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The team will leave for Penn State today where the Minutemen will do a walk through this afternoon at Beaver Stadium. Here's a look at the Friday headlines previewing tomorrow's game (4 PM, BTN).
As we close in on game day, here is a look at some of the headlines from this week previewing UMass football's game at Penn State on Saturday (4 PM, BTN).
The podcast of the September 15, 2014 edition of the Bud Light UMass Football Show - Featuring head coach Mark Whipple, junior defensive back Trey Dudley-Giles, and junior fullback Rodney Mills with highlights of the Vanderbilt game and a preview of Penn State.
Following Monday's MAC Media Teleconference and the UMass Football Radio Show, several outlets have stories focusing on the Penn State game this week with a focus on the running backs.
For the second straight week, UMass held a double-digit lead late in the game against a Power 5 conference foe, only to see the game slip out of reach late. Vandy rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat UMass 34-31 on Saturday at Vanderbilt Stadium.
Tons of headlines this week as UMass prepares for its first road game of the season on Saturday afternoon at Vanderbilt. The game will be aired by Fox Sports South and will also be available on ESPN3.com.
UMass fans can listen on the airwaves as the UMass Sports Network calls the action starting at 11:40 AM.
From The Vandy Press:
It was a grand welcome party for tight end Jean Sifrin whose two touchdown performance in his first game at UMass sparked the Minutemen against Colorado. The Buffs proved too much in the end, however, overcoming an 11-point UMass lead in the third quarter to take a 41-38 win over the Minutemen at Gillette Stadium on Saturday. Here's the full coverage of the game.
Game day is finally here this week and we have several stories today to get you all the information you need for Colorado's visit to Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:00 PM and the game will be streamed online via ESPN3/WatchESPN. On the radio, tune-in to 105.5 FM (Springfield), 1440 AM WVEI (Worcester, 1200 AM WXKS (Boston) and 95.9 FM WATD (South Shore).
Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe has a lengthy feature on UMass football center Matt Sparks who will play against several of his former high school teammates on Saturday against Colorado. The reunion is over 5,000 miles in the making as the trio are all from Hawaii.
Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe has a lengthy feature on UMass football center Matt Sparks who will play against several of his former high school teammates on Saturday against Colorado. The reunion is over 5,000 miles in the making as the trio are all from Hawaii.
The Minutemen head to Gillette Stadium today to make the final preparations for Saturday's game against Colorado (3 PM, ESPN3). Here is a look at some of the newest headlines previewing the action.
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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has an in-depth look at Mark Whipple and his family in their return to UMass. Whipple is joined by his oldest son Spencer who is the tight ends coach and his youngest son Austin who is a back-up quarterback.
In the first FBS meeting between UMass and Boston College, fans got a glimpse of what the rivalry could become. Despite the Eagles coming away with a 30-7 win, fans saw wall-to-wall coverage of the game leading up to kickoff and after the final moments ticked off the clock. Here's a sampling of the game recaps along with highlights.
John Connolly of the Boston Herald has a story focusing on Trey Dudley-Giles and this weekend's season-opener against Boston College. Connolly highlights TDG's ability to return punts, but also recognizes him as one of the top defensive players for the Minutemen.
Michael Vega of the Boston Globe has a feature story on the relationship between Mark Whipple and Don Brown. The pair worked together previously at UMass before Whipple left for the NFL and Brown left for Maryland.
Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe has an extensive profile of UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel who will start this Saturday's season-opener against Boston College. The piece also references his twin brother Eric who is currently at Marshall.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story from earlier this week on how very few true freshmen are planned to be played early this year by Mark Whipple. On this weekend's two-deep, only freshman running back J.T. Blyden and linebacker Da'Sean Downey are listed.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story focusing on the relationship between UMass head coach Mark Whipple and Boston College defensive coordinator Don Brown. The pair worked together at UMass before Brown later returned as head coach after Whipple left for the NFL.
The first of nine episodes of the Bud Light UMass Football Show for 2014 airs tonight from 7-8 p.m. on the UMass Sports Network live from The Hangar Pub & Grill on University Drive in Amherst. Head coach Mark Whipple will be joined by transfer quarterback Blake Frohnapfel and redshirt junior defensive back Randall Jette for the hour-long program, which will preview Saturday's season opener against Boston College.
Fans can listen on WEEI 105.5 FM Springfield and 1440 AM in Worcester, online
, or by downloading the TuneIn Radio app on their mobile devices. A podcast of the show will be available on UMassAthletics.com Friday morning.
Submit a question for Coach Whipple by tweeting @UMassSportsNet or clicking here. Selected questions will be used during tonight's show.
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Rob Harms of the Boston Globe has a feature story on UMass football head coach Mark Whipple and his return to the Minutemen. The story looks at Whipple's past tenure with the Minutemen and how is experiences then and following his stint at UMass have prepared him to come back home.
Steve Buckley has a feature in Sunday's Boston Herald where he praises the return of head coach Mark Whipple and what it means to the program as it embarks on its third year at the Football Bowl Subdivision era.
Matt Vautour had a special edition story in the Worcester Telegram on Saturday focusing on UMass football and the impact Coach Mark Whipple and his staff will have on the program. Vautour also breaks down the roster focusing on several key players from Central Massachusetts.
Jack McCluskey of ESPNBoston.com was on hand Wednesday morning as the UMass football team held a light practice at Gillette Stadium in preparation for the season-opener against Boston College next Saturday. Coach Mark Whipple said the trip was more about getting the players used to being in the environment again while giving the new players a chance to see the facility for the first time before game day.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on UMass football's situation at tight end as several players have either suffered injuries or are still awaiting clearance to be eligible. Brandon Howard is one who has battled injury, but is expected to start the season. Junior college Jon Denton has had a strong preseason camp and is expected to excel as a blocking tight end. Both players express praise for Mark Whipple's offense which makes use of the tight end position in its scheme.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story focusing on Mark Whipple and the change in culture around the UMass football program with his return. Several players are quoted in the story saying they have a renewed love of the game and feel more confident going into the season because of Coach Whipple and his staff.
Today we have tons of coverage of UMass Football's annual Media Day which gave reporters from around the state an opportunity to spend time with Coach Whipple and the Minutemen. It was also a first look for many at the new UMass Football Performance Center which was officially opened this summer for the team to use.
Daniel Malone writes about the progression of UMass football training camp from generalized practice to specific position-related work with his latest post for the Springfield Republican.
After using the first week of practice to, in-part, assess the development of each individual student-athlete, the UMass staff is advancing its teaching to include repetitions specific to certain on-field situations, such as goal-line plays and the two-minute drill.
Minutemen moving towards more situational work as season nears | Springfield Republican
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on returning veteran center Matt Sparks who is a key figure in the Minutemen's transition to Mark Whipple's pro-style offense.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story focusing on head coach Mark Whipple and his thoughts on the first team scrimmage which was last Saturday night.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire has a feature on the return of UMass wide receiver Marken Michel who is back with the team after spending the 2013 campaign away from the program.
"All slates are clean. I have to prove to them that I can play," Michel said. "But most importantly I want to prove to myself and the UMass nation that I can play. If I do that, everything else will take care of itself." The year off gave him a new appreciation for playing football. "I missed it," he said. "You're always going to miss something you love. Being back is amazing."
Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian spoke with UMass quarterback A.J. Doyle on the change in culture surrounding the football program under head coach Mark Whipple.
"There is a lot more energy, it's a lot better energy too," Doyle said. "It's just a lot more fun to be right here. Obviously with the coaches, new systems, everyone is just excited to play football."
Daniel Malone of the Springfield Republican caught up with UMass football head coach Mark Whipple and junior wide receiver Tajae Sharpe recently to discuss the potential for a successful downfield passing game in 2014, something Malone sees as an aspect of the game the offense missed in 2013. Malone believes a corp of speedy wide receivers, such as current Minutemen Marken Michel, Alex Kenney and Sharpe, could make the difference for UMass football in 2014.
Minutemen expecting more opportunities to throw deep | masslive.com
Daniel Malone of the Springfield Republican spoke with UMass football head coach Mark Whipple following a Tuesday, Aug. 5 team practice and wrote that the Minutemen will not wear the black uniforms used during some games over the previous two seasons in 2014. Instead, according to Whipple, Massachusetts will mix and match its maroon and white gear each week.
UMass football training camp 2014: Back in black (uniforms)? Not this year, says coach Mark Whipple | masslive.com
The UMass Sports Network put together this recap of Monday's preseason camp opener for the UMass football team. Bernard Davis, Kassan Messiah and Coach Whipple each talk about how it felt to get back on the field to prep for the season.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican takes a look at the UMass football team wide receivers and the impact the addition of Jalen Williams and Alex Kenney will make to the group. Williams impressed during the spring, while Kenney adds raw speed and experience after playing four years at Penn State.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on wide receiver Jalen Williams, who joined the program this spring after transferring from Dean College, is looking to continue his impressive play. Williams adds to a mix of what looks to be a highly talented receiving corps.
The second era under head coach Mark Whipple officially kicked off on Monday afternoon as the Minutemen took to Gladchuk Field for the first practice of the 2014 campaign. Tons of news and coverage as the media were there to cover the day.
The Minutemen took to Gladchuck Field on Monday afternoon for a highly spirited 2 hour, 30 minute opening practice as preseason camp officially got underway. Check out the gallery below to see the sights of Mark Whipple's first official fall practice.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette looks at the start of this season's preseason football camp and how the change to NCAA rules has benefited returning head coach Mark Whipple and his staff. The change allowed coaches time to meet with players and to study film allowing both groups a chance to get to know each other along with preparing for the season.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican caught up with head coach Mark Whipple during the weekend to get his thoughts on starting his first preseason camp as a head coach since his last stint at UMass in 2003. Whipple says many of his experiences in the NFL and at Miami will craft his approach to the days leading up to the Boston College game.
Martin Rickman of SportsIllustrated.com sat down with UMass football head coach Mark Whipple to discuss why he came back to coach the Minutemen, what he is bringing with him from the NFL, and who he thinks will be impact players for the upcoming season.
Here is a look at Saturday's alumni tour of the new UMass Football Performance Center which was part of the program's "We Built Weekend".
Several local media outlets along with the UMass Sports Network covered Wednesday's MAC Media Day at Ford Field in Detroit. Here's a look at some of the story lines that came from interviews with Mark Whipple, Stanley Andre and Tajae Sharpe as they represented the Minutemen.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican comments on a video produced by the UMass Sports Network which shows coach Mark Whipple introducing the team to its new locker room in the UMass Football Performance Center.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on how having a trio of coaches from Charley Molnar's staff - Ted Daisher, Dave Sollazzo, and Shane Waldron - has helped make Mark Whipple's transition smooth since he took over the hiring. The veteran trio are praised for their coaching ability, but it's also pointed out that the group has helped keep recruiting strong while also keeping relationships strong with the current players.
Saba Aziz has a feature on Mark Whipple's return to the sidelines of the UMass football program with quotes from Tajae Sharpe and Trey Dudley-Giles on their expectations for the 2014 season.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story this afternoon on how the first day of July officially kicks-off preseason coverage of the Minutemen. Malone describes several interesting story lines for the season and gives fans an update as to what to expect coverage-wise as we get closer to the start of the season.
Caleb Calhoun of SaturdayBlitz.com has a top 10 list of coaching hires in college football this past season. At No. 10, he has Mark Whipple's return to UMass which he says could have the Minutemen back on the winning side of the ledger very soon.
10. Mark Whipple: Massachusetts
Mark Whipple's return to the Minutemen after 11 years is obviously highlighted by a drastic change in the dynamics of the program since he left it in 2003: They're in FBS now. And they have been 1-11 each of the past two seasons, they're first two in Division 1A. But when Whipple took over in 1998 the program had gone 2-9 the year before, and he turned it around immediately to go 12-3. Whipple also comes back to UMASS with more NFL experience working with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, and Cleveland Browns. For UMASS's level, there may be some growing pains, but he could have them back to winning again very soon.
Dan Malone has a second story on UMass football head coach Mark Whipple from his guest appearance on the SiriusXM show College Football Playbook on Wednesday afternoon. Whipple talks about the excitement in the Western Mass community and among the players and staff as games will return to McGuirk Stadium this season as construction of the new press box and football performance center will be complete.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a feature today on Mark Whipple who was a guest on SiriusXM's College Football Playbook on Wednesday afternoon. Malone writes about some of the major improvements around the UMass campus, not just in athletics, that made returning as head coach very appealing to him.
Over the last several days, UMass Director of Athletics John McCutcheon has spoken to several reporters on the conference search for UMass football, how the transition has been progressing over the last several years, and his overall assessment of the program.
In a lengthy interview with Ron Chimelis of the Springfield Republican on Wednesday, McCutcheon said he sees many aspects of growth to remain positive about including attendance growth and having games back at McGuirk Stadium this year.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on freshman linebacker Da'Sean Downey and his impressive performance during the Spring Game to cap off spring practice. An early enrollee, Malone writes that being able to take advantage of an early semester with the program has been beneficial for Downey's development.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story featuring UMass football quarterback A.J. Doyle and how he feels now that spring camp is finished. Doyle says he is confident in where the offense is and that he plans to take a big leadership role in the offseason workouts leading up to preseason camp.
Featured columnist Ron Borges of the Boston Herald spent a day recently with UMass football head coach Mark Whipple to see exactly how things were going with the program. Borges was alongside Whipple from a 7:30 AM meeting all the way through an evening practice at McGuirk Stadium to see what made him tick, how the team was responding, and to get a feel for what the future will be like for the Minutemen.
The defense looked impressive throughout the night turning in several highlight plays, but wide receivers Jalen Williams and Shakur Nesmith each put on displays for the offense with several outstanding plays of their own as Team Minutemen defeated Team UMass in the annual Spring Game on Wednesday night at McGuirk Stadium.
Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald has a story on the transition UMass football has undergone with Mark Whipple back as head coach. At not other position is the transition more evident than at quarterback with the switch from a spread, shot gun offense to a pro-style scheme.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a preview of Wednesday night's UMass Football Spring Game which kicks off at 7 PM. The format of the game will be the first string offense vs. the first string defense followed by the second team units.
Following a strong end to his 2012 season as a freshman, kicker Blake Lucas experienced some disappointed on the field last season. With renewed confidence this spring, the rising junior is looking forward to making a strong comeback according to Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a feature story today looking at the UMass football linebackers. The group may be one of the more athletic groups on the roster and with the switch to a 3-4 defense will have a chance to make a big impact in 2014.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on Marken Michel who has rejoined the Minutemen after spending the 2013 season out of football. Michel figures to add depth to a wide receiving corps which was hurt by injury last year.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette had a story on Saturday about incoming transfer quarterback Blake Frohnapfel and how he is preparing for next season while still in school at Marshall. Frohnapfel is able to study the UMass play book, watch practice film online and has been working on his own.
Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian spoke with UMass football coach Mark Whipple and freshman linebacker Shane Huber about the announcement earlier this week that the 2015 season would be the last for the Minutemen as members of the MAC.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a notebook from last night's football practice where he spoke with head coach Mark Whipple about conference realignment, running back Lorenzo Woodley on how he is approaching his sophomore season, and news of James Ihedigbo signing with the Detroit Lions.
The news that 2015 will be the final season for UMass football as an affiliate member with the Mid-American Conference made national headlines yesterday. The move is due to a contract clause that states if the MAC University presidents voted to make UMass a full conference member for all sports, then the Minutemen could either except the offer or decline it and let the remaining balance of the contract term finish. UMass chose not to become a full member and, therefore, the 2015 season will be the Minutemen's last in the MAC.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a feature story on A.J. Doyle as he learns the new offensive playbook under head coach Mark Whipple. After two years as a spread, no-huddle quarterback, Doyle is learning the new intricacies of Whipple's pro-style attack.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story featuring some of the new faces on the roster for the UMass football team from Sunday's opening Spring Practice. He also includes a few re-additions to the team and gives an offense and defense breakdown.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican was at the first spring practice for the UMass football team on Sunday and has a recap of the evening.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on the start of spring practice for UMass football and head coach Mark Whipple. Practices begin Sunday night at McGuirk Stadium.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story focusing the UMass football team starting Spring practice on Sunday night - the first practice under new head coach Mark Whipple and his staff.
Bill Ballou of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette has a story covering last night's Meet & Greet event in Worcester for UMass football head coach Mark Whipple. Included in the story is part of how Whipple is going to shape the program next year.
As Whipple looks over his 2014 roster, he says it looks better than he thought it might be at first glance. It will be a young team, probably with just one senior starting, and it should be a typical Whipple team. The first time around, that meant there was a lot going on.
"I'm not here to set up a punt," he said. "I like to throw the ball down the field, be up-tempo, some no-huddle, be aggressive. If it's fourth-and-one, we're probably going for it. You've gotta win, but how you win matters, too."
Head football coach Mark Whipple will be a guest speaker at this week's UMass Sports Luncheon. The luncheon is held every Wednesday in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center starting at Noon. The cost for the full buffet lunch is $13 and parking is free behind the Mullins Center.
UMass men's swimming and diving coach Russ Yarworth and women's swimming and diving coach Bob Newcomb will also be guest speakers.
Anthony Gulizia of the Boston Globe has a story on Mark Whipple focusing on his career and experience in turning programs around - especially at UMass when he won the 1998 national championship in his first year with the Minutemen.
UMass football coach Mark Whipple stopped by 98.5 FM The Sports Hub on Wednesday to be a guest on the Gresh & Zolak show. Whipple talked about his return to the program, how he thinks the program can grow, and a proposed rule change by the NCAA to slow down games for safety.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on the return of Liam Coen as the football program's quarterbacks coach.
UMass football coach Mark Whipple sat down with Mark Ockerbloom at Fox 25 on Wednesday to discuss his return to the program and where he hopes to take the program.
The Meet & Greet Series with UMass football head coach Mark Whipple officially kicks-off tonight in Plymouth. Coach will be on hand at the East Bay Grill from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM to meet fans and talk about his return to UMass. The East Bay Grill is located at 173 Water Street in Plymouth.
Tomorrow, coach Whipple will be in Boston at The Fours, while Wednesday he will make a stop at The Cobblestones of Lowell in Lowell, MA.
For a complete schedule or to sign up for an event (all events are free of charge), click below:
Super Bowl champion and all-time UMass football great James Ihedigbo will be in town tonight to catch the UMass basketball game against George Mason.
Prior to the game, he will stop by the Amherst Brewing Company to join football head coach Mark Whipple and his staff for the Football Fan Event that was postponed from last Wednesday.
The event begins at 4:30 PM and goes until 6:30 PM. Coach Whipple will show a highlight film of this year's signing class and speak with fans about the upcoming season.
To sign up for tonight's event or other events as part of Coach Whipple's Meet & Greet Tour, click the link below:
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican spoke with head coach Mark Whipple about his recruiting philosophy and how his appreciation for the process has changed and evolved over the years.
Brendan Hall of ESPNBoston.com has a look at some local players who were signed from the Commonwealth including Jarell Addo from Leominster and Dan DiNicola from Walpole. Hall also discussed the importance of walk-on players with coach Mark Whipple.
Garrett Cullen of West Virginia Metro News has an interview with quarterback Ross Comis who signed his NLI on Wednesday with UMass.
Mark Whipple's first class in his new tenure as UMass football head coach brought another round of excitement to the program. Here's a look at the coverage from Wednesday's signing day festivities.
We have extend coverage of Mark Whipple's introductory press conference from Tuesday morning.
Former UMass head coach Mark Whipple (1998-2003) has been named quarterbacks coach with the Cleveland Browns. Read about it in these outlets
The Springfield Republican
has a story on former UMass head coach Mark Whipple, who was the runner-up for the UConn head coaching job.
"I knew it was between myself and Paul Pasqualoni,'' Whipple said by phone Monday night.
"I knew I had a good interview at UConn. But they told me they would not announce anything until (last) Thursday at the earliest, and that's what they did. I'm doing well. I just have to move forward.''
Former University of Massachusetts football coach Mark Whipple is said to be the frontrunner in the search for a new coach at Connecticut, with an announcement possible in the next 24 hours. Read about it in the following papers:
Former UMass football head coach Don Brown is staying at Maryland as defensive coordinator for new coach Randy Edsall, the former UConn head coach. Here are a few stories.
The Daily Hampshire Gazette
has its weekly CAA notebook leading off with pair of honors for UMass' Blacksburg natives. Junior linebacker and captain Tyler Holmes was the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week, while place kicker/punter Caleb Violette was the special teams' player of the week.
Also of interest, Vautour mentions how UMass' past two head coach will oppose each other this Saturday:
WHIPPLE vs. BROWN - UMass' previous two football coaches will square off against each other this weekend when Miami hosts Maryland. Mark Whipple, who led the Minutemen to the 1998 Division I-AA Championship, is the Hurricanes' offensive coordinator, while Don Brown, who led UMass to the 2006 FCS title game, is the Terrapins' defensive coordinator.
There were quite a few UMass connections in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday in Miami's 24-19 loss to Virginia. Former UMass reserve quarterback Spencer Whipple, Mark's son, saw action for the 'Canes. When starting quarterback Jacory Harris was injured, Spencer Whipple played the remainder of the first half. He struggled completing 2 of 6 passes and was intercepted twice before being lifted for freshman Stephen Morris. On the other sideline, Virginia's head coach is Mike London, the father of former UMass standout wide receiver Brandon London. His defensive coordinator is Jim Reid, who was the head coach at UMass from 1986-1991.
With most FBS schools starting football practice, two former UMass head football coaches are hard at work as coordinators at their schools: Don Brown at Maryland and Mark Whipple at Miami. Here are some stories with mentions of the former Minutemen leaders.
The Annapolis Capital mentions Brown's days at UMass, as the Terps are prepping for their first game against the triple-option of Navy. The Testudo Times also writes about Brown and his defense. The Bleacher Report talks about Whipple and fellow former UMass coach Mike Cassano, down in South Florida.