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JERREY ROBERTS
McGuirk Stadium, home of the UMass Minutemen.

James Oliphant popping as a returner, defensive back for UMass

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — James Oliphant got his nickname long before becoming a football star. His grandfather nicknamed all of his grandchildren and called Oliphant “Pop.” The moniker stuck. Now a freshman at UMass, Oliphant’s teammates have repurposed the nickname. “My teammates say my nickname is Pop because every time I get a return, I ‘pop’ out of there and score,” Oliphant …

How do schools calculate new stipends for college athletes?

Sunday, August 30, 2015

For the first time, the NCAA is allowing college athletes to receive money in their scholarships to cover the so-called cost of attendance, those expenses beyond tuition, room and board, books and fees that come with attending school. Depending on the school, it could mean an extra $1,500 to as much as $6,000 for an athlete. For decades, universities and colleges have been …

UMass’ Downey eligible to play as court case progresses

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — UMass sophomore linebacker Da’Sean Downey will be allowed to participate in Minuteman team activities as the court case against him progresses. Downey, who will be arraigned Oct. 21 on assault charges stemming from an altercation earlier this year, is limited by a ankle injury suffered earlier in camp. But according to UMass coach Mark Whipple, Downey, who was suspended for spring …

UMass opponent Notre Dame defense seeks answers against up-tempo opponents

Friday, August 21, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame is hoping to pick up the pace on defense this season. The Fighting Irish got off to a quick start last season in defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder’s first season at Notre Dame, keeping opponents off balance by switching personnel. The Irish gave …

Women’s soccer opens the 2015-16 UMass sports season

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The 2015-16 UMass sports season will officially begin Friday as the women’s soccer team will host Syracuse at 4 p.m. at Rudd Field. The Minutewomen, who were 5-9-5 (3-3-2 Atlantic 10) last year, were picked ninth in the …

UMass OLBs hoping to get to the quarterback more often

Thursday, August 20, 2015

AMHERST — When Kassan Messiah daydreams about the upcoming season, the UMass senior linebacker is thinking about getting to the quarterback. “Getting that game-winning sack, that’s what you dream about,” he said. “Getting in that backfield and making …

Wilson’s return gives UMass a deep stable of running backs

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

AMHERST — Jamal Wilson doesn’t bother trying to play down his enthusiasm. The senior tailback’s face erupts in a smile when he talks about being back on the field after missing most of last year with a knee …

With a year under his belt, UMass QB Blake Frohnapfel has a stronger foundation underneath him

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

AMHERST — Expecting Blake Frohnapfel to be better in year two seems a little greedy. All he did in year one, was learn a system he’d never played in before, put up record-setting numbers for a team that …

No numbers, no problem. Anonymous UMass football team has a good first day of practice

Monday, August 17, 2015

In the huddle, UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel found himself peering through the facemasks of his receivers to see who was who. During drills he squinted to determine which defensive back was covering which would-be pass catcher before throwing …

10 questions in previewing the 2015 UMass football team

Sunday, August 16, 2015

When the UMass football team takes the field for practice Monday, it will carry something the program hasn’t had in almost a decade and has never had in the Bowl Subdivision: Expectations. The Minutemen won just three games last year and just five games since becoming an FBS …

Derek Kellogg is hoping UMass benefits from its European trip on and off the court

Sunday, August 16, 2015

If the primary goal was to win three games during his team’s three-game tour of France and England, UMass coach Derek Kellogg would have prepared differently. In the 10 practices that the NCAA allows teams to have prior to Monday’s departure, Kellogg would have spent more time focused …

Notebook: UMass set for preseason football camp on Monday

Friday, August 14, 2015

AMHERST — Barring something unforeseen between now and Monday, when the UMass football team begins practice for the 2015 season, coach Mark Whipple will have a full and healthy roster. Before leaving for a short break between the end of summer session and the start of camp, Whipple …

Notebook: UMass adds South Florida, Maine to complete 2017 football schedule

Thursday, August 13, 2015

UMass has a complete football schedule for 2017 as the school announced two future series, Thursday. The Minutemen will play South Florida in Tampa on Oct. 14, 2017, and in Amherst on Oct. 6, 2018. UMass will host Maine, an FCS school and former league rival from the …