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Report: Next UMass Football Coach Expected to Be Named January 15

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UMass has kept its word on the timetable they set for finding the next head football coach with some intriguing names in the mix.

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By this time next week, the UMass Minutemen will more than likely have a new head football coach. According to report from Bob McGovern of 247sports, the University is making preparations to announce its selection on the date it had targeted from the beginning of the process, January 15.

In the report, McGovern confirms a CBSSports report that Louisville running backs coach/special teams coordinator Kenny Carter was in to interview Thursday. This adds Carter to a list that already included former-UMass coaches Mark Whipple and Don Brown, as well as UNH head coach Sean McDonnell.

Carter has also been in talks with former Louisville head coach Charlie Strong about a position in Texas' new regime, per Fowler. Prior to Louisville, Carter was the running backs coach at Florida, Vanderbilt and Pittsburgh; a receivers coach at Penn State and Vanderbilt; Assistant Head Coach at The Citadel; and a linebacker coach at LSU. He had also been a candidate at Eastern Michigan.

Whipple is expected to interview over the weekend and some players told McGovern that they would like to have him be the selection. Brown's candidacy was expected from the moment Molnar was fired and was reported by the Daily Hampshire Gazette's Matt Vautour.

McDonnell, who sounded like an appealing candidate, turned down the opportunity to interview for the position.

The sooner UMass gets this done, the sooner it can get out and start preparing for what has to be a three- or four-win season in 2014. Whoever takes the job will certainly have his work cut out for him.