That’s a pretty great twitter handle by the UMass Head Football Coach. The #Gamecocks need to be ready.
At every stop in his college coaching career, the trademark of a Whipple team was a high-powered offense. His UMass teams rewrote the program’s record book, setting more than 40 team records. In 1998, his national championship team posted school records in points scored (524), touchdowns (73), total yards (7,074), passing yards (4,050), completions (306) and first downs (354).
While at UMass, he posted a 49-26 (.653) record in six years (1998-2003), leading the Minutemen to a Division I-AA National Championship in his first season with the team in 1998. He also won three Atlantic 10 Conference Championships.
The Minutemen moved from FCS to FBS in 2012. The first two seasons competing in the FBS they posted records of 1-11. In his first season as coach (2014), Whipple led the Minutemen to a 4-9 record, doubling the team’s FBS win total. The Minutemen slipped a bit in 2015, but the team won 2 of its last three games to finish on a high in a 3-9 season. The record doesn’t reflect the true story. The Minutemen were very competitive with everyone on that 2015 schedule but Colorado and Bowling Green.
The Minutemen have played a brutal 2016 season and are just 1-6 to date. However, they played tough in all their football games including two games against SEC teams. They trailed Florida, the 2015 SEC East Champion, 10-7 after three quarters, and led Mississippi State at halftime 14-13.