Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Last Day of 2008 blog post

UMass ended ranked #15 in the Massey Rankings, which is a computer rating based on wins and quality of the schedule. The CAA was first of the FCS leagues and has seven teams in the top 20.

We lose a couple in the recruiting wars:-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Former UMass Captain (1977) Peter McCarty is defensive line coach for the Western Michigan Broncos. I first saw this on the UMass Athletic Dept's "Just a minute' column.

More scans from the 1977 team are in the "UMass Football History" link in the Blog side bar.


This blog post happens to be the 500th post for 2008 and the 2,326th post since the start of the UMass football Blog back on June 5th, 2005. The very first blog post is here .

I'd like to wish all the Blog readers and everone associated with UMass Football a Happy New year. May 2009 bring everyone health, happyness and success ----and a return to the playoffs for the UMass Footbal team :)

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Tuesday telex 12/30/08

Bruce Dowd has a long article about the Richmond-Montana Championship game with many pictures.

Josh Buchanan has released his 2008 FCS All-American teams. Several UMass players made the third team.

For the first time ever, UNH was able to red-shirt their entire 2008 recruiting class. Brought to my attention over on the excellent New Hampshire Football Report.

Recruiting 2009--Ryan Gemmell

Image by Partick Raycraft/Hartford Courant.

Interested in UMass is Ryan Gemmell a 6-0 190 pd Safety from Southington Ct.

He was Hartford Courant's Defensive player-of-the-year. Runs a 4.7 40.

He won this strength and agility contest in 2008.

He's also interested in Rhode Island.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Monday News 12/29/08

Brandon London played a part in the Miami dolphins 24-17 win over the Jets.

After winning the FCS/I-AA tittle, London's dad Mike London is considered a hot property.

UConn's offensive coordinator Rob Ambrose has been named head coach at Towson. The CAA website has an extensive article on Ambrose here .

UMass' 2008 BCS opponent Texas Tech plays in the Cotton Bowl Friday. TV schedule for all the bowl games is here.

UConn LB Available 12/29/08

C.J. Marck a 6-1 238 pd freshman LB for UConn is seeking to transfer to a FCS/I-AA school.

His UConn bio is here .

Marck's Rivals page is here .

He played in ten games for the Huskies and had 7 UT 2 AT 1 PrBu 1 FF.

We need a MLB who can stop the run. The Blog thinks that he would be a great fit for UMass.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Recruiting 2009---Matt Faiella

UMass is recruiting Matt Faiella a 6-3 225 pd OLB from Freehold Township in NJ.

His Rivals page is here .

ESPN video highlight here .

He was second team All-Jersey Shore (along with Anthony Lubischer, whom we are also recruiting).

Also being recruited by Akron, James Madison and Delaware.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Saturday Odds & Ends 12/27/08

There has been quite a bit of UMass recruiting news lately, but nothing of note this morning. In the rush to keep up on recruiting, some stories may have escaped your notice.

Did you know?
I'll be back tomorrow with more recruiting news.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Recruiting 2009 -----Christian Birt

The New Hampshire Football Report has a post saying UMass picked up its second verbal of the 2009 season from Christian Birt 6-1 180 RB/DB from Laconia HS in New Hampshire.

He was First Team All-State in 2008.

Had interest from Boston College and Colorado.

Special thanks to Roger Brown the owner of the NHFR for bringing this to my attention!

Friday Follies December 26 2008

New Hampshire gets a commit from a PA defensive end.


Steve Baylark (Denver Broncos bio) has been re-signed to the Broncos practice squad.


The second largest University in Texas, UT San Antonio will join FCS football in 2011.


Recruiting 2009---Derek Tinsley

UMass is recruiting Derek Tinsley a 6-1 265 pd DT from Meadowbrook HS in Richmond, VA.

His page is here .

He was Central District Defensive Player-of-the-Year.

This article mentions him. Relevant quote:For Meadowbrook, defensive lineman Derek Tinsley seemed to be in on every running-play tackle.

Also being recruited by Duke, Army and James Madison.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

The UMass Football Blog and Mrs Blog would like to wish all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

One of the best presents I've had in the last three years is the opportunity to meet, in person, and on line, UMass fans, players, parents and staff.

Hope the New Year brings everybody, health, happiness and prosperity.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Recruiting 2009 ------- Karl James

UMass is recruiting Karl James a 6-2 255 pd DL from Sunset Fl.

His Rivals page is here .

He played in the annual Miami-Dade County All-Star Football Classic .

Also being recruited by Florida Atlantic and Wagner.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Recruiting 2009---Jadira Green

UMass is recruiting Jadira Green a 6-3 305 pd DT from Oxon Hill Md.

His Rivals page is here .

Video highlights here .

He's rehabbing an injury, which is probably why FCS/I-A football schools have a chance at him.

JMU and Wagner have rescinded their offers due to his injury. Still has scholarship offers from Old Dominion, Sacred Heart and Delaware.

Recruiting 2009--- Royce Terrell Part II

I've blogged before about Royce Terrell, a projected college safety from Weymouth, MA.

This story says UMass has offered a scholarship.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Monday meanderings 12/22/08

The Sports Network has their report on the National Championship game here .

The CAA football site has the league's write-up on Richmond's win here .


Three pages 0f JUCO quarterbacks here .

The most active JUCO leagues are out west.


CSN reviews all thirty (not counting 2008) of the FCS Championship games (pdf). The three UMass participated in are ranked fairly high.


Recruiting 2009--- Tim Chambers

UMass is interested in Tim Chambers a 6-3 285 pd Center from Bristol Ct.

His page is here .

This article mentions him.

MaxPreps Pre-season All-State .

Has interest from many schools: UConn, Iowa, Ol Miss, Mississippi State, Temple, Army, Navy and Buffalo. At FCS/I-AA level, Hofstra and UNH.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Recruiting 2009----Dan Guadagnoli

UMass is interested in Dan Guadagnoli a 6-1 200 pd QB from Framingham, MA.

The Milford Daily News has a story here .

MetroWest has another story on him here .

He was a Boston Herald All-Scholastic.

He had 2,500 yards of total offense for Framingham, including 25 TDs throwing and another 15 rushing.

Also being recruited by a host of FCS schools including Northeastern, Maine, Penn, Rhode Island, Fordham and Lafayette.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Recruiting 2009-- Sean Unterkoefler Commits to UMass

Sean Unterkoefler a 6-1 210 RB/H back from Exeter Township, PA has committed to UMass .

His page is here . Note the 4.48 forty time.

Video highlight clips here .

A two star player.

He had offers from UNH and RI. Interest from Army, Temple, UConn, JMU and Hofstra.

Welcome to the Minutemen Sean! Hope you have a great career with UMass!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Brent Arnold named AP first-team Punter

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Brent Arnold was named to Associated Press All-FCS first team. UMass story here .

Congrats to Brent!

National Championship Friday 2008

More articles on the Brown-Yale affair:

Richmond"s Head coach London is the first black coach to go the the National Championship game.

The Montana coach is familiar with the London family (mentions UMass and Brandon London).

Two pages of links to stories concerning the National Championship game via Google News here .


Lawrence Sidbury, DE for Richmond is also a computer science major. He's working on software to predict predict offensive plays.


Armati Edwards of Appalachian State won the 2008 Walter payton Award.

Mickey Matthews won the Eddie Robinson Award for the top coach in FCS.

Greg Peach of Eastern Washington won the Buck Buchanan Award for top defensive player in FCS.


Thursday, December 18, 2008

News 12/18/08

For news about Coach Brown see the post before this one.


CSN is at the National Championship game and has a audio link to interviews with various personalities including UMass AD John McCutcheon .

David Coulson has an article about the Montana Grizzlies warming up in Chattanooga.


On recruiting news, can someone from UMass football call this guy?

Also on recruiting, I've updated the Blog post on Mike Goad.


News about Coach Brown

Matty Vautour has an article on the possibility of Coach Brown leaving.

Hopefully he will stay and hopefully the current recession and associated budget cuts will not last long. UMass football and UMass football fans will have to hunker down and wait it out.

Another article (unsigned) by the Springfield Republican says the Athletic Dept is not happy with the news.

UPDATE: Holy Cross coach Tom Gilmore has withdrawn his name for the Yale coaching job.

UPDATE II : Matty Vautour reports that Coach Brown is staying.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Recruiting 2009 --- Josh Buchanan

UMass is recruiting Joshua Buchanan a 6-3 285 pd center out of Newman Ga.

His page is here .

Also being recruited by Auburn, Georgia Southern and DII.

Wednesday Wonders 12/17/08

Keepers has Richmond by 2 over Montana.


A story about Richmond's Coach Mike London.

David Coulson has his weekly column "Around FCS" and finds that Montana-Richmond is an unexpected event.

The National Championship game is 7:00 pm Friday on ESPN2 HDTV.

If you missed either (or both like I did with the ice storm), ESPN360 has the games available online.


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tuesday News 1216/08

Bruce Dowd in his weekly CAA column Eats Crow .

Dave Coulson says JMU ran out of miracles .

He has another column saying one point separated UNI and Richmond .


This report says Coach Brown is a finalist for the open head coach job at Yale.

Brown's salary would probably double at Yale. If he wants to retire in New England, it probably would be a good move for him financially.

Let's hope he stays and leads UMass to another shot at the national title. If I hear anything more about this, I'll post it quickly.

Woah! Heat! Lights! Internet!

About 9:00 pm last night, the return of power was announced by our cranky furnace almost having a cardiac arrest as it struggled with calls for heat from all three heating zones and our water heater.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Blog News---- The Ice storm

Hi Everyone. Last Thursday night, Jaffery and New Hampshire were hit by the worst ice storm in Granite State history.

Mrs. Blog and I are OK, but we have no power or telephone connection. The police and New Hampshire Public Service say it may be another three days or more before we get power back.

Mrs. Blog and I are surviving using our camping lanterns and related gear. We're doing OK, but it was 45 degrees inside my house yesterday. This is the fourth day without power and we're getting into a routine.

I'm blogging this post from a public library in Massachusetts.

So, the Football Blog will resume as soon as I get power and internet connections back.

Go UMass!.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Recruiting 2009 --Ryan & Woody Carter

Image by Ann Ringwood.

Bedford High standout WR/DB Ryan Carter is interested in UMass. Article from the Bedford Minuteman (good name for a newspaper!) is here .

Ryan is quoted as saying his brother Woody Carter, a WR for Northeastern is interested in transferring to UMass.

Recruiting 2009-----Nick Baker

Image from the Hanson Town Crier is not attributed. Baker is #99.

Interested in UMass is JUCO DE Nick Baker from Dean Junior College in Mass. He's 6-3 245 and runs a 4.7 40.

His rather minimal page is here.

An interesting article about him from from the Hansen Town Crier is here . Relevant quote from the article: "“I’m getting a couple of offers,” he said. “UMass/Amherst. That’s my dream place. It’s hometown. My state, a couple of hours from my house. Perfect.”

Hope he makes it to UMass.

Steve Baylark joins the Broncos

Former UMass star RB Steve Baylark has been signed to the Denver Broncos practice squad. UMass press article here .

Steve's Broncos bio here .

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Recruiting 2009---- Mike Goad

UMass is recruiting Mike Goad, a 6-4 210 pd TE out of Matoaca HS in Chester VA. He was first team All-district in 2008.

His page is here .

YouTube 2008 highlights here .

Another video here .

Has I-A interest from Army and Virginia. A bunch of CAA schools are recruiting him including JMU, Old Dominion, William & Mary, Delaware and Big South FCS school Liberty.

UPDATE: Goad has added some additional honors since the Rivals page was last updated. In 2008 he was 1st team All District, Academic All District and Academic All Regional honors. He finished his senior year leading his team in receptions with 31 for 420 yards and 3 touchdowns.

More information about Goad and some video here .

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Recruiting 2009-- Stephen Fox

UMass is recruiting Stephen Fox a 6-4 240 pd TE from Eagle Lake, FL.

His page is here .

The Ledger has an article that mentions him here .

Also being recruited by Buffalo.

Tuesday Telegram 12/09/08

We loose one in the recruiting wars. Lametrius Davis a 6-0 193 pd JUCO DB has committed to Hawaii.

Also in the running were Utah, Brigham Young, Oregon State, Washington, Washington and Boise State. That's pretty good company we were competing with.


We loose another. Blaze Camponegro a 6-1, 205 pd FB committed to Temple.


CSN continues their "Top Thirty" players in FCS history (all are in pdf)

Keepers Football Ratings has JMU by 8 over Montana and Richmond by three over Northern Iowa.


David Coulson has his weekly "Around FCS" column up---entitled "Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers"


Monday, December 08, 2008

Recruiting 2009---Octavius Myles

A Windsor HS image.

UMass is recruiting Octavius Myles a 6-0 207 pd TB from Windsor Forest HS in Savannah GA.

His page is here .

YouTube highlights here .

Also being recruited by Bowling Green, Costal Carolina and Savannah State.

Monday Musings 12/08/08

Did you know Mark Whipple interviewed for the Syracuse job? The excellent college blog "The Orange Report" (run by a UMass grad incidentally), has some info (scroll down the Dec. 4th post).


I spotted this over on Mike's UMass message board site. The athletic dept is working on a new scoreboard for McGuirk (pdf). The UMass football Blog is somewhat disappointed to find that it will not include a video screen.

But even no video screen will continue the run of improvements to McGuirk. Certainly, the old and broken scoreboard we have now deserves replacement.


The Montana-JMU game will be televised Friday night on ESPN2.

CSN recaps the weekends FCS playoff action here .

BTW, Albany crushed Jacksonville 28-0 in the Gridiron Classic. Albany RB David McCarty ran for 271 yards.....

Texas Tech is in the Cotton Bowl.


Sunday, December 07, 2008

Sunday sentiments 12/07/08

Well, yesterday was a busy day in the Blog household. I cut a Christmas tree at a tree farm. I got the tree set up (but not trimmed) and then got to watch some of the Spiders-ASU game on ESPN360.

However, at 3:00 I had to take Mrs. Blog to do some Christmas Shopping. It's only eighteen days until Christmas and Mrs. Blog and all her female relatives have gone to DEFCON-1 EMERGENCY CHRISTMAS shopping mode.

Then we went to Mullins and watched UMass take Boston College to overtime.

The blog thinks Ricky Harris needs to shoot more. Mrs. Blog thinks that the shorts don't do anything for the dance team. We didn't get home until about 1:00am.

Matty Vautour recaps the UMass-Boston College game here .


While we were away, two CAA teams advanced to the semi-finals.

Richmond made sure we have a new champion in FCS (Thank you, Lord!). More Spiders-ASU stories here and here and here .

I taped the New Hampshire-Northern Iowa game and it seems it was a wild one . The Boston Herald has a story on the Wildcats loss here .


Mrs. Blog and I will be trimming the Christmas tree soon and I'll be watching the tape of the UNI-UNH game little later. A light snow is falling. What could be a better day?

The Blog will be back tomorrow with more UMass football recruiting news.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Saturday, the second round of the 2008 playoffs

Comcast Sports New England TV will carry the UNH-Northern Iowa game at 7:00 pm today. That's channel 435 on Dish Network.

If you have the Dish Sports Package these games are available:

Sat 2:00PM WSU/UM 410 Altitude LIVE
Sat 11:00PM UR/ASU 432 MASN Replay
Sun 1:00PM UV/JMU 432 MASN Replay
Sun 2:30PM WSU/UM 432 MASN Replay

Chuck Burton has his weekly column "The CSN Way, Somewhere Grantland Rice is smiling".

How bad are things at Syracuse? Al Golden, the head coach at Temple, does not want to coach there .

Mrs. Blog and I will be going to the UMass-BC game tonight, so I'll be taping the UNH-Northern Iowa game. Foster's Daily Democrat says the Cats have a score to settle with UNI.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Liam Coen named Outstanding Senior in New England

The UMass athletic site has an article on UMass QB Liam Coen receiving the Harry Agganis/Harold Zimman Award as the Outstanding Senior in New England Football.

Congrats to Liam for a great career with UMass!

Recruiting 2009---Brian Hudson

UMass is recruiting Brian Hudson a 6-3 192 pd pro-style QB from Stafford VA.

His page is here .

YouTube highlights page here .

His 2008 stats here .

Also interested are UConn, N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Richmond, William & Mary, UNH and he just received an offer from Liberty.

Frantic Friday 12/07/08

Bruce Dowd has a long re-cap of last week's and preview of this week's CAA playoff games here .

The Sports Network has its FCS Preview Week 15 up.


Success in FCS football doesn't matter? That's not Appalachian State's experience. Applications, donations and corporate sponsorships are way up .

Former UNH offensive coordinator is the designated successor Head Coach at Oregon.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Thursday thoughts 12/04/08

Chuck Burton has thoughts on the FCS playoffs in his weekly column "The CSN Way". One note, playoffs are not unique to FCS. Division II and Division III, as well as NAIA football all have post season tournaments.


David Coulson previews this week's playoff games and predicts the winners in his weekly "Around FCS" colum.


Meanwhile in the BCS Division, which does not have a playoff, over on Double T Nation, it looks like Texas Tech's coach Mike Leach will spurn the paltry $1.75 Million they pay him for more lucrative digs at Washington.

In the recruiting wars, UCLA's Rich Neuheisel has been using a helecopter . Coach Brown probably does not have a helecopter.


I thought this article on Club football at the University of Vermont was interesting.


I'll be back tomorrow with more UMass football recruiting news.


Three Minutemen named All-New England

Brett Arnold, Tony Nelson and Courtney Robinson were all named All-New England.

Arnold has 2,080 punting yards for the season and 4,011 for his career.

Robinson had 404 kick-off return yards in 2008. That gave him a total of 1,384 yards to set a UMass record. The previous holder was Stephen Parnell (1967-1969).

Nelson's 1,325 rushing yards was 8th highest single season total in UMass history. However, four of the higher totals included playoff yardage. In non-playoff seasons, only Gary Pearson (1,631-1982), Jerome Bledsoe (1545-1991) and Rene Ingoglia (1,505-1994) had more yards.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Wednesday Wanderings 12/03/2008

Coaching is a tough occupation. Towson's head coach Gordy Combs has been with the Towson Tigers for 39 years. He played for them for 3 years, was an assistant coach for 19 and Head Coach for 17. He was fired yesterday.

Texas Tech's head Coach Mike Leach has interviewed for the Washington Huskies job. More info over on the excellent Red Raider Blog, Double T Nation .

David Coulson recaps last week's FCS playoff games in his weekly "Around FCS" Column.

Recruiting 2009- Royce Terrell

UMass is recruiting Royce Terrell, a 6-2 215 pd RB/DB from Weymouth HS. He is projected to be a safety in College football.

Terrell had over 3,500 yards rushing and scored 200+ points for Weymouth.

He also has an offer from Northeastern and Bryant.

The Weymouth Ledger & Patriot News has an article here .

Another article on him from the Patriot Ledger here .

Image by Lisa Bul.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Recruiting 2009 --- Mike Peavy

Image by Bob Badders.

UMass is interested in Mike Peavy, a 5-7 190 pd RB from Neptune, NJ. Peavy has some serious speed as he runs a 4.43 forty.

His Rivals page is here . He's ranked as a top 200 RB in the country.

Another article here (scroll to end). More Peavy and Neptune HS info here .

Also interested are Georgia Tech, Virgina, Temple and Syracuse.

Tuesday Twitter December 2, 2008

CSN has photo galleries of the 2008 season here . The list includes several UMass games and last week's Villanova-Colgate and Maine-Northern Iowa playoff contests.

More links to more last week's playoff game articles here .

ESPN360 will televise all the FCS December 6th playoff games:
  • 12:00 Richmond Vs Appalachian State
  • 2:00 Weber State Vs Montana
  • 3:00 Villanova Vs JMU
  • 7:00 UNH Vs Northern Iowa

Monday, December 01, 2008

UMass Hockey Blog Opens

As per a recent comment, there is now a UMass Hockey Blog. I'll be adding a link in my "UMass fan sites' section in the side bar.

Good luck to the new blog and may last longer than the "UMass Basketball blog", which lasted two days. That has to be a record for brevity, even for internet fan sites.

Monday morning 12/01/08

Another 2008 UMass football opponent is playing in the post season as Albany (the NEC champion) plays Jacksonville University (the champion of the Pioneer League) this Saturday in Albany.

Keepers football ratings has the following ratings in the FCS playoffs:
  • Albany over jacksonville by 7.74
  • Appalachian State over Richmond by 4.97
  • JMU over Villanova by 9.00
  • Montana over Weber State by 3.63
  • UNI over New Hampshire by 4,70

Recruiting 2009------ Ed Roberts

UMass is interested in Ed Roberts, a 5-11 220 pd ILB from Timber Creek HS in NJ. He runs a 4.61 forty.

His page is here .

Also interested are Delaware, Maine, Towson, Rutgers and Penn State.