Tuesday, December 9, 2014

UMass (2014), UNH (2014), Yale (2014)

  We wrap up our look at the uniforms of 2014 with a rebuilding team, a title team and a pretty darn good Ivy League team.

  Mark Whipple, who led the Minutemen to the 1998 NCAA I-AA (FCS) title, returned to Amherst for his second stint as coach and restored some badly-needed credibility to a program that stumbled in its first two years at the FBS level. The black helmets, jerseys and pants thankfully went out the door with former coach Charley Molnar, and the white helmets from the glory days were restored (except for one game, when maroon was used). After wearing 11 styles in 12 games last year, UMass used "only" four this year.
  UMass went 3-9 overall, 3-5 (tied for fourth out of seven teams) in the Mid-American Conference's East Division.

  Death, taxes and UNH in the playoffs ... does anything change in Durham? Well, the uniforms, for one thing. The new jerseys and pants aren't bad, but there was nothing wrong with last year's model. The Wildcats 11-1 and ran the table in the CAA with an 8-0 mark and a league title. In search of its first national title, UNH greets Chattanooga in the FCS quarterfinals on Friday night.

  The Bulldogs made some small modifications to the home shirt, including a Yale Bowl 100th anniversary patch. Yale went 8-2 overall, 5-2 (third) in the Ivy League. The Bulldogs couldn't beat Harvard (again), but did defeat Army, the first Ivy win over an FBS program since 1986.

 Up next: We look at a UNH championship team from way back when. 

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