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UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford has reportedly added six additional games with Boston College and UConn.

Schedule shakeup gives UMass more football games with BC and UConn

Monday, October 12, 2015

For years, the UMass football program has wanted more games with Boston College and UConn. It appears that there’s going to be at least six more. UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford clarified details from a story on AJerseyGuy.com, which first reported the schedule shifting. The blog is a college sports site run by former Boston Globe writer Mark Blaudschun. Contract …

Matt Vautour: USC coach Steve Sarkisian is a reminder that coaches and alcohol can be a bad mix

Monday, October 12, 2015

Steve Sarkisian is going to be a punchline. The USC football coach was fired Monday after new allegations of public intoxication surfaced. Fans of UCLA, Notre Dame and everyone else that doesn’t like Southern California are going to make wisecracks about USC’s coach being publicly drunk long after someone else has taken the …

Freshman Austin Plevy caps UMass rally as Minutemen ice Colorado College

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Austin Plevy picked up Saturday where he left off Friday. The UMass freshman scored the game-winning goal late in the third period as the Minutemen stormed back to beat Colorado College, 4-3, Saturday. Plevy, who tallied three goals in Friday’s 6-3 season-opening win over CC, netted Saturday’s goal at the 16:53 mark. It capped a four-goal rally, as UMass trailed 3-0 entering the …

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

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Friday, October 9, 2015
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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Wednesday’s colleges: Mark Morris strikes for UMass in win over URI

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Senior forward Mark Morris scored three goals as the UMass men’s soccer team beat Rhode Island, 3-2, in Amherst Wednesday. It was the first three-goal performance for the Minutemen since the 2002 season. The last player to notch a hat trick for UMass was Jeff Deren, who did …

New UMass big men eager to contribute

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

AMHERST — After getting their feet wet during August’s trip to Paris and London, UMass freshman big men Rashaan Holloway and Malik Hines were excited to get practice started. Of the two, Hines will get the most responsibility …

Red-zone production key for UMass vs Bowling Green

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

AMHERST — In Saturday’s win over Florida International, the UMass football team came up empty on one of three trips to the red zone and didn’t score on two other trips close to it, sputtering at the 22- …

UMass basketball notebook: Donte Clark eager to start season

Monday, October 5, 2015

AMHERST — There were moments last year when then-freshman Donte Clark flashed star potential. His 25 points against Florida Gulf Coast, 23 vs. La Salle twice and 15 vs. Florida State made UMass fans excited about what he …

Let him play: Age rule keeping Fournette out of NFL next year is wrong

Monday, October 5, 2015

Leonard Fournette is good enough to play in the NFL right now. Of course he is. Not since Adrian Peterson played for Oklahoma has a running back looked so fiercely dominant. The LSU running back not only looks …

Matt Vautour: UMass learns to shake adversity

Saturday, October 3, 2015

AMHERST When the unusual plays and unusual calls started happening, UMass coach Mark Whipple couldn’t help but think of the Temple game, just two weeks ago. Against the Owls, a bizarre sequence of plays at the end led …

UMass punter Logan Laurent steps into place-kicking duty

Saturday, October 3, 2015

AMHERST — UMass coach Mark Whipple quipped during preseason that there would have to be a malaria outbreak for starting punter Logan Laurent to move back to place kicking. While there was no outbreak recorded, Laurent returned to …

Notebook: Makeshift defensive line stands out for UMass

Saturday, October 3, 2015

AMHERST — Peter Angeh didn’t register a sack or even a tackle on UMass’ last defensive stop of the game, but the play proved to be a fitting ending for the defense against Florida International. With several would-be …

UMass football holds for first win, 24-14 over Florida International

Saturday, October 3, 2015

AMHERST — With 1 minute, 56 seconds left and his team facing a fourth-and-5 on the Florida International 15-yard line, UMass football coach Mark Whipple decided to try and end the game right there with his team up …

UMass looks to build momentum against FIU at McGuirk Stadium

Friday, October 2, 2015

AMHERST — UMass won’t start Mid-American Conference play until next week, but Saturday’s opponent, Florida International, far more closely resembles a MAC team than any of the three teams the Minutemen have played so far. With UMass needing …