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JERREY ROBERTS
UMass' J.T. Blyden, center left, runs for a gain as DuVaughn Beckford, center right, approaches during a scrimmage Monday at McGuirk Stadium.

Coach Mark Whipple frustrated with final practice, but pleased with camp overall as UMass switches to game-week mode

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST — Like most college football teams at this time of year, UMass was glad to see training camp come to a close. But coach Mark Whipple wasn’t happy with how the Minutemen ended it. “We weren’t ready to go. It was probably our worst day. We have a lot of work ahead,” said Whipple, who put his squad through … 0

Teams test out a new helmet, but does it work?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema proudly posted a message on Twitter last spring that featured the Razorbacks’ new helmets — a futuristic design by Riddell called the SpeedFlex that is supposed to be the latest in head protection. A vocal proponent of player safety, Bielema is happy to be a part of the cutting … 0

Matt Vautour: ALS Challenge about more than just ice buckets for former UMass forward Mike Babul

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Earlier this week, Wagner University posted a video of assistant men’s basketball coach Mike Babul, a former UMass forward, doing the Ice Bucket Challenge. Someone involved in sports taking part is hardly noteworthy right now. The internet is overflowing with videos of people, some famous, some anonymous, dumping ice water over their head … 0

Coach Mark Whipple has brought fun back for UMass football. Will wins follow?

Friday, August 15, 2014

AMHERST Two years into his college career, Jovan Santos-Knox just assumed that playing Division I football just wasn’t as fun as he thought it was going to be. There wasn’t much joy around the UMass team and he … 0

ND looking at 4 football players in academic probe

Friday, August 15, 2014

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame barred four football players from practice and games Friday, announcing an investigation into “suspected academic dishonesty” after allegations surfaced that someone had done course work for them. The group includes KeiVarae Russell, … 0

ASU player gets plenty of support after coming out

Thursday, August 14, 2014

CAMP TONTOZONA, Ariz. — Chip Sarafin watched the others before him break down the barriers, athletes like Jason Collins and Michael Sam who let the world know they were gay. The Arizona State offensive lineman had already told … 0

UConn hoping Diaco can raise football profile

Thursday, August 14, 2014

STORRS, Conn. — First-time head coach Bob Diaco takes over a UConn a program that is coming off consecutive three-win seasons and was left without a seat in the five power conferences after the demise of the Big … 0

Running down Heisman contenders not named Jameis Winston

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The preseason front-runner for the Heisman Trophy last season was easy. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel won it as a freshman the year before, so there was little reason to pick against him. No different this year. Florida … 0

Everett Golson regains job as Notre Dame’s starting QB

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Everett Golson is Notre Dame’s starting quarterback again. The senior has reclaimed the post he held while leading the Fighting Irish to the national championship game two years ago, and before being suspended last … 0

Matt Vautour: New football building needs to be first step for UMass, not its final destination

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

AMHERST — UMass didn’t need to build a state-of-the-art structure to upgrade its football facility. There was almost nowhere to go but up. Most backyard tree forts built on a whim would have represented an upgrade over the … 1

Jeremy Maclin beats Revis for TD in Eagles-Pats practice

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Jeremy Maclin ran past Darrelle Revis along the right side and hauled in a long touchdown pass. Not to worry, Patriots fans. It was just part of a joint practice between the Philadelphia Eagles and … 0

UMass junior cornerback Randall Jette is both the teacher and an eager student

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AMHERST — Jackson Porter has been a cornerback for mere weeks. The redshirt freshman and former safety has plenty of potential, but he’s still learning the position. So why is Randall Jette studying him? Jette should prominently figure … 0

Schools invest millions preparing for SEC Network

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Southeastern Conference’s new network debuts Thursday, promising more than 1,000 live events this year and a reach that includes most major television providers in the South. The network will be welcomed by millions of fans of who … 0