Rutgers enters 150th season vs UMass, Ash in critical year 4
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers didn't book a blockbuster opponent to kick off its 150th college football season.
The program known as "the birthplace of college football" is playing...
Pass first Pitt? Panthers believe the big play is back
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett took the snap, looked to his right and heaved the ball toward the corner of the end zone. When wide receiver Tre Tipton outwrestled a...
Pittsburgh hires Mark Whipple as offensive coordinator
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh is turning to former Massachusetts head coach Mark Whipple to rejuvenate its offense.
The Panthers hired Whipple as offensive coordinator on Monday. Whipple replaces Shawn Watson, who was fired earlier this month after the Panthers finished near the bottom of the Atlantic Coast Conference in nearly every major offensive category. Pitt finished 97th in the country in total offense, 93rd in scoring offense and 120th in passing offense.
Whipple steps down after 5 years in 2nd stint as UMass coach
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts coach Mark Whipple is stepping down after his second stint leading the Minutemen produced just 16 victories in five seasons.
UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford announced in a news release Wednesday that the school and the 61-year-old Whipple had worked out a mutually agreed upon separation.
AP source: UMass parting ways with Whipple after 6 seasons
A person familiar with the decision says Massachusetts is working on parting ways with coach Mark Whipple, who has led the Minutemen to just 16 victories in six seasons during his second stint at the school.
The person spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because details of a deal were still being worked out. Whipple, 61, has two years remaining on a contract that pays $500,000 annually in base salary.
No. 5 Georgia ranks as ‘best team UMass has ever played’
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — In Mark Whipple's two stints as the UMass coach covering 11 years and time spent in FCS and FBS, No. 5 Georgia is his pick as the Minutemen's toughest opponent.
Whipple says he didn't even have to pass along that opinion to his players.
No. 5 Georgia big favorite in first game against UMass
UMass (4-7) at No. 5 Georgia (9-1, No. 5 CFP), 4 p.m. EST (SEC Network)
UMass suspends coach for “rape” comment in officiating rant
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts suspended football coach Mark Whipple for one game Sunday after he said one of his players had been "raped" while complaining about the officiating Saturday in a loss to Ohio.
Athletic director Ryan Bamford announced the suspension of Whipple without pay for the Minutemen's home game against South Florida on Saturday, and all team activities leading up to it. Defensive Coordinator Ed Pinkham will serve as acting head coach.
AMHERST — Over a hundred combined points. Next to no defense. A final that was closer on the scoreboard than in reality. Yes, UMass fans remember those Mid-American Conference days well.
For one game, “MACtion” was front and center again at McGuirk Alumni Stadium, but yesterday’s final result served as a different, more painful reminder of that era. Ohio led consecutive scoring drives out of halftime of a tied game and never looked back in handing UMass a 58-50 loss.
AMHERST — Ed Pinkham has a reputation for quick turnarounds earned during 30-plus years of coaching defense.
UMass’ first-year defensive coordinator was busy implementing a new system based on a 4-3 scheme during the second day of spring football practice yesterday at McGuirk Stadium.
The beginning of UMass’ two-game journey out west to end the season looked promising. Then, in the matter of five minutes and 10 seconds, the Minutemen’s jet lag caught up to them.
UMass trailed just 14-9 going into the third quarter against BYU, but the wheels fell off in a hurry. Isaiah Rodgers fumbled away a kickoff and less than two minutes later, the Cougars scored a touchdown. Then less than a minute later, Andrew Ford threw a pick-six.
AMHERST — UMass is rested and ready for its fabulous football odyssey.
The Minutemen (2-8) are coming off a bye week and will close out the season with junkets to Provo, Utah, and Oahu, Hawaii.
AMHERST >> University of Massachusetts quarterback Andrew Ford admitted sleep didn't come easy Sunday night. Thinking about your first practice at your new school might do that.
"I don't even know if I woke up" Monday morning, said Ford, "I think I stayed up all last night. I couldn't get too much sleep."
Ford, a redshirt sophomore, was one of 24 players signed to letters of intent to join head coach Mark Whipple's Minutemen.