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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

UMass incoming defenseman Brandon Montour picked in the second round of NHL draft Saturday

Brandon Montour will enter UMass as the highest drafted hockey player in school history. The Anaheim Ducks selected Montour, a defenseman from Oshwegen, Ontario, in the second round, 55th overall, in the NHL draft Saturday. Under NHL draft rules, a team that selects a player retains that player’s rights until the end of his college career. Montour, who will be a freshman this fall, is still expected to attend UMass rather than turn pro. Montour was taken 17 spots ahead of goalie Jonathan Quick, who 0

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