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Massachusetts head coach Derek Kellogg speaks to players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball second-round tournament game against Tennessee in 2014, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

CHART With new contract, UMass men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg highest paid state employee

Friday, October 24, 2014

AMHERST — In a new contract released by the University of Massachusetts Friday, Minuteman men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg will become the highest-paid state employee in Massachusetts. Kellogg is guaranteed make $994,500 a year through the 2018-19 season, an amount that could increase if he reaches bonuses based on performances by players on the court and in the classroom. Kellogg, …

Friday’s colleges: UMass hockey knocks off Northeastern, 3-2

Friday, October 24, 2014

Emerson Auvenshine scored in the third period to give the UMass hockey team a 3-2 win at Northeastern on Friday night. The tally at 8:51 in the final stanza handed the Minutemen (2-2-0, 1-1-0 Hockey East) their first win in conference play. Zack LaRue and Steven Guzzo picked up assists on the game winner. UMass took a 2-1 lead on the power play …

UMass faces Toledo in biggest’s football game of season

Friday, October 24, 2014

AMHERST — Like most football coaches, UMass’ Mark Whipple has usually avoided talking about anything beyond the next game in front of his team once the season starts. But even Whipple allowed himself to think about the long-term implications of Saturday’s game with Toledo. “It’s a big game. We’re in the middle of …

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

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Tajae Sharpe has career highs in receptions, yardage in Minuteman win

Saturday, October 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — After being held to two catches for 19 yards by a Kent State defense designed to smother him last week, UMass junior receiver Tajae Sharpe was eager to break out against Eastern Michigan. It didn’t take …

Balanced offense leads UMass football to second straight win

Saturday, October 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The UMass football team will have a tough decision about who to nominate for Mid-American Conference offensive player of the week after Saturday’s win over Eastern Michigan. The Minutemen could choose running back Shadrach Abrokwah. The …

Friday’s colleges: UMass can’t rally a second time, gets iced by Michigan State

Friday, October 17, 2014

After erasing an early two-goal deficit, the UMass hockey team couldn’t wipe out a three goal deficit late and fell to Michigan State, 5-3, Friday in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans took a 2-0 lead after the first period, but the Minutemen answered with two early in the …

UMass aims for second straight win, hosts improving Eastern Michigan

Friday, October 17, 2014

AMHERST — As they’ve gone through their respective struggles in recent years, fans of UMass and Eastern Michigan have longed to see the other on their schedule. While the rest of the Mid-American Conference was being lauded nationally …

UMass freshman QB Ross Comis imitates Eastern Michigan QB Reginald Bell to prepare Minutemen

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AMHERST — Through an odd coincidence of scheduling, Halloween week will be a rare time where Ross Comis isn’t pretending to be somebody else. Comis, UMass’ true freshman quarterback, has spent this season leading the scout team, doing …

From WMass to UMass, local soccer players join forces on men’s soccer team

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AMHERST — Recruiters for the UMass men’s soccer program didn’t need to travel far this offseason to scout four of their prospects. Sometimes they only needed to go to one game. Freshmen goalkeeper Mike Rock, defender Tyler Szymkowicz, midfielder Brandon Vazquez and midfielder Alex DeSantis all grew up …

John Calipari: Kentucky’s depth feels like 2 teams

Thursday, October 16, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky’s John Calipari said the Wildcats are so deep it feels like he is coaching two teams. Besides returning six regulars from last year’s NCAA runner-up squad, the Wildcats added four high school All-Americans and …

Men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg signs contract extension with UMass through 2018-19 season

Thursday, October 16, 2014

After leading the UMass men’s basketball team to its first NCAA tournament since 1998, coach Derek Kellogg has been rewarded with a new contract that will keep him in Amherst at least through the 2018-19 season. Athletic director …

UMass senior center Cady Lalanne looking to avoid a repeat of last year’s late season fade

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

AMHERST — Cady Lalanne has regrets. The UMass senior center’s averages of 11.3 points and 7.9 rebounds last year were the best totals of his career. But in his mind it could have been better. After the Minutemen’s …

UMass picked 4th in Atlantic 10 preseason poll; Cady Lalanne named all-conference second team

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — For the second straight season, UMass was picked fourth in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll. After losing three key seniors, coach Derek Kellogg took being picked that high as a sign of respect. “It’s nice …