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JERREY ROBERTS
New UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel (7) and new head coach Mark Whipple open the season against Boston College Saturday at 3 p.m. at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

Unknowns UMass, Boston College set to open 2014 college football season

Friday, August 29, 2014

AMHERST — On Wednesday’s Atlantic Coast Conference coach’s teleconference, Boston College coach Steve Addazio admitted that breaking down video would have a little role in his team’s preparation for Saturday’s season opener against UMass. UMass coach Mark Whipple hasn’t coached in college since 2010 and video from 2011 and 2012 when he coached with the Cleveland Browns wouldn’t really be … 0

Tony Stewart says Kevin Ward’s death will affect him forever

Friday, August 29, 2014

HAMPTON, Ga. — Unshaven and with a quivering voice, NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart said the death of Kevin Ward Jr. will “affect my life forever” as he returned to the track Friday for the first time since his car struck and killed the fellow driver during a sprint race in New York three … 0

University of Miami quietly helping athletes who leave early with lifetime scholarships

Friday, August 29, 2014

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — University of Miami President Donna Shalala would prefer Hurricane athletes get their degrees before leaving school, taking advantage of the scholarships they’ve been afforded. And she knows that won’t always be the case, of course. So very quietly, and for several years now, Miami has offered the next best thing. Lifetime scholarships, as some call it, are a hot … 0

Matt Vautour: UMass is about to embark on most important season in school history

Monday, August 25, 2014

UMass coach Mark Whipple has referred to Saturday’s game against Boston College as “the biggest opener in school history” and “the biggest home game ever at UMass.” It sounds like hyperbole from a coach trying to drive up … 0

UMass releases football depth chart ahead of Saturday’s opener vs Boston College

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMHERST — With the season starting Saturday at 3 p.m. against Boston College at Gillette Stadium, the UMass football team released its first two-deep depth chart Monday without any big surprises, but a few noteworthy inclusions and exclusions. … 0

Freshman RBs often make immediate impact in SEC

Monday, August 25, 2014

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — LSU freshman running back Leonard Fournette’s plans for this season don’t include any false modesty. “My expectations for this year are to rush for 1,000 yards, be All-SEC, be All-America and be a Heisman Trophy … 0

Column: A salute to football’s worst of the worst

Friday, August 22, 2014

ATLANTA — This isn’t another column about Florida State or Alabama. They get enough attention. With the start of college football right around the corner, we’d like to give a shoutout to the Bottom 10, those schools where optimism is about as appropriate as refusing to dump a … 0

Pinkel, Alden say protocol followed for Washington

Friday, August 22, 2014

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri coach Gary Pinkel and athletic director Mike Alden say they followed what they believed to be the school’s protocol when former running back Derrick Washington was accused of rape in 2008. Pinkel said Friday at a news conference that he learned of the … 0

Matt Vautour: Can UMass football exceed low expectations?

Friday, August 22, 2014

A week from now, everyone will have a better idea, who was right — the professional prognosticators, who’ve predicted another bad year for the UMass football team, or the Minutemen themselves, who believe they’re on the brink of … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0

UMass QB Blake Frohnapfel receiving support from former team

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AMHERST — Shortly after UMass coach Mark Whipple officially announced that Blake Frohnapfel would be the Minutemen’s starting quarterback, several Marshall fans and players took to Twitter to congratulate him, many of whom pledged to root for the … 0