BOSTON (CBS) – Mark Whipple, recently hired for his second stint as UMass Amherst head football coach, stopped by the Town Fair Tire studio to talk about the upcoming football season with Gresh and Hardy.
After his first run as head coach of UMass that lasted from 1998 to 2003 he did a tour of the NFL, most recently serving as the quarterbacks coach for the Cleveland Browns.
As excited as Coach Whipple is to start the season, he didn’t avoid the obvious rebuilding stage ahead saying, “Time will tell, we need time.”
His return to UMass is fueled by the pride one earns from building a program, “Building a program is something I’m really proud of.”
Whipple is excited to start his second tenure as head coach as the team slowly begins to move back into McGuirk stadium. The players have plenty of confidence despite the program’s records from the past years, according to Coach Whipple.
He added that the team is, “ready to make a big jump” which is a good sign seeing as the Minutemen open the season with one of their biggest home games ever, against Boston College on August 30th.
Gresh and Hardy finished up the interview by asking Coach Whipple about his thoughts on the recently proposed rule change the NCAA may implement about slowing down the offenses due to player safety.
As an offensive minded coach, Whipple had exactly the answer you would expect.
Listen below for the full interview: