Thursday, May 31, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Anthony Gordon

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Anthony Gordon, a 6-1 175 pound WR fro Imhotep Institute in Philly has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

2017 All-Public league.

PennLive has a post on Gordon picking up an offer from Virginia.

UMass Football News--May 31st, 2018

FBS Schedules has 2018 Helmet schedules for FBS Independents. Includes UMass.

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SB Nation predicts BC will exceed its Vegas over and under predictions.

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FIU will lean on a new corps of wide receivers in 2018.

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The NCAA has limited the number of headsets available for sideline coaches to 20. Don't think UMass will have trouble with this one.

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OT, but Georgia basketball will meet UMass on November 30th, about six weeks after the respective football teams meet on November 17th.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

UMass Football News-May 30th, 2018

Coach Whipple has a 10 minute podcast interview on a Florida radio station on recruiting South Florida.

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Ohio State will visit the Rutgers East Coast Elite recruiting camp at Rutgers that UMass will also attend.

More on the East Coast Elite recruiting camp here.

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ESPN has released its win predictions for Georgia's 2018 season. According to ESPN, the Dogs have a 98% win projection over the Minutemen and will be undefeated when the game is played.

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Duquesne vs Dayton on September 15th, rates a one of the Top-25 FCS non-conference games of 2018.

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How Appalachian State determines recruiting areas for assistant coaches.

Seven stats to know about the 2018 Mountaineers

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Mass Football News--Memorial Day 2018

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Mrs Blog sent me out Saturday morning on some "Honey Do" errands. It was kinda reassuring how small-town America was enjoying the Memorial Day weekend. Several HS athletic teams were doing car washes to raise funds. The various athletic fields were packed. Pickup trucks were pulling boats and campers. Still, it's worthwhile to remember that all this exists is not an accident. Many people paid the price.

I don't know if anyone caught this, but retired Navy Seal Master Chief Britt Slabinski (born in Northampton!) had his Navy Cross upgraded to the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Hope everyone is having a great holiday weekend.

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Flo Football has a post on two-sport athlete Joe Girard (wearing a UMass uniform in the article) will opt to play both basketball and football in college.

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A 247Sports writer says T.J. Sharpe could benefit under the Titans new offensive scheme.

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HERO Sports picks Statesboro, GA as #91 in college football towns. UMass will visit on September 8th.

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SB Nation has a post on how to use Vegas odds to predict college football spreads for yourself.

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

UMass Football recruiting 2020--Eric Rogers

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Eric Rogers, a 6-2 160 pound DB from Camden Catholic HS in Cherry Hills, NJ has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

Besides UMass Rogers has an offer from North Carolina.

Friday, May 25, 2018

UMass Football News--May 25th, 2018

HERO Sports ranks UMass #93 in its preseason rankings and says the Minutemen may be bowl bound.

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Marquis Young is included in a 247Sports story about the Top-25 tackle breakers return for 2018.

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How WWE's network TV deal could signal a bonanza for college football.

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UMass Football recruiting 2019--Isaiah Baghah

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Saturday Blitz has a UMass page (I didn't know that). They have a Q&A with Canadian recruit Isaiah Bagnaw.

Bagnaw is a 6-5 250 pound SDE from Calgary.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

NCSA profile here.

Bagnaw also has a FBS offer from Old Dominion.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Joe Smith

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Joe Smith (good name), a 6-1 205 pound OLB from South Dade HS in Miami, FL has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

The Miami Herald mentions Smith in this article about the top 2019 South Florida prospects.

Smith has fourteen offers including Pitt and Syracuse from the Northeast.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Aaron Kelley verbals to UMass

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Aaron Kelley, a 6-3 180 pound Safety from ASA College in Brooklyn, NY has Tweeted he's joining the 2018 Minutemen class.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has him as a PWO.

247Sports page here.

ASA College bio here.

Hudl.con has video from ASA college.

This article from 2017 calls ASA college a "hidden gem".

MaxPreps has stats from his prep career.

UMass Football News--May 23rd, 2018

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The Titians will lean heavily on young receivers including T.J. Sharpe.

The Titans website has an extensive biography of Sharpe.

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HERO sports previews Georgia Southern. UMass and the Eagles will tangle at Paulson Stadium on September 8th. UMass' last visit to Paulson was a 38 to 21 loss in the FCS quarterfinals on December 4th, 1999.

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Rebuilding BYU plays Washington, Wisconsin and Boise State from the 2018 preseason Top-25.

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CBS Sports has 100 things to get you fired up for the 2018 season.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Scott Elliott

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Scott Elliott, a 6-3 283 pound OG from Holliston, MA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

This article from September of 2017 features Elliott and mentions UMass. (fixed link)

Elliott has ten offers, all except for UMass, from FCS schools.

UMass Football News--May 22nd, 2018

BC opens as a 20 point favorite over the Minutemen on September 1st.

BC Interruption reports one preseason magazine predicts a last place finish for the Eagles in the ACC.

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BTW, Innovative Statistics had UMass ranked as #84 in 2017.

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This article says UMass coaches will attend a "showcase" camp at FAU on June 7th.

Quote from the article: "Overall, it isn’t a huge surprise to see so many staffs heading to FAU. The school is in a recruiting hot bed down in South Florida."

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Monday, May 21, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Ronald Nunnery

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Ronald Nunnery, a 6-2 190 pound Safety from Pearland, TX has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.


Video is from a Rivals camp in Houston.

Nunnery has five offers including Air Force, Boise State, Texas San Antonio and Tulsa.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Cavon Butler II

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I've blogged about Cavon Butler, a 6-3 285 pound DL from Toledo, Ohio before.

This article covers his visit to West Virginia.

247Sports has an article that reports he does not have a favorite at this time.

Since I posted about Butler in March, he has added offers by Ohio, Youngstown state, Kent State, Cincinnati and West Virginia.

UMass Football News--May 19th, 2018

BC has announced a 1:00 PM start time for UMass' visit to the Heights.

The game will appear on ACC Extra TV.

Athlon Sports ranks BC's 2018 schedule as 6th most difficult in the ACC.

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Appalachian State completes its 2020 schedule. UMass and the Mountaineers will meet on 09/26/20.

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UConn will have an earlier start to its Spring Football in 2019 and will not have a Spring Game.

The Huskies add a DT graduate transfer from Miami.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Dennis SirVocea

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This article from NJ.com reports UMass is showing interest in Dennis SirVocea, a 6-1 208 pound OLB from Syracuse NY.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

Syracuse.com has a post from September of last year featuring SirVocea.

SirVocea has an offer from Dartmouth. Also showing interest from the Northeast are Syracuse, Rutgers and UConn.

UMass Football News--May 18th, 2018


Matty Vautour's farewell column at the Hampshire Gazette. Matty was the only beat writer for UMass sports after MassLive decreased their UMass coverage. He did a good job coverning UMass sports and never tried coaching the various teams through his stories.

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Gus Malzahn is excited about Jack Driscoll joining his OL at Auburn.

Malzahn shares his thoughts on graduate transfers.

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Athlon Sports ranks UMass ahead of McNeese State, Hawaii and New Mexico State in BYU's 2018 schedule.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2020--Kalel Mullings

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Kalel Mullings, a 6-2 215 pound OLB from Milton, MA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

This article talks about his offer from Penn State.

Mullins has 15 offers nearly all from Power Five teams including BC, Syracuse and Rutgers from the Northeast. 247Sports has him the #2 ranked recruit in Massachusetts.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2020--Jaden Dottin

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Jaden Dottin, a 6-3 185 pound WR from Cambridge, MA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

This article from April of last year features Dottin.

247Sports has a post from January of 2018 featuring Dottin.

Dottin has five offers including BC, UConn and Michigan.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

UMass Football New---May 15th, 2018

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" reports UMass is requesting upgrades to McGuirk and Garber Field.

McGuirk would get upgraded bathrooms, concessions and a permanent video board.

Also in play would be some sort of indoor practice facility. The cost of the improvements seem to be less than discussed earlier, so there appears to be some options still to be decided.

Any upgrades to McGuirk and practice facilities are a net positive to the program. We'll have see how it plays out.

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Da'Sean Downey has signed a free agent contract the Baltimore Ravens.

Mike Traini also has a post on Downey's signing.

The Baltimore Ravens web site also has a story on Downey's signing.

Raven Wire also has a comment about Downey signing with Baltimore.

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Matty Vautour, the UMass beat writer for the Hampshire Gazette is leaving for a postion at MassLive.

He says the Gazette will still cover UMass Sports.

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Bob McGovern is leaving the Boston Herald. Let's hope the Herald recovers from its current financial troubles. The Herald was one of the few Boston news outlets that game UMass athletics a fair shake.

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Kentucky signs Jalen Geiger, a three-star DB from Columbia SC. Geiger had a UMass offer.

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The Salt Lake Tribune predicts a BYU win over UMass in 2018.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

UMass Football News--May 14th, 2018

UMass, Army and Western Michigan will join Rutgers and Ohio State at a football camp hosted by the Scarlet Knights on June 1st.

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The NFCA 7-on-7 Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament started on May 12th. Attending was UMass 2020 offer Chris Long. I've blogged about Long before.

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A Fox Sports writer thinks Duquesne could upset UMass on August 25th.

The CAA will play 12 FBS teams in 2018.

Athlon Sports does not list UMass-Duquesne among it's list of 10 potential FCS-FBS upsets.

Athlon also has five potential FCS vs Power Five upsets.

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Boston College signs a three-star pro-style QB.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2020--Haskett Luqman

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Hasquett Lugman a RB from Virginia Beach, VA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

Hudl.com has video.

2017 All-District.

This article features Lugman.

Lugman also has an offer from North Carolina State.

Friday, May 11, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Valerian Agbaw, Jr.

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Valerian Agbaw Jr., a 5-11 185 pound Athlete from Powder Springs, GA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

This article from September of 2017 mentions Agbaw.

Agbaw has five offers with the Minutemen as his first FBS team.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Adrian Cole

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Adrian Cole, a 5-10 165 pound CB from Plantation, FL has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

Cole has eight offers including Pitt and Buffalo from the Northeast.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Rickey Thomas

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Rickey Thomas, a 5-10 185 pound CB from Blinn College has Tweeted he's received an offer from the Minutemen.

247 Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

Blinn College bio here.

Thomas has nine offers including New Mexico and South Alabama from FBS.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Brandon Spencer

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Brandon Spencer, a 5-10 170 pound Safety from Marietta, GA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

Took an UV to Virginia Tech in March.

Spencer has eleven offers with UMass and Buffalo from FBS. He's a good student and has three Ivy offers.

UMass Footbal News--May 8th, 2018

USA Today ranks college football teams after Spring ball. UMass is #75, which is the highest any source has ranked the Minutemen since the move to FBS. It's probably too high. Our rebuilt front seven on defense would really have to come through. OTOH, the Orlando Sentinel's rank of #120 is too low. The Minutemen offense should roll this year. I would rank the Minutemen in the #95 to #105 range...

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Ryan O'Keefe, a 5-10 165 pound WR who had a UMass offer, signs with UCF.

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SB Nation reports 2018 opponent USF is loaded with talent.

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Coastal Carolina's field is turquoise, Boise State's is blue, Incarnate Word has camo endzones. Maybe the opposing teams won't be able to find them?

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UConn will have a new offensive coordinator this year. the Huskies want to run a no-huddle fast paced offense.

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Monday, May 07, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Daraun McKinney

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Daraun McKinney, a 5-10 170 pound Athlete from River Rouge, MI has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

This article from November 2017 features McKinney.

Set the state record in TD's from kickoff returns.

McKinney holds nine offers with Indiana offering from the Power Five. Excluding UMass, all his other offers are from MAC schools.

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Friday, May 04, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Nicktroy Fortune

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Nicktroy Fortune, a 5-11 176 pound CB from Lawrenceville, GA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

This article from September of 2017 features Fortune.

Fortune currenly has 16 offers including Rutgers, Syracuse and Temple from the Northeast.

UMass Football News--May 4th, 2018

SB Nation has an upbeat preview of the 2018 UMass Minutemen. Hopefully, UMass will change the dynamics of our situation this year. Being an Independent means we have to play a greater-than-average number of Power Five teams. That impacts our win total every year. If we can break through to a .500 or better season, those number should translate into success in C-USA or the Sun Belt. A league, any league, would be a big help. And, of course, if we have a chance to join the AAC, a winning record would be a positive selling point.

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Kip Daily, former Kansas State CB who had two INT's against UMass back in 2013, is now catching crooks.

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Despite the addition of UMass transfer Jack Driscoll, the starting  Auburn offensive line is still up in the air.

Driscoll's arrival is complicating things for former five-star OL recruit Calvin Ashley.

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The Orlando Sentinel has Hawaii, who managed only three wins last year (one of them against UMass) as #116 in 2018.

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TMG Sports says A.J. Dillon is good enough to power the Eagles over UMass in BC's season opener.

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Speaking of making a bowl, the 2018-19 college bowl schedule is out. Since most of the bowls have league tie-ins, the Frisco Bowl with an AAC team vs at large would be our only hope, unless some of the other Group-of-Five leagues can't supply enough bowl-eligible teams.

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Thursday, May 03, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Joe Girard II


Joe Girard, a 6-2 180 pound Athlete from Glens Falls, NY has an offer from UMass.

I've blogged about Girard before.

He's also a highly rated hoops recruit with offers from national champion Villanova, Duke, Syracuse and more.

This article reports UMass and Tulane have offered for football and he says he would try to play both for those schools. He's still undecided as to where he'll comit.

Hudl.com has football highlights.


Scored 60 points in a game in February.

American Family Insurance ALL-USA state team Player of the Year.

Girard would be a big addition to the UMass sports world. Tulane and UMass are both good academic schools, but UMass has a better football offense and is closer to home. I believe Minutemen hoops is on the rise and Girard would help that happen.

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Khalil Hunter

Yesterday, Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" wrote a post on players who attended the Spring game.

One of the preferred walk-ons was Khalil Hunter, a FB I've blogged about before.

See the comments about the revision.

UMass Football News--May 2nd, 2018

Da'Sean Downey and Jackson Porter have been invited to  Baltimore Ravens mini-camp.

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The Toledo Blade has a story about European players being recruited by US colleges. Mentions Brandon Collier and UMass.

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This article by MassLive covers Western Massachusetts players attending a regional recruiting combine. Mentions UMass recruit Eiljah Johnson.

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Dawgs Nation on 247Sports has a post on Georgia CB Deandre Baker.  The article thinks he's awesome and a sure 2019 draft pick. Why is he great? Well he's second in nation in his covering grade-----just behind some guy named Isiah Rogers...

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A Hero Sports writer has some early lines for Week#1 of the college football season. Mentions BYU and says he still can't get his head around the Cougars losing to UMass last year.

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Tuesday, May 01, 2018

UMass Football News--May 1st, 2018


Coach Whipple's contract extension is announced. Nothing too exciting in the details. Whipple remains on the low end of FBS coach's salary's.

The UMass website announcement.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on the extension.

The Berkshire Eagle has a story on the extension.

NBC Sports has a post on Whipple's extension.

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Steve Casali gets an invite to the Detroit Lions mini-camp.

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Mike Traini also has a post on the recruits and potential recruits that visited UMass during the  Spring game.

Perhaps the most interesting are the preferred walk-on's. Several of those I haven't mentioned here on the blog. I'll remedy that this week.

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