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Massachusetts quarterback Blake Frohnapfel (7) passes under pressure from Colorado defensive lineman Juda Parker (56) in the  fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Colorado won 41-38. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

UMass’ Blake Frohnapfel returns to football life after AD search ends

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

AMHERST — Search committee member Blake Frohnapfel had transformed back into quarterback Blake Frohnapfel Wednesday as he arrived at the UMass Performance Center for Wednesday’s spring practice, studying his playbook instead of the resumes of prospective candidates. But Frohnapfel, a junior athletically, but a grad student academically, left his stint as one of two students on the search committee that …

Matt Vautour: Plate full for new UMass AD Ryan Bamford

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford won’t officially inhabit his third floor Mullins Center office until some point next month. But he’ll be doing work on the school’s behalf while he’s tying up loose ends at Georgia Tech, which is a good thing. There’s plenty to do. Leading the athletic department at UMass …

Ryan Bamford introduced as UMass’ new athletic director

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

AMHERST — Ryan Bamford said he’d had chances to pursue athletic director jobs before. Either the time wasn’t right or the fit wasn’t. But Bamford, who was introduced as the University of Massachusetts’ new athletic director Tuesday, said he found the right situation in Amherst. “When this one came open, my eyes were …

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

Tuesday’s colleges: Amherst baseball sweeps Framingham State in doubleheader

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Amherst College baseball team swept Framingham State in a doubleheader, 6-4 and 5-4 (7 innings), in Lakeland, Florida, on Tuesday. Harry Roberson went 5 for 6, while Andrew Vandini finished 3 for 7 with a double and solo home run for the Lord Jeffs (3-3). John Cook …

Sources: UMass athletic director candidates include Jim Fiore, controversial ex-Stony Brook AD

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

UMass is expected to bring four athletic director candidates to campus beginning Friday, including one who figures to be controversial. Multiple sources familiar with the search confirmed that former Stony Brook athletic director Jim Fiore, who was fired …

Matt Vautour: If Cal succeeds, will he stay at Kentucky?

Monday, March 16, 2015

The main story dominating this NCAA Tournament is whether Kentucky can complete its undefeated season with a national championship. It figures to be captivating theater. But almost more interesting would be what would happen after that. Would John …

UMass freshman Brandon Montour signs with NHL Anaheim Ducks

Monday, March 16, 2015

Another player the UMass hockey program had hoped would be a key piece of its future left to sign a professional contract. Four days after sophomore forward Frank Vatrano signed with the Boston Bruins, freshman defenseman Brandon Montour …

Weekend colleges: UMass men’s lacrosse rallies to beat Penn State

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Nick Mariano scored three goals, while Peter Lindley and Andrew Sokol each had two as the UMass men’s lacrosse team overcame an early deficit to beat Penn State, 12-8, at home on Saturday. Sokol, Buddy Carr, Mariano and Grant Whiteway tied the game at 4 for the UMass, …

Friday’s college recaps: Amherst College women’s hoop season ends in Division III Sweet Sixteen

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Amherst College women’s basketball season came to an end at the hands of Salisbury, 63-58, in the NCAA Division III Sweet Sixteen in Montclair, New Jersey, on Friday. The Lord Jeffs led 33-25 at the half, but the Seagulls completed the comeback. Ali Doswell led Amherst (28-2) …

UMass’ Frank Vatrano signs free agent contract with Boston Bruins

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The optimism created by a strong finish to the 2014-15 season for the UMass hockey team suffered a bit of a blow on Thursday. Sophomore Frank Vatrano, the Minutemen’s top goal scorer, signed a free agent contract with …

Matt Vautour: Looming questions as UMass prepares for next season

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NEW YORK When the UMass basketball team’s bus pulled out of the Barclays Center after Thursday’s season-ending 76-69 loss to La Salle, the Minutemen left an era behind them. With Maxie Esho and Cady Lalanne graduating the Minutemen …

UMass season comes to crashing end with 76-69 loss to La Salle in A-10 tournament

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NEW YORK — On Feb. 14, UMass was tied for first place and looked to be in position to make some noise in the Atlantic 10. Less than a month later, the Minutemen exited the conference tournament quietly. …

Notebook: UMass coach Derek Kellogg to re-evaluate program after Atlantic 10 tournament loss

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NEW YORK — After Thursday’s 76-69 loss to La Salle ended his team’s season at the Atlantic 10 tournament, UMass coach Derek Kellogg said everything in the program will be under review in hopes of getting better in the future after fizzling down the stretch. “I’ll really sit …