Saturday, January 04, 2014

Saturday --January 4th, 2014

The Minnesota Vikings signed Josh Samuda to their reserve squad.

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James Ihedigbo fine $15,750 for a hit in the Ravens season finale.

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Seven scholarship players leave Western Michigan.

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Today is the FCS National Championship game. It's on ESPN2 at 1:00 pm.

Towson meets North Dakota. Towson plans to give the ball to their FCS record-setting RB.

Former UMass players Ryan Delaire and Brian Dowling play for the Tigers.

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Think Auburn's last second win over Alabama was a fluke play? The Tigers had their punt return team in and were ready for the opportunity.

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New England fans don't like losers. UMaine Hockey went 2-9-6 last year at home and their season ticket sales went from 3,600 to 1,844.

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Google stats started covering the UMass Football Blog in May of 2007. As of this morning there have been 1,000,524 page views. The Blog actually started in 2005; there were about another 600,000 page views before Google started tracking.

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9 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's down to Ambrose vs Whipple, President Caret seems to be headstrong with Ambrose, I guess either way it will be a significant upgrade. Things will happen at a breakneck speed early next week,as there was an obvious delay today. Watch TV this afternoon @ 2PM to see why.

Anonymous said...

I played for Brown and Whipple, won a national title for this school. Both coaches were tough guys and coached kids hard. Yelled, screamed, pushed kid everyday. But never did either coach personally attack a player or cross the line. I value my relationship with both coaches and enjoyed success playing. Rob Ambrose is a bad guy, he's worse then Charley Molnar. He personally attacks his players both mentally and physically. He was written up by Towson for improper actions towards players. Ask Uconn about Ambrose and I bet nobody has a good thing to say. I don't care what those buffoons at Carr associates say, Ambrose is not welcome at Umass and I'll rally the alumni against him.

Anonymous said...

It's Don Brown, why wouldn't he be the guy for this program. Blue collar guy, never been given anything in life, earned everything he has. Made in Massachusetts western MA guy. His success as a head coach speaks for itself. This isn't Harvard with that spoiled coincided, brat, fraud as a head coach it's blue collar Umass. Why not hire a blue collar guy? Whipple hasn't stepped foot in New England in 11 years, his time is over. He was the bridesmaid for both BC and Uconn, he's a dinosaur.

vetteson said...

If I know anything about the current Chancellor it is that he won't tolerate a win first/academics second approach in a coach. This guy is no slacker or slave to big time sports. He cares about the school and its success in graduating students. If none of these prospects live up to his expectations, he will dump the guy. Remember, he fired Molnar, not the AD and I'm sure he's put the AD on notice.

Anonymous said...

I am a huge Minutenan fan. I also graduated from Harvard. Tim Murphy would be welcomed with open arms at UMass if he ever decided to leave. Our football program is struggling with finding its identity amid a host of other, predictable problems associated with FBS play in a region of the country not normally associated with big-time college football. Finding the right leader is critical at this time; otherwise, the University will be under incredible pressure to drop to FCS play, go the non-scholarship route as in the Patriot League, or worse. IMO, the program in its current iteration is on life support, but few can distinguish between a poor decision in hiring an inexperienced HC with an established program, and the same problems that are exacerbated by a region intoxicated by the Patriots and ambivalent about college football. If the new coach and his staff is not prepared to meet significant academic standards and develop a reputable, competitive program, we are fu*@%#.

Anonymous said...

Ok enough of the Ivy League nonsense. Murphy would last 5 minutes at a real program recruiting a bunch of white kids with good grades that run 7 flat 40's. the ivy is d3 football with no athletes. Recruiting kids from Phillips Exeter who get rejected from Harvard will make you the worst team in college football and get you fired. Murphy is an Ivy League lifer with no ability to coach real football. You think Northern Illinois or Bowling green is looking at grades haha.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget Whipple started coaching in the Ivy League. Hopefully those with any real knowledge of Ambrose would send it along. People need to email or contact administration if they know something that would make someone a bad candidate. I don't think lobbying for a particular candidate will have much impact, but they do not want to make a mistake.

Anonymous said...

It seem as though the petition gathering crowd's new demands are that Whipple and/or Brown are the only two men in all of America they will support as the new coach. Currently they are smearing the candidacy of Ambrose. Their motto should be "Stay loyal to your old coach, not your school". If they don't get their way, the next coach will be slammed anonymously again, and again, even if it were Bill Belichek.







Anonymous said...

Whipple has been working both UMass and Bill O'Brien for a year now. He has a job offer to join O'Brien in Houston. That is common knowledge in the coach circles. He is playing the game. Whipple is trying to keep that out of the media. Well folks, it true. He does not want that out there. He is waiting to meet with UMass officials. To see what is his best option. According to sources, he is leaning toward the NFL. UMass is years away for being a completive in the MAC. Whipple's ego is way too big to work at losing program. Plus Whipple hasn't recruit at the collegiate level in years. At Miami, he was just the QB recruiter. Doesn't know the in's and out's of how things work with the way recruiting changed in the last 5 to 10 years. Sources say at UMass, they are concerned with that.
In addition, Don Brown would not go to UMass as Whipple's DC. They could never afford him. Coach Brown a BCS level Defensive Coordinator. He is Head Coach Material.
Rod Chimelis should do some digging on that.

Whipple has been offered a job with the Houston Texans.