Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wednesday--February 13, 2013

I missed the UMass Football Banquet because of my trip, and I haven't seen a write-up on it anywhere, so I'll post Coach Molnar e-mail newsletter. Note that the original e-mail contained Greg Landry's e-mail address, which I redacted.

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Dear Minutemen,
Here's some of the latest news about your UMass Football Family:

On February 4th, the 2012 UMass Football team held its annual banquet.  Not only were the 2012 Seniors honored with a gift of their home game jersey, but a number of awards were presented to a group of very deserving players.

2012 SENIORS
DJ Adeoba Sr. Hollywood, FL
Tim Brandt Sr. Natick, MA
Chris Burns Sr. Wilmington, PA
Julian Colarusso Sr. Quincy, MA
Michael Cox Grad. Dorchester, MA
Perry McIntyre Sr. Royal Palm Beach, FL
Stephane Milhim Sr. Pembroke Pines, FL
Rob O'Connor Sr. Westborough, MA
Quinton Sales Sr. Fort Washington, MD
Ian Shultis Sr. Thousand Oaks, CA
Nick Speller Sr. Baltimore, MD
Darren Thellen Sr. Brockton, MA
Charles Thompson Sr. Teaneck, NJ
Deion Walker Grad. Christchurch, VA
Vincent Westcarr Sr. Miramar, FL
Alan Williams Sr. Framingham, MA
Hafis Williams Grad. Elizabeth, NJ
AWARDS PRESENTATION

ALL MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE
Perry McIntyre, First Team LB Sr. Royal Palm Beach, FL
Darren Thellen, Second Team DB Sr. Brockton, MA
Colter Johnson, Third Team Punter Warren, PA

ALL ACADEMIC MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE
Michael Cox, Honorable Mention Grad. Dorchester, MA
Matt Carini, Honorable Mention Jr. Franklin, MA

MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Colter Johnson

VERN SMITH LEADERSHIP AWARD
Darren Therein

OFFENSIVE SCOUT TEAM PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kevin Lovaincy Fr. Cambridge, MA

DEFENSIVE SCOUT TEAM PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Johnny Bieren Fr. Nashua, NH

JAMES IHEDIGBO WALK-ON OF THE YEAR
Joe Colton Fr. Norwood, MA

BOB FOOTE OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR
Stephane Milhim Sr. Pembroke Pines, FL

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Rob O'Connor Sr. Westborough, MA

COACHES AWARD
Darren Thellen

IRON MAN AWARD
Jeff Straight Jr. Manheim, PA
Charles Thompson Sr. Teaneck, NJ

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Colter Johnson

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Perry McIntyre

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Rob Blanchflower Jr. Leominster, MA

DEFENSIVE CAPTAIN FOR 2012
Perry McIntyre

OFFENSIVE CAPTAIN FOR 2012
Rob Blanchflower

I have a lot of information that I am going to share with you this spring; and a source of that info is our new feature, "MINUTEMAN UPDATE", highlighting what Minutemen of the past are doing now!

The first MINUTEMAN UPDATE highlights Massachusetts great, Greg Landry.  Greg writes "For the past decade, I have been working in the Detroit area as a Manufacturer Rep.  Companies that I represent produce metal and plastic parts.  My clients are primarily tier 1 suppliers to the automotive OEMs.  Last fall, I was inducted into the National Polish Hall of Fame.  I still have a relationship with the Detroit Lions, as a member of their Alumni group that does charity and good will events in the Detroit area.  My five children are working here in Detroit and in New York.  Jeannine and I are blessed with 4 grandchildren."

We are always trying to find ways to reach our most valuable resource -- the Minutemen who have gone before us, who have paved the way so future UMass Football teams have a legacy and a tradition to live up to.

Please send us the email address of any Minuteman who is not receiving our letters.  Over the last year, we have added over 100 football alumni to our database, but there are many out there who do not receive our letters.  Help us grow and stay together as a football family.

God Bless and Go UMass!


Charley Molnar, Head Football Coach

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A Villanova hoops blog looks at possible additions to the Catholic Seven, including UMass. If the Minutemen were picked for that league, we might choose to stay in the MAC in football.

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The Big Ten is moving to 9-10 league games by 2014. That might impact the number of OOC games with the MAC. Playing a Big Ten team is a big deal for the Ohio and Michigan based MAC teams, but UMass probably won't care.

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Sports Illustrated has a story about the Big East moving to a NBC Sports TV deal.


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