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UMass LB Jovan Santos-Knox named to Bednarik Award watch list

Jovan Santos-Knox is a candidate for the highest defensive honor in all of college football. The UMass senior linebacker was officially named to the watch list of the Chuck Bednarik Award, which is annually given to the best defensive player in college football. The award is presented by the Maxwell Football Club in Philadelphia. Bednarik was a standout college and pro player in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. He was a 10 time all-pro selection. Santos-Knox figures to be a strong candidate for Mid-American Conference 0

Cady Lalanne Spurs Summer League TV Schedule

Spurs summer schedule - All the games are on NBA TV  Monday — Philadelphia (Utah), 7 p.m. Tue — Utah (Utah), 9 p.m. Thu — Boston (Utah), 7 p.m. Sat — New York (Las Vegas), 4:30 p.m. Sun — Milwaukee (Las Vegas), 6:30 p.m. July 14 — Portland (Las Vegas), 3 p.m. July 15/21 — TBD 0

UMass A.D. Ryan Bamford checks out Women’s World Cup

When Kelley O’Hara scored in the 84th minute to put the United States women’s soccer team up 2-0, Ryan Bamford headed for the parking lot. He correctly figured a two-goal lead with six minutes and stoppage time left was enough for Team USA to hold on against Germany in the World Cup semifinal at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. The new UMass athletic director has spent the last five days north of the border at the Americans’ quarterfinal and semifinal wins. Veteran US midfielder Shannon Boxx, 0

AP doesn’t project UMass for a bowl in 2015

Throughout the football season if anyone reputable does bowl projections, I’m going to blog the MAC bowl projections. I’m doing this because I think UMass has a legitimate shot of making one. The Minutemen were much closer than their record showed last year. So unless UMass stumbles badly, I’m following the process thinking the Minutemen are in the postseason hunt. So far no bowl prognositicator agrees: Camellia Bowl: Toledo vs. South Alabama Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Bowling Green vs. Fresno State Boca Raton (Fla.) Bowl: 0

UMass lands verbal commitment from Unique McLean

Get ready for a lot of name puns. The UMass men’s basketball team’s first commitment from the class of 2016 has a distinctive moniker. Unique McLean, a 6-foot-1 combo guard from Brooklyn, New York, who plays at the MacDuffie School in Granby, made his decision Tuesday to become a Minuteman. McLean played at the Hoosac School, a prep school in upstate New York, before joining MacDuffie last year. He’s rated as a three-star recruit by 247 Sports. “I think UMass is a great fit for 0

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