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College football

UMass coach Mark Whipple in a familiar spot

When Mark Whipple thinks back to the challenges he faced in his first year as the University of Massachusetts football coach in 1998, a year removed from a 2-9 season, he remembers a conversation he had with quarterback Todd Bankhead prior to the Minutemen’s season opener against Delaware.

“I said, ‘What do you think,’ ” Whipple recalled. “And Bankhead said, ‘We’re going to be really good. These guys think we’re going to win. We’re fine.’ ”

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