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Maroon Musket Podcast: Ep. 3

UMass running back Stacey Bedell gets taken down by two Vanderbilt defenders/Andy Heller for the Maroon Musket

Things got delayed a little bit yesterday, so we're running this week's podcast in lieu of the usual "Friday Night Writes" column.

On this episode, Marc and I discuss (and turn the page) on the alumni petition, Bowling Green, what Paul Pasqualoni's firing means for UMass and a little recruiting.

We had a few questions for this week, but we ran out of time. Those will definitely be on the show next week, and if you're interested in having us tackle your question, send us an e-mail at maroonmusket@gmail.com.

Here's Episode 3 of the Maroon Musket Podcast.

  • Another good job boys, I look forward to you guys talking more x&o's, use of personnel and recruiting etc instead of the soap opera story lines, I'm sure you do too.

  • Got to listen to the podcast on my train ride into work today. You guys really sound like pros. The production quality is excellent. I would love for it to be at least a half hour show.

    Go UMass!! Muck Fax Page!!

  • A half hour? Still not long enough! I think they should be mic-ed up for an entire game. Uncensored, uncut. I volunteer to be in the background yelling f-bombs.

  • Love the podcast. You guys do a great job. I know nothing about how podcasts are produced, so I am sorry if this is a stupid question but...Is there any chance that people could call in to the podcast to make it more like a sports radio talk show?

  • As far as if or when CM would be fired... First, CM is in a much different boat than PP was. UConn has had success as the FBS level (Fiesta Bowl anyone) plus Umass doesn't have the $ to buy out CM and I also agree that it would cause more harm than good. Umass will need to ride this out as they did with DK. If you look at the two of them and I have said this before, you can make an argument that there are similiarities each have had to deal with since becoming HC at Umass. But, unlike BBall in which one player or one class can turn your season around, people forget that football isn't like that. CM needs at least the 2014 and 2015 class before anyone can truly say, it is time for a change. It has taken DK over 5 yrs before he hit his stride as a HC, it may take CM just as long. I believe that if the 2014 and 2015 class are strong, CM will be here beyond his 4 yrs, regardless if they don't win a game this year or maybe even next. Of course, CM may not want to be here after his 4 yrs with everything he has had to deal with so far.

  • First of all, I wanted to say I think you guys do a great job on the podcast, I definitely would echo the sentiments that I would like it to be even longer!

    As far as the question about CM and should he back, should he be fired, the question of salary and can we afford to fire him if we even want to.

    I believe you can't just keep him if you believe he is the wrong person and a mistake was made. Now I understand the connection between the AD and the coach, this was his major hire and he will be judged by this, he also backed him 100% behind this video thing, he didn't say it was wrong, didn't say he disciplined him, actually supported him which means he is linked for better or for worse. If during this investigation it comes out that players were hurt, concussions took place or anything like that and the decision was made to still make this video knowing this, at best bad judgement was used, at worse it could go really south for both of them.

    My test question is simply are people satisfied with the direction of the program. Is he the right man to lead this program going forward. I am not sure that he is.

  • Hoas said... (original post)

    First of all, I wanted to say I think you guys do a great job on the podcast, I definitely would echo the sentiments that I would like it to be even longer!

    As far as the question about CM and should he back, should he be fired, the question of salary and can we afford to fire him if we even want to.

    I believe you can't just keep him if you believe he is the wrong person and a mistake was made. Now I understand the connection between the AD and the coach, this was his major hire and he will be judged by this, he also backed him 100% behind this video thing, he didn't say it was wrong, didn't say he disciplined him, actually supported him which means he is linked for better or for worse. If during this investigation it comes out that players were hurt, concussions took place or anything like that and the decision was made to still make this video knowing this, at best bad judgement was used, at worse it could go really south for both of them.

    My test question is simply are people satisfied with the direction of the program. Is he the right man to lead this program going forward. I am not sure that he is.

    Good question...is he the right guy for the program? My answer, even with very little info so far to make an educated decision, is yes.
    I think CM has shown himself to be an excellent recruiter. Let's face it...this is a tough sell to kids with decent FBS offers. I understand the entire logic of being able to sell playing time, but he has done a great job. His "Made in Mass" campaign has netted UMass some very good football players with a couple more coming in with Holines and Silva. Blyden and Addo next year are great gets for this program. I truly believe that CM will have assembled quite a FBS roster at the end of 4 recruiting cycles.
    As far as the AD supporting him, what is not to support? No violations, no harm, no foul! There is absolutely no reason to let a perfectly legal training exercise (at the time) tarnish either reputation. The Coach I see is the one who made that video of the Campus Police coming in to award those walk-ons their scholarships. The Coach I see is the one who set up that tear-jerking marathon run during the spring game for those that didn't get to finish the Boston Marathon. Those are the traits I choose to concentrate on as I assess the character of our Head Coach.
    Now, the X's and O's....so far not so good I'll admit. I'm really not sure if this is a personnel (or lack thereof) issue, or just a stubborn coaching staff trying to force a square peg into a round hole. Time will tell, I guess. Many of us would like to see different personnel, different schemes, different play calling. I need to put my trust in CM and believe he knows his players and their abilities much better than I do. On this, I am willing to give him time.
    My opinion, and this is really just my opinion, is that if we had beat Maine folks would be okay with the progression of the football program so far. That is the only game in CM's time here that we should have won. The Maine game hurt bad! The sting from that one I think has caused people to question things they would not question otherwise.
    Okay, done rambling. I am firmly in CM's camp and will remain there until he proves me wrong. That will take a couple of more years at least.

  • As far as building the program up to FBS snuff and recruiting, ie the off-field stuff, I believe he IS the right man for the job. The on field coaching part is still a work in progress for him, and is still being evaluated by me before I can render a real judgement.

    This post was edited by SJGMoney 6 months ago

  • I share the sentiments of Mark & $$, and I do truly believe better days for the program lie ahead. As for the topic I refuse to address..when the laundry is done, everythig will come out clean.

  • I think a lot of folks who "understood" we'd suffer growing pains didn't think it would be THIS bad. Eventually you have to win a home game. I've circled next weekend vs. Miami OH.

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