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In this episode we re-connect with Men's Basketball Head Coach Matt McCall as some of the sports world shifts to hoops. Coach McCall chimes in on the plan for the season, the status of TJ Weeks and Noah Fernandes as well as his own golf game (2 handicap). We follow up coach McCall with an in-depth conversation with sports phycologist and proud UMas…
 
PTF is back for #Flagship Forward week with former Minuteman and current NFL starting lineman Elijah Wilkinson. It has been a tough stretch for much of the country over the last few months and through furloughs, a pandemic and racial and social injustice, we put this show on pause. The show returns with a promise to use this platform as an outlet f…
 
UMass Alumnus and CBS broadcaster Jenny Dell joins PTF. Dell discusses her journey through the broadcasting world and how UMass helped her along the way. Dell also chimes in on her cooking skills, her Red Sox World Series ring, her work on the Here Comes The Pizza moment and so much more. Follow her new food endeavor at SIMply DELLicious. This epis…
 
With the world still in quarantine, Jay Burnham checks in with renowned author John Feinstein. John discusses his broadcasting the last A-10 game of the year, his memory of the 1995-96 UMass basketball season and his phenomenal new book, The Back Roads to March. His work, as always, is memorable. This episode is brought to you by our friends at Cru…
 
Mid-Major basketball reporter Brain Bennett from The Athletic stops by the pod this week. Brian touches on the ever-changing landscape of college basketball, the Atlantic-10 and more. He references his work before the start of the season on the definition of Mid-Major, you can check it out here: Who are you Calling a Mid-Major…
 
UMass alumnus ('99) and ESPN play-by-play broadcaster Mike Corey joins us on this episode of PTF. Mike reminisces about his time on campus and talks about the A-10 and the trends in college athletics. We thank Mike for taking the time and hope you will follow him on twitter @mikecoreysports and check out and share this story on Sean Locke, a former…
 
RECORDED MARCH 26: On this episode of PTF we dial up Senior Hockey defenseman Jake McLaughlin and check in with co-captain from quarantine. McLaughlin talks big hits, best moments and his thoughts on the Netflix documentary Tiger King. We open the show with UMass hockey analyst Brock Hines and hockey voice Tyler Murray. What could have been for thi…
 
National Signing Day 2020 is here and the UMass Minutemen football staff have worked tirelessly to bring in one of the best recruiting classes in program history. Head Coach Walt Bell jumps on the pod to recap and rundown the initial wave of recruits (more recruits set to join as well). A happy holiday listen for your drive to grandma's house.…
 
Ater a 5-0 start, the Minutemen basketball team has hit a snag with a six-game losing streak. The team fought hard in an overtime loss against Yale and Head Coach Matt McCall does a full autopsy on the contest and the season so far. From practice drills to the golf course, McCall lends an open and earnest approach to where the program is and where …
 
Pull up a chair, pour yourself a holiday-related beverage and enjoy an in-depth conversation with UMass Athletic Director Ryan Bamford. The AD spans the world of college athletics from basketball schedules to transfers and Ivy League admissions. Insightful, passionate and funny. Also, Jay Burnham is in it too, for what that's worth, who knows.…
 
The UMass Minutemen basketball season is finally here and on this episode of Plant the Flag we visit with Assistant Coach and former A-10 standout and NBA guard Tyson Wheeler. Coach Wheeler is in his first seasons on Matt McCall's staff and brings plenty of experience to the program. Tyson talks about his time in pro basketball, his journey abroad …
 
On this episode of PTF we visit with former UMass safety-turned Safeties Coach Jason Tudryn. The Northampton native talks about his journey through football and his return to the Pioneer Valley. Also, UMass Hockey is off to a 3-1 start and basketball tips off in less than 2 weeks. Dive in and don't forget to rate and subscribe to the show!…
 
UMass Hockey has arrived and basketball is right around the corner at the Mullins Center! On this episode of PTF we visit for the first time with new UMass Basketball Assistant Coach Tony Bergeron. Coach Bergeron discusses his path to Amherst, his local roots and his extensive background in building programs. In part two of this episode we talk puc…
 
Whooooooa baby! UMass football picks up their first win of the season over Akron and we break it down with former UMass wideout and Super Bowl Champion Brandon London. London gives his take on media, Walt Bell recruits, life on the sidelines and his time on the Minutemen track team. We also take a look at FIU and the Panthers with radio voice AJ Ri…
 
Its Hall of Fame Weekend on campus and UMass welcomes four new inductees in the class of 2019. Among the honorees is former QB of the 1998 National Championship team Todd Bankhead and he joins us on this episode of Plant the Flag. Todd still holds a myriad of passing records at UMass, including records for passing yards (3,919), passes attempted (5…
 
After a few days of reflection, we touch upon a tough loss to FCS opponent Southern Illinois. How can UMass enhance and develop for week 3 vs. Charlotte? In this episode we draw some program similarities with the upcoming opponent Charlotte 49ers in their FBS infancy. 49ers radio broadcaster Matt Swierad stops by to talk life, FBS transition, CUSA,…
 
Its Go-Time from McGuirk Stadium this weekend vs. Southern Illinois out of the Missouri Valley Conference. UMass Football seeks to bounce back from a Week 1 defeat at Rutgers and we break it down in this episode of PTF with have multiple guests, including SIU beat reporter Todd Hefferman and UMass Basketball Head Coach Matt McCall. Find out what ha…
 
What a first quarter! We recap the beginning of the Walt Bell era with the man who brought it to you on television, the great Mike Monaco. Minutemen made a statement early on and we discuss the good, the bad and the other. Also on this episode of PTF - we set you up for the home opener, Women & Men's Soccer and more!…
 
Two pods in two days! Don't get accustomed to that quick of a turnaround, but with UMass Football season on the horizon, B2B pods was mandatory. Join Jay and Danny Breslauer, co-host of The Scarlett Spotlight, for a deep-dive on all things Rutgers. The Minutemen begin the 2019 season on Friday, August 30th in Piscataway, NJ and somehow we make it t…
 
Its back! The Plant the Flag podcast has been revived, hosted by the new Voice of the Minutemen Jay Burnham. We intend to churn out at, on average, one episode per week, with coach, player and special guest interviews. This week we set the tone for the football season with TV broadcaster and all-around radio personality Andy Gresh. The Greshman is …
 
This week's installment of the UMass Women's Basketball Show features none other than head coach, Tory Verdi. Caught between two road games, Coach gives us details on the VCU and helps preview up-and-coming game against Richmond. For the second half of the show we invite the world's greatest SID, Ryan Gallant, to come on and discuss Atlantic 10 pla…
 
This week's installment of the UMass Women's Basketball Show features leader at the helm, Tory Verdi, as well as standout point guard, Vashnie Perry. We recap the team's most recent win over Davidson as well as preview Saturday's matchup against St. Bonaventure. Also, questions about NCAA transfers and National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Tune i…
 
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