UMass continuing to build through portal as Brown discusses transfers on National Signing Day

February 1, 2023

Image courtesy of UMass Athletics The energy and enthusiasm Don Brown still has for recruiting and the game of football in general was never more apparent than when he spoke to the media via Zoom on Wednesday. The old ball coach was thrilled to sit and talk about his 13 new transfer recruits that officially became members of the Minuteman family on National Signing Day. Brown and the rest of…

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Merriweather represents UMass in style one last time during Tropical Bowl

January 22, 2023

Wearing ‘UMass’ on the side of his helmet one final time during the Tropical Bowl showcase game on Saturday, running back Ellis Merriweather had a special performance. Merriweather was named the game’s Co-Offensive MVP. Merriweather was the only consistent part of the program these last several years, so his ability to show out on a national stage wearing the ‘U” one more time was fitting. Not only that, but with…

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UMass Four Down Preview: Buffalo Bulls (3-3) at UMass Minutemen (1-5)

October 14, 2022

Image courtesy of ESPN By Ryan Barry NEFJ Correspondent Kickoff: For a second straight week the UMass Minutemen will defend McGuirk Alumni Stadium against a team that also resides in a town of Amherst, the Buffalo Bulls. Suffering a 42-24 defeat to Liberty last weekend, the Minutemen lacked consistency on offense and committed too many penalties, something that’ll be crucial to fix against an opponent that is definitely beatable. First…

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UMass: Despite results still not being there, Brown continues embracing the slow build

October 12, 2022

Alright UMass fans, we know you’re sick of hearing it when the team is 1-5, but you can see the progress being made. The game against Liberty wasn’t pretty, but it doesn’t mean this is the same old Minuteman program. With home games against Buffalo and New Mexico State coming up before the showdown with UConn on November 4, head coach Don Brown is hoping that the two more weeks…

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UMass Four Down Preview: Liberty Flames (4-1) at UMass Minutemen (1-4)

October 7, 2022

By Ryan Barry NEFJ Correspondent Kickoff: The UMass Minutemen return home to Amherst for a Saturday afternoon tilt against the Liberty Flames. Coming off a 20-13 loss to Eastern Michigan, the Minutemen look to build off a strong performance where they took a lead into halftime, only to squander it away in the second half. Considering where this program has been in recent years, the loss was a massive step…

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UMass: Minutemen close to turning the corner as Brown’s process evolves

October 5, 2022

The process is ultimately all that matters for UMass football right now. Wins are important, sure, but with a new staff, a very young roster and a difficult schedule by Minuteman standards, the results are taking a back seat to the process right now. It’s a hard pill for UMass fans to swallow, but it’s an even harder pill for Don Brown to swallow as a guy who isn’t used…

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UMass Four Down Preview: UMass Minutemen (1-3) at Eastern Michigan (2-2)

September 30, 2022

Photo – ESPN By Ryan Barry NEFJ Correspondent Kickoff: For a fourth time in five weeks the Minutemen head back on the road to take on old Mid-American Conference foe Eastern Michigan. UMass comes into this game reeling from a 28-0 loss last week to the Temple Owls in Philadelphia, where their offense left much to be desired. The loss kept the Minutemen at 131st of 131 teams in CBS’…

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UMass: Brown believes offense will turn things around; defense already doing so

September 28, 2022

Photo – Amy Palmieri/AP On Tuesday night during his weekly media availability, UMass head coach Don Brown did something many may never expect an old school coach like him to do. He brought up analytics. Brown was asked if the defense and offense are progressing to his liking through the first few weeks of the season even though results haven’t showed up on the scoreboard as fast as he and…

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UMass: Minutemen hang around but can’t score in loss to Temple

September 24, 2022

Photo – @UmassFootball Down just seven at halftime on Saturday, UMass had a golden opportunity to win two straight games for the first time in a long time. Unfortunately, in a defensive struggle, the Minutemen could only muster 259 yards of total offense – including just 80 passing yards – in a 28-0 loss to the Owls. UMass also didn’t help itself by any means, racking up 11 penalties for…

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UMass: With first win out of the way, Minutemen looking to build momentum

September 21, 2022

For years, UMass football fans have worried if one loss would turn into two, two into three, three into four, and so on, until another one-win season was staring them in the face. Now, the loyal fan base can wonder, ‘can one win suddenly turn into two this week?’ after beating Stony Brook in the home opener. There’s a different energy around the program and a feeling like things are…

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