By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The UMASS Minutemen are making a change with their head football coach. Head coach Mark Whipple has been let go.
He guided the team to a 4-8 record this season. He also made a sensitive comment and was suspended for a game during the season.
The team won its season-opener against the Duquesne Dukes, then lost three straight games. They then defeated the Charlotte 49ers, before losing three straight games.
They won two straight games before the losses to the BYU Cougars and the No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs. In the two wins, they defeated the Connecticut Huskies and the Liberty Flames.
The Minutemen’s season ended on a two-game losing streak. They were defeated 35-16 by the Cougars in Foxborough, Mass. at Gillette Stadium.
They were defeated by Bulldogs in their season-finale. The Bulldogs won 66-27 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia.
The Minutemen were tied with the fourth-best record from NCAA Independent football programs. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish leads the group with 11 wins.
The Army Black Knights are next with 9-2. The Cougars are 6-5. Then, UMASS and the Flames had four wins.
The 61-year-old Tarrytown, New York native was in his second tenure with the Minutemen as their head coach. He previously was their head coach from 1998 through 2003.
Whipple is 65-70 as the Minutemen head coach. He is also 40-27 within conference play, but was 2-6 during his last season within a conference as a head coach in 2015.
He is 137-103 all-time as a head coach. This also includes stints with the Brown Bears, where he went 24-16 in four seasons, and the New Haven Chargers, where he guided the team to a 48-17 record in six seasons.