Monday, December 31, 2007
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
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
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...
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
UMass is recruiting Keith Robinson a 5-9 175 pd RB from Winslow township HS NJ.
His Scout.com 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!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
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
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
Also interested are Army, Marshall and West Virginia.
Josh, UMass is a great place to play college football!
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)
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
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.
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
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
The Blog will be back up and running, God willing, by the 22nd at the latest.
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
- 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 .
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
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 Scout.com page is here .
Boucher also made the All-State team .
Also interested are Albany, Army, BC, Duke, UNH, and Syracuse.
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
While I can program (some) in html, I'm not very good with CSS style sheets.
Turns out I needed:
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.
The college Sporting News has another article on the Payton and Buchanan awards .
Saturday, December 15, 2007
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.
- Scott Wallace QB
- Octavious Hawking QB
- Shane Viveiros DB
- Emil Igwenagu LB/RB
- Jonathan Hernandez RB
- Josh Samuda C
- Johnny Evans LB
- Tim Nolan OL
- Michael Binkoski OL
- Brian Ostaszewki OL
- Justin Sawicki OL
- Tom Gilson WR
- Julian Talley WR
- Courtney Jackson DE
- Jonathan Emond WR
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.
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
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 ?????????
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
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
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!
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
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 .
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
UMass is recruiting Richard Rossi, a 6-2 210 pd WR/TE from Milford Academy, NY.
Rossi is a Scout.com 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)
Sunday, December 09, 2007
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Despite its strong showing so far, the Salukis are still searching for fans. Coach Kill was diplomatic about the showing. The student newspaper categorized the turnout as "pathetic".
Delaware gets SIU next. And the Hens are smiling.
Monday, December 03, 2007
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.
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..... :)
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 .
AROUND THE PLAYOFFS:
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
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.
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
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!
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.
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 .