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UMass’ Downey eligible to play as court case progresses

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — UMass sophomore linebacker Da’Sean Downey will be allowed to participate in Minuteman team activities as the court case against him progresses. Downey, who will be arraigned Oct. 21 on assault charges stemming from an altercation earlier this year, is limited by a ankle injury suffered earlier in camp. But according to UMass coach Mark Whipple, Downey, who was suspended for spring practice by the Dean of Students office, …

Friday’s colleges: Golden goal sinks Minutemen in opener

Friday, August 28, 2015

Austin Buxton scored on a rebound with 46 seconds left in the first overtime as Utah Valley defeated UMass 1-0 Friday afternoon at Rudd Field in the Minutemen’s season opener. UMass keeper Bardia Asefnia made four saves, including a point-blank attempt that caromed out to Buxton on the right side for the winning tally. The Minutemen’s defense blocked a number of shots throughout …

Notebook: QB guru Mark Whipple says Blake Frohnapfel is ‘best guy I’ve coach at UMass’

Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMHERST — Is senior quarterback Blake Frohnapfel UMass’ best quarterback in Mark Whipple’s two stints as head coach? Whipple said yes at Wednesday’s media day, but hedged a bit as the discussion progressed, keeping Todd Bankhead, who led UMass’ 1998 Division I-AA championship team, in consideration. “Fro is the best guy I’ve coached …

No numbers, no problem. Anonymous UMass football team has a good first day of practice

Monday, August 17, 2015

In the huddle, UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel found himself peering through the facemasks of his receivers to see who was who. During drills he squinted to determine which defensive back was covering which would-be pass catcher before throwing …

Labor board blocks effort to unionize college athletes

Monday, August 17, 2015

CHICAGO — The National Labor Relations Board on Monday blocked a historic bid by Northwestern University football players to form the nation’s first college athletes’ union, dealing a blow to a labor movement that could have transformed amateur …

10 questions in previewing the 2015 UMass football team

Sunday, August 16, 2015

When the UMass football team takes the field for practice Monday, it will carry something the program hasn’t had in almost a decade and has never had in the Bowl Subdivision: Expectations. The Minutemen won just three games last year and just five games since becoming an FBS …

Derek Kellogg is hoping UMass benefits from its European trip on and off the court

Sunday, August 16, 2015

If the primary goal was to win three games during his team’s three-game tour of France and England, UMass coach Derek Kellogg would have prepared differently. In the 10 practices that the NCAA allows teams to have prior to Monday’s departure, Kellogg would have spent more time focused …

Notebook: UMass set for preseason football camp on Monday

Friday, August 14, 2015

AMHERST — Barring something unforeseen between now and Monday, when the UMass football team begins practice for the 2015 season, coach Mark Whipple will have a full and healthy roster. Before leaving for a short break between the end of summer session and the start of camp, Whipple …

UNC uncovers potentially more violations in academic scandal

Friday, August 14, 2015

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina uncovered possibly additional NCAA violations in women’s basketball and men’s soccer while preparing the response to its long-running academic scandal, the school announced Friday. Its response to the NCAA, due next …

Notebook: UMass adds South Florida, Maine to complete 2017 football schedule

Thursday, August 13, 2015

UMass has a complete football schedule for 2017 as the school announced two future series, Thursday. The Minutemen will play South Florida in Tampa on Oct. 14, 2017, and in Amherst on Oct. 6, 2018. UMass will host Maine, an FCS school and former league rival from the …

UMass big men eager for European basketball trip

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

AMHERST — The London Lions, one of the opponents the UMass men’s basketball team will play during its eight-day trip next week to Great Britain and France, billed the Minutemen as “NCAA Giants” in a promotion to sell …

UMass announces plans to cover full cost of attendance for scholarship athletes

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

AMHERST — As part of a commitment to remaining competitive with schools from the Power 5 conferences, UMass will provide the additional cost of attendance money to each of its athletes on full or partial scholarship. The 2015-16 …

Report: Dismissed Penn State football player to join UMass

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Daiquan Kelly, who was dismissed from the Penn State football team on Saturday, will enroll at UMass, according to NJ.com. Penn State didn’t release the reason for his dismissal, simply that he had “violated team rules,” the standard catch-all phrase often used by athletic departments for discipline. Despite …