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UMass-Mississippi State series is official

UMass made its football series with Mississippi State official Monday, as the school announced the three-game series that will begin at Gillette Stadium, Sept. 25, 2016. In statements from their respective athletic departments, all involved expressed excitement for the game. “I could not be more excited to announce this series with Mississippi State as it is a major piece in our construction of a quality home schedule for the 2016 season,” UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford said. “Having a prominent SEC program play in the 0

UMass coach Mark Whipple is on Satellite Radio Tuesday

UMass football coach Mark Whipple will be on SiriusXM College 91 Tuesday at 1:30 with Jack Arute and Gino Torretta 0

UMass schedules home-and-home football series with Tulane

The UMass football team passed the halfway point for reaching the minimum number of available home games for the 2016 season as the school announced a home-and-home series with Tulane on Thursday. The Minutemen will face the Green Wave on Oct. 1 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. UMass will visit New Orleans on Sept. 10, 2022. UMass also officially announced the series with Louisiana Tech, which comes to Foxborough on Oct. 15, 2016, and hosts the Minutemen on Oct. 12, 2019. The Tech series was 0

Hiring Tom McElroy as an associate athletic director, a potentially interesting move for UMass

When UMass officially announces Tom McElroy’s hiring next week, most casual fans will barely notice. Other than active boosters, most fans’ encounters with upper athletic department staffers is minimal. Several UMass sources confirmed that he’ll be on board by the beginning of next month as the associate athletic director for external affairs. He's essentially replacing Tim Kenney, who left to become the A.D. at St. Bonaventure. But McElroy is interesting for a couple reasons and the biggest is: 1. He used to be an associate 0

No college hockey at Gillette Stadium for Winter Classic

According to sources, there will be no college hockey game at Gillette Stadium connected to Winter Classic. The Bruins and Canadiens are playing in the annual outdoor showcase game, which is in Foxborough this year. Because there could be playoff football, the ice won’t be down nearly as long as it was at Fenway and there won’t be many as games. UMass, which obviously has a relationship with Gillette Stadium through football, was a likely candidate to play if there were college games. 0

From the home office in Northampton: In honor of David Letterman: Top 10 Most Important UMass Rising Sophomores

In honor of David Letterman’s last show tonight, I decided to do a top 10 list. This is the top UMass rising sophomores, whom the most will be expected. This is not a fair list. I’m more heavily weighting sports with more fan/reader interest. Field hockey’s Melanie Kreusch might be better at field hockey than anyone else is at their respective sport, but Without further ado: 10. C.J. Anderson – This is a wild card choice. He barely scored as a freshman, but the coaching 0

Canisius guard Zach Lewis excited to transfer to UMass

Going into the offseason, UMass coach Derek Kellogg hoped to add two transfers — an immediately eligible big man and a younger guard for 2016-17. On Tuesday he completed the checklist when Canisius guard Zach Lewis announced he was transferring to UMass. Lewis joins former Texas A&M big man Antwan Space among the Minutemen’s spring additions. Lewis, a 6-foot-3 wing from just over the Connecticut border in Windsor, confirmed an ESPN report that he’d picked UMass.. “It was really a perfect fit. The campus was 0

UMass TE Jean Sifrin not selected in NFL draft; Signs with Indianapolis Colts as a free agent

If Jean Sifrin’s unusual career is going to finish in the NFL, he’s going to get there as an undrafted free agent. The former UMass tight end, who skipped his senior year to turn pro wasn’t taken in the draft’s seven rounds. Whether it was his age, he’ll be 28 when the season starts, or his unwhelming performance at the NFL combine, Sifrin wasn’t among the 19 tight ends taken. According to numerous online reports, Sifrin signed with the Indianapolis Colts shortly after the draft. 0

UMass’ Matt Sparks rooting for his high school rival Marcus Mariota

Matt Sparks’ in-person memories of Marcus Mariota aren’t happy ones. Before Sparks was anchoring the UMass offensive line and Mariota was putting together a Heisman winning career at Oregon that would make him the No. 2 overall pick by the Tennessee Titans in Thursday's NFL draft, they were on opposite sides on one of Hawaii’s better high school football matchups. In 2010, Mariota’s senior year at St. Louis and Sparks’ junior season at Punahou, Sparks got two up close looks at Mariota’s star potential as 0

UMass guard Demetrius Dyson announces his plans to transfer

On a weekend where the UMass men’s basketball team hoped Marcquise Reed would become a future Minuteman, sophomore Demetrius Dyson became a former one. Dyson announced via Twitter (and TwitLonger, which extends tweets beyond 140 characters) Saturday night that he plans to complete his college career elsewhere, confirming an ESPN report by Jeff Goodman: “I want to thank @UMass_Bball, my teammates, the fans, and the entire coaching staff for 2 great memorable years, but I’ve decided to take my talents elsewhere next year.” Dyson is the second UMass 0