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FILE - In this July 2, 2014, file photo, people stroll along the river walk across from the new McClane Stadium at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. The on-campus facility is set to open this fall amid great fanfare. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Jerry Larson)

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 and construction. There are blueprints for Kyle Field at Texas A&M, in the midst of a $420 million redevelopment. There’s a model … 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 and 2 on the depth chart, are both sidelined with undisclosed minor injuries. Junior college … 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 contract reworks the final three years of the current eight-year deal that MAC has with … 0

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

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

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