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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 at practice Sunday and is expected to …

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. There are 13 undefeated teams in Power 5 conferences. Eight of them play each other …

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 abundant sport utility vehicles with rear doors open meant stepping around the flying bean bags …

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

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UMass looks to take advantage of Bowling Green’s struggles

Thursday, September 25, 2014

AMHERST — After winning the Mid-American Conference last year with the league’s best defense, it would have been hard to picture Bowling Green being ranked last in most defensive categories four weeks into the season. After losing Matt …

Friday’s colleges: UMass men’s soccer falls in overtime to Harvard

Friday, September 26, 2014

Josh Schwartz and Mark Morris each scored, but the UMass men’s soccer team fell 3-2 in overtime to Harvard, Friday in Amherst. Ryan Buckingham made 17 saves for the Minutemen (1-6-0). Field hockey Richmond 1, UMass 0 — Sam Carlino made three saves but the Minutewomen (2-7, 0-1 …

UMass sophomore running back Shadrach Abrokwah excited for return to field

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

AMHERST — Shadrach Abrokwah’s time counting down days will finally end Saturday. While everyone on the UMass roster is looking forward to the start of conference play and the return to McGuirk Stadium, Saturday at 3 p.m. against Bowling Green, Abrokwah will just be glad to be back …

UMass announces huge slate of future football games; will play BYU, Army and Hawaii in upcoming seasons

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

AMHERST — With independence on the horizon, the UMass football program officially announced games spanning the 2016-2022 seasons. The release was highlighted by four-game series with fellow independents BYU and Army, and a two-game series against Hawaii. UMass …

UMass CB Jackson Porter remains upbeat despite struggles as a rookie starter

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

AMHERST — Jackson Porter knows opposing quarterbacks are going to go after him. The UMass redshirt freshman cornerback has only been playing the position since the start of training camp after spending last year and the spring at …

Matt Vautour: Penn State fervor is alive and well in State College

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. Moments before 12:30, not far from a sign that read “Team buses arriving at 1:30 p.m,” there isn’t space to be found along the roped route that those Penn State buses will pass through. Forty-five …

Hockey East notebook: UMass, UConn ready build on rivalry

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON — For the first time since 1999 when UConn left the Atlantic 10 football conference, UMass and UConn will play a regular-season game with something tangible on the line in any sport. The epicenter of the long-standing, but dormant, rivalry between the two schools could move to …

Football notebook: UMass will play at Tennessee in 2017

Monday, September 22, 2014

AMHERST —After playing in the second largest stadium in college football Saturday, UMass is about to announce an agreement to play in the fifth largest. Multiple sources confirmed that the Minutemen will travel to Tennessee in November, 2017 …

UMass notebook: Minutemen’s running woes continue

Sunday, September 21, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The combination of losing starting running back Jamal Wilson to an ankle injury last week and playing the best opponent it is likely to face this season extended the UMass football team’s running woes. …

Weekend college recaps: Amherst College men’s soccer shuts out Williams to remain undefeated

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Nico Pascual-Leone led the Lord Jeffs to Saturday’s 4-1 win at home against Williams College. Pascual-Leon scored an unassasisted goal in the first half and added another in the second half with help from Bryce Ciambella. Christopher Martin and Andrew Orozco added goals of their own, Orozco’s coming …