Saturday, January 17, 2009

Nine days into the coach search

According to the Boston Globe, Jack Bicknell, Jr. has emerged as the leading contender for the UMass Head Coach job.

Bicknell is probably the highest profile coach mentioned in the UMass coaching search. Recruits won't know him, of course, but their coaches will.

UPDATE: UMass will interview Bicknell this weekend. Matty Vautour also reports on some other coaches not mentioned before.

UPDATE II: Matty Vautour mentions that McCutcheon has met with or spoken with a number of coaches recently. I've published links for Jack Bicknell, Jr, Mark D'Onofrio, Neal Brown, Tom Gilmore, Kevin Morris and Tom Masaella (scroll down). New to the mix are:
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Would we be interested in Iowa QB Jake Christensen? He's transferring.

Former Louisville QB Matt Simms is also available .
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Speaking of recruiting Utah, which did not have a recruiting class rated higher than #55 in the last five years, finished second in most FBS rankings.


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21 comments:

Anonymous said...

As the search for a coach comes to a close I hope that a very high buyout is included in the contract. We haven't found our Joe Paterno, someone who wants to come to Amherst for 40 years. Whoever our coach is, he will be leaving when his contract is up or sooner.

Lets insert a significant buyout so that we are not caught losing our coach in the middle of the recruiting month.

The buyout should go up each year until the contract is completed. An initial amount at least double the salary we pay him, which increases annually based on the inflation rate sounds reasonable to me.

Anonymous said...

I can't see Bicknell taking a job here with his credentials.

Anonymous said...

lamplatI could see Bicknell taking the job with the goal of getting back to the FBS level in three years maximum. He is the canidate most likely to create a coaching merry go round. That being said he is probably the best of the bunch.

Anonymous said...

For most it seems the job is a stop for no more than a few years--five at best. Buyout clause would be prudent and would recoup some monies that could be applied to the costs associated with a new search.

Should we bring in a transfer at QB with the wealth of prospects already at the position?

Anonymous said...

Only the coaches know if a transfer QB is necessary. As Liam hardly missed any game action the last couple of seasons none of the returning roster QB's have had much of a chance to show what they are capable of except by their showings in practice.

Anonymous said...

Wealth of prospects at the position? Who are these prospects you speak of?

Anonymous said...

UMass vs Temple at AMHERST (basketball) game is starting on TV in a few minutes.

Anonymous said...

There are four QBs on the roster, one of whom is a senior; the others are all going to be RS sophomores, and as I have observed in practice, all are good, but game-tested is another consideration.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to UM BB. Nice comeback in win over Temple.

Recruiting - we are starting to see players transfer. Another source - Many very highly ranked players out of high school are dropping out. If we could find 2-3 of these kids, who typically transfer to JC's, it could be another source of talented athletes for us. If they can keep their academic progress over the summer it would be a quantum lead in the level of player we put on the field.

Anonymous said...

Frank Hickson is my choice based on his resume.

He has moved around as an assistant gaining a tremendous amount of experience and is the only coach who actually has recruiting on his resume. If he could envision this as being a long term opportunity, I think he would be the best choice for us.

Anonymous said...

There are three qbs on the roster. Octavius Hawkins no longer plays qb at UMASS. Everyone needs to get that through their minds. Whipple is a walk on, Wallace is not full scholorship. Woodward and Wallace will compete for job unless someone is brought in. They will be bringing a transfer qb in, either from BCS or JUCO.

Anonymous said...

UMMM who ever just said that... dont u know there is about to be a new coaching staff ....that means octavious hawkins is surely going back the position he came in as ...personally i think ocatavious is the best qb out of all of them he was juss never kevin morris's style of qb...

Anonymous said...

I would like to hear what the players have to say about the QBs. What are the perceived strengths/weaknesses of each (arm strength, accuracy, mobility, leadership, on-field intelligence)? Any thoughts?

Anonymous said...

I am a player at umass... and i dont want to put out anybodies weaknesses ...but i cant tell you that Hawkins is the only qb umass has right now (that i think and alot of player on this team think ) that can give us a chance on a successful season ... he has the biggest arm ...he has by far the best pocket presence... and the ability to run... he just needs to work on somethings and he will be the starter next season believe me ...

Anonymous said...

Unless somebody comes in, and runs the spread offense, Hawkins will not be the next qb at UMASS. He is not a pocket-pro style qb.

Anonymous said...

shut up !! ... give me a qb at umass that can start over him ??? none wallace just no confidence ...woodward not a good qb ....and whipple needs some work ...thats all i have to say

Anonymous said...

woody played awesome at BC last year.

Anonymous said...

Damn man. Your pretty against all the other QBs. Must give them a good feeling about their "teammates" when they read this. And if you see my point, which you dont, Hawkins will play if a spread offense is brought in. If that doesnt happen, he will NOT play. And they are bringing in a juco transfer.

Anonymous said...

i think it will be woodward.

Anonymous said...

from what i hear the players don't have much confidence in woodward. i think wallace will prevail especially since he has 3 years eligibility remaining. he would be a wise choice as well to groom for future seasons vs. woodward who would play QB for only one season at most.

Anonymous said...

not about "future seasons." the future is now!