Two things came to an end over the weekend -- well, actually three. The UMass Minutemen ended their 2013 season with a loss to Ohio, then the team ended the tenures of offensive coordinator John Bond and wide receivers coach Allen Suber. UMass averaged just 11.7 points per game in 2013, down a full point from its inaugural FBS season a year ago.
The news was first reported by Bob McGovern of 247sports and later confirmed by MassLive.com's Dan Malone.
Bond had come in over the offseason to help improve a dismal UMass offense but had the playcalling reins taken away from him after the Minutemen lost to Maine early in the season. Charley Molnar's playcalling didn't make much of a difference, but it did get the Minutemen one more win than Bond's did.
Suber is a slightly more surprising termination because in addition to coaching the receivers, he was the team's best recruiter in the south and is responsible for much of the team's talent from the state of Florida. With several players still uncommitted for the 2014 class, it will be interesting to see how Suber's firing impacts such players.
As it stood, UMass was paying its coaches less than any other team in the MAC with Bond earning $75,000 and Suber pulling in $55,000. By comparison, previous head coach candidate Neal Brown is making $550,000 as the offensive coordinator at Kentucky.