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UMass promotes Kristi Stefanoni to permanent head softball coach

AMHERST — The search at the University of Massachusetts for the first new softball coach in 34 years ended where it started. Athletic director John McCutcheon announced Saturday that Kristi Stefanoni, who led the program as the interim head coach in 2014, will be the permanent replacement for legendary Elaine Sortino, who died in August. “We were incredibly fortunate to select Kristi from a very talented pool of candidates,” McCutcheon said in a statement released by the athletic department. “Her ability to lead the team 0

UMass football to play UConn, Rhode Island in 2016

The first month of the 2016 football season is shaping up to be a rivalry month for UMass. The school is expected to announce shortly that the Minutemen will host games against UConn and Rhode Island at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, according to contracts between UMass and Gillette Stadium. After opening the 2016 season at perennial national powerhouse Florida of the Southeastern Conference, UMass will host the Huskies on Sept. 10, travel to Boston College on Sept. 17, then host Rhode Island on Sept. 24. 0

SPECULATION: UMass has played football and lacrosse at Gillette Stadium... Could hockey be next?

Could UMass play outdoors again? The internet is buzzing with news that the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens are expected to play an outdoor game at Gillette in 2015. That likely means sometime in the 2014-15 season after the new year. It is a pretty safe bet that if they're laying down an ice sheet at Gillette, they're going to play more than one game there, much like they've done for Frozen Fenway with high school and college games. UMass had a good relationship with 0

A fool and his money...

In an attempt to revitalize this blog once the fall arrives, I'm playing around with ideas for some fun features to do regularly once the school year starts. The next few weeks will be kind of a test kitchen of sorts to see what gets on the menu and what I'm embarassed to have ever considered. Some ideas won't make it past August, some will become important parts of Gazette coverage for the next several decades and will affect society even more than the music 0

UMass coach Derek Kellogg mentioned in disputed NCAA allegations at Memphis

The uncle/guardian of former Memphis basketball player Pierre Henderson-Niles is accusing former coach John Calipari and UMass coach Derek Kellogg, who is a former Memphis assistant coach, of having a pay-for-play system in place for Henderson-Niles during his time at Memphis. According to NBC Sports, Stephen Saine, Henderson-Niles' uncle has done time in prison for selling drugs and has written an autobiography that he trying to sell about turning his life around. Henderson-Niles refuted the claims in the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Henderson-Niles was a three-star 0

UMass football schedule with some kickoff times and TV added

UMass Aug. 30 Boston College, 3:00 pm ET (ESPN3) Sep. 6 Colorado, 3:00 pm ET (ESPN3) 13 at Vanderbilt, Noon ET (FOX Sports Net) 20 at Penn State 27 *Bowling Green, 3:00 pm ET (TBA) Oct. 4 *at Miami 11 *at Kent State 18 *Eastern Michigan 25 *at Toledo, 2:00 pm ET (TBA) Nov. 12 *Ball State, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU) 18 *at Akron, 8:00 pm ET (ESPNU/ESPN3) 28 #*Buffalo, TBD (ESPNU/ESPN3) 0

The Pac 12's proposal to change the NCAA and how the changes might affect UMass/smaller schools

The Associated Press broke down the Pac 12's proposal to change the NCAA's model. Everything in normal or bold text below is from that story. Anything in italics is my thoughts or analysis. I'm not looking at this from a best-for-the-NCAA as much as a what's best for UMass. Pac-12 presidents back new NCAA model By ANTONIO GONZALEZ - AP Sports Writer Pac-12 university presidents have sent a letter to their colleagues at the other four major football conferences calling for sweeping changes to the 1

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