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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
University of Massachusetts Minutemen Randall Jette (4) intercepts the ball as defensive back Trey Dudley-Giles (9) runs in front of Jette during the first half of the Saturday afternoon college football action against Boston College Eagles at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014.  The University of Massachusetts Minutemen fell to Boston College Eagles, 7-30

Matt Vautour: Impressions on UMass’ season opening loss to Boston College

Saturday, August 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH Fans dreaming of an instantaneous turnaround for the UMass football team under Mark Whipple left Gillette Stadium disappointed following a 30-7 season opening loss to Boston College. The Minutemen were too often overmatched by their in-state would-be rivals and have some work to do as the season goes forward. Some impressions from UMass after week one: ■ Whipple seemed … 0

UMass notebook: Record number of fans give Minutemen a boost

Saturday, August 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — As they approached Gillette Stadium from all directions, UMass fans encountered something they’d never seen at a UMass home game at before — traffic. Good weather and a local opponent produced the draw UMass had hoped for as the 30,479 fans were the most ever to see a Minuteman home game. … 1

UMass falls apart in second half, drops season opener to Boston College, 30-7

Saturday, August 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — After a lot of first-half bending, the UMass football team finally broke in the second half. Boston College owned the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and systematically ground down the Minutemen, who lost the first game of the second Mark Whipple era, 30-7, Saturday at Gillette Stadium. … 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

Colleges add luxury touches to new stadiums

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lining the brightly lit hallways of Populous, one of the leading architectural firms behind college sports, there are hundreds of scale models and graphic renderings of college football stadiums in various stages of renovation … 0

Miller’s injury sting Big Ten’s playoff hopes

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This is bigger than the Buckeyes. Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is done for the season because of a shoulder injury. The senior needs surgery to repair of torn labrum. It’s a crushing blow on a few levels: … 0

As season opener looms, questions at tight end remain

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

AMHERST — With less than two weeks until UMass’ Aug. 30 season opener against Boston College, the tight end scenario remains in a state of flux. Brandon Howard and Rodney Mills, who if healthy would be No. 1 … 0

Notre Dame rallying around loss of players

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Quarterback Everett Golson said the adversity of abruptly losing four teammates while Notre Dame investigates whether they were involved in academic dishonesty is bringing the Fighting Irish together. “I guess I can go back … 0

MAC Commissioner: ESPN deal brings stability

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BRISTOL, Conn. — Mid-American Conference Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher says the league’s new 13-year media rights agreement with ESPN provides long-term stability to the conference at uncertain time for college athletics. The MAC and ESPN officially announced the new deal, which runs through the 2026-27 season, on Tuesday. The … 0