of the Carbondale fans .

Thursday, December 06, 2007

UMass Football Blog update

I've used my time up here in the Maine woods to to some housekeeping on the Blog now that the playoffs are over for UMass.

I've updated the links section and deleted all the dead ones. Several links have been added. I have a policy of linking to sites that link here. If you find any links that need to be worked on add a comment or e-mail me.

The auto-login feature is still a pain in the butt, but I've figured out how to get the image back in the header.

Thursday morning reading

Charles Burton of the College Sporting New looks at the latest round of FCS playoffs.

BTW, check out UMass' final stats.

Meanwhile, the Saluki's are the only seeded FCS playoff team still standing.

If the Hens win the National Championship, K.C. Keeler may be on the move .

Richmond and Applachian State play Friday.

It's a long way to the Spring Game and College Basketball has lost it's bounce for college students. I've noticed in the BB games I've watched on TV there are a lot of empty seats around the nation.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

More playoff stuff

The Daily Collegian covers the players that made UMass football a success in 2007.

It's a Golden Era for the Salukis.

Keeper has both CAA teams as underdogs in the next round.

On the other hand, we're still rated higher than the Hens .

I always read Matty Vautour's Hampshire Gazette Sports Blog. There, I found a link to this story about Marcel Shipp and Steve Baylark helping underprivileged kids .

Kent Schmidt of the College Sporting News has a semi-final playoff article here.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Thoughts on SIU

Well, at first I was pretty disappointed. As evidenced by this Blog I pretty much bleed Maroon & White. However, after a day’s reflection, I have to be thankful for a great 2007 season. We won the CAA in its first ever season. Since 1998, UMass has won the league championship four times (99, 03, 06 and 07). Four championships in nine years. That’s pretty damm good. One flaw in the playoff system is that 15 of the top 16 teams in the nation end their season with loss. Undefeated McNeese State and Montana didn’t even make it out of the first round. The Pundits favorite team UNI, barely escaped New Hampshire ----- a team we dominated. Delaware put an end to them in next round. We are still one of the top eight teams in the nation and we went down swinging.

The roots of the SIU loss are complex. It just was not as easy this year. Different team, different players with different skills and personalities. Different coaches. While I believe this team was very talented, it just did not all fit together easily as it did in 2006. This year, it was a struggle.

One reason for the loss and the struggle was we were playing a pro schedule with a FCS team. If coach Brown was a pro coach he would have placed a number of players on the IR and the team would have been picking up players from the waver wire. Even in training camp, the O-line struggled with injuries. We rarely kept the same line intact for more than a game or two. We had injuries at TE with Brad Listorti essentially out for the season and both Matt Silver and Ian Jorgensen battled injuries. So did fullback E.J. Barthel.

I think Liam Coen’s knee was considerably more than “tweaked”. He did not look comfortable most of the season.

Losing Tony Nelson and Chris Zardas in the Fordham game really hurt. In the close SIU game, they could have made a difference. By December 1st , we were running out of bodies.


I thought the defense looked gassed. Remember they had just come off three big efforts against Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Hofstra. To me, it looked like they just went to the well and it was dry. The proof of the effort they made was the hitting. The SIU game was one of the most physical games I’ve seen. We needed some turnovers and except for Sean Small’s interception, we did not get any.


The offense’s trouble was more complex. Despite the personal losses, we were more than competitive. Our wide receivers Rasheed Rancher, J.J. Moore, Mike Omar and Jeremy Horne romped.

However, despite the 25 first downs, 7.5 yards/play and the record setting passing day, I doubt that the O-line were very happy with their play. We are a blitzing team and we struggled with SIU’s blitzes. When Liam had time, he was effective. I also doubt that despite his numbers, he was happy with the three interceptions.

Overall impression:

I feel that despite the UMass manta of taking it one game at a time, we sometimes felt that all that talent was going to prevail no matter what. It felt as if we lost concentration sometimes. The first half of Colgate, the first 40 minutes of William & Mary, the first quarter of SIU. The whole season it seemed as if we felt we could step on the gas and pull away from anyone. But against Rhody and SIU the spurt never came.

And we made some mistakes. That holding call in the first quarter that stopped a drive and we had to settle for a field goal. Liam’s interception in the end zone that cost us at least three points. That’s seven points and an overtime game right there.

To bring this to a full circle, it’s a pretty good year when we go 10-3, win the CAA Championship, advance to the quarterfinals, lose by seven points on the road and feel dissatisfied with the ending...

IMHO UMass still has tons of talent. I look forward to Coach Brown crafting a new team for 2008 and I can’t wait to see all our players play in the new year. I'm still proud of them. Wanna bet that we’ll have some terrific recruits on Feb 8th? When is the Spring Game this year? I’m ready..... :)

Yet more SIU articles

Still more articles on the Minutemen's loss to SIU.

The Boston Herald has an article in which Coach Brown thinks we'll be back.

The Daily Collegian has an article here .

Three articles from the Saluki side here and here and here .

The Sports Network has a FCS article by Charles Burton.

The College Sporting News has look at the weekend's game .

UPDATE: Matty Vautour remembers that it was still a great season. He has another SIU game article here .


And the Delaware Hens were all over undefeated UNI.

Matty Vautour will have some insights in about a hour or so, but the Gazette is not up yet.

I'm also working on my own SIU article, which I hope to have up probably this evening.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Road connection works

It seems as if I have a good wi-fi connection. So, if nothing else goes bad, the UMass Football Blog will be up all week.

About a week before the SIU game Blogger lost the "remember me" function for log-in. And just two days ago, Blogger lost the ability to post an image in the header. So far, I've not been able to recover either function.

Blogger does not really have any customer support.

I'm thinking seriously about moving the Blog to a private web host. Now that the season is over, I'll have time to look into moving.


Well, it's 5:17 am and I'll be leaving in an hour or so. Remember, if I have an internet connection, I will continue to make posts this week. However, if I can't connect, the UMass Football Blog will be up and running again on Friday, Dec 7th after I return.

Not a lot of good stuff up so far on the wires. Mostly game recaps.

The Boston Globe has a game article here.

The Chicago Tribune has an article here .

The Boston Herald has two articles here and here .

The Springfield Republican has an article here .

The Southern has two Saluki articles here and here .

UPDATE: The CAA site has a good update on all three CAA teams. Both Delaware and Richmond won.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

UMass Football Blog Publishing Schedule

Regular UMass Football Blog readers should be advised that the Blog and Mrs Blog have to make an unscheduled trip so that Mrs. Blog can help out with a family situation.

We are supposed to have internet connection, but as was proved several times on road trips, that may not happen.

So, it I do have internet access, I will continue to publish the blog, but the hours may be different than my normal 8:00 am update.

If I do not have internet access, I be back up and blogging by Friday morning (Dec 7th).

Thanks to the UMass Football team for a great season and a gutsy effort all year long!

Go UMass!

Congratulations to SIU

Congratulations to SIU.

The Saluki's played a fine game to win a trip to the semi-finals. Good luck and I hope you win the national Championship.

UMass writeup here .

ESPN360 will carry the game

If for some reason, you don't get NESN with your TV package, there is another way to get the UMass-SIU game if you have broadband internet.

ESPN360 will be carrying the game. It works with Verizon DSL and a host of local providers.

My setup did did not work with FireFox, but it did work with Internet Explorer. Other people did get the connection to work with their Firefox browser.

Saluki Saturday

Before I start, may I say-----"Go UMass!"

The Chicago Trib has a story about the big day in Carbondale.

The Boston Globe has a story about the road test for UMass .

The Boston Herald has a SIU game article here .

Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican has a game article here .

The Southern has a Saluki-centric article here .

The Boston Globe has an article about UMass offensive lineman Sean Callichio.

FCS long timer Eric Gerymunder has his weekly FCS newsletter here (click on "weekly preview")

The Springfield Republican has an article on the fact that it's a good season to be a Minutemen Fan .

And it my be a bad season for the Northeastern Huskies .

Friday, November 30, 2007

Travel Friday for the Minutemen

As our Minutemen make their way to Carbondale IL, we get to do some pre-game reading.

If you have been following the articles I've been publishing links to so far this year, it will not surprise you that David Coulson is picking Southern Illinois.

Bruce Dowd does not like our style of play, but he grudgingly gives us the nod.

The Boston Herald, which does an excellent job covering UMass football, has a game article here .

Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican has an article here .

The JG-TC has an article about Saluki redshirt freshman Connor James.

Satuday is going to be a busy day in Saluki land.

The pressure is on SIU .

The Providence Journal has an article about favorite son Liam Coen and Rhody's search for a new coach.

UPDATE: Matty Vautour says that Brad Listorti may be available for the SIU game .


Delaware is raising ticket prices in the expectation of another home playoff game.

And New Hampshire is looking for a defense .

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Coach Brown's show tonight at 7:00

OK, it seems as if Coach Brown's show will be on tonight at 7:00 pm.

Listen here .

I thought there might not be one because of travel.

Recruiting 2008 -- QB Mike Pierce

UMass is interested in Mike Pierce a 6-0 203 pd QB from Andover, MA. Story here . Pierce went 146-260 for 2,179 YDS 20 TDs.

The Boston Globe has a page on him here .

More UMass-Saluki stuff

The Boston Herald has an article about the friendship between Liam Coen and Rasheed Rancher.

The UMass Daily Collegian has an article about the challenges SIU presents . The collegian has another game article here .

An SIU paper has an interview with Saluki running back John Randle (96-489 5.09 YDS/Carry 4 TDs)

Meanwhile, Saluki WR Justin Allen is confident he can handle our defensive backs.

This article looks at UMass from the SIU side.

And Sporting News columnist Kent Schmdt picks SIU over the Minutemen .

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

More Playoff Articles

The Salem News has an article about UMass players (and roommates) Chris Zardas and Kyle Harrington. Zardas was injured in the last series in the Fordham game and the article infers that he's OK, which is good news.

Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican has an article that interviews SIU head coach Jerry Kill.

The Saluki's have their UMass game notes up here (a pdf download)

We're part of the biggest day in SIU's sports history .

David Coulson reviews last Saturday's playoff games.

The Flordia Sun-Sentinel has an article about UMass LB Charles Walker. Some nice publicity for UMass football in talent-rich south Flordia.

UPDATE: Matty Vautour has a game article here, which includes the UMass injury status. Chris Zardas did injure ligaments in his knee (but he may play anyway).


UNI gets Delaware in the next round .

And UNI found New Hampshire a different level of competition than they were used to.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

UMass-Fordham Web Album

I've added a UMass Fordham Web Album on Picassa. The link is here. There are about 40 images of the game.

Also added a link in the sidebar under the "2007 UMass images section"

UMass-SIU to be televised on MASN

That's the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network . Their program listing does not yet show Saturday's schedule.

The game will also available on ESPN+ .

This page shows the game on MASN.

MASN is found on Dish TV Channel 438 and Direct TV's Channel 626.

Some people are saying that the game may be blacked out in certain areas...

Great UMass minds think alike, I got an e-mail, a comment from blog reader Drew Comeau (and former UMass player) and I found it myself all about the same time. Thanks to all who made sure I had the information.

More info when I have it.

UPDATE: The game will be shown on NESN as per this UMass Athletic Dept post. Yeah! NESN easily has the widest distribution of any channel we've talked about so far.

That's channel 434 on Dish Network.

More playoff stuff

The Boston Herald has a UMass article here .

Keeper has UMass as #4 in FCS, however he has UMass as a three point underdog to SIU (in fact, he has all the CAA teams as underdogs).

Meanwhile, back in Carbondale, the Salukis have a suffocating defense .

Eastern Illinois TE Jordan Campanella had a big day against SIU. Wish we had Brad Listorti available. Sigh.

UPDATE: UMass has its game notes up. Nothing yet from SIU.


Mark Whipple is not going to Rhode Island.

The Delaware Hens are, on the other hand, going to UNI.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Monday Morning Reading

The Boston Herald has a UMass article here .

Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican has an article here .

Three articles about the Salukis: They're thinking about UMass, their quarterback Rick Hill is unstoppable, and SIU is so good they're boring .

They have a message board "Saluki Talk"

Southern Illinios' press guide is only a six meg download here .

By the way, SME network is picking SIU over UMass in the next round (see the playoff chart)

UPDATE: Matty Vautour of the Hamp Gazette has a game notes article here .


Delaware is the next CAA team to have a shot at #1 Northern Iowa.

UNH is looking towards next year.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Uh-Oh! TV coverage of UMass-Southern Illinois may be a problem

Just received the following e-mail from Jason Yellin, the UMass Sports Information Director:

The UMass at Southern Illinois NCAA Quarterfinal FCS Football game will take
place at 3:30 p.m. ET in Carbondale, Illinois. It will be shown on ESPN
Gameplan. It will also be available on other various channels across the
nation. Those channels will be released later this week.

Here is the complete Quarterfinal schedule.

December 1 at Boone, North Carolina (ESPN Gameplan at Noon ET)

Eastern Wash. (9-3) at Appalachian St. (10-2)

December 1 at Cedar Falls, Iowa (ESPN Gameplan at 2 p.m. ET)

Delaware (9-3) at No. 1 UNI (12-0)

December 1 at Carbondale, Illinois (ESPN Gameplan at 3:30 p.m. ET)

Massachusetts (10-2) at No. 4 Southern Ill. (11-1)

December 1 at Spartanburg, South Carolina (ESPN Gameplan at 7 p.m. ET)

Richmond (10-2) at Wofford (9-3)

Let's hope NESN or somebody picks up the game. Otherwise it's $21.95 a week. Link here.

Fordham game articles

Image above is a UMass Athletic Dept image.

On the day after one of the most impressive offensive showings in UMass history, we have a lot of game articles.

The Hartford Courant has an article featuring the running of Matt Lawrence.

The Boston Herald has an article featuring the pass-and-catch combo of Coen and Rancher .

The Herald has another game article here .

The NY Daily News has an article about Fordham's last game of the season here .

Jeff Thomas has two game articles here and here .

The Boston Globe has a game article here .

And the Worcester Telegram has another here .

Matty Vautour has a game article in the Hampshire Gazette here.


The CAA has game recaps for all the CAA teams in the playoffs including box scores here .

New Hampshire came within 7 seconds of upsetting #1 UNI.

JMU fumbled away a win at Appalachian State (and brought a groan from the UMass crowd at McGuirk)

Richmond took care of business against Eastern Kentucky.

CSN recaps the entire playoffs here .

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Woah! Major Offense!

Well, on a day that the defense struggled (but notice the defense did its job at the end) the UMass offense was all over the Rams.

Liam Coen added another significant record to his total----best passing yards in a single game with 419 yards. UMass had over 600 total yards. He went 24-37 for 419 and 4 TDs.

Matt Lawrence had a huge game with 167 yards and 3 TDs.

And Charles Walker proved you can beat 'em with brains as UMass took the blitz off and the
fordham QB threw the ball right into his arms.

The UMass write-up (with quotes and stats and stuff) is here .

The Fordham write-up is here .

ESPN game recap is here .

And a NY Times reporter totally screws up up this game story. Can you guess who we were booing? It wasn't the Minutemen.

UPDATE: We'll be off to Southern Illinois next week.

Game Day Fordham

Well, it's 12 degrees here in Jaffrey, NH. We're going to have to bundle up for the game. Let's Go UMass!

The Boston Herald has an article about Masella's Fordham Rams visiting UMass. The Herald also has another game day article here .

Matty Vautour has a game article here .

Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican has a Fordham game article here .

The CAA has a game-day page for all CAA teams in the playoffs with links to their audio feeds and the like here .

Some game notes: UMass, following a tradition set by Coach Whipple will switch to all-maroon uniforms for home games and all-white for road playoff games. This will be the first time we've seen them in this color combination with the new uniforms.

Also, teams are only allowed to dress 60 players in the playoffs.


This Winston-Salem sports writer likes the FCS playoffs, but does not know much about the teams.

If we win this week, we meet the winner of the Southern Illinois-Eastern Illinois game. The Southern Illinoisian has a game article here . Another SIU-EI game article here .

Meanwhile, the Hens destroyed the Hornets in their first ever meeting.

And New Hampshire plays #1 ranked UNI later today.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Friday Morning reading

A couple of articles feature senior UMass players this morning. The Boston Globe has an article about the friendship between J.J. Moore and Charles Walker and is worth your time.

Matty Vautour has an article about senior UMass kicker Chris Koepplin that is also worth reading.

Three articles about tomorrow's UMass-Fordham game: the Journal-News has one here , the Daily News has the Rams ready for UMass and the UMass Daily Collegian has a game article here.


The Union Leader has a UNH-UNI article here.

If UMass wins Saturday, they meet the winner of the Southern Illinois-Eastern Illinois game. TG-TC online has an extensive article on those two teams here .

UPDATE: Bruce Dowd has his weekly "CAA Today" column here . Worth reading.

FCS Playoffs start today with Delaware-Delaware State

Remember to set your VCR for the first game of the 2007 FCS Playoffs today. Delaware meets the team they have been trying to avoid for fifty years, Delaware State at 1:30 pm on ESPNU.

That's channel 148 on Dish network and Channel 609 on Direct TV.

UPDATE: The Hens-Hornets game will also be shown on ESPN and ESPN HD. A big thank-you to the Lawrence family for the update information.

UPDATE II: OK, just to mess with our heads, ESPNU is showing Toledo-Central Michigan. That's not what was shown on the listed schedule on their website.

Looks like the only broadcast of the Hens-Hornets is ESPN as the Lawrence family indicated. Start times seems to be 1:30 pm.

KAEO Shannon James

Coach Brown said in the his Chanel 40 TV show that former UMass All-American Shannon James has been named the defensive MVP of Calgary Stampeders.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Turkey Day reading

Some reading while you recover from your Thanksgiving Day Feast. The image above is from the UMass Athletic Web site.

In case you missed it, seventeen Minutemen were chosen to the CAA All-Conference teams. The UMass web site has an article here . Matty Vautour has an article on the All-conference selection here . I'm a little pressed for time today, so I don't have links to the individual players. The UMass article does.

The UMass Football Blog is in agreement with the picks. However, the Blog feels that UMass DE Michael Hansen belongs in the All-CAA list somewhere.

The PA Times-Tribune has an article about Fordham WR Asa Lucas.


Charles Burton reviews the first round of the playoffs in his "CSN Way" column.

David Coulson in his "Around FCS" column rails against the inclusion of UNH in the playoffs .

In his weekly "FCS Preview" (a small pdf download), Eric Gemunder praises the selection of UNH in the playoffs.

In the meantime, UNH is damm glad to be there.

Out in Northern Iowa, they're looking forward to the game.

And Appalachian State is feeling confident.

Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving.