RDM runs through his take on the candidates for the open UMass football head coach position.
I already laid my pure favorite out on the table. The next two candidates are my two (more) realistic favorites. These two are in no particular order. I will start with Mark Whipple.
Whipple led the Minutemen to the 1998 national championship in his first year at the helm.
Lets see what Whipple has been up to since leaving UMass. Most recently he has been the quarterback’s coach for the Cleveland Browns since January 2011. Prior to Cleveland he was in Miami with head coach Randy Shannon, which didn’t last long. Before his time at “The U”, and immediately after leaving Amherst, Whipple was an assistance coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Lastly, he has also been an assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles.
While in Amherst, Whipple racked up a 49-26 record. In his six seasons, he won the conference 3 times and came in 3rd two other times. He had one losing season.
The first question is if Whipple wants to get back into the college game. It would seem that he is open to it. He was a leading candidate for both the Boston College and Uconn jobs over the last couple years. However, in the end the universities decided to go with other candidates. Judging by the current status of both the other aforementioned New England FBS programs, I bet they wish they could have a “do-over”.
Here are a few Mark Whipple related links:
- Cleveland Browns: Bio
- MassLive.com: Whipple Passed Over By Uconn
- Cleveland.com: Whipple On Colt McCoy