UMass: With Bell relieved of his coaching duties, AD Ryan Bamford & interim head coach Alex Miller met with the media on Monday

November 8, 2021

Imagine playing a sport you’ve loved your whole life for a certain university. You graduate from that school, eventually come back to join the coaching staff, then, due to circumstances out of your control, you’re named the head coach of that same team with just three weeks left in a tumultuous season. However, your first official day on the job requires you to sit on a Zoom call with the…

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UMass: Walt Bell is out at UMass. So who will replace him? Here are ten potential candidates

November 7, 2021

The University of Massachusetts announced this afternoon that Walt Bell and defensive coordinator Tommy Restivo were relieved of their duties. The school announced that offensive line coach and run game coordinator Alex Miller would be named the interim head coach for the final three games. Miller, a former four-year starter at UMass returned to Amherst this past off-season after serving in a similar capacity at UNH. Bell complied a 2-23…

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UMass: As conference rumors swirl, Minutemen getting ready for must-win game against URI

November 3, 2021

There’s no sugar coating it for UMass this weekend. If the Minutemen don’t beat the University of Rhode Island at home on Saturday, it will undoubtedly be the worst moment of the year and may be the beginning of the end for the staff and roster as we know it. URI isn’t a complete pushover coming from the FCS, but if the Minutemen want to show fans coming out for…

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UMass: Bamford addressing the football situation is great but actions speak louder than words

November 3, 2021

I commend UMass Athletic Director Ryan Bamford for taking the time to address the UMass Football situation and explaining the process to enter Conference USA. Bamford said all the right things and his presentation illustrated just how much of an investment the school has made in football. Unfortunately, it may not be not enough. .@UMassFootball Conference Realignment Update with @UMassADBamford#Flagship 🚩 pic.twitter.com/spdQSL8dQM — UMass Athletics (@UMassAthletics) October 31, 2021 It…

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UMass preview: UMass (1-6) @ Liberty (6-2)

October 29, 2021

PHOTO: ESPN.COM LINE: LIBERTY -35.5 (O/U 56.) We’re switching things up this week. Three keys on offense and defense seems pretty irrelevant at this point when all UMass fans and alumni want to see is a consistent effort that doesn’t make them embarrassed to be associated with the program. Look, after all the chatter – good and bad this week – it’s pretty clear what Saturday’s game needs to be…

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UMass: As the Minutemen prepare for Liberty, leadership needs to decide if they’re fully behind the program or not

October 28, 2021

This weekend, UMass is a 36-point underdog to Liberty and I can tell you right now they’re probably not going to cover. At this point, putting up 10 points in Virignia will feel like a win for a 1-6 team facing a 6-2 team with conference title aspirations. After another dud against Florida State, fans have (continued) to call for head coach Walt Bell’s job despite not having any real…

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UMass preview: UMass Minutemen (1-5) @ Florida State (2-4)

October 23, 2021

PHOTO: ESPN.COM LINE: FSU -35.5 (O/U 58.5) THREE OFFENSIVE KEYS FOR UMass:1.) Merriweather, Merriweather and more Merriweather. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Merriweather’s grown man performance against UConn showed he’s capable of a heavy workload. What better way to thwart the other team’s strong rushing attack than utilizing your own and keeping the Seminoles off the field? It seems pretty basic, but it feels like this offense runs…

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UMass: Minutemen back to work after much needed bye week

October 19, 2021

It feels like UMass’ first win over UConn was a month ago. After so much positive buzz following the win over the Huskies, you could argue that the bye week came at a brutal time for the Minutemen. Momentum could have carried over in preparation for a visit to Florida State and the rabid fan base was craving all things football for the first time in a while. Instead, UMass…

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UMass: Minutemen finally end 16 game losing streak with 27-13 win over UConn

October 10, 2021

Image courtesy of ESPN By Ryan Barry The eyes of the college football world were upon Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium to tune in to the “Battle of the Beaten”, a term coined by supporters of both programs on social media leading up to kickoff. With features in USA Today, ESPN’s College Gameday, and Fox’s Big Noon Kickoff, this usually quiet regional rivalry meant a little more this time around.  At…

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UMass preview: UConn (0-6) vs. UMass (0-5)

October 9, 2021

PHOTO: UMASS ALUMNI LINE: UConn -3 (O/U 57) UConn -160 money line, UMass +140 Money line THREE OFFENSIVE KEYS FOR UMass 1. Let Merriweather go to work: UConn enters this game giving up 212.5 yards per game on the ground. If The Minutemen want to still try and take some things off of Brady Olson’s plate for now, let Ellis Merriweather do his thing. UMass is only averaging 84.6 YPG…

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