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UMass to retire jersey for John Calipari on Dec. 16

Thursday, September 3, 2015

UMass will retire a jersey to honor John Calipari prior to the men’s basketball game against New Orleans at the Mullins Center on Dec. 16. That game highlighted the UMass schedule that was released Thursday. The Minutemen will be on TV 14 times, including five on NBC Sports Network, four on CBS Sports Network and one on ESPNU. UMass has four games on American Sports Network, but it’s uncertain whether …

UMass prepared for the challenge of playing at higher altitude at Colorado

Thursday, September 3, 2015

AMHERST — A season where the UMass football team is trying to take its program to new heights will start in a lofty spot. Colorado’s Folsom Field, which hosts the Minutemen’s opener against the Buffaloes on Sept. 12 at 2 p.m., is nestled in the Rocky Mountains, 5,360 feet above sea level. Only Wyoming (7,215 feet) and Air Force (6,620) have Bowl Subdivision …

Notebook: Jackson Porter trying to catch on fast at receiver for UMass

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AMHERST — Long after many of his teammates were headed to the shower, done for the night, Jackson Porter was still on the field catching passes from wide receivers coach Spencer Whipple. The sophomore has officially been a wide receiver less than a week after converting from cornerback. With just 11 days separating the end of Tuesday’s practice and UMass’ Sept. 12 opener …

UMass declines to further sanction football player Da’Sean Downey

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AMHERST — Da’Sean M. Downey will remain a fully eligible member of the UMass football team as his legal process plays out and won’t be further disciplined by the university. Downey will be arraigned Oct. 21 in Eastern Hampshire District Court, according to a criminal complaint filed by …

James Oliphant popping as a returner, defensive back for UMass

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — James Oliphant got his nickname long before becoming a football star. His grandfather nicknamed all of his grandchildren and called Oliphant “Pop.” The moniker stuck. Now a freshman at UMass, Oliphant’s teammates have repurposed the nickname. …

How do schools calculate new stipends for college athletes?

Sunday, August 30, 2015

For the first time, the NCAA is allowing college athletes to receive money in their scholarships to cover the so-called cost of attendance, those expenses beyond tuition, room and board, books and fees that come with attending school. Depending on the school, it could mean an extra $1,500 …

UMass’ Downey eligible to play as court case progresses

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — UMass sophomore linebacker Da’Sean Downey will be allowed to participate in Minuteman team activities as the court case against him progresses. Downey, who will be arraigned Oct. 21 on assault charges stemming from an altercation earlier this year, is limited by a ankle injury suffered earlier …

Friday’s colleges: Golden goal sinks Minutemen in opener

Friday, August 28, 2015

Austin Buxton scored on a rebound with 46 seconds left in the first overtime as Utah Valley defeated UMass 1-0 Friday afternoon at Rudd Field in the Minutemen’s season opener. UMass keeper Bardia Asefnia made four saves, including a point-blank attempt that caromed out to Buxton on the …

Notebook: QB guru Mark Whipple says Blake Frohnapfel is ‘best guy I’ve coach at UMass’

Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMHERST — Is senior quarterback Blake Frohnapfel UMass’ best quarterback in Mark Whipple’s two stints as head coach? Whipple said yes at Wednesday’s media day, but hedged a bit as the discussion progressed, keeping Todd Bankhead, who led …

Rodney Mills is still versatile and valuable for UMass football team

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

AMHERST — Under position next to Rodney Mills on the UMass football team’s roster this year is a “TE.” And he probably will lineup at tight end more than any other position. But like last year, when he …

UMass men’s basketball team makes most of European trip

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Partway up was high enough for UMass men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg. During last week’s eight-day, three-game tour of France and England, the Minutemen visited the Eiffel Tower. While most of the players went to the top of …

Randall Jette vs. Tajae Sharpe practice matchup helping both players shine for UMass

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

AMHERST In less than three weeks, Randall Jette will likely be assigned to cover Nelson Spruce, the Colorado wide receiver who is a candidate for several honors, including the Maxwell Award for national player of the year. Two …

After a rocky freshman year, UMass CB Jackson Porter is improved, confident

Monday, August 24, 2015

AMHERST — The key, according to Jackson Porter, is to learn from the past without dwelling on it. A year ago, he was learning to play cornerback on the fly after spending his redshirt season practicing at safety. …