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Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky speaks at the NCAA college Conference USA football media day in Irving, Texas Wednesday, July 23, 2014.  Banowsky seems to be settling in after a few years of significant change in the makeup of its league, at the same time the five power conferences seem so close to the autonomy they have sought. (AP Photo)

NCAA infractions chair responds to ‘cheating pays’

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

IRVING, Texas — The chairman of the NCAA’s infractions committee says a number of factors could be the cause for the lack of activity by the group that prompted Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby to call the enforcement program “broken.” Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky, chair of the Committee on Infractions, on Wednesday listed reforms and restructuring in the enforcement … 0

UMass coach Whipple expresses confidence at MAC Football media day

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dismissing the value of preseason polls is a football tradition as old as the forward pass. So UMass coach Mark Whipple saying the 2014 Mid-American Conference preseason football poll that picked his Minutemen last doesn’t mean anything was simply the latest rite of passage in his return to being a head coach. But … 0

Sam Koch, UMass men's soccer coach, dies at 59; led Minutemen to success over 23 seasons

Monday, July 21, 2014

University of Massachusetts men’s soccer coach Sam Koch died Sunday at his home in Hadley after a two-year battle with sinus cancer. UMass announced Koch’s death on Twitter at 9:52 a.m. Monday with this post: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sam Koch. An all-time great person who … 0

Virginia coach O’Connor on home turf for College World Series finals

Sunday, June 22, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. — Brian O’Connor has done just about everything at the College World Series except win a national championship. He’s got his chance now. The 43-year-old O’Connor is the local boy who has done well, leading Virginia … 0

Big Ten head paints dire picture of paying players

Friday, June 20, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. — The head of the Big Ten painted a dire picture Friday of what college sports would look like if players were paid. He said his conference likely would cease to exist and the Rose Bowl … 0

Tobacco use still high in college baseball, off field

Friday, June 20, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. — Virginia pitcher Josh Sborz slips a pinch of chewing tobacco between his cheek and gum every now and then, even though the NCAA banned the substance 20 years ago, “I enjoy the taste. It’s not … 0

NCAA president: Pay could destroy college sports

Thursday, June 19, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. — NCAA President Mark Emmert stuck to his contention that amateurism is the core of college athletics, saying any effort to pay players would destroy a framework that has been in place for more than a … 0

NCAA transfer rule changes coming, but who makes call?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The leaders of big-time college sports agree that transfer rules need to better accommodate players. The days of coaches having a say in where an athlete can transfer could very well be going away, though it’s not likely deregulation will lead to a system where athletes come and … 0

US Patent Office finds Washington Redskins’ name offensive

Thursday, June 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins’ name is “disparaging of Native Americans” and should be stripped of trademark protection — a decision that puts powerful new financial and political pressure … 0

UMass assistant coach Marlon Williamson leaves for Pittsburgh

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

AMHERST — The dominos from John Calipari’s assistant coaching hire at Kentucky are leading to a vacancy on Derek Kellogg’s staff at UMass. Pittsburgh assistant Barry “Slice” Rohrssen left the Panthers for Kentucky, opening a spot on Jamie Dixon’s staff. Dixon then tabbed UMass coach Marlon “Smoke” Williamson … 0

Longtime coaches Augie Garrido, Mike Gillespie will meet again when CWS opens

Friday, June 13, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. — Once again, the road has led to Omaha for Augie Garrido and Mike Gillespie. The two played college ball against each other before the Beatles came to America, and both played in the College World … 0

Former TV exec says college pay a dangerous path

Thursday, June 12, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. — A former president of CBS Sports says he fears the popularity of college sports would suffer if athletes receive money to play because fans enjoy the concept of young people playing sports for the love of the game. Testifying in a landmark antitrust case brought … 0

UMass softball coaching search continues; Kristi Stefanoni, Danielle Henderson under consideration

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

AMHERST — The search for a permanent UMass softball coach is in its early stages, but interim head coach Kristi Stefanoni and associate head coach Danielle Henderson are each expected to be a candidate for the position. UMass athletic director John McCutcheon said he wouldn’t directly reveal any … 0