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Connections run deep between UMass, Penn State football teams

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

AMHERST — Saturday’s game at Penn State was still five months away when Brenda Whipple was asked about it at the UMass spring football game in April . She shuddered at the very idea of it. “I don’t even want to think about it,” she said laughing. Back then her son Austin Whipple was completing his freshman year in State College, Pennsylvania, and had yet to transfer to UMass. If …

UMass notebook: Running back Lorenzo Woodley back in the picture for Minutemen

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

AMHERST — It had been a steep decline for Lorenzo Woodley. He arrived at UMass as the highest profile high school football recruit ever. Rugged and fast, he was expected to be a piece former coach Charley Molnar could build his offense around. But as a true freshman last year, he got banged …

Matt Vautour: Independent football schedule taking shape for UMass

Monday, September 15, 2014

With no conference ready to extend UMass an invitation yet, the Minutemen have begun preparing their 2016 and 2017 schedules to play as an independent. Athletic director John McCutcheon said the school is expected to announce some games for those seasons shortly. “You’re going to see a fairly diverse schedule,” McCutcheon said. “You need to have five home games, then it’s to try …

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

Tattoo Tuesday: Alex Kenney
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
UMass to play Old Dominion in football
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Vanderbilt opens quarterback competition again

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason is looking for another quarterback once again, and he’s thrown open the competition even more in his search for someone who can help the Commodores score points. The Commodores are 0-2, …

What message is NCAA sending reducing Penn State's Sandusky penalties?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Is it more important to create an incentive for a penalized school to get its act together or to send the message that penalties need to have teeth? I’ve been wondering this all afternoon because the NCAA lifted …

UMass notebook: Minutemen show improvement following Week 1 loss to Boston College

Saturday, September 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The UMass football team spent more time following their 41-38 loss to Colorado Saturday focusing on what went wrong, but there were a lot of things that improved in week two of the season, especially on …

UMass drops shootout with Colorado, 41-38

Saturday, September 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The UMass football team was better, more competitive and more watchable than it was in last week’s loss to Boston College. But at the end of the game it was still winless. The Minutemen couldn’t hold …

Friday’s colleges: Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Yolanda Griffith named to UMass coaching staff

Friday, September 5, 2014

One of the most decorated women’s basketball players of all time is joining the UMass coaching staff. Yolanda Griffith, an eight-time WNBA all-star and two-time Olympic gold medalist who was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in June, was officially hired by coach Sharon Dawley on …

UMass hoping to shore up run defense as Colorado comes to visit

Friday, September 5, 2014

AMHERST — After being pushed around by Boston College’s big and talented offensive line to the tune of 338 yards rushing, members of UMass’ front seven were adamant that they’re better than they played. They’ll get a chance …

Whipple family reunited in Amherst as they try to rebuild UMass football a second time

Thursday, September 4, 2014

AMHERST — As she was unpacking in her new Amherst home during July, Brenda Whipple opened a blue Rubbermaid bin, with 1998 scrawled in a fading black Sharpie on the side. Inside were programs, notebooks, pictures and other …

Clyde Santee leaving UMass, will attend junior college

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Rising sophomore wing Clyde Santee has left the UMass men’s basketball team and will attend junior college for the 2014-15 season. He’s hoping to return to a Division I program in 2015-16. “UMass was a great experience for …

Early arrival at UMass pays off for Da’Sean Downey

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

AMHERST —What once was source of his biggest frustration has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for UMass freshman Da’Sean Downey. After graduating Woodlands High School in Hartsdale, N.Y. in 2013, Downey, a 6-foot-5, 234-pound outside …

AP Source: DC to host A-10 men’s tourney in 2018

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Atlantic 10 men’s basketball tournament is coming to the nation’s capital in 2018, a person close to the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the conference had not made the announcement public. The league announced …