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UMass cans coach ahead of MAC move

Brandon Hill, Kevin Morris AP

Not only will UMass be playing at a new level of football in 2012, but the Minuteman will also have a new head coach leading them into what for the program is unchartered territory.

The school announced Monday morning that Kevin Morris has been dismissed — OK, technically “has been released from his contract” — as head coach, effective immediately.  A national search is underway, a release stated, although the release also states that a  consultative committee will be formed shortly to assist in the search process.

“I thank Kevin for his hard work during his eight years with the UMass football program including the last three as head coach,” said McCutcheon. “With the transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision and the Mid-American Conference, I felt it was important for the program to have a new direction in leadership.”

Morris finishes his brief tenure with the Minutemen with a 16-17 record, including a 5-6 mark this season.

In April of this year, and following years worth of speculation. UMass was officially introduced as the 14th member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC).  UMass will make the jump from Div. 1-AA to 1-A and will begin MAC play next season, becoming eligible for the conference football championship game and a bowl game beginning in the 2013 football season.

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10 Responses to “UMass cans coach ahead of MAC move”
  1. bozosforall says: Nov 21, 2011 2:10 PM

    Another joke of a school trying to move up to the FBS.

  2. noaxetogrind says: Nov 21, 2011 2:54 PM

    Bozo, (what an appropriate name) please enlighten us as to why this is a “joke of a school”. I’m sure you are full of objective reasons to back up your statement.

  3. bozosforall says: Nov 21, 2011 3:03 PM

    noaxetogrind says:
    Nov 21, 2011 2:54 PM
    Bozo, (what an appropriate name) please enlighten us as to why this is a “joke of a school”. I’m sure you are full of objective reasons to back up your statement.

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    Because everyone knows that the Northeast is the weakest region in terms of football talent in the entire US. Even Boston College has to go elsewhere to find any decent players.

    Of course, I’m guessing that you are equally objective in your assessment as to why UMass isn’t a joke (probably an alum who stayed in school for 8 years working on that bachelors, while mommy and daddy footed the bill).

  4. fcmlefty1 says: Nov 21, 2011 3:25 PM

    Looks like I have my team picked out for the NCAA 13 video game. Love taking a crappy team and turning them into a juggernaut. Though, one of the Texas schools joining the WAC are a possibility too I guess…

  5. phaktor333 says: Nov 21, 2011 3:29 PM

    I just read some serious ownage on this comment thread. Wow.

  6. halo81 says: Nov 21, 2011 4:04 PM

    “Bradley finishes his brief tenure with the Minutemen with a 16-17 record, including a 5-6 mark this season.”

    Penn State on the membrane Johnny?

  7. cubano76 says: Nov 21, 2011 5:37 PM

    PLEASE for the love of all that is good in this world, take Paul Pasqualoni!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. mhalt99 says: Nov 21, 2011 5:37 PM

    bozosforall:

    What do you mean by joke of a school? Are we talking about academics, size, location, tradition?

    If you are talking about academics then I guess we all suck compared to Stanford, NWestern & the Ivies.

    Size? Doesn’t Rutgers have 50k students?

    Location? – North East. Maybe it isn’t Texas High School Football area but I’m sure they have some decent kids and what’s wrong with importing guys from Texas?

    Tradition? Yeah guess they don’t have it as compared to Notre Dame.

    Overall I think the real problem with your comment is its pure ignorance. Do you want schools to not try and play football? Should schools not currently in the top 50 just focus on…..Soccer? As someone who loves football I welcome UMass with open arms. They may take a few years to compete but it isn’t like they are trying to jump right into the SEC. Think about what you are actually saying next time before you speak. If you want to say Texas Rules or USC Rocks or what have then just come out and say it. Why would you dis a school who is trying to compete? Should they be like Boston University and just drop football all together? Again should they just focus on Soccer?

    Good luck to UMass. As a lover of football I hope more teams make the jump. There are plenty of high school football players that would love the chance to play real D1. Hopefully more college scholarships=more talent for the NFL=better football & maybe expansion.

  9. bozosforall says: Nov 21, 2011 5:48 PM

    mhalt99 says:
    Nov 21, 2011 5:37 PM
    bozosforall:

    What do you mean by joke of a school? Are we talking about academics, size, location, tradition?

    If you are talking about academics then I guess we all suck compared to Stanford, NWestern & the Ivies.

    Size? Doesn’t Rutgers have 50k students?

    Location? – North East. Maybe it isn’t Texas High School Football area but I’m sure they have some decent kids and what’s wrong with importing guys from Texas?

    Tradition? Yeah guess they don’t have it as compared to Notre Dame.

    Overall I think the real problem with your comment is its pure ignorance. Do you want schools to not try and play football? Should schools not currently in the top 50 just focus on…..Soccer? As someone who loves football I welcome UMass with open arms. They may take a few years to compete but it isn’t like they are trying to jump right into the SEC. Think about what you are actually saying next time before you speak. If you want to say Texas Rules or USC Rocks or what have then just come out and say it. Why would you dis a school who is trying to compete? Should they be like Boston University and just drop football all together? Again should they just focus on Soccer?

    Good luck to UMass. As a lover of football I hope more teams make the jump. There are plenty of high school football players that would love the chance to play real D1. Hopefully more college scholarships=more talent for the NFL=better football & maybe expansion.

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    There’s a reason why Big East football perennial sucks. Not enough talent locally (and they won’t get anywhere near the top high school talent in Texas or any other hotbed state). I suppose they could throw money at the program like some other wannabes have though. But as it is, D1 is currently way too diluted as it is and adding new programs only dilutes the talent pool even more.

    Then again, if they grease the right palms, anything is possible. Just ask USC.

  10. wustlumdnj says: Nov 21, 2011 10:16 PM

    T minus two years before surpassing BC

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