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A.J. Doyle will be exclusively a tight end for UMass in 2015

UMass coach Mark Whipple confirmed that redshirt junior A.J. Doyle, who played quarterback during his first three seasons as a Minutemen will be exclusively a tight end in 2015. “He’s done a good job. I see a different guy. He’s really enjoying it. I think he’s got some natural ability,” Whipple said. “He made some plays at the end of spring. He’s a good player and a good kid.” Doyle completed 128 of 235 pass attempts for 1,274 yards, six touchdowns and 11 interceptions as 0

UMass adds series with South Florida & Maine

UMass will play South Florida in a home and home football series beginning in 2017. The teams will play in Tampa on Oct. 14, 2017 and in Amherst on Oct. 6, 2018. “I am very pleased to announce more exciting football scheduling details to our supporters in the Commonwealth and beyond,” UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford said in a statement released by the athletic department. “Our home-and-home series with South Florida is exactly the type of agreement that we are looking to secure as we 0

Report: Dismissed Penn State football player to join UMass

Daiquan Kelly, who was dismissed from the Penn State football team on Saturday, will enroll at UMass, according to NJ.com. Penn State didn’t release the reason for his dismissal, simply that he had “violated team rules,” the standard catch-all phrase often used by athletic departments for discipline. Despite never practicing at Penn State, Kelly will sit out this year under NCAA transfer rules. He’ll have four years of eligibility at UMass beginning in 2016. Wil Valdez, Kelly’s high school coach at Union City (New Jersey), 0

Schedule could go a long way to determine who wins the MAC

Scheduling isn’t fair. In most sports, teams competing for the same championships aren’t playing the same teams to get there. It’s one of the trade-offs for bigger leagues, TV deals, unbalanced divisions etc. So regular-season championships, conference tournament etc. aren’t necessarily coming down to the most talented team. With that out of the way, who wins the MAC might have as much to do with who they play, or more accurately, who they don’t play, as anything else as the contenders on each side have 0

What UMass' football coaching staff changes mean to Minutemen

So the basics of UMass’ coaching shake up are: 1. Mike Cassano, who was the wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator, has left for personal reasons 2. Liam Coen, who is the quarterback’s coach is now the co-passing game coordinator in addition to QB’s coach. 3. Spencer Whipple, who was the tight ends coach is now the wide receivers coach, the co-passing game coordinator to go along with being the recruiting coordinator. 4. Steve Costello goes from graduate assistant to tight ends coach. What 0

UMass Foes: Notre Dame picked No. 11 in nation; Colorado last in Pac 12

One UMass opponent appeared in the Amway Coaches Poll which was released Thursday as Notre Dame, which hosts UMass on Sept. 26 checked in at No. 11: 1. Ohio State 2. TCU 3. Alabama 4. Baylor 5. Oregon 6. Michigan State 7. Auburn 8. Florida State 9. Georgia 10. USC 11. Notre Dame 12. Clemson 13. LSU 14. UCLA 15. Ole Miss 16. Arizona State 17. Georgia Tech 18. Wisconsin 19. Oklahoma 20. Arkansas 21. Stanford 22. Arizona 23. Missouri 24. Boise State 25. Tennessee 0

UMass picked fourth in MAC East

This will be updated as media day progresses: For the first time in four years in the Mid-American Conference, UMass isn’t picked last in the MAC East. But the Minutemen are no doubt hoping to finish higher than fourth, where they were picked in the preseason poll which was released at Wednesday’s MAC Media Day. The complete poll follows: Team (First Place Votes) Points MAC East Division 1. Bowling Green (18) 160 T2. Ohio (1) 118 T2. Akron (2) 118 4. UMass (3) 113 5. 0

UMass swimming coach Bob Newcomb set for his annual ride PMC ride to fight cancer

I’ve written about Bob Newcomb’s PMC ride on a couple of occasions in the past. So this year to vary it up, I asked the UMass women’s swimming and diving coach to write about it in his own words. He’s got a future in writing if this coaching thing doesn’t stick: “I started my first PMC for two reasons. I had just turned 50 and was looking for something I could do to contribute to make this a better place. Secondly, my father had passed 0

Josh Maurer filling in on Red Sox broadcasts

UMass play-by-play man Josh Maurer is in his second season calling baseball games on the radio for the Pawtucket Red Sox, Boston’s Triple A team. Next week’s he’s getting called up to the Majors. According to the Paw Sox web site, Maurer has been tabbed to fill in on NESN’s Boston Red Sox TV broadcasts while regular play-by-play man Don Orsillo takes a week vacation following the All-Star game. Maurer will call the games from July 17 to July 23, which is four in Anaheim 0

More watch lists for UMass' Jovan Santos-Knox and Matt Sparks

UMass rising seniors Jovan Santos-Knox and Matt Sparks each added another award watch list to their growing collections Friday. Santos-Knox, who was selected to the Bednarik Award watch list earlier in the week, was named to Bronko Nagurski Trophy list Friday. Both awards honor college football’s defensive player of the year. The Nagurski Trophy, which is given and chosen by the Charlotte Touchdown Club is named for Nagurski, a four-time NFL all-pro defensive tackle of the Chicago Bears, who went on to become a professional 0