Mass. College Football: News & Notes From The Offseason

By Matt Noonan 

The 2013 college football season officially concluded last week when Auburn and Florida State competed in the BCS National Championship. And while it literally has been a week since the final game was played, there is some news to pass along from the current offseason regarding Boston College and UMass.

Boston College Welcomes Murphy and Silberman: As noted in the Boston Globe, the Eagles will welcome two transfers from the University of Florida that’ll be participating in their final year of eligibility. Fifth-year graduate transfers Tyler Murphy (QB) and Ian Silberman (OL) will both be competing for jobs on a squad that’ll look to fill graduating losses.

Murphy went 2-4 as a starter last season, and threw for 1,216 yards and six touchdowns.

Silberman, who began his team’s 2013 slate as an offensive tackle, moved to guard and played in eight games (started four games).

Mark Whipple Returns To UMass:  Former head coach Mark Whipple, who guided the Minutemen to the 1998 Division 1-AA national championship, was named the University of Massachusetts’ new head coach at yesterday’s news conference in Amherst.

Whipple inherits a Bowl Subdivision unit that posted a pair of 1-11 marks over the last two seasons.

“We will take this program to the next level,” Whipple told the Boston Globe. “We’re here to get jewelry. That’s the goal. It always has been at UMass, and always will be.”

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