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UAB cornerback Kelton Brackett (21) nearly intercepts a pass intended for Rice wide receiver Donte Moore (81) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

UMass DB Kelton Brackett still feels burned by UAB, but glad to be a Minuteman

Friday, July 3, 2015

Kelton Brackett had tentatively decided that his career was over. When Alabama-Birmingham made the controversial decision to end its football program in December, Brackett had interest from other schools. But he was a senior with just one year of eligibility left. His girlfriend, Kendra Gilchrist, was at UAB along with a lot of other friends and he had a degree to complete. He felt burned by college football and the fact that he and his teammates wouldn’t get to complete the building job they started. So the defensive back from Mobile, Alabama, was reluctantly leaning toward hanging up his cleats, spending his final year on …

UMass notebook: Starters Nick Mariano, Zach Oliveri transfer from men’s lacrosse team

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Two key pieces of the UMass men’s lacrosse team will finish their careers elsewhere. UMass coach Greg Cannella confirmed Wednesday that leading scorer Nick Mariano, who just completed his sophomore year with 22 goals and 20 assists, is transferring to Syracuse. Mariano will be eligible immediately as first-time lacrosse transfers aren’t required to sit out a season. “I wish him luck in his …

Two future UMass defensemen picked in the NHL draft

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A pair of future UMass defensemen were taken Saturday on the second day of the NHL draft. It’ll be a year before Jake Massie, who played for Kimball Union Academy and the Boston Jr. Bruins last year, joins the Minutemen, but the 6-foot-1, 185-pound defenseman was draft eligible and chosen in the sixth round (156th overall) by the Carolina Hurricanes. The Montreal native …

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

UMass to host Mississippi State in football in 2016

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Last season, the Mississippi State football team was ranked No. 1 in the country. Next season, the Bulldogs will visiting Foxborough. According to multiple athletic department sources, UMass is expected to announce Monday afternoon a series between the …

UMass schedules home-and-home football series with Tulane

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The UMass football team passed the halfway point for reaching the minimum number of available home games for the 2016 season as the school announced a home-and-home series with Tulane on Thursday. The Minutemen will face the Green Wave on Oct. 1 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. UMass …

Despite UAB football announcement, transfer Kelton Brackett staying at UMass

Monday, June 1, 2015

UAB’s announcement that it will bring back football, reversing a controversial decision last fall to discontinue the sport, didn’t happen quickly enough for Kelton Brackett to finish his career for the Blazers. The senior cornerback will play for UMass in 2015. When the news broke Monday morning that …

UMass women’s rowing takes 20th at NCAAs

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The 2014-15 UMass athletic season is finally in the books as the women’s rowing team concluded its season with 20th place at the NCAA Championships in Gold River, California on Sunday. The Second Varsity 8+ was 18th overall, taking sixth in the “C” final in 7 minutes, 2.76 …

UMass crew takes on nation’s best at NCAA Division I Championship regatta

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Like most New Englander, as the seemingly never-ending snow and cold kept coming, the UMass rowing team waited anxiously for the weather to break. In most years, the Minutewomen are out on the water in the second week …

Back coaching ultimate again, Tiina Booth finds success at UMass

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

AMHERST — Recognizing the caller when she looked down at her ringing cell phone, Tiina Booth didn’t bother saying hello, skipping straight to: “I am not coaching UMass,” she said to Kevin Norton, who played for her at …

Canisius guard Zach Lewis excited to transfer to UMass

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Going into the offseason, UMass coach Derek Kellogg hoped to add two transfers — an immediately eligible big man and a younger guard for 2016-17. On Tuesday he completed the checklist when Canisius guard Zach Lewis announced he was transferring to UMass. Lewis joins former Texas A&M big …

Calipari: ‘Not interested’ in vacant Pelicans coaching job

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. — John Calipari says he’s not interested in the New Orleans Pelicans’ coaching job and is happy at Kentucky. The Pelicans fired Monty Williams a week ago and the team’s NBA roster features former Kentucky star Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans, who played for Calipari at …

Former UMass guard Derrick Gordon headed to Seton Hall, said sexuality limited recruiting interest

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Derrick Gordon, who became the first openly gay Division I men’s basketball player in 2014-15, said he didn’t encounter any homophobia at UMass or in opposing arenas during his junior season. But after announcing he was transferring to …

Friday’s colleges: Amherst eliminated from NCAA Tournament; UMass out of A-10 tourney picture

Friday, May 15, 2015

Keystone made the most of its opportunities and Amherst College couldn’t answer as the Lord Jeffs were bounced from the NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament, 7-2, Friday in Auburn, New York. Mike Odenwaelder, Yanni Thanopoulos and Connor Gunn each had two hits for Amherst, which finished the season …