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Column: A salute to football’s worst of the worst

Friday, August 22, 2014

ATLANTA — This isn’t another column about Florida State or Alabama. They get enough attention. With the start of college football right around the corner, we’d like to give a shoutout to the Bottom 10, those schools where optimism is about as appropriate as refusing to dump a bucket of ice water on your head. Schools such as Georgia State, losers of 16 in a row and one of only … 0

Pinkel, Alden say protocol followed for Washington

Friday, August 22, 2014

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri coach Gary Pinkel and athletic director Mike Alden say they followed what they believed to be the school’s protocol when former running back Derrick Washington was accused of rape in 2008. Pinkel said Friday at a news conference that he learned of the allegation in October 2008 but did not take action because no charges were filed. Alden … 0

Matt Vautour: Can UMass football exceed low expectations?

Friday, August 22, 2014

A week from now, everyone will have a better idea, who was right — the professional prognosticators, who’ve predicted another bad year for the UMass football team, or the Minutemen themselves, who believe they’re on the brink of a break out season. UMass opens against Boston College on Saturday at 3 p.m. at … 0

ACC, Maryland settle legal dispute for $31.4M

Friday, August 8, 2014

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Atlantic Coast Conference and the University of Maryland have settled their legal dispute over the Terrapins’ exit from the league. Under terms announced Friday, the ACC will keep the roughly $31.4 million it had previously withheld from Maryland and the school will not owe … 0

Judge rules against NCAA in O’Bannon ‘likeness’ case

Friday, August 8, 2014

A federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA can’t stop college football and basketball players from selling the rights to their names and likenesses, opening the way to athletes getting payouts once their college careers are over. In … 0

UMass kicker Blake Lucas makes good on second chance

Friday, August 8, 2014

AMHERST — As Friday’s practice was drawing to a close, anyone within a few hundred yards of Gladchuk Field could hear the celebratory cheer that arose from the UMass football team when Blake Lucas’ field goal cleared the … 0

Athletic director John McCutcheon says UMass should be able to handle NCAA changes

Thursday, August 7, 2014

AMHERST — If the increased control given to the NCAA’s five biggest conferences Thursday leads to added value to athletic scholarships, UMass athletic director John McCutcheon said he expects the department to be able to handle the potential added cost. Increasing the value of a scholarship to better … 0

Wide receiver Marken Michel excited to be back with UMass

Thursday, August 7, 2014

AMHERST — Marken Michel can’t stop thinking about Aug. 30. The UMass football team’s season opener against Boston College at Gillette Stadium had been on his mind more than every waking moment. “When I go to sleep, I … 0

Northern Illinois hopes to bounce back after losing title

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A bump in the road or a changing of the guard? Northern Illinois arrived in Detroit for last year’s Mid-American Conference championship game with an undefeated record, but the Huskies lost 47-27 to Bowling Green, ending their shot at a third straight league title. Star quarterback Jordan Lynch … 0

Young UMass defensive line hopes to come together quickly

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

AMHERST — Daniel Maynes raised his eyebrows and cracked a slight smile above his long goatee when asked about the low expectations for the UMass football team. It clearly wasn’t the first time he’d thought about it. “I … 0

UMass running back Drew Harris excited to start football career

Monday, August 4, 2014

AMHERST — After a long route from high school to Division I, Drew Harris was glad to finally be a college football player as he walked off the field following his first practice at UMass. After amassing 4,977 … 0

Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher eyes back-to-back titles

Monday, August 4, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said he read books written by former NBA coach Phil Jackson in an attempt to discover the secrets of winning multiple championships. Jackson led teams to three consecutive titles on … 0

Notre Dame QB Everett Golson confident heading into camp

Monday, August 4, 2014

CULVER, Ind. — Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson is feeling calmer, more confident and just a bit more comfortable than he was in the spring, when he failed to reclaim the starting position he held before a season-long suspension. Golson admitted to feeling a tinge of anxiety Monday … 0