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John McCutcheon, shown at left in a Gazette file photo, will leave his post as athletic director at the University of Massachusetts within a month, according to sources.

UMass athletic director John McCutcheon leaves Feb. 20 for same job at University of California-Santa Barbara

Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst athletic department is looking for a new leader to guide it through an important time. The University of California-Santa Barbara announced Thursday that it has hired UMass athletic director John F. McCutcheon to fill the same post. UMass will begin an immediate search for his replacement. An interim athletic director is expected to …

Bigger, deeper UMass set for depleted, yet thriving Dayton

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

AMHERST — It’s almost hard to fathom. Dayton has no size, no depth and almost no losses. Despite injuries and dismissals, few opponents have been able to derail the 16-3 Flyers (6-1 Atlantic 10), who play UMass at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mullins Center. Coming off last year’s surprise run to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament, expectations were high for …

UMass football notebook: Assistant Marcel Shipp named New York Jets running backs coach

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tight end Jean Sifrin isn’t the only Minuteman headed to the NFL. The New York Jets announced Tuesday that they had hired UMass all-time leading rusher Marcel Shipp to be their new running backs coach. Shipp held the same role for UMass in 2014. It will be a return home for Shipp, who is from Paterson, New Jersey. He was an intern with …

Late offensive boards lift UMass over Rams

Sunday, January 18, 2015

AMHERST — With 59 seconds left in UMass’ 60-56 win over Rhode Island, Maxie Esho bulled his way to the basket to track down the rebound of Trey Davis’ missed 3-point try to earn UMass a fresh shot …

Zach Coleman sparks UMass past URI, 60-56; plays down the stretch pulled out win

Sunday, January 18, 2015

AMHERST — At halftime Zach Coleman wasn’t expecting to be a hero. He wasn’t really even expecting to play much in the second half. Coleman, UMass’ backup power forward, had played just two minutes in the first half …

UMass pulls away late, ices New Hampshire for 6-4 win

Saturday, January 17, 2015

AMHERST — At some point the brown faux suede thing on Shane Walsh’s head Friday probably looked like a tri-cornered hat, the traditional headwear of the original minutemen from Massachusetts. But what sat atop Walsh’s sweaty hair looked like something that had resided under a pile of knickers …

Friday’s colleges: Tufts deals third-ranked Amherst first women’s basketball loss

Friday, January 16, 2015

Beating Tufts on the road has been a tough assignment for the Amherst College women’s basketball team. The third-ranked Lord Jeffs were nearly doubled up in the second half en route to a 65-42 loss in Medford Friday night. Tufts (13-1, 2-0 NESCAC) outscored Amherst (14-1, 2-1) 33-17 …

Donte Clark, UMass look to get back on track against rival Rhode Island

Friday, January 16, 2015

AMHERST — By the end of 2014, Donte Clark’s ascension to stardom seemed inevitable. The freshman was coming off double-digit scoring efforts in three of UMass’ final five games. He was the Minutemen’s best outside shooter, best free-throw shooter, and as a freshman shaking the rust off after …

Thursday’s women’s college basketball: UMass beats La Salle for second straight win

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Kim Pierre-Louis’ double-double led the UMass women’s basketball team to a 71-68 victory over La Salle, Thursday at the Mullins Center. Pierre-Louis scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while Cierra Dillard added 13 points for the Minutewomen (8-8, 2-2 Atlantic 10), who have won two straight. Rashida …

Notebook: UMass to play in MGM Main Event tournament next season

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

AMHERST — The 2015-16 UMass basketball team will try its fortunes in Las Vegas. UMass sources confirmed that the Minutemen will play in the MGM Main Event prior to Thankgiving. UMass will be part of the “Heavyweight Division” …

UMass stumbles in closing minutes, falls to Davidson, 71-63

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

AMHERST — For more than 36 minutes, the UMass men’s basketball team put itself in position to earn its biggest win of the season. But in a game that swung back and forth throughout, Davidson had momentum last …

UMass preparing to run with high-scoring Davidson

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

AMHERST — UMass isn’t shy about the fact that it likes to play against teams that are willing to run. Usually the Minutemen’s speed and athleticism is an advantage in a game played at a fast pace. But UMass figures to have its hands full against Davidson when …

UMass hockey forward Emerson Auvenshine suspended indefinitely after weekend arrest

Monday, January 12, 2015

AMHERST — Emerson Auvenshine, a senior forward for the UMass hockey team, has been suspended indefinitely from the program after he was arrested during the weekend. Auvenshine was arraigned Monday on charges of assault and battery, malicious destruction …