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Stepping down as coach but staying on board for 6 months according to this source. Mark Blaudschun

Quote:As one source familiar with the situation as it was unfolding said, ""He (Whipple) helped a lot of kids and did a lot of things for a lot of people, if he didn't win enough games, so be it.''

What was being worked on Wednesday afternoon was a compromise where Whipple "resigns'' as coach but will be kept on the UMass payroll for another six months in a transitional role with the administration.

Whipple is expected to return to Amherst on Thursday, talk to his team on Friday and then head back to his home in Arizona.

Once things are worked out with Whipple, UMass officials will work hard to find a replacement quickly since recruiting season is about to begin.

https://collegesportsmaven.io/tmg/api/am...kQEm6IE3A/
Unique situation for UMass and a highly regarded coach. He may have been more successful had UMass made the move in the early 2000’s.

This season didn’t pan out, but I think the QB getting hurt didn’t help. We’ll see if replacing Whipple pays off.
UMass should bring in someone like Al Golden or Greg Schiano. Both took dumpster fire programs and made them competitive. And both are from New Jersey and have had success recruiting the mid-Atlantic area.
I would take either of those guys in a heartbeat. Instant credibility, but I don't know if Umass has the budget to afford either of them?
Al Golden would be perfect. Hell, Rutgers or Maryland might go after him.
AD Ryan Bamford sent out an email to donors yesterday saying he will be doing the football coach search in-house.

It's worked pretty well for hockey (#3 in the nation currently): https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2018/...5#comments
03-shhhh
The big issue for the new coach is UMass being Indy. Hard to recruit for an Indy program except for Notre Dame.....just look how BYU has tumbled since going Indy.
(12-04-2018 12:38 AM)NJ2MDTerp Wrote: [ -> ]UMass hires Walt Bell:

https://umassathletics.com/news/2018/12/...coach.aspx

Art Bell went from late night AM radio talking about UFO’s to FB Coach
Well MWC Tex, by all accounts, Walt Bell is a very good recruiter. Feeling much better about this hire after receiving some thoughts and information from Arkansas State fans. Appreciate them taking some time in sharing.
UMass WR Andy Isabella named Consensus All-American
https://247sports.com/college/massachuse...126273960/

Our first Consensus All-American since 1972.

1952 Tony Chambers E
1961 Bob Foote LT
1963 Paul Gorham T
1964 Milt Morin TE
1965 Milt Morin TE
1967 Greg Landry QB
1971 Bill DeFlavio MG
1972 Steve Schubert WR
(12-13-2018 01:41 PM)McKinney Wrote: [ -> ]UMass WR Andy Isabella named Consensus All-American
https://247sports.com/college/massachuse...126273960/

Our first Consensus All-American since 1972.

1952 Tony Chambers E
1961 Bob Foote LT
1963 Paul Gorham T
1964 Milt Morin TE
1965 Milt Morin TE
1967 Greg Landry QB
1971 Bill DeFlavio MG
1972 Steve Schubert WR

this kid can flat out play. Congrats!
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