On April 20, 2011, the University of Massachusetts made the biggest announcement in the history of its athletic department.
Its football team was going big-time.
The UMass football team accepted an invitation to join the Mid-American Conference and decided move up to the Football Bowl Subdivision. Through the generosity of Robert Kraft, it was given a new home at Gillette Stadium, and in the months following the announcement, UMass made a series of maneuvers that will forever change the landscape of college football in New England.
UMass hired Notre Dame Offensive Coordinator Charley Molnar, and it was clear that momentum was building. Recruits started pouring in, Molnar traveled the Northeast selling the program, and high-level FBS programs – from conferences ranging from the Big 10 to the Southeastern Conference – picked up the phone and asked the Minutemen for a game.
Big-time college football leads to big-time news, and big-time news leads to heightened interest. That’s where the Maroon Musket comes in. This blog will cover any and all information pertaining to UMass football. Its writers will discuss recruiting, scheduling, coaching and, of course, provide some Sunday morning quarterbacking. UMass football deserves front-to-back coverage, and that’s what we’re here to do.
This blog is the brainchild of three UMass fans who have spent countless hours watching, covering and rooting for the Minutemen. You can read more about us below.
Maroon Musket Contributors
Marc Bertrand graduated from UMass in 2007 with a degree in Communication. While in Amherst, Marc spend four years working in the sports department at WMUA. In that time he called dozens of UMass Athletic events each year. His favorite broadcasts include a UMass basketball win over UConn in 2004, and 2 UMass Football wins over UNH in 2006. Marc now spends his afternoons talking sports on the Felger & Massarotti show which can be heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub or seen on Comcast Sportsnet New England.
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Bob McGovern graduated from UMass in 2005 with a degree in Journalism. During his time in Amherst, Bob was a reporter and editor for the Massachusetts Daily Collegian’s sports department and was a four-year letterman for the UMass rugby team. He has worked for publications in Massachusetts, New York and Colorado. Bob is currently a licensed attorney in Massachusetts with a concentration on media law. He also does pro bono work for indigent clients in the Commonwealth.
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Mike Marzelli graduated from UMass in 2006 with a degree in Communication and a minor in Charlie’s Tavern. During his time in the Pioneer Valley he covered UMass football in 18 different stadiums in 11 states for The Massachusetts Daily Collegian, The Springfield Republican, The Daily Hampshire Gazette and The Boston Herald. He also spent the 2005 season as the sideline reporter for the UMass Sports Network. Mike currently lives in New Orleans, where he teaches second grade to future Minutemen.
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