2. Mark Whipple
Sometimes change can always be for the better. For Mark Whipple, he better hope that isn’t the way that UMass is currently feeling about him. After multiple successful seasons in his long tenure with the program, the team continues to trend down.
After a miserable year of only two wins last year, the minutemen are not off to their best start this year. The team has already lost their first three games of the season and it could be a fourth straight on Friday night.
They will hit the road to take on Temple in a game that could continue to make that hot seat burn brighter for Whipple. If it’s any added motivation to get the win this week, his program has to take on Tennessee next week and that will just escalate the slide further.
His team hasn’t been particularly blown out in any game, but if they can’t handle some of these winnable games, then how are they expected to take on the rest of their schedule? This is a bad time for a slide for Whipple.
When a coach hits that decade range with a program, they’ve done a lot to get to that point. However, the minute it looks like the trend is down and isn’t going to come back up, that’s when change is necessary.