Saturday, March 26, 2011

Saturday --- March 26, 2011

UMass has released its 2011 schedule.

Ron Chimelis has some details on the schedule here. He mentions something I did not know, namely UMass would have the option of adding a 12th game if they declare for FBS. The Minutemen would be ineligible for the FCS playoffs if we give notice we are moving up. It would make sense to add the 12th game against an FBS opponent and use the money to get a jump start on expenses.

A Yahoo Sports article about the 2011 schedule. Relevant quote:"Gillette is light years ahead of the aging McGuirk stadium as a venue for students and other alumni like me."

A couple of schedule notes on my own:
  • The away game at Holy Cross will be the first ever night game at Fitton Field. The Crusader Athletic Dept is bringing in portable lights like we did in the past. Lots of UMass alumni in that area; it would be nice to have a big UMass presence at the game.
  • The second Colonial Clash will be a "home" game for UMass and it will count towards our "official" home attendance.
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Matty V has a story on UMass' Pro Day. UMass has a feature about the Pro Day and video here.

More notes:
  • Anthony Nelson is seriously ripped.
  • Greg Niland moves really well for a 6-5 305 pd guy. You can see how he was All-New England at pulling guard.
  • I wonder what running around cones has to do with playing football?
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Old Dominion is eager to start its first ever CAA season.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

At this late a date, it's unlikely that we could find an opponent for a 12th game, unless we play a second game against Villanova (if they also start a FBS transition).