AMHERST – Jean Sifrin’s long-expected departure to the NFL became official Tuesday as UMass announced that its junior tight end was officially forgoing his final year of eligibility to make himself draft eligible. The 6-foot-7, 250 pound Miami native had a break out year for the Minutemen with 41 catches for 637 yards and six touchdowns. At 27 years old, he risked teams deciding he was too old if he stayed in school another year. “As a program, we are very happy for Jean to
Tom Rodrick, the linebacker from Leicester, who enrolled and then withdrew from UConn last year, said that he's joining UMass football team via Twitter (@DoctorTom315). “AWESOME NEWS-Paperwork hasn’t been done yet but for those asking I am expecting to be playing for UMass next year." It's unclear whether Rodrick, who didn't see action with the Huskies will have to sit out. He's hoping to be enrolled in Amherst for the spring semester so he can participate in spring practice. UMass recruited Rodrick out of high
AMHERST — With the tasks of finding a new conference for the football program, and maybe all sports, the UMass athletic department is in the midst of a time period that will likely affect it for years and maybe even decades to come. The university might soon be navigating those waters with a different leader. Athletic director John McCutcheon confirmed Saturday that he is a finalist the vacant athletic director’s job at California-Santa Barbara. McCutcheon interviewed for the position in mid-November. “I have interviewed for
Citing concerns for Northeastern's travel in an expected snowstorm, UMass associate athletic director Tim Kenney said UMass and Northeastern are exploring the possibility of moving up the start time of Wednesday's game, which is currently set to tip at 7 p.m. The schools were monitoring weather forecasts and other logistical necessities. If the start time is changed, there will be an announcment Tuesday morning. According to Weather.com, heavy snow is expected Wednesday in Amherst.
Well it's obviously really really early to do this. The computers have very little actual data to work with. Expect all of this data to vary wildly especially early on. But this gives us a baseline to start with. Check it out with appropriate grains of salt. To see what NCAA Selection committee members will have in front of them when considering UMass, click here. Using projected results (W,L, or ?) based on Jeff Sagarin's predictor from RPIforecast.com, I'll look at what UMass needs to
Tipping off I didn't rank Florida. I had them at No. 6 last week and not at all now. Usually I take the approach that a win is a win regardless of final score or overtime, but after losing to Miami and nearly losing to Louisiana-Monroe, Florida doesn't look like a top 25 team. So I bounced them as well as a handful for other. I think when Florida gets healthy they'll probably be back in top 10 and certainly the top 25, but until then... I ranked
LuWane Pipkins is finally officially a future UMass men’s basketball player. The 5-foot-10 point guard from Chicago signed his National Letter of Intent Monday and UMass officially verified it, Wednesday. “He’s a great addition to our team and family. He’s a guard who can push tempo and really guards the ball defensively. He can score from the point guard spot and can really shoot,” Kellogg said. “More importantly he’s a tough kid who wants to do well and wants to win. He brings good character. I’m excited.
Tipping off If the ACC had it to do over again, would it still want BC? The football team has been O.K. Good in some years less so in others. Basketball has plummetted to a point where it's not even really competitive. The fact that Jim Christian was the best coach they could hire speaks volumes. My Associated Press Top 25 Ballot 1. Kentucky 2. Arizona 3. Duke 4. Wisconsin 5. Kansas 6. Florida 7. Virginia 8. Texas 9. Louisville 10. North Carolina 11. Wichita State 12. Villanova 13. Gonzaga 14. Iowa State 15. VCU
LuWane Pipkins, the point guard from Chicago who committed to UMass over the summer, was in attendance with his father for the UMass-Siena game Friday night. He was impressed with what he saw. “I’m enjoying. It was everything I imagined the school would be. The fan base is good. The team is good. I’m enjoying it,” he said. “It’s beautiful. I can’t wait til I get here.” Pipkins said he’s signing his letter of intent at his school at a ceremony Monday at 1 p.m.
Austin Whipple took all the first string snaps at practice Friday, but UMass is holding out hope that junior Blake Frohnapfel will be healthy enough to play in Tuesday's game at Akron. Frohnapfel suffered a bone bruise in Wednesday's win over Ball State. Frohnapfel, who is a graduate student at UMass after transferring from Marshall, has completed 137 of 241 passes for 3,345 yards and led the Mid-American Conference with 334.5 yards per game. He threw 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Whipple, who began his career