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Patriots' James Ihedigbo Excited For UMass Football

New England Patriots safety James Ihedigbo hasn't watched his alma mater's football team as often as he would like. That should change in 2012, when the Massachusetts Minuteman begin playing their home games at Gillette Stadium.

"I'll be able to sit right here on a Saturday and walk right out this locker room and watch them play, which will be great," he said.

"Them being able to play here and use that a marketing tool to recruit and get students to come here is huge," Ihedigbo said. "It's an opportunity for the players you can only dream of. You're going to a great school to get a great education and you're also going to be playing for a premier football team and a premier program. I look for only big things from here on out."    

UMass is expected to name Charley Molnar its head coach during a press conference Thursday afternoon. Molnar, Notre Dame's offensive coordinator for the past two seasons, will lead the Minutemen's transition into the Football Bowl Subdivision.