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Mark Whipple returning to UMass as head coach

While enduring a rough transition into the FBS, UMass is turning to a familiar face.

UMass will hire Mark Whipple -- who led the Minutemen to a 49-26 record from 1998-2003 -- as its next football coach, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation. Other candidates are being notified of the hire tonight.

Louisville running backs coach/special teams coordinator Kenny Carter and Boston College defensive coordinator Don Brown were finalists for the job.

Whipple replaces Charley Molnar, who went 2-22 in UMass's first two seasons in the Mid-American Conference as a football-only member.

Whipple was Randy Shannon's offensive coordinator at Miami from 2009-10 and last served as the Cleveland Browns' quarterbacks coach from 2011-12.

With UMass off the board, the two remaining FBS-level jobs open are Vanderbilt and UAB.

Jeremy Fowler is a national college football insider with CBSSports.com. Fowler joined CBS in 2012 after covering the Minnesota Vikings for the St. Paul Pioneer Press for two seasons and covering the Florida Gators for the Orlando Sentinel for two years. Fowler is also a contributor to the CBS Sports Network.
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