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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

UMass releases football depth chart ahead of Saturday’s opener vs Boston College

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMHERST — With the season starting Saturday at 3 p.m. against Boston College at Gillette Stadium, the UMass football team released its first two-deep depth chart Monday without any big surprises, but a few noteworthy inclusions and exclusions. … 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 … 0

Coach Mark Whipple frustrated with final practice, but pleased with camp overall as UMass switches to game-week mode

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST — Like most college football teams at this time of year, UMass was glad to see training camp come to a close. But coach Mark Whipple wasn’t happy with how the Minutemen ended it. “We weren’t ready … 0

Matt Vautour: ALS Challenge about more than just ice buckets for former UMass forward Mike Babul

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Earlier this week, Wagner University posted a video of assistant men’s basketball coach Mike Babul, a former UMass forward, doing the Ice Bucket Challenge. Someone involved in sports taking part is hardly noteworthy right now. The internet is … 0

UMass QB Blake Frohnapfel receiving support from former team

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AMHERST — Shortly after UMass coach Mark Whipple officially announced that Blake Frohnapfel would be the Minutemen’s starting quarterback, several Marshall fans and players took to Twitter to congratulate him, many of whom pledged to root for the … 0

Colleges add luxury touches to new stadiums

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lining the brightly lit hallways of Populous, one of the leading architectural firms behind college sports, there are hundreds of scale models and graphic renderings of college football stadiums in various stages of renovation … 0

As season opener looms, questions at tight end remain

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

AMHERST — With less than two weeks until UMass’ Aug. 30 season opener against Boston College, the tight end scenario remains in a state of flux. Brandon Howard and Rodney Mills, who if healthy would be No. 1 … 0

MAC Commissioner: ESPN deal brings stability

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BRISTOL, Conn. — Mid-American Conference Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher says the league’s new 13-year media rights agreement with ESPN provides long-term stability to the conference at uncertain time for college athletics. The MAC and ESPN officially announced the new deal, which runs through the 2026-27 season, on Tuesday. The … 0

Transfer Blake Frohnapfel UMass starting quarterback

Monday, August 18, 2014

AMHERST — Blake Frohnapfel had no guarantees when he decided to transfer to UMass. Stuck behind Conference USA MVP quarterback Rakeem Cato at Marshall, Frohnapfel just wanted a legitimate opportunity to compete to be a starter. After a … 0

Coach Mark Whipple has brought fun back for UMass football. Will wins follow?

Friday, August 15, 2014

AMHERST Two years into his college career, Jovan Santos-Knox just assumed that playing Division I football just wasn’t as fun as he thought it was going to be. There wasn’t much joy around the UMass team and he … 0