Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Recruiting 2013--Raphael Webb

Hernando Today image/photographer  unknown reports UMass has offered to Raphael Webb, a 5-10 190 pound RB from Gainsville, FL.

Webb's Rivals page here.

247 Sports has him as a "warm" prospect for UMass.

Webb holds offers from Florida Atlantic, Middle Tennessee State, Rutgers, South Alabama and Utah. FCS Liberty has also offered.


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UMass74 said...

Comment was from a non-UMass troll.

vetteson said...

Way back when the university (with the President's office and BoT blessing) decided to go ahead with the move to FBS renovations of McGuirk were part of the plan, but the estimated 30 million (Wiki says 20)it would cost to renovate had to be privately raised. This total was to include increased seating in the north end zone, and possibly along the sides. Plans to do this have been publized often with no objections from the university athletic folks. So were the conditions under the then chancellor Holub. (Holub used to go to games and he especially liked basketball.) Then a story was published that the university (state) was going to pay for the upgrades and there was a furor on the campus. Holub left (for other reasons). The new chancellor, Subbaswamy, is an Indian born and educated intellectual and a physicist, not a big football fan. I suspect he has pulled in the reins (probably with the president's support) and limited the costs to a training facility only. Increasing the seating capacity will have to be a publicly pushed and funded undertaking. As I've said all along, the move to FBS will be a shakey experiment and already early problems (McGuirk seating/ Gillette attendance) are occurring. The plan was too complicated, with all kinds of conditions in place that wagered success against all sorts of things that could go wrong, any one them possibly ending the run. For the experiment to succeed (=continue), as has been written by many, UMass football has to make money, from TV, gate, and payouts from big teams/bowls; only 17000 seats at McGuirk and 8000 visitors at Gillette won't make enough.

Anonymous said...

In my eyes the team needs to come back to western mass. I understand that a lot of the alumni are in the boston area but they have other things and teams to pay attention to. Out here they would be the only big time team and would be the major focus of the area if they were able to expand the stadium and bring in bigger teams. That would draw people from Springfield, Worcester, and even Albany to the games.