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UMass Sports

JERREY ROBERTS
UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel, center, listens to Head Coach Mark Whipple during a scrimmage Monday at McGuirk Stadium.

Matt Vautour: Can UMass football exceed low expectations?

Friday, August 22, 2014

A week from now, everyone will have a better idea, who was right — the professional prognosticators, who’ve predicted another bad year for the UMass football team, or the Minutemen themselves, who believe they’re on the brink of a break out season. UMass opens against Boston College on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Gillette Stadium. The Minutemen were picked last … 0

Coach Mark Whipple frustrated with final practice, but pleased with camp overall as UMass switches to game-week mode

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST — Like most college football teams at this time of year, UMass was glad to see training camp come to a close. But coach Mark Whipple wasn’t happy with how the Minutemen ended it. “We weren’t ready to go. It was probably our worst day. We have a lot of work ahead,” … 0

Matt Vautour: ALS Challenge about more than just ice buckets for former UMass forward Mike Babul

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Earlier this week, Wagner University posted a video of assistant men’s basketball coach Mike Babul, a former UMass forward, doing the Ice Bucket Challenge. Someone involved in sports taking part is hardly noteworthy right now. The internet is overflowing with videos of people, some famous, some anonymous, dumping ice water over their head … 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

UMass running back Drew Harris excited to start football career

Monday, August 4, 2014

AMHERST — After a long route from high school to Division I, Drew Harris was glad to finally be a college football player as he walked off the field following his first practice at UMass. After amassing 4,977 … 0

Mark Whipple, UMass ready for the start of preseason football camp

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The last time Mark Whipple was set to start a preseason football camp as the head coach at UMass, he wasn’t quite sure exactly what shape his players would come back in or how prepared they’d all be when they arrived. In 2003, some players stayed in Amherst … 0

Last line of defense Amherst’s James Ihedigbo gives Lions experience, leadership at safety

Saturday, August 2, 2014

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — When he joined Baltimore in 2012, James Ihedigbo couldn’t wait for pointers from veterans such as Ed Reed. Now, he’s doing the same for the Detroit Lions. The team is hoping that experience … 0

Plenty of questions heading into UMass football training camp

Friday, August 1, 2014

On Monday, the UMass football team will start its first day of training camp of the second Mark Whipple coaching era. The combination of new players, new systems and schemes, in addition to the new coaches, means there … 0

UMass ‘clam bake’ nets football recruits

Thursday, July 31, 2014

UMass football’s annual “clam bake” continues to be a recruiting boon for the Minutemen. According to the Maroon Musket, UMass added two more verbal commitments Thursday. Michael Yerardi, a 6-foot-6, 305-pound offensive tackle from Suffield Academy, and Jack Driscoll, a 6-4, 247-pound defensive end/offensive tackle from Connecticut, attended … 0

UMass coach Whipple expresses confidence at MAC Football media day

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dismissing the value of preseason polls is a football tradition as old as the forward pass. So UMass coach Mark Whipple saying the 2014 Mid-American Conference preseason football poll that picked his Minutemen last doesn’t mean anything was … 0