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JERREY ROBERTS
UMass' J.T. Blyden, center left, runs for a gain as DuVaughn Beckford, center right, approaches during a scrimmage Monday at McGuirk Stadium.

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 to go. It was probably our worst day. We have a lot of work ahead,” said Whipple, who put his squad through … 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 overflowing with videos of people, some famous, some anonymous, dumping ice water over their head … 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 Minutemen in addition to the Thundering Herd this season. While Bill Legg isn’t on Twitter … 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

Matt Vautour: New football building needs to be first step for UMass, not its final destination

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

AMHERST — UMass didn’t need to build a state-of-the-art structure to upgrade its football facility. There was almost nowhere to go but up. Most backyard tree forts built on a whim would have represented an upgrade over the … 1

UMass junior cornerback Randall Jette is both the teacher and an eager student

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AMHERST — Jackson Porter has been a cornerback for mere weeks. The redshirt freshman and former safety has plenty of potential, but he’s still learning the position. So why is Randall Jette studying him? Jette should prominently figure … 0

UMass football center Matt Sparks prepares to lead offensive line

Monday, August 11, 2014

AMHERST — On an offense with new players, new coaches and old players in new spots, Matt Sparks is a rarity for the UMass football team’s offense. The junior from Hawaii is a returning starter, playing the same … 1

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