Friday, February 12, 2010

Friday News---February 12th, 2010

Former UMass Head Coach Bob Pickett's funeral Mass will be held this morning at 9:15 in Portland, ME.

Note the request by the family:"In lieu of flowers, the Pickett family requests that contributions be made to a scholarship fund they are establishing at UMass. Contributions can be made to Coach Bob Pickett Football Scholarship Fund, care of University of Massachusetts, 308 Mullins Center, Amherst, Mass. 01003 or telephone (413) 577-4290. "

Classy man and a classy family.


In more sad news for UMass, Garry Pearson, former UMass Hall-of-Fame RB passed away Tuesday.

Articles by the Springfield Republican and the UMass Athletic Dept are here and here respectively. Matty Vautour has a short article here.

I have some material about Pearson that has not appeared in the Blog. My flatbed scanner is giving me problems, but I'll try to get the material up in a day or so.
Click on the image and Blogger displays a much larger view. The original scan from the 1982 program is in the Blog section sidebar on UMass Football History.


TopUMassFan said...

So sorry to hear about Garry Pearson. When I attended my first UMass game in 1980, he was the star runningback and such a joy to watch, able to change a game with a single touch of the ball. More than any other player, he was the reason I kept going to UMass games ( I attended Westfield State)and became a UMass fan for life. I'm sure he and Coach Pickett are going over game plans once more. My condolences to both families.

Anonymous said...

It would be appropriate to make a donation to a Football Endowment Fund so that their contributions to UMass and to UMass Football wouldn't be forgotten.

vetteson said...

Gary was one of the most exciting players to ever wear a UMass uniform. I'll never forget his scoring that put UMass in the lead (if only temporarily)against BC the last time that school came to UMass (along with D. Flutie in his, I believe, second start). They have broadcasted "record crowds" at Alumini recently, but that BC game had by far the largest crowd to ever see a Umass game.

Anonymous said...

Alternate phone number:

UMASS Gifts Processing
Wendy Curtice