Saturday, December 27, 2014

Saturday--December 27th, 2014

Dan Malone has a story on the one-year anniversary of the firing of Charlie Molnar.

There were probably two major factors when UMass released Molnar a year ago. The first is obvious----the Minutemen's 2-22 record over the first two years of FBS ball. The second was the prospect of another year without any progress. A high number of UMass players were "voting with their feet' and leaving the program. That and nothing to point to that would indicate any turnaround meant the UMass brass had to make a change.

Whipple, like he did the first time, provided a breath of fresh air to the program.  Because of the local recruiting situation, Whipple will have to use multiple recruiting streams (JUCO's and FBS transfers as well as HS recruits) to build the program. I think we're on the way up and UMass will be fun to watch in the coming years.

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UMass tied Navy and Wisconsin for the most players chosen to the ECAC All-Star team. Chosen to
the ECAC Team were: Blake Fronapfel, Jean Sifrin, Tajae Sharpe, Jovan Santos-Knox and Randall Jette. Not sure why Wisconsin is in the ECAC, but see the above paragraphs about progress.

ECAC story here.

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After a 8-4 season and a bowl appearance, Western Michigan has high hopes for 2015

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Two common UMass opponents, BC and Penn State play in the Pinstripe Bowl at 4:30 today.

So far, the Pinstripe Bowl leads the bowl games in most expensive tickets.

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Nolan Wilson, a 6-5 246 pound DE/TE from Wrenham, chose Bryant over offers from a number of New England Schools including UMass and UConn.

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6 comments:

TopUMassFan said...

Hi Frank,

I was just reading the UMass Athletic page write up on Blake winning the Bulger Lowe Award.

The article mentioned past UMass winners and, according to the Gridiron Club of New England page on the award, they've forgotten two UMass past winners....Gary Pearson (my first UMass "hero") and Khari Samuel.

I'm sure it is an honest mistake but I think those two deserve recognition as well.

I'd love to see Froh repeat next year! Go UMass!

Anonymous said...

Molar recruited well, all things considered, but his offensive scheme was inappropriate for the abilities and relative inexperience of his players. Much of the same can be applied to his defense. His treatment of and lack of respect for his players was the most egregious of evidence, and his refusal to accept responsibility for the team's performance, instead placing blame on his assistant coaches and the players themselves, was clear evidence of his arrogance and disdain for the team as a whole. It was the Charley show for more than twenty-four months, and finally the Administration became wise to his shuckster, snake oil persona. Why MW or DB were not considered from the beginning will always remain a mystery to me. The Peter Principle can be best applied to his stature as a hc. Good riddance.

Anonymous said...

78- a poster on the hoops board continues to rip umass football. What a loser, trying to pretend to be a fan, while tearing umass down from within. Someone ID this fool.

UMass74 said...

Having Frohapfel win the Bulger Lowe award two years in a row would be outstanding!

I'm hoping the UMass ground game will be jumpstarted in 2015. UMass only averaged 109.3 yards a game. With a better run game, Frohnapfel might not have to throw for 400 yards every game and that would affect his stats. But then then, I think we'd win more games.

UMass74 said...

The only way Trolls go away is to ignore them.

I get a fairly regular troll who tries to post comments on recruiting with the idea of souring the recruit on UMass.

"Don't recruit dis kid! He ain't good enough to play for us!"

Usually appears on New England area recruits, make of that what you will...

Anonymous said...

UMASS fans love to be haters, not sure why. Just ignore 78, as he thrives on being negative, and is a miserable person.