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JERREY ROBERTS
UMass' Brian McDonald, right, punts during a scrimmage Aug. 18 at McGuirk Stadium.

Four years and five schools later, UMass punter Brian McDonald takes one more shot at Division I

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — After an eight hour bus ride through over 500 miles of mostly cornfields, Brian McDonald averaged 41.8 yards per punt on four kicks doing his part to help Minnesota-Morris beat Iowa Wesleyan, 29-24. Exactly 200 people watched in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, a game between two previously winless Division III teams that was about as far away from big-time … 0

UMass football jersey hangs from Boston College’s Doug Flutie statue ahead of Saturday’s matchup at Gillette Stadium

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — From the moment UMass announced its intention to move its football program into the Bowl Subdivision, the Minutemen didn’t try to hide their hopes that the upgrade would include an annual game with Boston College. UMass and BC will play Saturday at 3 p.m. at Gillette Stadium, the first meeting between … 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 ticket sales. But in reality, he’s underselling it. This might be the most important game … 0

ASU player gets plenty of support after coming out

Thursday, August 14, 2014

CAMP TONTOZONA, Ariz. — Chip Sarafin watched the others before him break down the barriers, athletes like Jason Collins and Michael Sam who let the world know they were gay. The Arizona State offensive lineman had already told … 0

UConn hoping Diaco can raise football profile

Thursday, August 14, 2014

STORRS, Conn. — First-time head coach Bob Diaco takes over a UConn a program that is coming off consecutive three-win seasons and was left without a seat in the five power conferences after the demise of the Big … 0

Running down Heisman contenders not named Jameis Winston

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The preseason front-runner for the Heisman Trophy last season was easy. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel won it as a freshman the year before, so there was little reason to pick against him. No different this year. Florida … 0

Everett Golson regains job as Notre Dame’s starting QB

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Everett Golson is Notre Dame’s starting quarterback again. The senior has reclaimed the post he held while leading the Fighting Irish to the national championship game two years ago, and before being suspended last … 0

Matt Vautour: New football building needs to be first step for UMass, not its final destination

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

AMHERST — UMass didn’t need to build a state-of-the-art structure to upgrade its football facility. There was almost nowhere to go but up. Most backyard tree forts built on a whim would have represented an upgrade over the … 1

Jeremy Maclin beats Revis for TD in Eagles-Pats practice

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Jeremy Maclin ran past Darrelle Revis along the right side and hauled in a long touchdown pass. Not to worry, Patriots fans. It was just part of a joint practice between the Philadelphia Eagles and … 0

UMass junior cornerback Randall Jette is both the teacher and an eager student

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AMHERST — Jackson Porter has been a cornerback for mere weeks. The redshirt freshman and former safety has plenty of potential, but he’s still learning the position. So why is Randall Jette studying him? Jette should prominently figure … 0

Schools invest millions preparing for SEC Network

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Southeastern Conference’s new network debuts Thursday, promising more than 1,000 live events this year and a reach that includes most major television providers in the South. The network will be welcomed by millions of fans of who … 0

Ohio State good but must patch O-line, secondary

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio — So Urban Meyer and his wife were coming back from the victory at rival Michigan last season, and he turned and asked a question. “In your wildest dreams, could you have imagined we’d win our … 0

Twitter campaign backfires on Florida St, Winston

Monday, August 11, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida State social media campaign turned ugly Sunday when the university’s athletic department opened their Heisman-winning quarterback up to nationwide mockery. The department attempted to engage fans on Twitter by soliciting questions to be … 0