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A.J. Doyle and Blake Frohnapfel begin competition to be UMass’ starting QB

Returning starter A.J. Doyle and newcomer Blake Frohnapfel were inconsistent as they began their quest to be UMass’ starting quarterback Monday, but both did enough to please coach Mark Whipple. “Both guys were really good today,” said Whipple, who expected to name a starter early in camp. “They both did some things. We just let them compete.” Sophomore Penn State transfer Austin Whipple, the coach’s youngest son, and walk-on Andrew Verboys also saw time under center. True freshman QB Ross Comis didn’t throw the ball 0

LuWane Pipkins, Bruce Brown visit UMass Monday

It appears that LuWane Pipkins' visit to UMass went well. I'm Inlove 😍😍😍 (Umass) 🏀🏀🏀🌆 — Bogan Guard #2 (@lpip_chefteam) August 4, 2014 Pipkins, the guard from Chicago, who committed to UMass earlier this summer, wasn't the only player to visit campus as Bruce Brown, a Wakefield native, who is at Vermont Academy made an unoffical visit. Brown, a 6-foot-3 guard, who will be a junior in high school this fall, is the No. 1 player from Massachusetts according to ESPN. 247Sports ranks him the 0

OL Michael Boland glad to be back with UMass football team

AMHERST— In 2012, Michael Boland looked like he was headed for a long career on the UMass offensive line. He earned six starts as a true freshman at left guard, but a concussion led him to walk away from football for the 2013 season. With a new coaching staff in place and the concussion symptoms gone, Boland returned to give the Minutemen another lineman with experience. “I’m so excited to be back. I’m ready to compete and play,” Boland said. “I missed it a lot. 0

Randall West, Lamarriel Taylor not joining Minutemen until the spring

According to UMass coach Mark Whipple, Randall West, a quarterback from New Jersey and Lamarriel Taylor, a wide receiver from California, won’t be joining the Minutemen until the spring semester. The decision makes them "greyshirts", players, who enroll in college in January and can get a head start on learning the college game and spending time in the weight room for a semester before their eligibility clock starts the following fall. It’s common for players, who were injured as high school seniors to do it 0

NFL Preseason games involving former Minutemen

Sunday, Aug. 3 NY Giants vs. Buffalo at Canton, Ohio, 8 p.m. (NBC) Thursday, Aug. 7 San Francisco at Baltimore, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8 Tampa Bay at Jacksonville, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Chicago, 8 p.m. Oakland at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 Cleveland at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at NY Giants, 7:30 p.m. Houston at Arizona, 7:30 p.m. WEEK 2 Thursday, Aug. 14 Jacksonville at Chicago, 8 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Aug. 15 Philadelphia at New England, 7:30 p.m. Detroit at Oakland, 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 Baltimore at Dallas, 7 p.m. NY Giants at Indianapolis, 7 p.m. Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. Miami at Tampa 0

Remembering Sam Koch

Earlier this week, I solicited some memories of UMass soccer Sam Koch, who died Sunday night after a two-year battle with sinus cancer. Here are the responses so far. If you'd like to share, it's not too late - send anything to Mvautour@gazettenet.com. I'll keep updating as long as people send remembrances. I want to point people to the CaringBridge.org site that Sam's wife Suzanne set up. It's a blog that she wrote chronicling his fight with cancer. There's some great anecdotes and memories of 0

UMass picked seventh (last) in the East Division of the Mid-American Football Conference

I'd been predicting that UMass would be picked sixth. Miami was wretched last year. The Minutemen beat them and both teams are adapting to new coaches. But nobody wants to finish sixth, let alone seventh so I can't imagine UMass feels any more motivated by seventh instead of sixth and Miami isn't exactly bragging that it's higher than UMass. The complete poll follows:   Team (First Place Votes) Points MAC East Division  1. Bowling Green (18) 144 2. Akron (3) 114 3. Ohio 107 4. Buffalo 87 5. Kent State 72 6. 0

Oleg Yevenko in a Bruins uniform

As you may remember from last week's story, Minuteman defenseman Oleg Yevenko is in rookie camp with the Boston Bruins. Matt Schooley, who is a friend of mine and the person to read and follow @SchooleySports if you're interested in all things or anything Wilmington, passed along some pictures of Yevenko in a Bruins uniform: If you want to see more pics from rookie camp including some more with Yevenko - click here. 0

A fool and his money: You can't buy a UMass Jon Quick jersey, but you can buy this...

Compared to some bigger colleges, the UMass-themed gear you can purchase is somewhat limited. This is a sore spot for some fans of the Minutemen and Minutewomen. UMass fans have to be jealous ot Virginia Tech fans who can buy... whatever the hell those boot/socks things are still support their Hokies. I've seen many a UMass supporter look longingly at their West Virginia-rooting pals, envious of their camo work gloves I'm curious where in the world these gloves would camouflage your hands from being detected 0

UMass to play Iona on Dec. 30; LSU game is Dec. 2

Add Iona to the UMass 2014-15 men’s basketball schedule. The Minutemen and Gaels will play Dec. 30 at the Mullins Center as part of a one-game contract. Adding Iona means UMass needs two more games to fill the slate. It’s hoping for home games. The Minutemen are reportedly looking at a home-and-home series with Florida Gulf Coast (beginning in Amherst) for one of the two. The Minutemen will likely look for a game that would be attractive to both television and/or the season ticket package for 0