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UConn opens Bob Diaco’s second season against FCS foe Villanova

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

STORRS, Conn. — UConn hosts Villanova on Thursday in a season-opening game that was originally envisioned as a battle of conference rivals. It was scheduled back when Villanova was contemplating a football upgrade and the Big East was a major football conference. The breakup of the Big East left Villanova in the FCS and UConn without a home in a power conference. The Huskies have not had a winning season …

ACC faces many variables on TV channel to rival SEC, Big Ten

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Atlantic Coast Conference is still figuring out whether it will start a dedicated cable channel of its own. Details have been scarce about the behind-the-scenes process the league and broadcast partner ESPN are navigating in an effort to determine whether it makes financial sense to start an ACC-specific channel like the ones …

Tuesday’s colleges: Charlotte Wagner paces Mount Holyoke past Nichols

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Charlotte Wagner scored four goals as the Mount Holyoke field hockey team opened its season with a 9-0 victory over Nichols College Tuesday night in Dudley. Kristina Ramsden of Northampton had a goal and two assists, while Julia Bell added two tallies for the Lyons (1-0). Women’s soccer Mount Holyoke 2, Southern Vermont 1 — Liz Rose scored the game winner late in …

UMass women’s soccer overmatched in season opening loss to Syracuse

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The UMass women’s soccer team didn’t open its 2015 campaign the way it hoped. In the first game played by any Minuteman or Minutewoman team in the 2015-16 school year, UMass was in a hole early and never …

UMass opponent Notre Dame defense seeks answers against up-tempo opponents

Friday, August 21, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame is hoping to pick up the pace on defense this season. The Fighting Irish got off to a quick start last season in defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder’s first season at Notre Dame, keeping opponents off balance by switching personnel. The Irish gave …

Petersen says he warned Baylor’s Briles about player’s past

Friday, August 21, 2015

Washington coach Chris Petersen says he “thoroughly apprised” Baylor coach Art Briles about the circumstances of Sam Ukwuachu’s dismissal from Boise State, long before the player’s sexual assault conviction this week. A jury in Texas district court found …

Women’s soccer opens the 2015-16 UMass sports season

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The 2015-16 UMass sports season will officially begin Friday as the women’s soccer team will host Syracuse at 4 p.m. at Rudd Field. The Minutewomen, who were 5-9-5 (3-3-2 Atlantic 10) last year, were picked ninth in the …

UMass OLBs hoping to get to the quarterback more often

Thursday, August 20, 2015

AMHERST — When Kassan Messiah daydreams about the upcoming season, the UMass senior linebacker is thinking about getting to the quarterback. “Getting that game-winning sack, that’s what you dream about,” he said. “Getting in that backfield and making …

Wilson’s return gives UMass a deep stable of running backs

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

AMHERST — Jamal Wilson doesn’t bother trying to play down his enthusiasm. The senior tailback’s face erupts in a smile when he talks about being back on the field after missing most of last year with a knee …

New Notre Dame coordinator Sanford brings new ideas, energy to offense

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Mike Sanford will drop into a lineman’s three-point stance, split out wide like a receiver and even break into a backpedal like a defensive back during quarterback drills at Notre Dame. The new Fighting …

With a year under his belt, UMass QB Blake Frohnapfel has a stronger foundation underneath him

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

AMHERST — Expecting Blake Frohnapfel to be better in year two seems a little greedy. All he did in year one, was learn a system he’d never played in before, put up record-setting numbers for a team that …

Failed union bid won’t stop reforms in college athletics

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — With or without a union, more rights and benefits are coming for college athletes. Whether the NCAA schools that compete in big-time athletics can provide enough to keep at bay more ominous threats to …

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 …