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Connections run deep between UMass, Penn State football teams

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

AMHERST — Saturday’s game at Penn State was still five months away when Brenda Whipple was asked about it at the UMass spring football game in April . She shuddered at the very idea of it. “I don’t even want to think about it,” she said laughing. Back then her son Austin Whipple was completing his freshman year in State College, Pennsylvania, and had yet to transfer to UMass. If …

UMass notebook: Running back Lorenzo Woodley back in the picture for Minutemen

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

AMHERST — It had been a steep decline for Lorenzo Woodley. He arrived at UMass as the highest profile high school football recruit ever. Rugged and fast, he was expected to be a piece former coach Charley Molnar could build his offense around. But as a true freshman last year, he got banged …

Matt Vautour: Independent football schedule taking shape for UMass

Monday, September 15, 2014

With no conference ready to extend UMass an invitation yet, the Minutemen have begun preparing their 2016 and 2017 schedules to play as an independent. Athletic director John McCutcheon said the school is expected to announce some games for those seasons shortly. “You’re going to see a fairly diverse schedule,” McCutcheon said. “You need to have five home games, then it’s to try …

Gazette writer Matt Vautour shares his thoughts about the Minutemen and college sports.

Tattoo Tuesday: Alex Kenney
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
UMass to play Old Dominion in football
Thursday, September 11, 2014

UMass notebook: Running back Jamal Wilson’s return this season questionable

Monday, September 15, 2014

AMHERST — Jamal Wilson’s season might not be over after all. The UMass running back, who left Saturday’s loss to Vanderbilt on a cart after suffering an apparent broken ankle, was originally thought to be done for the year, but UMass coach Mark Whipple held out hope that …

Matt Vautour: Breakthrough or breakdown coming for UMass?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Is the UMass football team moving closer to a breakthrough or a breakdown? This is an important time for the Minutemen. They’ve shown they’re good enough to play competitively with big conference opponents. Colorado and Vanderbilt figure to be the bottom of the Pac 12 and …

UMass running back Jamal Wilson likely done for the year

Saturday, September 13, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — On top of the frustrating 34-31 loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday, the UMass football team appears to have lost leading rusher Jamal Wilson for the season. Wilson suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter …

Missed opportunities doom UMass football as Vanderbilt rallies to win

Saturday, September 13, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Even after the UMass football team gave away an 11-point, second-half lead for the second straight week, it had a chance to win Saturday. The Minutemen still had a shot at victory even after a …

Friday’s colleges: UMass field hockey falls to Cal

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sarah Hawkshaw scored and Sam Carlino made three saves but the UMass field hockey team fell 2-1 to California, Friday at Garber Field. Lara Kruggel and Andrea Early scored for the Golden Bears (3-2). The Minutewomen fell to 1-4. Women’s soccer UConn 4, St. John’s 1 — Brittany …

Vanderbilt will try to solve QB woes against UMass

Friday, September 12, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It is a rare depth chart oddity. Next to starting quarterback on Vanderbilt’s two-deep for Saturday’s game against UMass, it reads: “Johnny McCrary or Patton Robinette or Stephen Rivers or Wade Freebeck.” That’s three “ors”, …

Thursday’s colleges: Smith College fends off MCLA in five sets for volleyball victory

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Smith College and MCLA traded sets twice, but the Pioneers held on for the five-set women’s volleyball victory, Thursday in Northampton. Smith won 25-14, 18-25, 25-22, 19-25, 15-9. Dayra Diaz Marquez had 24 assists and 17 digs, while Mei-Li Smith added 16 kills, 28 digs and 15 assists …

UMass, Vanderbilt desperate for a victory Saturday

Thursday, September 11, 2014

AMHERST — For the third straight week, UMass is taking part in a battle of two winless football teams, the latest being Saturday’s noon game at Vanderbilt. Each week that passes without adding something to the win column has only made both teams more desperate for a win. …

UMass notebook: Minutemen look to get running game going vs Vanderbilt

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

AMHERST — While the UMass football team’s passing attack took big steps forward in Saturday’s 41-38 loss to Colorado, the Minutemen’s ground game has yet to really gain any rhythm through the first two weeks of the season. …

UMass football notebook: Assistant coach Charles Walker set to face former teams Vanderbilt, Penn State

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

AMHERST — The UMass football team has officially reached the Charles Walker portion of its schedule. Walker was a defensive quality control assistant the last two years at Vanderbilt, whom the Minutemen play Saturday at noon in Nashville. While he was there he worked under James Franklin, who …