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Move to FBS has UMass hoping on a higher quality player
With less than two months before the University of Massachusetts football team begins practicing for its final season at the Football Championship Subdivision, the Minutemen are already working on bringing in talent for the 2012 season.
The Daily Hampshire Gazette reported that coach Kevin Morris added two more players for the fall in transfer Brandon Yelovich and freshman Rodney Mills.
The report also states that defensive line coach Steve Tirrell has left the team for the private sector. It is the second time Tirrell has left UMass.
After helping UMass reach the FCS national title game in 2006, Tirrell became the associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Nichols for two years before returning to UMass in 2009.
Tirrell is a good guy who will be missed in Amherst.
As for the recruiting, UMass is offering to a higher level of football player with the move to FBS. UMass has always recruited FBS-level talent and on occasion would land a three-star player.
Now UMass is going after mainly three-star guys and higher. According to Rivals.com and Scout.com, UMass has offers out to 12 three-star recruits and three four-star players.
The four-star guys likely won’t happen. In fact, two have already committed to Penn State and Texas A&M. Still, UMass isn’t wasting time trying to upgrade the talent on the field.
The future home of UMass football released its complete schedule for the fall. The Mid-American Conference games can be seen nationally on the some ESPN channel nearly every weekend.
And of course, the MAC made a name for itself by playing a lot of mid-week games and that pattern will continue this fall.
By Jeff Thomas, The Republican