Tuesday, April 10, 2018

UMass Football News--April 10th, 2018


Hope to see a lot of the UMass Die-Hards at the Spring game Friday.

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Matty Vautour reports the Coach Whipple's contract extension is almost completed. He also reports A.D. Bamford is working on an indoor practice facility. The options range from an inflatable bubble to a high-end permanent structure. Bamford mentions a mid $20s million structure. That should allow a hard-sided building, but without some bells and whistles.

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" reports Chris Berman will again be a guest coach at the Spring Game.

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OT, but after beating its second #1 team, UMBC trash talks about Alabama. When I heard UMBC's mascot "The Retrievers"  during the hoops tourney, I thought "Man, that's a dumb nickname!". It turns out UMBC is actually the "Chesapeake Bay Retrievers". I can understand the school wanting to have some local connection, but they could have done better.

How about the UMBC oysters?

Ya got to admit "The Fightin' Mollusks" would be a great sports name.


13 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is off topic but very important. The Globe is trying its damndest to nix the UMass Amherst purchase of Mt. Ida College.Read todays edition and read all their editorials opposing this purchase.You can be sure the other Boston area Univ. are afraid of UMass getting a foothold in the Boston area.Pres. Meehan has his hands full fighting this corrupt "newspaper."

UMass74 said...

Did not see it as I don't read the Globe.

I've mentioned a number of times before in the blog that it's a very unusual situation where the largest media outlet in a state has a hair up its ass about the state university. AFAIK, that's unique to Massachusetts...

Anonymous said...

The Globe wants to reward ineptitude by letting u-mass -Boston, who has been mismanaged for all its existence. Typical liberal rag. Glad to see Umass rewarding achievement and not satisfied with mediocrity. Wish the same for football.

msumassfootball said...

What does the University plan to do with Mount Ida? Does anyone know? It has a nice campus, albeit small, but I'm wondering how it might be repurposed?

An indoor practice facility would be such an incredible gift to the community! Awesome!

I remember when the Globe was readable--back in the late 70s and in the early 80s. Now, it's become the defacto liberal voice of a state that is largely moderate. I can't read it.

Go UMass!

Minutefanjsf said...

Umass wants to use Mt. Ida as a home base for internships and programs for students in the Boston Area. It is a direct assault on Northeastern and the other private schools who can have their students live in on campus housing and do internships.

Anonymous said...

Carvel-extend-yes
Whipple-extend-ok
McCall-extend-hell no-he bombed in his previous job,during his second and last year,before running out.Kellogg kept Holloway eligible,
and planned for a long season with complete roster. McCall will bolt whenever he gets a chance,extension or no extension. Just ask uri how extensions help.

McKinney said...

^ The campus will be used for continuing education programs and I believe will support housing for internship opportunities in Boston. I'd imagine there will also be a career center for alumni and soon-to-be grads to network, counselling, etc. If this is successful developing a pipeline like this would be astronomical to the university's STEM programs, not only in prestige and job opportunities (re: rankings) but also in terms of research opportunities (re: AAU status goal).

This will also be beneficial as a home-away-from-home to a large portion of STEM researchers at the university who work on projects with companies in the Boston area (particularly in the biotech and defense industries), but perform a large portion of their research in Amherst and obviously lecture in Amherst.

Ryan McKinney said...

*counseling, I ain't no Brit. :D

msumassfootball said...

I can't imagine why the BG would be so unreasonably critical of the University's decision to purchase the property. Was any other institution in the market for the property? What? Did the Glob believe that UMass was in some way responsible for the foundering of the College? What an incredibly inane, short-sighted, naive, and parochial perspective to assume! And if Harvard gobbled up the MIC campus, as they have been doing in Cambridge, Brighton and Allston for decades, it would have somehow been justified or rationalized? Globe=Vapid bunch of clowns.

Anonymous said...

Without question,the Globe is trying to protect the interests of Boston U,Northeastern,BOSTON College,and others who are petrified that UMassAmherst has come to play on their turf. So ,the Globe throws smoke by claiming the usual inflammatory reasons-race,socio-economic bias etc. to try to kill this deal. I finally cancelled my subscription yesterday.What an evil biased publication.

UMass74 said...

Mass Higher Education officials to mount inquiry about Mt Ida Closing

Gov Baker is shocked and amazed

I hate to be cynical, but I would not be surprised that someone with inside knowledge that Mt Ida was moribund is horrified their vision of 74 acres of condos and townhouses has been thwarted by UMass...

msumassfootball said...

In that neighborhood, you are likely not far from a truth of some sort.

Anonymous said...

Look for BC to end up the owner of this land grab, perfect for parking/tailgating shuttling the superfans.