Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican previews the 2011 football season taking a look at the offense, defense and special teams and the meaning the team has found in the transition to the FBS.
What's in a transitional year? That's a good question for the University of Massachusetts football team.
The 2011 season will be the last for the Minutemen in the Colonial Athletic Association and the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision as they transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision and the Mid-American Conference.
UMass will play 11 games this season, no more and no less. There will be no CAA championship to play for, there will be no FCS playoffs as a goal.