RDM runs through his take on the candidates for the open UMass football head coach position.
I’ve mentioned my dream candidate. And, as I said, I will lay out my two true favorites. I started with former Massachusetts head man Mark Whipple and will now move on to another former UMass head coach — Don Brown.
Coach Brown was the head man in Amherst from 2004 through 2008. In his five seasons he compiled a 43-19 record. His first two seasons, he finished 2nd in the conference. The next two seasons brought two consecutive conference (division) titles to Amherst. He never had a losing record in Amherst.
I look fondly upon Brown’s time with the Minutemen. His time in Amherst precisely aligns with my undergrad time at the University of Massachusetts. Looking back, that 43-19 record was tremendous. The 2006 and 2007 campaigns were particularly memorable. Although, I’d rather forget the manner in which the historic 2006 season ended.
Nearly as painful is the sight of seeing Don Brown with those enemy colors on.
I’m sure Brown felt he needed to move on from the FCS ranks in 2008. Well, UMass finally felt the same way in 2011. Maybe it is time for the two to reunite.
Some Don Brown links for reference: