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July, 2012:

Stum-Bowling into the Postseason

Somehow, through the magic of fuzzy math and misbehaven football programs, UMass could actually play in a bowl game this season. According to CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd, the increased number of bowl bans is forcing the NCAA to make changes to its bowl eligibility rules. This Thursday, the NCAA Board of Directors is going to discuss a number of possibilities, and allowing reclassified teams to play is an option. Of course, even in a world where the board declares UTSA, South Alabama, Texas State and UMass eligible, those teams have to actually win enough games to make the cut. For […]

Fake Blitz: Marketing Needs a New Strategy

I was on I-93 North this morning, listening to some Creedence Clearwater Revival and trying to shake off the celebratory cobwebs from the night before. Then, in a fleeting moment, I saw my first UMass football billboard. The image lasted a second, and then the image flipped and changed to something else. I only had time to recognize the “UMass” block letters and the two-word phrase: “It’s On!” It very well might be “On,” but is it too late to get people on board? For the past few months, I have heard the complaints from our readers. I have received […]

Griffin Brothers Commit to UCF

Shaquille and Shaquem Griffin, a pair of Tampa Bay-area defensive backs holding UMass offers, have verbally committed to the University of Central Florida. The news comes via about a dozen sources, but since Big County Preps told us about the UMass offer, here’s their tweet on the matter: Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin verbally commit… via #UCF — Big County Preps (@BigCountyPreps1) July 27, 2012 The Knights have been hitting the Tampa area particularly hard, and are actually out-recruiting USF in their own backyard.

Agnew to Transfer to Georgia State

Theo Agnew, a defensive tackle who played in 22 games during the past two years for UMass, is transferring to Georgia State, according to Panther Talk, a Georgia State blog. Agnew wasn’t on the spring roster and didn’t participate in the Spring Game. He had 66 tackles during his time as a Minuteman. It’s unclear why Agnew decided to transfer, but it is safe to assume that playing time was a factor. Agnew would have likely been behind both Charles Thompson and Kevin Byrne on the depth chart. Meanwhile, the Panthers’ have all sophomores and freshmen at the defensive tackle […]

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