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Sources: UMass to play at Tennessee in 2017

After playing in the second largest stadium in college football Saturday, UMass is about to announce an agreement to play in the fifth largest. Multiple sources confirmed that Minutemen will travel to Tennessee in Nov. of 2017 for a game at Neyland Stadium (capacity, 102,455). UMass will be playing as an independent in 2016 and 2017 and perhaps beyond. Getting November games is particularly challenging for independents because most schools are playing conference games that late in the season. UMass athletic director John McCutcheon wouldn't 0

UMass picked 11th in the Hockey East preseason poll

The Hockey East Presason Poll as chosen by the league's coaches (first place votes): Providence (7) Boston College (3) Notre Dame Northeasten (1) New Hampshire Boston University UMass-Lowell (1) Vermont Maine Merrimack UMass UConn 0

MAC Picks Week 4

MAC Games Saturday Penn State over UMass - Not a good matchup for UMass. Michigan State over Eastern Michigan - Wisconsin over Bowling Green - What will the collective score of Big Ten vs. MAC be today? Toledo over Ball State - Marshall over Akron - Sadly, Akron might be the toughest team on Marshall's nonconference schedule Buffalo over Norfolk State - Central Michigan over Kansas - Why not Cincinnati over Miami (Ohio) Ohio over Idaho - Western Michigan over Murray State Northern Illinois over 0

Will Hackenberg join this list of recent UMass opponents in the NFL?

Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg is projected by many to be a future NFL first round pick. The Minutemen have squared off against several players before they reached the NFL. Hackenberg could someday join a list that includes: Byron Leftwich, Marshall - The longtime starter for the Jacksonville Jaguars. At Marshall in 2001, Leftwich completed 21 of 31 passes for 331 yards and five touchdowns against the Minutemen in a 49-20 win for the Thundering Herd. Philip Rivers, North Carolina State - Before becoming the 0

UMass freshman kicker Matthew Wylie ready if called upon

UMass coach Mark Whipple said he won’t likely make a decision on who’ll handle field goals and extra points until Saturday, which means it won’t be announced until close to game time. The competition is between junior Blake Lucas, who started the first three games, but missed a 22-yarder that cost the Minutemen a shot at overtime at Vanderbilt, and freshman Matt Wylie. If Wylie, a freshman from Dripping Springs, Texas, is called on, he’s ready. “I’m excited. I’m just going to go out there 0

Tattoo Tuesday: Alex Kenney

Seemed appropriate for this week's Tattoo Tuesday to go with Alex Kenney, the former Penn State receiver making a trip back to play his former school Saturday. Kenney is one of the Minutemen's most inked players, with seemingly a full shirt of art work. Surprisingly he wasn't especially talkative about his tattoos. Nothing wrong with it, but I've found most people with lots of ink can't wait to talk about it: "I like all my pieces equally. I don't have stories to match. I'm just 0

UMass to play Old Dominion in football

UMass’ schedule as a likely independent in 2016 and 2017 is taking shape. The Virginia Pilot reported that the Minuteman will face Old Dominion in each of those two seasons. ODU, like UMass was formerly a member of the Colonial Athletic Association before upgrading to the Bowl Subdivision where it plays in Conference USA. The Minutemen will play at ODU on Oct. 1, 2016. It’s the fifth game scheduled for that season along with Florida (Sept. 3 at Gainesville), UConn (Sept. 10 at Gillette), Boston 0

MAC Picks Week 3

MAC Games Friday Baylor over Buffalo - This will be a bulldozing. Cincinnati over Toledo - I would have gone the other way before Rockets lost their QB Saturday Vanderbilt over UMass - I think UMass could win, but I'm not taking the Minutemen until they prove it. Ball State over Indiana State Indiana over Bowling Green Central Michigan over Syracuse - Why not? Beat Purdue already and Cuse narrowly beat Villanova. Old Dominion over EMU Ohio State over Kent State Michigan over Miami Marshall 0

Tattoo Tuesday: Josh Bruns

Every Tuesday on this blog this season, I plan on showing a tattoo from one UMass athlete and asking them to tell the story behind it. Junior OL Josh Bruns chose to tie love of his family and his nostalgic love of superheroes into his body ink: The words below are his: (Top is Firestorm for him, Green Lantern for his father, Superman for his step father) "It's a tribute to me and my family. It was the nostalgia factor with Superheroes and everything. Each 0

How much is it worth to UMass to have a top 10 play on SportsCenter?

Jean Sifrin’s one-handed catch earned the UMass junior tight end a spot on SportsCenter’s top 10 plays. Between football and men’s basketball, it was the school’s 16th appearance on ESPN’s top 10 in the last four years. According to UMass spokesman John Sinnett, the athletic department figured out that each appearance was worth about $180,000 of free advertising, with the all 16 worth a combined value of $2.88 million. Each of the top 10 plays averages 15 seconds of screen time. Buying a 15 second 0