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The Associated Press | January 14, 2014

Whipple returns to UMass as coach

Mark Whipple UMass

AMHERST, Mass. -- Massachusetts hopes Mark Whipple can replicate the success in his second stint with the team as he had in his first, when he coached the Minutemen to the NCAA Division 1-AA national championship.

Whipple was introduced Tuesday to lead a team that has gone 2-22 in its first two season at the Bowl Subdivision level, leading to the firing last month of Charley Molnar.

Whipple coached the Minutemen to a 49-26 record from 1998 until 2003, winning what's now called the Championship Subdivision title his first season.

He left to become quarterbacks coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he helped develop Ben Roethlisberger.

He bounced around the NFL and college for several years but was out of coaching in 2013.

Whipple said in a news conference that he's "here to get jewelry."

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