UMass rejoining the MAC is what the program needed

February 28, 2024

On Monday we learned that UMass is rejoining the MAC or the Mid-American Conference. The Minutemen were Football members of the MAC from 2012-2015 and ten years later, they are back.  This time however, all sports with the exception of hockey will join the conference. They are staying in Hockey East. The news came as a surprise but was welcomed news for a football program that was sputtering along as…

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UMass set to hire Shane Montgomery as offensive coordinator

February 13, 2024

We have waited to confirm this but according to sources, UMass is set to hire East Carolina offensive analyst Shane Montgomery as the school’s new offensive coordinator. Cursive U was the first to have it locally.  Montgomery has called offenses for six different programs including the University of Buffalo most recently. He has also coached at Miami (Ohio), Akron, Charlotte, Youngstown State and James Madison. He replaces Steve Casula who…

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UMass grabs 19 from the portal on 2nd NSD

February 7, 2024

Image courtesy of UMass Athletics  In typical Don Brown fashion, he wasn’t waiting around to take care of business when it came to winter roster building. Despite the year’s second National Signing Day not being until Wednesday, Brown officially announced 19 new transfers late last week. This was the second year in a row where Brown knew he needed some experienced leaders that have played a lot of Division 1…

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UMass schedule unveiled, is this finally the year of bowl eligibility for the Minutemen?

February 5, 2024

It’s almost that time again, UMass fans. Another year of the Don Brown resurgence is technically underway with winter workouts, but things officially ramp up with spring ball in a month. The next best thing to real football news dropped on Monday morning as the team unveiled its schedule. You’ll be able to get your first glimpse of the 2024 team during the spring game on April 27th. This 2024…

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Steve Casula leaves for Michigan. Where do the Minutemen go from here?

February 4, 2024

Image courtesy of UMass Athletics UMass offensive coordinator Steve Casula is leaving Amherst to join Sherrone Moore’s staff at Michigan as tight ends coach.  Before joining the UMass staff, Casula served as an offensive analyst for the program under former coach Jim Harbaugh.  After a rough first season offensively under Casula, the Minutemen were much better in year two of playing in his system.  An upgrade in talent at the…

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UMass names Steve Tirrell defensive line coach

January 30, 2024

Image courtesy of UMass Athletics Steve Tirrell has been named the defensive line coach at UMass. Tirrell had been the Chief of Staff and Director of Football Operations. He was hired in November of 2021 as the Special Assistant to the Head Football Coach. Tirrell and UMass coach Don Brown go way back. Tirrell played at Plymouth State, where he is a Hall of Famer. He also coached at his…

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UMass’ Walker sees first hand how much respect program is gaining nationally

January 15, 2024

Image courtesy of @JuiceWa45 (Twitter) With the blessing of head coach Don Brown, UMass defensive analyst Julius Walker had the opportunity of a lifetime last week despite some important business going on back home. Despite only coaching college ball for a couple of seasons ‘Juice’ was able to represent UMass in Orlando during the Hula Bowl. For a young coach, any of the pre-draft All Star games are invaluable networking…

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Kay’Ron Lynch-Adams returning to UMass

January 14, 2024

UMass fans got some surprising, fantastic news on Sunday morning. At 11:03 a.m. The Midnight Ride Collective – the Nil group dedicated to helping UMass student athletes – tweeted out a ‘press release’ that read as follows: “Amherst, MA – (January 14, 2024) The following statement was released today by Kay’Ron Lynch-Adams through the Midnight Ride Collective, the Northeast’s top NIL collective creating NIL opportunities for the University of Massachusetts…

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Top 10 New England football storylines in 2024

January 1, 2024

As we start 2024, the football season will officially end when the Pats close things out against the Jets next Sunday at Gillette. We thought we’d start to look ahead to the top storylines locally for the upcoming season with Pro Days and combines right around the corner. Heck, it’ll be time for high school and college training camps before you know it! 1. The future of the Patriots This…

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UMass picks up an impact commitment from WR Frank Ladson

December 27, 2023

UMass added a potential impact playmaker in the transfer portal with the commitment of wide receiver Frank Ladson. Ladson is transferring in from Miami where he did not record a catch last season. In 2022, Ladson caught  27 passes for 298 yards and a touchdown. Prior to Miami, Ladson played at Clemson where he caught 31 passes for 428 yards and six touchdowns. He is a former teammate of current…

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