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Re-Load: Maroon Musket 2.0

Welcome to the new and improved Maroon Musket, and thanks for coming along for the ride.

Courtesy Andy Heller for the Maroon Musket

During the past year and a half, we have worked hard to provide our readers with the best and most up-to-date information out there on the UMass football team. With that goal in mind, we decided that joining a larger network with more resources was the next logical step.

247Sports has given us the opportunity to work with them in their endeavor to deliver the most trusted information regarding college athletics. With this new relationship, we will have access to more information, resources and gadgets than ever before.

As the football team prepares for the 2013 season on the field, we hope you join us in working out the kinks before hitting full stride. That means getting involved in the conversation on our new message board, sending suggestions and, as always, reading the stuff we put out there on a daily basis.

The Maroon Musket is, has been, and will be, about you. In our new home, you can be a conversation starter, "break" news you see on the internet and generally discuss the ins and outs of the football program. Together we will figure out the best way to have this conversation. That wasn't much of a problem back in our old neighborhood, where we had hundreds of comments in a format that didn't exactly make it easy.

As I said about a month ago: I am not a salesman. I am not going to sell you on subscriptions, products or anything else that will be available down the road. What I will do is pour my best work into this site and hope that's good enough for all of you. If it's not, let me know - I am an eager listener.

For now, get lost in the site a bit. Create a profile, set an avatar, and tell us what you think. I've spent the last month uploading stories, so there's plenty to talk about.

Thanks to all the new readers, and to those who have been there since Day 1.

Let's make this the virtual home for UMass football.

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