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Notebook: Donte Clark ready to compete for UMass men’s basketball team

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — Most of his opponents last year didn’t know exactly who he was, but they knew Donte Clark wasn’t the normal pickup-game player when they’d line up against him at UMass’ recreation center. “They knew I wasn’t just a regular student,” Clark said smiling. “They’d play a little harder than they normally would.” A year ago, he wasn’t just a regular student, but wasn’t a regular member of the …

UMass releases nonconference football contracts

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — UMass released the contracts of each of the nonconference football games that were announced last week. The following are noteworthy points and clauses included in each contract: ∎ The 2015 game between Temple and UMass is contractually listed as being held in Amherst, but will likely be held at Gillette Stadium, …

UMass football notebook: Minutemen avoid major loss as Dudley-Giles returns to practice

Monday, September 29, 2014

AMHERST — When UMass junior safety Trey Dudley-Giles walked off the field on crutches following Saturday’s loss to Bowling Green, the Minutemen’s already thin defensive backfield looked like it had sustained a sizable loss. But further examination revealed that Dudley-Giles’ leg injury, which sideline him for most of the second half, was just a contusion according to coach Mark Whipple. Dudley-Giles was back …

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

Tattoo Tuesday: UMass FB Rodney Mills
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
A dodged bullet and an honor
Monday, September 29, 2014
MAC Picks Week 5
Friday, September 26, 2014

This weekend’s games should start to thin the College Football Playoff contenders

Monday, September 29, 2014

When the first College Football Playoff is announced in the first week of December, nobody will be thinking much about the first week in October. But this weekend’s games will go a long way to determining who might still be in the mix for inclusion in late November. …

Fans help celebrate UMass football team’s return to McGuirk Stadium

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — The first smell was kielbasa, or was it sausage? It’s hard to tell. For anyone walking through the parking lots surrounding McGuirk Stadium Saturday, each step brought a different smell. To go 20 paces past the …

HD video board crashes to ground during UMass football game against Bowling Green

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts rented a high-definition video board to show highlights and other video during its football game against Bowling Green Saturday at McGuirk Stadium. It hung in the southwest end zone next to the …

UMass notebook: QB Blake Frohnapfel shines in loss to Bowling Green

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — After UMass’ two most recent losses to Penn State and Vanderbilt, coach Mark Whipple called out his best players, including quarterback Blake Frohnapfel, specifically for not making enough plays. After Saturday’s 47-42 loss to Bowling Green, …

UMass’ return to McGuirk ends in 47-42 shootout loss to Bowling Green

Saturday, September 27, 2014

AMHERST — When the public address announcer told the crowd UMass freshman J.T. Blyden’s fumble, which Bowling Green recovered with 1 minute, 46 seconds left, was being reviewed, the Minutemen sideline was hushed. The players stood together, with …

UMass players and fans glad to be back at McGuirk Alumni Stadium in Amherst

Friday, September 26, 2014

AMHERST — Liam Coen used to look forward to the short bus ride from the Campus Center Hotel, where the University of Massachusetts football team stayed the night before games, down to McGuirk Alumni Stadium. The Minutemen’s record-setting …

Football’s return to UMass brought changes to McGuirk, rules and regulations

Friday, September 26, 2014

AMHERST — Since UMass last played on campus in 2011, the Minutemen changed leagues, moved to the highest level of football and built two new buildings as part of the McGuirk Stadium complex. In addition to the big …

Ex-Minutemen share their favorite McGuirk Stadium memories

Friday, September 26, 2014

AMHERST — With the UMass football team returning to McGuirk Stadium Saturday for the first time since 2011, the Minutemen are hoping to create some new memorable games. But the stadium has hosted plenty of memorable contests from …

UMass officials aim to keep tailgating civilized

Friday, September 26, 2014

AMHERST — Four hours before the start of the University of Massachusetts football game, fans will begin arriving in the parking lots surrounding McGuirk Alumni Stadium, and many will set up their grills and unload their coolers. The …

MAC Preview: Conference regresses from 2013, leaving championship up for grabs

Friday, September 26, 2014

AMHERST — For the past two years, the Mid-American Conference was on the rise. On the strength of strong play by several top-end teams, the conference hovered around the BCS discussion. But with several stars having graduated, including …