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New York Jets GM and UMass alum Mike Tannenbaum was on Ruocco and Lundberg on ESPN Radio 1050 in New York on Tuesday talking about Jets training camp and several player personnel topics. Among those, Tannenbaum pointed out former UMass lineman Vladimir Ducasse as someone that could surprise everyone this season and also spoke about the contract situation with former Minuteman and free agent safety James Ihedigbo. Follow the link above and go to the 8:00 mark for Ducasse and 8:45 for Ihedigbo.

Season Ends For UMass Alums With Jets

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UMass alums with the New York Jets including safety James Ihedigbo, offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse, general manager Mike Tannebaum and assistant general manager Scott Cohen saw their football season end on Sunday with a 24-19 loss to the Steelers. Here are a few stories with mentions of Ihedigbo, who received much TV time. Ducasse was also shown on the sidelines during the game.

2011 AFC Championship game

The New York Jets and their UMass alums are off to the AFC Championship game after the green and white pulled off the 28-21 upset win at New England. General Manager Mike Tannenbaum, assistant GM Scott Cohen along with players James Ihedigbo and Vladimir Ducasse all earned degrees from UMass.  Ihedigbo served as a team captain for the game in carrying out a No. 90 Dennis Byrd jersey. Coach Rex Ryan had invited former defensive end Byrd to address the players at the team hotel Saturday night to convey to them the urgency of seizing the opportunity that was ahead of them.

Here are stories mentioning Ihedigbo.

• USA Today: Rex Ryan's Jets shock Tom Brady, Patriots with 28-21 win

• FanHouse: Dennis Byrd's Inspirational Message Reached Jets in New England Upset

• Canadian Press: Former Jet Dennis Byrd, whose career ended with broken neck, inspires team.

• ESPN: Jets' D stomps 'unstoppable' Brady

• ESPN: Boy, were we wrong about the Jets

• New York Times: For a Second Week, the Jets Make an Elite Quarterback Look Ordinary

• Asbury Park Press: Borden Column: Rex Ryan deserves credit for victory

Tannenbaum Feature In New York Times

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New York Jets' General Manager and UMass alum Mike Tannenbaum is featured in the New York Times.

The binder that explains Mike Tannenbaum is filled with dozens of pages, with spreadsheets and data analysis and a "comprehensive report" of every free agent signed during the 1994 off-season.

He compiled it after law school at Tulane, in his spare time, while interning for the New Orleans Saints. He mailed one to every N.F.L. team. The binder is classic Tannenbaum -- dry, smart, focused, filled with numbers.

Fifteen years later, Tannenbaum, now the Jets' general manager, sometimes thinks of his neighbor, a brain surgeon. The neighbor, Tannenbaum is certain, has always been the smartest man in the room. Yet in some ways, Tannenbaum is still the child immersed in the sports section, who parlayed that obsession into N.F.L. binders and a lucrative career in sports.

Newark Star-Ledger Feature Connects UMass With Jets

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The Newark Star-Ledger has a feature story on how UMass has so many connections with the New York Jets.

Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum and assistant general manager Scott Cohen are both graduates of UMass. In recent years, the addition of guard Vladimir Ducasse and safety James Ihedigbo, also Minutemen, further advanced a pipeline that seems to grow by the year.

UMass Connections On Monday Night Football

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Many UMass football alums will have their NFL teams in action tonight as part of Monday Night Football's doubleheader on ESPN.

The opener between the Jets and Ravens will have three players that wore the maroon and white along with several other alums in the front office and on the sidelines. With the Jets: No. 44 James Ihedigbo will play in the secondary and on special teams. No. 62 Vladimir Ducasse was the Jets second-round NFL Draft pick this past April. He will play as a back-up on the offensive line. Along with Ihedigbo and Ducasse, Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum and several members of the Jets front office graduated from UMass.

With the Ravens No. 32 Matt Lawrence will not play as he is sidelined with a knee injury. UMass alum and former Redman football player Clarence Brooks continues as an assistant coach with the Ravens.

In the second game, UMass product Jeremy Horne is expected to play for the Kansas City Chiefs against the San Diego Chargers. Horne will be wearing No. 11 for the Chiefs in the 10:35 kickoff, paying as back-up receiver.

Jets GM, UMass Alum Tannenbaum Gets Extension

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UMass School of Management grad and Minuteman supporter Mike Tannenbaum has received a five-year extension in his role as General Manager of the New York Jets. Here are various stories on the signing, which was coupled with an extension for head coach Rex Ryan.

  • ESPN New York, New York Post, Journal News, New York Daily News, Newark Star Ledger.