Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday--November 28, 2011

McKenzie #42, Williams #9/ Andy Clark/REUTERS IMAGE/ Not from Gray Cup
Keron Williams and Anton McKenzie won rings as the BC Lions won the 99th Grey Cup over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

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Dennis Erickson, Ron Zook and Turner Gil were all fired yesterday.

In the MAC, the Akron Zips fired Ron Ianello.

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Attendance figures from the MAC talk board:

#81 Temple 28,060
#89 Toledo 22,157
#95 WMU 19,985
#96 Ohio U 19,891
#108 Miami U 16,174
#109 Buffalo 15,890
#110 Akron 15,734
#114 CMU 15,291
#115 NIU 15,209
#116 Ball State 15,064
#117 BGSU 15,007
###  UMass 12,817 (counting the Colonial Classic as a home game)
#119 Kent State 11,587
#120 EMU 4,267

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It's Huskies Vs Bobcats for the MAC title Friday night on ESPN2.

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Whoa! Keepers College Football Ratings has all five CAA teams as underdogs in this week's FCS playoff games.

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Now that the Thanksgiving Holiday week is over, we should get some news on the committee UMass is forming to find a new head coach.

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14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Athletic department needs to start moving. We should be lining up interviews now. Its time to interview some coaches not named brian picucci.

vetteson said...

The vast majority of the MAC attendance averages are below the FBS minimum, and below many FCS schools. Mabe it's those week night games that are televised and put me to sleep. Entire visitors section usually empty. I'm still trying to get enthusiastic about this change. I have to hold out hope that someday we will finally get into the Big East (BCS), all sports, but probably not in my lifetime. Anyway, for financial and personal reasons, no trips to Foxborough will be possible. Regarding coaches, I can't imagine getting anyone that good to come to a non-BCS school with what we can offer.

Anonymous said...

One year totals can't be below the FBS minimum. It's a rolling two year measure.

vetteson said...

I'm sure that this year's attendance relects multi-year attendance...

vetteson said...

Follow-up: I remember checking attendance figures for previous years at MAC schools when UMass first anounced the move up to FBS and I remember rarely seeing >20000 per game at most schools. Bowling Green and Toledo seem to be the only members routinely getting 20000+ at a game.

Anonymous said...

I really hope umass ventures out of the circle in the hiring process. Some of these names like whipple, reid, brown, picucci, albert, mcgovern are morris like hires. I want a fresh face at umass this time around. Guy that will bring excitment to the university.

Anonymous said...

Do you REALLY THINK that Picucci has a chance in hell of even walking through McCutcheons door? The guy has done NOT A THING!!!!

TopUMassFan said...

I agree that the new coach should be a new name, someone that can build a new look to the program. I don't believe Whipple or Brown would want to come back so let's start fresh. AND, let's get started! We need a face and name for the recruits to know, not just that UMass is interested in them.

I had forgotten about the mid-week games the MAC plays, not sure if you'll see me at Gillette on a Tuesday or Wednesday night. Turner Gill was a great player at Nebraska and has plenty of coaching experience. He might be an interesting choice as HC. How about a HC from the CAA (I don't think UNH coach would want the job) like Keeler or Mathews?

Whomever they choose, I hope they have it done or down to finalists by Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Turner gil would be a great guy for the umass program.

Anonymous said...

Turner Gil...talk about a guy who did nothing in Kansas...yeah, just what we need.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous is right! Offense hasn't done a thing! Mass was 2nd in 2010 in the CAA in total offense just behind Delaware. I guess the defense being last in the CAA was acceptable to those in the know. Maybe our offense was even better, but had to play ball control to keep our great defense off the field.

Anonymous said...

Offense in 2010 was indeed good because of the experience they gained in 2009 when they were not so good. The defense has improved because of gaining that same experience. Defense was playing with quite a few sophomores this season so you can imagine what they will do next season with another year under their belts. Most of the defense is returning and will be around for the next two seasons so if the offense comes around we will have a solid team. Ebb and flow, ebb and flow...

Anonymous said...

I think the first post is from a guy who must have had his lunch money stolen from Picucci. He hates him without having a clue about the program.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the above poster. How do you even know what Picucci did or didn't do...unless you were on the staff with him (or related to a staff member)? In which case, should you really be spending your precious job-hunting time posting unsubstantiated accusations on this site?