By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The UMASS Minutemen will be without their head coach this upcoming week. He has been suspended without pay for an inappropriate post-game comment.
Following his team’s loss to the Ohio Bobcats, head coach Mark Whipple reportedly used the word “rape” when he was talking about the officials. His exact wordage was “they raped us.”
He will miss the team’s game against the USF Bulls on Saturday, October 6th, 2018. Plus, he will also be required to attend mandatory sensitivity training program by the University.
Without Whipple coaching the team, defensive coordinator Ed Pinkham will serve as the interim head coach for the Bulls game. Following the contest, Whipple will be reinstated as the head coach by the school.
“On behalf of our department, I deeply apologize for the comments made by head coach Mark Whipple on Saturday after our game at Ohio,” Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford said. “His reference to rape was highly inappropriate, insensitive, and inexcusable under any circumstance. Coach Whipple’s comments don’t reflect the values of this institution, our athletics department, or football program. Mark is disappointed in himself and understands his serious error in judgment.”
The Minutemen are 2-4 this season. Ohio defeated UMASS in the game in question, 58-42, at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio.
The game with the Bulls will be at McGuirk Alumni Stadium in Amherst, Mass. The Minutemen will look to snap its one-game losing streak. They have lost four of its last five games, though.
The 61-year-old Whipple has been the team’s head coach since the 2014 season. This is his second stint as the team’s head coach, as he was previously the team’s head coach from 1998 through 2003.
Since he took over, the team has not had better than a 4-8 record in 2017.
“I am deeply sorry for the world I used on Saturday to describe a play in our game,” Whipple said. “It is unacceptable to make use of the word ‘rape’ in the way I did and I am very sorry for doing so. It represents a lack of responsibility on my part as the leader of this program and a member of this university’s community, and I am disappointed with myself that I made this comparison when commenting after our game.”