Monday, November 29, 2021

UMass Football News--November 29th, 2021

 

Magnificent Merriweather! He finished the season with 1,138 yards rushing. Merriweather was 21st in FBS football in rushing yards in 2021. UMass was 82nd in team rushing with 1,772 rushing yards. 

Merriweather's rushing totals were impressive as most opposing defenses were set up to stop him because they knew we didn't have anything else. UMass finished #122 in total offense.

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Doug Martin is out as coach at New Mexico State. Matrin declined to take part in the Senior Day activities Saturday.

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Patriots Chase Winovich predicts good things for Coach Brown at UMass.

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Don Brown arrived yesterday and he's probably in his office looking at the 2021 transfer portal. 

Rivals has the top 10 defensive linemen in the portal. 

Rivals top 10 linebackers available in the portal. 

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Sunday, November 28, 2021

UMass Football News--November 28th, 2021

 Well that's settled. We are the worst team in FBS. We certainly have the worst defense. Prior to yesterday's game, the Aggies had not scored a TD in three games. It took about 2.5 minutes to score against us. UMass gave up 623 total yards and 30 first downs to a 1-10 team. Brown will need a complete rebuild on defense to even be average. UMass has significant deficits in size, speed and athleticism. Hopefully, Brown brings about six defensive transfers with him.

UMass did manage 404 yards of offense and 281 yards rushing. However, we were a combined 7-17 on third and fourth downs. Merriweather ran for 168 yards and easily achieved a 1,000 yard season. The offense was competitive with a 1-10 New Mexico State team, but that is not saying much.

Hope to see  a lot of UMass fans at Brown's reception...

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New Mexico State's write-up here.

UMass recap is not up.

Hampshire Gazette reports UMass ended the season with a loss. 

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Pitt ran their record to 10-2 against Syracuse. 

Boston College was crushed by Wake Forest 44-10. 

Eastern Michigan lost Thursday to Central Michigan to finish at 7-5.

Coastal Carolina won in overtime to finish 10-2. 

Toledo won big over Akron. 

UConn put up a pretty good fight against a strong Houston team. 

Florida State lost by three to Florida. 

Liberty lost to Army 36-14.

Rhode Island's season is over.

Maine's season is over.

Army beat Liberty as above.

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Arizona held Arizona State to 314 total yards, but lost anyway 38-15.

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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Game Day New Mexico State--November 27th, 2021

 


UMass will be in their road whites with a maroon lid.

This is a game I've been dreading. Getting beat by a team as bad as New Mexico State would be the final insult in a miserable season. The Minutemen showed some life against Army last week. The defense played their best game of the season against the tough to defend Army option. 

Coach Miller and the UMass offensive staff were able to squeeze out enough offense to keep the game competitive. UMass had 277 yards of offense and was able to convert 50% of their 3rd and fourth downs. If the Minutemen can stop turning the ball over, this could be a good game. 

I'll be watching and cheering for the Maroon & White. Go UMass!

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Against All Enemies recaps the Army-UMass game.

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Yahoo Sport predicts an "easy" Aggie win 35-20

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CBS Sports has game day info for the UMass-New Mexico State game.

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Friday, November 26, 2021

UMass Football News--November 26th, 2021

Still no game notes from UMass.

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Flo Football reports UMass and New Mexico State look to end the season on a high note. 

Speaking of Flo Football, AFAIK, the only way to watch the game is through Flo Football. Join here if you want to subscribe for a month to see the game.

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The New England Football Journal has five reasons why Don Brown makes UMass better.

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ESPN says it's the Battle for the Bottom with UMass vs New Mexico State.

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Sports Illustrated has odds, plays and insights for the Minutemen-Aggies game.

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The Boston Herald says UMass closes out the season against New Mexico State.

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Thursday, November 25, 2021

Thanksgiving Edition--November 25th, 2021

 

This Thanksgiving I'm thankful for family, friends, my country and ----- UMass football. 

Having a top FBS coordinator like Don Brown returning to UMass is wonderful occurrence. We have not had a lot of breaks go our way recently. Hope coach Brown makes "UMass football fun again". 

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New Mexico State has their game notes for UMass up. 

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Matty Vautour says Brown has turned around doomed programs before.

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The Hampshire Gazette says UMass can take away some positives from the Army loss.

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Sports Illustrated has odds, plays and insights for UMass vs New Mexico State.

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Yahoo.com looks at Don Martin's legacy at New Mexico State.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

UMass Football News--November 24th, 2021

 UMass has opened a Football excellence fund. Help Coach Brown right the program. Any amount helps. Your donation is a force multiplier for improvement.

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The Athletic has the 2021-22 coaching carousel. Perhaps the most surprising firing was Dan Mullen at Florida. He went to the SEC championship last year and had multiple 10-win seasons.

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New Mexico State may be targeting Jerry Kill as their next head coach.

The Spun reports the football world reacts to the Jerry Kill news.

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The Las Cruses Bulletin previews the UMass-New Mexico State game.

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Will powerful football programs force a split in the current  FBS division?

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

UMass Football News--November 23rd, 2021

 



Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on the hiring of Don Brown.

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This article from Arizona Desert Swarm says Arizona assistant coach Keith Dudzinski is expected to follow Brown to Amherst.

Dudzinski is currently linebackers coach and assistant special teams coach with the Wildcats.

Dudzinski was defensive coordinator, defensive line coach and linebacker coach in two stints with the Minutemen from 1998-01 and 2004-2010.

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The Hampshire Gazette has a story about Brown being hired.

Lots of other story links, but they all just repeat the AP boilerplate.

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Sports Illustrated has odds, plays and insights for the Aggies-Minutemen game Saturday.

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Five things to know about Kentucky's 56-16 rout of New Mexico State.

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