Thursday, December 08, 2016

Recruiting 2017-Mike Ruane V

Image by Mark Brown
I've blogged about Mike Ruane, a 601 220 LB from Rumson, NJ a number of times before.

Ruane was one of the first two verbals for the 2017 UMass recruiting class. 247Sports has bumped his rating from two stars to three after his senior season.

MaxPreps has some senior season highlights.

Team just won fourth consecutive sectional championship.

Thursday--December 8th, 2016

Hoeller #73
Fabian Hoeller, who is the senior center for UMass football has been named co-Fall Scholar Athlete along with Heather McLean of Cross Country.


The UMass Twitter feed relates the 2017 schedule is not a row of easy-win games; the Minutemen will meet eight eight-win teams with a 2016 total of 94 and 52.

09/02/2017 @ Coastal Carolina 10-2 in FCS. Moving to FBS in 2017.

09/09/2017 Home Old Dominion 9-3. Going to the Bahamas Bowl.

09/16/2017 @ Temple 10-3. Ed Foley named interim HC after Matt Rhule left for Baylor.

09/23/2017 @ Tennessee 8-4. Just signed the #1 recruit in the country.

09/30/2017 Home Ohio 8-5. Going to the Dollar General Bowl.

10/07/2017 Home Hawaii 6-7. Going to the Hometown Bowl.

10/21/2017 @ UCF 6-6. Going to the Cure Bowl.

10/21/2017 Home Georgia Southern 5-7. Fired both co-offensive coordinators.

10/28/2017 Home Appalachian State 9-3. Going to the Camellia Bowl against Toledo.

11/04/2017 @ Mississippi State 5-7. Going to the St. Petersburg Bowl against Miami (Ohio).

11/11/2017 Home Maine. 6-5. Almost beat UConn in the season opener.

11/18/2017 @ BYU 8-4. Playing Wyoming in the Poinsettia Bowl.


Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Recruiting 2017--Abule Abadi image
Abule Abadi, a 6-7 240 pound DE from Lakeland, FL has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Huld,com has video.

Abadi, a Nigerian immigrant, was adopted by his basketball coach.

Wednesday--December 7th, 2016

Keepers College football ranking has UMass at #120 after 14 weeks of the 2016 season (.pdf download). Only Rutgers and Kansas of the two-win teams are ranked higher. The bottom-10 probably won't change much due to the bowl games.


Sights and sounds of BYU and Hawaii.


Neal Brown is being mentioned as one of the candidates to replace Matt Ruhle at Temple.

Brown and Troy are looking to make a good show at the Dollar General Bowl against Ohio.


Former UNH coach Bill Bowes is inducted into the College Football Hall-of-Fame. Mention Mark Whipple.


The Chicago Tribune ranks all forty college bowls.


Monday, December 05, 2016

Recruiting 2017--Dominick Silvels

Twitter image
Several recruiting services indicate UMass has offered to Dominick Silvels, a 6-3 195 pound WR from San Diego, CA. His Tweet about the UMass offer.

247Sports page here. has video highlights.

Max Preps has some stats.

Besides UMass, Silvels has FBS offers from Air Force, San Jose State, Washington State and Utah State.

Recruiting 2017--Calvin Clater II

A couple of days after saying nice things about UMass, Fort Worth WR Calvin Clater verbaled to Texas State.


Monday--December 5th, 2016

Today Mrs Blog and I leave for home at 11:30 PM. There will be no blog update on Tuesday as we will not be back in New Hampshire until late in the evening.


Marquis Young talks about his journey to play for UMass.

Besides his education, Young produced 1,045 yards of offense for the Minutemen. Rushing 12-12 GP-GS 197-898 4.6 AVE 4 TD's 83 LONG 74.8 yards/game.

Young was fourth in receiving yards 26-147 5.7 AVE 25 LONG 12.2 yards/game.


Bowl games:

I had a link about BYU to the Poinsettia bowl and Old Dominion to the Bahamas Bowl yesterday.

Louisiana Tech will face Navy in the Armed Forces Bowl.

Troy will face MAC runner-up Ohio in the Dollar General Bowl.

Hawaii will play at home against Middle Tennessee State.

BC will play Maryland in Detroit.

South Carolina will play UCF in the Birmingham Bowl.


Sunday, December 04, 2016

Sunday--December 4th, 2016

UMass's season is over, but 2016 continues for many of the Minutemen's opponents.

Alabama mauled Florida 56-14 to win the SEC Championship. The Gators left the Georgia Dome dejected and hurt.


USA predicts Boston College vs Temple in the Military Bowl.


FIU's new head coach Butch Davis will start at a salary that's roughly twice Coach Whipple's. If he stays five years his compensation will be over $1 million.


Looks like Mississippi State will face Miami of Ohio in the St. Petersburg bowl.


Old Dominion will face Eastern Michigan (yes Eastern Michigan) in the Bahamas Bowl, a game that annually draws several dozen fans.


Louisiana Tech fell to Western Kentucky in the C-USA championship game Saturday.


South Carolina has made four bowl requests.


Troy lost to Georgia Southern in the Sun Belt Championship game Saturday.


Looks like BYU will face Wyoming in the Poinsettia Bowl.


Saturday, December 03, 2016

Recruiting 2017--Qadir White image
Qadir White, a 6-7 291 pound OT from Cardinal Hayes HS in the Bronx has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports four-star player. has video.

This article from Sports features White.

Beside UMass, White has a number of FBS offers including BC, UConn and Syracuse from the Northeast.

Saturday--November 3rd, 2016

After his first start against UMass, South Carolina QB Jake Bentley has thrown for 1030 yards and 6 TD's


How the college football bowl tie-ins work.

Fox Sports predicts the teams for all 40 bowl games.


Western Michigan's four-years-in-row MAC-leading recruiting classes have translated into a 13-0 season and a MAC conference championship. A perfect season has lots of Western Michigan fans on board.

Recruit well and the program will win. If the team wins, the fans will come.


James Ihedigbo is "questionable" for tomorrow's game against the Raiders.


Friday, December 02, 2016

Recruiting 2017--Calvin Clater

Clater #15/ Twitter image
UPDATE Saturday: Mike Traini has a post about Clater with quotes from him. Coach Whipple offered the scholarship personally.

Calvin Clater, a 6-3 190 pound WR from Fort Worth, TX has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports two-star player. Clater is scheduled to visit UMass on December 8th. has video.

Max Preps has some stats.

Recruiting 2017--Melvin Hill verbals to UMass

Melvin Hill, a 6-3 195 pound WR from Baker HS in Alabama has Tweeted he's accepted a UMass offer to play in Amherst.

I did a pretty extensive blog post on Hill back on November 25th.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post about Hill and some quotes from him about joining UMass.

Hill's commit brings UMass to four recruits for 2017.

UMass is currently #146 in 247Sports recruiting rankings.


Friday--December 2nd, 2016

Matty Vautour on why the FBS playoffs should be extended. The playoffs could easily be folded into the bowl system by using the lessor bowl in the early rounds and then say, the final four could be the traditional New Year's bowls. The top bowls could rotate for the semi-finals and the National Championship game. FBS is the only football division with only four teams. If MIT and Division III can handle school and the playoffs, then the scholars of the SEC could cope.


Fox Sports looks at what an eight-team playoff would look like in week #14 of this year's season.


The Washington Post says Navy the the best college football story in 2016.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------, which has one of the best sports reporting IMHO, predicts eight UMass opponents will play in bowls. That's including BC, who is predicted to be in the Quick Lane (?) Bowl against Maryland.


Thursday, December 01, 2016

Recruiting 2017--Maxi Hradecny

American Football International image.
Continuing to seek new recruiting streams, UMass has offered to Maxi Hradency, a 6-2 315 pound DT from the Vienna Vikings football team in Austria.

Video of the UMass offer here. has video highlights.

American Football International calls Hradecny a "four-star" recruit.

More on Hradecny's American tour here. One of the founders of American Football is Brandon Collier a former UMass player.

Thursday--December 1st, 2016

Adam Breneman was named the Harry Agganis Award as the top collegiate football player in New England. Khary Bailey-Smith and Marquis Young were named to the All-New England team. UMass press release here.


Wagner dual-threat player Greg Senat played against UMass twice this year. He's a 6-8 270 pound power forward on the Wagner hoops team and also a OL for the Seahawks football squad.


James Ihedigbo returns to practice for the Bills.