December 2, 2019

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UMaine Football is 2-0. Celebration. And Debate.

 

Trailing 21-0 just 5:03 into first quarter, the Black Bears rallied by outscoring Western Kentucky 31-7 the rest of the way to pick up their second win of the season and third-win in program history over an FBS school.

 

"These kids are unbelievable," said head coach Joe Harasymiak. "Our culture is awesome and there's no other way to show that than what we did tonight."

 

Hard to argue with what Coach H has to say. Rarely do the Black Bears part 2-0. And these have been two truly impressive wins. It's starting to feel like this year could be special. 

 

Last week Brian Sullivan from WABI TV, and the Black Bear Sports Network, offered the following suggestions to Ken Ralph, Maines new Director of Athletics. 

 

Now, let’s start by extending Coach Harasymiak. It starts at the top. Show confidence in him and the program and when they go back on the road to recruit, which if you will look back a few paragraphs is what they do best, they can say "our coach is going to be here for a long time so come and be a part of something special in Orono."

 

Former Bangor Daily News sports writer and current Sports Chowdah writer Ryan McLaughlin counters with his thoughts.

 

I'll be the first to say that I was impressed with the University of Maine football team's victories over New Hampshire and Western Kentucky to open the season.

 

Black Bear Nation has awaited this for years, particularly after the Wildcats came into Orono and knocked the Black Bears out of the FCS Playoffs in December 2013.

 

No disrespect to Jack Cosgrove, but UNH was his "Daddy." Joe Harasymiak gained a lot more fans after the impressive win over UNH.

 

Brian Sullivan even said the victory warrants a contract extension. Let's pump the brakes a little bit on that, though.

 

Coach H is doing a great job in Orono, and has opened the playbook up offensively, a contrast to the style of Cosgrove's teams.

 

If he wants to earn a small extension, he needs to get the Black Bears to the FCS playoffs. There's no reason that can't be a realistic goal this season with the talent UMaine has.

 

What do you think? Email us at Jeff@sportschowdah.com

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