Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tuesday--June 24th, 2014

A new slide show of the football performance center is available here. It looks beautiful.

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Matty Vautour reports UMass will play UConn and Rhode Island in 2016. We should beat the Rams and adding UConn is a big deal for our program.

Dan Malone says we're 0-2 against New England opponents since we joined FBS and both games were brutal setbacks for the Minutemen.

UMass, UConn and BC playing regularly would help all three teams. The last time we played Boston College I swapped blog posts with "BC Interruption". In one of my questions I wondered how the Eagles would adjust to the ACC. With BC's high academic standards, I expected BC to end up as another Duke, only without Duke basketball. While BC started strong, to me at least, they have started to slip. They've gone 28-35 over the last five years. The Eagles were 71st in attendance last year, averaging 33,006 per game. Those aren't very good numbers. An active instate rivalry would boost their attendance and add some interest in the program.

UConn's fabulously successful basketball programs have done little for the Huskies conference affiliation. All the weight has swung to football. UConn was 75th in attendance last year, averaging 30,932 per game. Despite all the snark coming from both programs towards UMass, an active rivalry would boost all sides

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The following is a cut-and-past from a Athletic Dept e-mail.


Tickets to all away UMass Football games during the 2014 season are on sale now.  Dates, opponents, and prices are listed below:

Sat. 9/13 at Vanderbilt.  Tickets - $35 each

Sat. 9/20 at Penn State.  Tickets - $45 each. 

Sat. 10/4 at Miami OH.  Tickets - $22 each. 

Sat. 10/11 at Kent State.  Tickets - $10 each. 

Sat. 10/25 at Toledo.  Tickets - $25 each. 

Tue. 11/18 at Akron.  Tickets - $20 each. 

To ensure seating with other UMass fans, purchase tickets through the UMass Athletic Ticket Office by calling 413-545-0810. 

For the game at Penn State the UMass Alumni Association has several options available including transportation, lodging and a pig roast tailgate.  For more information, click here.

Thank you for your support.  We hope to see you on the road cheering on the Minutemen this season!

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SB Nation previews Penn State.

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I thought I was pretty knowledgeable about Canadian football because I watch a fair amount of it in the summer. I've never seen anything like this video from football scoop.

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