The hockey team has released their upcoming schedule. Here’s how the start to John Micheletto’s Massachusetts career will look…
The Minutemen will open at the Mullins Center when the Connecticut Huskies visit on the evening of October 12th. The next Friday, October 19th, the Boston College Eagles will head to Amherst. The following weekend, the 26th and 27th, UMass will play a home-and-home with Boston University.
You can view the entire schedule via the PDF below.
Looks like the Micheletto hire is all but official.
If you believe McCutcheon, Paul Pearl was never offered Massachusetts head coaching job. But, for now, lets say he was. So, why isn’t he the next coach of the Minutemen hockey team? Well, we have a source with a bit more insight into the situation.
Pearl currently works in Worcester, at Holy Cross. However, he actually lives north of Boston. The commute from NoBo to Worcester is not exactly an easy one. For whatever reason, that is what Coach Pearl currently deals with. Moving the ole office to Amherst would only further that distance. By a lot, too. It would basically double his 1 hour and 15 minute commute time, according to Google Maps.
In reality, it would have really created the need for Pearl to move his family west of Boston, at the very least. Taking the Massachusetts gig — leading a Hockey East program — would require Pearl to be all in. This means immersing himself in everything the Amherst campus has to offer.
Clearly this type of challenge is not priority number one for Pearl. It seems that family is. We are hearing that uprooting his family was really the deal breaker.
Who are the top (external) candidates?
Our sources indicate that Mike Bavis (BU associate head coach), Red Gendron (Yale associate head coach) and the newly emerged Mark Carlson (USHL Roughriders head coach) are the top three candidate at this time.
John McCutcheon has been telling the media that he has not yet offered the hockey head coaching position to anyone.
What do you think? Calling bull shit?
There have been multiple reports that lead us to believe otherwise. First it was Pecknold. Then Pearl, that supposedly turned down the Massachusetts head coaching gig.
Whether there was an offer in hand or not — it’s official — the situation is a mess.