2018 Season

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Re: 2018 Season

Post by Kelz626 » Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:34 am

DEM wrote: Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:31 pm I have no idea if this has anything to do with the contract negotiations, but in my opinion the jury is still out on Whipple. On the one hand, we passed some nice milestones, but we also blew a lot of opportunities, including an 0-6 start and a bad loss to Coastal Carolina, which falls on the coach. Does Bamford really want to commit to a big contract extension without seeing how next year goes?
I can't see Bamford being in a wait and see mode, a similar question was posed over on the Fight Massachusetts forum about Bamford backing out of the deal and I thought MinuteFanJsf response was really on point:
"I don’t think Bamford would do that. It could decimate the program by getting a bunch of HS coaches and recruits pissed and break recruiting ties. Recruiting is a shady business to begin with, adding a public lie to it, would be horrific IMO. And it would be a huge blemish on Bamford’s resume."

In addition to recruiting I think it would be detrimental to the Athletic Department in general as any potential new hire coaches in all sports would be scared off by Bamford not being someone who's word is worth anything

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Re: 2018 Season

Post by DEM » Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:34 pm

Well, my point wasn't to imply that Bamford is intentionally backing out of anything, I was more pointing out the complexity of the situation (and, I guess, my own feelings of ambivalence about whether Whipple is the right coach at this point). For example, MJatUM suggested that buyout clause (among numerous other possibilities) could be holding up the negotiations - that is something I could definitely see. In my opinion, we do not want something that chains us to Whipple as HC for years if, for example, next year is a disaster (hopefully it will be a breakthrough success, but we obviously don't know), and maybe Bamford is being mindful of this in the negotiations. Obviously, that is pure speculation on my part. It could truly just be administrative and legalize related, or it could be that the negotiations for the hiring of a separate offensive coordinator are holding things up. :wink:

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Re: 2018 Season

Post by Mark W » Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:08 am

Over on the Boneyard some UConn fan started a thread about being independent and posted our home schedule for 2018. The entire thread is about how pathetic that schedule is and how it would be so far beneath UConn to ever play a schedule like that. It will be so sweet to go into their house and kick the shit out of those pretentious nitwits.
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Re: 2018 Season

Post by LS71 » Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:18 pm

^ It will indeed. 8)

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Re: 2018 Season

Post by McKinney » Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:52 pm

^^ Maybe if their AD would try harder to get us into the AAC we wouldn't have to play a "pathetic schedule". As an independent our strength of schedule is going to vary a lot more than a conference member's would. In 2016 our schedule was ranked #70 of 253 by Sagarin, in 2017 it was ranked #120 of 254. UCONN's was ranked #82 in 2016 and #70 in 2017.
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Re: 2018 Season

Post by wmmmfan » Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:11 pm

They can say whatever they want, their conference schedule holds little interest to their fan base in all sports while in Amherst the fan base may not be enamored with the FB schedule but we have long time conference rivals in all other sports.

Plus interesting FB games like Georgia, Auburn, BYU, Army, Rutgers.......

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Re: 2018 Season

Post by InnervisionsUMASS » Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:25 am

Still waiting on that Whipple extension....
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Re: 2018 Season

Post by tdmass » Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:07 am

I'll take a 7-5 record right now . . . hope this ESPN forecast is right on!

http://www.espn.com/college-football/te ... &year=2018

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Re: 2018 Season

Post by McKinney » Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:28 am

tdmass wrote: Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:07 am I'll take a 7-5 record right now . . . hope this ESPN forecast is right on!

http://www.espn.com/college-football/te ... &year=2018
I hope so too. I think we could also get Georgia Southern to make it 8-4.
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Re: 2018 Season

Post by InnervisionsUMASS » Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:32 am

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Re: 2018 Season

Post by DEM » Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:06 pm

Personally, I'd rather it be done right than done hastily. As long as it puts the program in the best position possible, I'm okay with Bamford and Whipple taking as much time as they need.

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Re: 2018 Season

Post by Puffton395 » Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:45 am

DEM wrote: Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:06 pm Personally, I'd rather it be done right than done hastily. As long as it puts the program in the best position possible, I'm okay with Bamford and Whipple taking as much time as they need.
It shouldn't take half a year to negotiate a simple extension.
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Re: 2018 Season

Post by DEM » Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:00 pm

Except that maybe it's not as simple as you're assuming it should be. I would imagine there are reasons.

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Re: 2018 Season

Post by DearOleUMass » Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:49 pm

DEM wrote: Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:00 pm Except that maybe it's not as simple as you're assuming it should be. I would imagine there are reasons.
Who knows what the real reason is but just for the sake of giving us something to talk about...any chance it could have something to do with donors for the IPF wanting certain stipulations in Whipple's contract?

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Re: 2018 Season

Post by McKinney » Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:51 pm

DearOleUMass wrote: Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:49 pm
DEM wrote: Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:00 pm Except that maybe it's not as simple as you're assuming it should be. I would imagine there are reasons.
Who knows what the real reason is but just for the sake of giving us something to talk about...any chance it could have something to do with donors for the IPF wanting certain stipulations in Whipple's contract?
You mean like a donor who's partial to Whip would only donate if they keep Whip around for X years and Y price? Could be. Wasn't John Kennedy partial to Kellogg?
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