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Deadspin: Derrick Gordon caught in the middle of activists' rivalry

Deadspin has a long feature looking at the back story of Derrick Gordon's coming out and the controversy between the Athlete Ally You Can Play and other organizations. I don't want to overly color your opinion before reading it, but it's interesting and worth checking out. 0

Deputy A.D. Jaime Seguin leaving UMass

Jaime Seguin, UMass' deputy athletics director/senior woman administrator is leaving to take a similar role at Boston College. From her UMass bio: "She had served as the Executive Associate Athletic Director/Associate Senior Women's Administrator since 2007 after beginning her career at UMass as the Associate Athletic Director for Business and Personnel. She came to UMass in April 2004 after spending four years at the University of Hartford, the last 3 years as the Assistant Athletic Director for Business and Finance." Seguin is a Boston College 0

Matt Vautour: UMass to the Sun Belt? It could happen

Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson told CBS Sports that his conference and the University of Massachusetts have had discussions about the Minutemen joining as a football-only member. It’s a pretty good bet that if it’s at the point where Benson is willing to admit the talks publicly, there’s a legitimate chance of this happening. Benson is no stranger to conference shifting. He’s the former commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference, which has had more turnover than a community college. The Sun Belt office offered no 0

Hockey East approves new playoff format for 12-team league

The first two rounds of the playoffs will now be best of three. It's possible that the league champ could have to win eight games to win the Hockey East Tournament. From the league's press release: Hockey East Approves Expanded Men’s Playoff Format for 2015  Format Includes First 12-School Field and Two “Best-of-Three” Rounds  Hockey East directors approved an expansion of its playoff format during their recent league meetings in  Naples, Florida. With the University of Connecticut joining the conference for the start of the 2014-15 season, 0

UMass TE Rob Blanchflower drafted by Pittsburgh in seventh round

Rob Blanchflower arrived at the University of Massachusetts with just a partial scholarship. He’s leaving as an NFL draft pick. The tight end from Leominster was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round (No. 230 overall) Saturday in the NFL draft. Blanchflower wasn’t available for comment. Steeler draft picks are doing all interviews from Pittsburgh on Monday. But Pittsburgh general manager Kevin Colbert said he was glad to add the Leominster native. Follow @gazetteumass // // !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); // “He had 0

Extra Katie Ferris

I had a lot of good quotes that didn't make it into my story on Ferris that's in Saturday's paper. Coach Angela McMahon on Ferris: On her leadership: She just deferred to upperclassmen. But at things went along she found more confidence in her voice. This year in particular, she’s stepped up in terms of embracing that role.  On Ferris making the most of the days she feels healthier: She tries to maximize the times that she does feel good. You see a whole other side 0

UMass leaving MAC football after 2015

Don’t get too attached to those budding Mid-American Conference football rivalries.  The University of Massachusetts and the MAC jointly announced Wednesday that the Minutemen will be leaving the conference after the 2015 season. There has been no announcement of a future conference affiliation. The MAC Presidents Council elected to exercise a clause in the membership agreement that forced UMass to either leave the league after two seasons or become a full member in all sports. UMass, which joined the MAC in 2012, chose to leave rather 0

Storify: What they're saying about UMass in NCAA tournament

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Atlantic 10 Tournament Picture heading into final game

UMass finishes second if – UMass beats SLU, Saint Joseph’s loses to La Salle AND VCU loses to SBU UMass finishes third if – UMass beats SLU, SJU loses to La Salle OR VCU loses to SBU UMass finishes fourth if – UMass beats SLU SJU wins, VCU wins UMass finishes fourth if – UMass loses to SLU, GW loses to Fordham UMass finishes fifth – UMass loses to SLU, GW beats Fordham, Dayton loses to Richmond UMass finishes sixth – UMass loses to SLU, GW beats Fordham, Dayton beats 1

Updated Atlantic 10 Tournament Picture

Here's a look at where everyone stands. This will be updated twice a week for the rest of the season. Tiebreaker wins = opponents that each team would finish higher than in the event of a head-to-head tie breaker. Tiebreaker lead = an opponent the team plays twice that it beat in the first game. Tiebreaker losses = opponents that each team would finish lower than in the event of a head-to-head tie breaker. Tiebreaker trails = an opponent the team plays twice that it 0