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Coach of the Year© January 1999
Coach of the Year
This is the one people will be talking about for a long time, the gophers-to-governors turnaround of the Massachusetts Minutemen under first-year man Mark Whipple.
Whipple simply took a 2-9 team from 1997, installed his schemes, recruited a quarterback and some other key components, entered the national playoffs as the No. 11 seed with three losses, and won out&-beating three (McNeese State, No. 6, 21-19; Northwestern State, No. 2, 41-31, and Georgia Southern, No. 1, 55-43) of the top six seeds in the process (UMass beat 13-seed Lehigh 27-21 in the second round).
Offense carried the day during the season, but a balance of control and defense provided a winning formula in the playoffs. In the final thriller against Georgia Southern, UMas....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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