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UMass to retire jersey for John Calipari on Dec. 16

Thursday, September 3, 2015

UMass will retire a jersey to honor John Calipari prior to the men’s basketball game against New Orleans at the Mullins Center on Dec. 16. That game highlighted the UMass schedule that was released Thursday. The Minutemen will be on TV 14 times, including five on NBC Sports Network, four on CBS Sports Network and one on ESPNU. UMass has four games on American Sports Network, but it’s uncertain whether …

UMass prepared for the challenge of playing at higher altitude at Colorado

Thursday, September 3, 2015

AMHERST — A season where the UMass football team is trying to take its program to new heights will start in a lofty spot. Colorado’s Folsom Field, which hosts the Minutemen’s opener against the Buffaloes on Sept. 12 at 2 p.m., is nestled in the Rocky Mountains, 5,360 feet above sea level. Only Wyoming (7,215 feet) and Air Force (6,620) have Bowl Subdivision …

Wednesday’s colleges: Mount Holyoke spikes Elms in season opener

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Emma Sweeting had 14 kills, while Joy Maran added 11 as the Mount Holyoke volleyball team beat Elms College, 3-1, Wednesday in Chicopee. Natalie Lyon had 32 assists and 12 digs, while Sara Robicheau and Isabell Linde each had 15 digs. Sweeting added five aces. …

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 …

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 …