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University of Massachusetts head coach Mark Whipple watches his Minutemen play in the third quarter of their 47-42 loss to Bowling Green at McGuirk Stadium on Saturday.

UMass notebook: Mark Whipple leaves decisions on head injuries to medical staff

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

AMHERST — After the recent concussion controversy at Michigan, UMass coach Mark Whipple was asked about his own policy on head injuries. Michigan coach Brady Hoke is under fire for allowing backup quarterback Shane Morris to stay in the game after absorbing a helmet-to-helmet hit that caused, what was later determined to be, a concussion. Without speaking about Michigan, Whipple …

Notebook: Donte Clark ready to compete for UMass men’s basketball team

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — Most of his opponents last year didn’t know exactly who he was, but they knew Donte Clark wasn’t the normal pickup-game player when they’d line up against him at UMass’ recreation center. “They knew I wasn’t just a regular student,” Clark said smiling. “They’d play a little harder than they normally would.” A year ago, he wasn’t just a regular student, …

UMass releases nonconference football contracts

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — UMass released the contracts of each of the nonconference football games that were announced last week. The following are noteworthy points and clauses included in each contract: ∎ The 2015 game between Temple and UMass is contractually listed as being held in Amherst, but will likely be held at Gillette Stadium, …

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

Tattoo Tuesday: UMass FB Rodney Mills
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
A dodged bullet and an honor
Monday, September 29, 2014
MAC Picks Week 5
Friday, September 26, 2014

MAC Preview: Conference regresses from 2013, leaving championship up for grabs

Friday, September 26, 2014

AMHERST — For the past two years, the Mid-American Conference was on the rise. On the strength of strong play by several top-end teams, the conference hovered around the BCS discussion. But with several stars having graduated, including …

UMass avoids ADA compliance with McGuirk upgrade

Friday, September 26, 2014

Editor’s note: This article was previously published in Wednesday’s edition of the Valley Advocate. This Saturday, the UMass football team returns to play a home game at McGuirk Stadium for the first time in three years, since making …

Amherst businesses welcome UMass football back to McGuirk Alumni Stadium

Thursday, September 25, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts football plays its first game on campus in more than three years Saturday. For a business community that appreciated the presence of these games each fall, that’s plenty of reason to cheer. “We’re …

UMass looks to take advantage of Bowling Green’s struggles

Thursday, September 25, 2014

AMHERST — After winning the Mid-American Conference last year with the league’s best defense, it would have been hard to picture Bowling Green being ranked last in most defensive categories four weeks into the season. After losing Matt …

Friday’s colleges: UMass men’s soccer falls in overtime to Harvard

Friday, September 26, 2014

Josh Schwartz and Mark Morris each scored, but the UMass men’s soccer team fell 3-2 in overtime to Harvard, Friday in Amherst. Ryan Buckingham made 17 saves for the Minutemen (1-6-0). Field hockey Richmond 1, UMass 0 — Sam Carlino made three saves but the Minutewomen (2-7, 0-1 …

UMass sophomore running back Shadrach Abrokwah excited for return to field

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

AMHERST — Shadrach Abrokwah’s time counting down days will finally end Saturday. While everyone on the UMass roster is looking forward to the start of conference play and the return to McGuirk Stadium, Saturday at 3 p.m. against Bowling Green, Abrokwah will just be glad to be back …

UMass announces huge slate of future football games; will play BYU, Army and Hawaii in upcoming seasons

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

AMHERST — With independence on the horizon, the UMass football program officially announced games spanning the 2016-2022 seasons. The release was highlighted by four-game series with fellow independents BYU and Army, and a two-game series against Hawaii. UMass …

UMass CB Jackson Porter remains upbeat despite struggles as a rookie starter

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

AMHERST — Jackson Porter knows opposing quarterbacks are going to go after him. The UMass redshirt freshman cornerback has only been playing the position since the start of training camp after spending last year and the spring at …

Matt Vautour: Penn State fervor is alive and well in State College

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. Moments before 12:30, not far from a sign that read “Team buses arriving at 1:30 p.m,” there isn’t space to be found along the roped route that those Penn State buses will pass through. Forty-five …

Hockey East notebook: UMass, UConn ready build on rivalry

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON — For the first time since 1999 when UConn left the Atlantic 10 football conference, UMass and UConn will play a regular-season game with something tangible on the line in any sport. The epicenter of the long-standing, but dormant, rivalry between the two schools could move to …