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Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg (14) sets up a play during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Akron in State College, Pa., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Penn State won 21-3. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Whipple: UMass preparing for future NFL No. 1 pick in Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg

Thursday, September 18, 2014

AMHERST — Former UMass players often talk about playing against Philip Rivers (N.C. State in 2002), Byron Leftwich (Marshall, 2001) and Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007) before all three quarterbacks became standouts in the NFL. Someday the current Minutemen might be able to tell their kids, their friends and whomever else that they played against Christian Hackenberg. If UMass coach …

Harvard football coach Tim Murphy begins 21st season with new approach, same passion

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tim Murphy has always been a do-it-yourself coach. With a hands-on approach, he has built an Ivy League empire during two decades at Harvard. The Crimson’s first league championship under Murphy came in 1997. Last year, they won their seventh. After all that success, Murphy has decided to make a few changes. He …

Troubling trends lead to Big Ten hitting bottom

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NEW YORK — The numbers don’t lie. The Big Ten is in bad shape. Troubling trends in recruiting and some reluctance by schools to invest the way it’s done in the Southeastern Conference have been dragging down Big Ten football in recent years. This season looks as if it could be rock bottom. The gory details through three weeks: ∎ 1-10 vs. other …

AP Source: DC to host A-10 men’s tourney in 2018

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Atlantic 10 men’s basketball tournament is coming to the nation’s capital in 2018, a person close to the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the conference had not made the announcement public. The league announced …

Tuesday’s colleges: Amherst College opens men’s soccer season with overtime win over New England

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Bryce Ciambella scored in overtime as the Amherst College men’s soccer team beat New England 2-1 Wednesday in Henniker, New Hampshire. Jae Heo gave the Lord Jeffs (1-0) a 1-0 lead in the second half. Thomas Bull made one save in the win. San Jose State 4, UMass …

UMass football notebook: Running back J.T. Blyden stands out during first season

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

AMHERST — On paper, J.T. Blyden’s stats didn’t jump off the page. The UMass tailback’s nine carries for 43 yards and one catch for 7 yards in Saturday’s loss to Boston College, weren’t especially eye-catching for a No. …

UMass hoping new OL Ryan Johnson can make a big impact

Monday, September 1, 2014

AMHERST — New UMass offensive lineman Ryan Johnson doesn’t just look big to normal-sized people. “He’s huge,” said 6-foot-4, 280-pound teammate Matt Sparks. “Just looking at him walk in, it’s like ‘wow he’s big.’ I’m really excited to have him.” Monday was the 6-foot-5, 320-pound junior’s first full …

Matt Vautour: The College Football Playoff field isn’t going to stay at four for long.

Monday, September 1, 2014

The squawking will start around 1 p.m. on Dec. 7, if not sooner. The four-team field for the first college football playoff will be out and lots of people will be mad. Fans, administrators and representatives from at …

Weekend colleges: UMass women’s soccer falls to Providence in overtime

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Jackie Bruno tied the game in the second half for UMass, but Catherine Zimmerman netted the winner in overtime as Providence pulled out the 2-1 win, Sunday in Amherst. Danielle Kriscenski made two saves, while Madison Smith had one assist for the Minutewomen (1-2-1). Nichols 1, Mount Holyoke …

Algeria soccer death seen as part of wider ills

Sunday, August 31, 2014

ALGIERS, Algeria — The rocks came raining down after the final whistle of the Algerian soccer match, an increasingly common ritual in stadiums across the country. This time, the violence ended in tragedy: Hit in the head, Albert …

Matt Vautour: Impressions on UMass’ season opening loss to Boston College

Saturday, August 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH Fans dreaming of an instantaneous turnaround for the UMass football team under Mark Whipple left Gillette Stadium disappointed following a 30-7 season opening loss to Boston College. The Minutemen were too often overmatched by their in-state would-be …

UMass notebook: Record number of fans give Minutemen a boost

Saturday, August 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — As they approached Gillette Stadium from all directions, UMass fans encountered something they’d never seen at a UMass home game at before — traffic. Good weather and a local opponent produced the draw UMass had hoped … 1

UMass falls apart in second half, drops season opener to Boston College, 30-7

Saturday, August 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — After a lot of first-half bending, the UMass football team finally broke in the second half. Boston College owned the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and systematically ground down the Minutemen, who …