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University of Massachusetts men's soccer coach Sam Koch died Sunday at his home in Hadley.

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 will be sorely missed.” Koch, 59, coached … 0

UConn faces fundraising challenge for athletics

Monday, July 21, 2014

STORRS, Conn. — Workers are putting the final touches on UConn’s new state-of-the-art basketball training center, the first in a series of projects designed to keep the school’s athletic programs nationally competitive. The university already has committed to building an on-campus hockey arena in the next four years as it moves its men’s program this fall into Hockey East, the nation’s top hockey … 0

Matt Vautour: Coach Sam Koch dedicated life to UMass men’s soccer program

Monday, July 21, 2014

From my view at Elaine Sortino’s funeral last August, I had a pretty clear view of Sam Koch. I couldn’t help but wondering what was going through the University of Massachusetts soccer coach’s mind. A few weeks earlier, I’d sat in Koch’s office for an article about his battle with sinus cancer. Koch … 1

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

As football conference search continues, UMass explores possibility of independency

Monday, June 9, 2014

AMHERST — UMass is actively seeking a conference for its football program for when its Mid-American Conference affiliation ends after the 2015 season. But athletic director John McCutcheon said the school’s athletic department is beginning to prepare for … 0

Ed O’Bannon takes stand in landmark NCAA lawsuit

Monday, June 9, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. — The battle to give top football and basketball players a cut of the billions of dollars flowing into college athletics began in earnest with former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon taking the stand in federal … 0