Thursday, December 26, 2013

December 26, 2013 -- Coach Molnar Fired

Coach Pickett passed away a couple of years ago. Sorry someone was being malicious.

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The UMass website reports Coach Molnar has been fired. Phil Elmassian and Ted Dasher were also let go.

Dan Malone has more.

UMass players react on Twitter.

Hopefully, things will stabilize quickly. More to come, I'm sure.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great move by Umass. Bring back Don Brown!

TopUMassFan said...

My best to Coach Molnar and his assistants. I know they tried but the reality was we needed a veteran head coach to help us make the transition from FCS to FBS.

I met Coach Molnar once and as charming as he is, this is the best and right move for this program right now. I am shocked and amazed that the University pulled the trigger but glad that they did.

Maybe now, recruits who have verballed to us will stay with us and players already on the team will choose not to transfer.

I hope the hiring comittee gets it right this time...the life of the program depends on it.

Anonymous said...

Well said TopUMassFan. Shocked, but not all that upset. I met Charley and was impressed but the rumblings about off-field/practice issues and the on-field decisions turned me off. Huge hire right here for UMass.

Anonymous said...

Don Brown is a proven winner who will win if they hire him. The object here is to win, I'm all set with the sexy hire. Head coaching experience, recruiting New England, winning formula. Browns the guy for this job and he's at the stage in his career where he's done moving job to job. He could take this program from bottom to top.

Anonymous said...

I'm all set with rob Ambrose.

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-10-23/news/bs-sp-towson-football-1024-20121023_1_student-athletes-towson-athletics-towson-athletic-director

Anonymous said...

You think Molnar is arrogant? wait til you guys get around Ambrose. Ask the Uconn guys about him. He wore his welcome out there...

Anonymous said...

Coach Molnar was hard working and had lofty goals but alienated way too many players and pretty much the entire alumni base.
We now have more hope for next year but Bill Belichek would have difficulty with this assignment.
We must be patient with the new hire.
Go UMass!!

Anonymous said...

Anyone but Paul Pasqualoni.

Anonymous said...

Brown has moved about every year since UMASS. Plus he was bitter about something his last year here. He seemed to totally check out. Heard McCuthceon was glad to see him go, which did not work out for either one of them, or most importantly UMASS football.

Anonymous said...

Maybe we see now Brown wasn't the problem but Mccutcheon was...hmmm. Mccutcheon hasn't a clue. If he did his research he would've seen that Molnar was in process of being fired from Notre Dame. Fact. Sorry. 2 years wasted on this phoney. Fire Mccutcheon.

Anonymous said...

We just fired a coach because of player treatment and that video killed him. Why would we hire Ambrose and set up another possible issue with player treatment.

Anonymous said...

McCutcheon hired Kevin Morris, that hire stopped the momentum of the program. Morris was not the best candidate from that pool of applicants.

Anonymous said...

Amid the clamor, please note coach Bob Pickett was struck by a car and died on Tuesday. He really was a great guy and part of the fabric of the old intimate Umass program.

Anonymous said...

Brown and Whipple are better coaches then Ambrose. The age means nothing. Too much emphasis on age in coaching hires across the country. Molnar was young too.

Anonymous said...

Like Clockwork...
http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2013/12/26/moving-was-big-time-mistake-for-umass-football/8Zh7LNm9RkrxgumwLLZOkO/story.html

Anonymous said...

Molnar was an absolute joke and a poor representative of UMass. I'm a HS coach who saw him speak on two separate occasions and was embarrassed for him both times. He was almost like a kid "playing at" being a coach. He completely alienated the state coaches association when he couldn't pronounce half of the towns he mentioned in his speech.

Hire Don Brown, if he'll take the job, and watch this program take off in the MAC. The guy can coach and knows how to build a winner.

Anonymous said...

Bob passed away Feb. 2, 2010?

TopUMassFan said...

Hi Frank,

My records show Coach Pickett having passed away back in February of 2010. I remember Coach as being a real nice guy and his wife as being very charming. He and Coach Whipple have the distinction of taking UMass to the National Championship game in their first year as head Coach.

Anonymous said...

Thanks to Bob Pickitt, Marcum hired Whipple. He has been missed around this program, a voice of reason and of history. Same goes with Mike Hodges, he has been missed around the program.

Anonymous said...

The biggest factor that I believe caused Molnar's demise was his arrogance towards his own players. very few wanted to play for him, they played for each other. Don't forget Elmassian, he was overheard in the first year stating that he thought this program was a joke. He was as big a problem as Molnar. As for the AD, he knew enough to change his desire to back Molnar when the truth about Molnar's hiring process began to surface. Wined and dined and then signed on the dotted line. What a buffoon he made of himself.And that his well known by ND folks and UMass folks. Investigations uncover so many ancillary issues when seeking the truth.

izy1 said...

who said there is no Santa Claus Virginia? now UMASS can move forward in the MAC.
I just hope they pony up the bucks to hire a coach to do the job right
and build a program that UMASS deserves. GO UMASS

Anonymous said...

My guess is Brown was bitter about the same things Whipple was-not making the move to the FBS and a lack of administrative support for the team, which also goes back to Jim Reid. It looks like that is different, now. I don’t know of the issues between the AD and the coach, but hopefully that won’t get in the way if Brown is the best candidate and willing to come back.