December 23, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterbacks coach Mark Whipple (left) talks with quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) during the first half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Whipple returns as UMass football coach

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December 23, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterbacks coach Mark Whipple (left) talks with quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) during the first half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

It appears Mark Whipple will be seeking his second Division I-AA championship in his second stint with the University of Massachusetts Minutemen football program. Although no official word has been released from the school, it was recently reported that Whipple will return to the team.

According to multiple UMass sources, Whipple has accepted an offer in principle to lead the Minutemen for a second time. He was on campus to interview for the position on Friday. He met with athletic department staff as well as UMass system president Robert Caret, and toured the new facilities building, which is under construction, but due to open before the start of the 2014 season.

Whipple coached UMass from 1998-2003 and led the team to three postseason appearances, including the Division I-AA championship in 1998. He also had stints in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cleveland Browns.

UMass has been tight-lipped when it comes to the hiring of the new coach, but it was announced that an advisory committee would play a key role in the hiring process.

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