ORONO – It is no secret the Maine football offseason has been difficult for those in Orono.
Following a decimating last-second loss to close the season, the Black Bears learned they would be losing FCS-leading rusher Josh Mack to transfer. In addition to that, offensive coordinator Liam Coen, who helped revitalize the Black Bears offense, is moving to coach at Holy Cross.
With all of that said, Maine brought in five players as part of the new early signing period last week. Head coach Joe Harasymiak praised the athleticism of the five players, and appeared excited to showcase them in front of the Colonial Athletic Association next season.
“There’s a lot of good basketball players, and that excites me,” he said with a smirk.
They’ll fit into the equation alongside several youngsters that will anchor the Black Bears next year, including quarterback Chris Ferguson, defensive stars Kayon Whitaker and Jaron Grayer and others. Harasymiak feels the players who are committed to staying with the program are establishing a culture, and it’s one they envision will resonate with others.
“In my first two years as head coach, we put together two really nice classes,” Haraysmiak said. “And I think there’s something that goes along with just as a head coach now, and doing this in my third year, you kind of get the sense that these are our guys.”