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UMass coach Whipple expresses confidence at MAC Football media day

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dismissing the value of preseason polls is a football tradition as old as the forward pass. So UMass coach Mark Whipple saying the 2014 Mid-American Conference preseason football poll that picked his Minutemen last doesn’t mean anything was simply the latest rite of passage in his return to being a head coach. But this poll has added insignificance. The Minutemen … 0

Sam Koch, UMass men's soccer coach, dies at 59; led Minutemen to success over 23 seasons

Monday, July 21, 2014

University of Massachusetts men’s soccer coach Sam Koch died Sunday at his home in Hadley after a two-year battle with sinus cancer. UMass announced Koch’s death on Twitter at 9:52 a.m. Monday with this post: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sam Koch. An all-time great person who … 0

Matt Vautour: Coach Sam Koch dedicated life to UMass men’s soccer program

Monday, July 21, 2014

From my view at Elaine Sortino’s funeral last August, I had a pretty clear view of Sam Koch. I couldn’t help but wondering what was going through the University of Massachusetts soccer coach’s mind. A few weeks earlier, I’d sat in Koch’s office for an article about his battle with sinus cancer. Koch … 1

Washington Nationals draft UMass pitcher D.J. Jauss, son of former Red Sox coach Dave Jauss

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Washington Nationals like drafting UMass pitchers. For the third time since 2009, the Nationals selected a Minuteman pitcher in Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft as senior right-hander D.J. Jauss was taken in the 29th round (874th overall) Saturday. Jauss follows Mitchell Clegg and Nick Serino in … 0

Kentucky gives John Calipari 7-year, $52.5 million deal

Thursday, June 5, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky gave coach John Calipari a seven-year, $52.5 million contract extension that will pay a base package of $6.5 million next season and $8 million over each of the final three seasons. Already one of college basketball’s highest-paid coaches, Calipari led the Wildcats to the … 0

UMass notebook: Charley Molnar reportedly lands coaching job with Idaho

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Charley Molnar won’t spend 2014 away from football after all. According to CoachingSearch.com, the former UMass coach will be the wide receivers coach at Idaho. Molnar was hired in 2011 to lead the Minuteman program’s transition from the … 0

Chaz Williams, Raphiael Putney begin quest to make it to the NBA

Thursday, June 5, 2014

On Monday morning before both embarked on significant days in their basketball careers, former UMass teammates Chaz Williams and Raphiael Putney talked over Facetime. Later that day Williams worked out for the Boston Celtics and Putney for the … 0

Former UMass hockey player Conor Allen on call for Rangers during Stanley Cup run

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The last time the Los Angeles Kings were in the Stanley Cup finals, Conor Allen was rooting for them. LA goalie Jonathan Quick was a former UMass hockey player and Allen was a current one in 2012. The … 0

UMass rowing finishes year with 21st at NCAA

Monday, June 2, 2014

The UMass women’s rowing team finished the spring season with a 21st place finish at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis. In Sunday’s D final races, the Varsity 4+ of Emily Hajjar, Rachel Boudreau, Gabrielle Hayward, Kyla Miller and Sam Wonderlin finished second in its heat, in 7:49.499, and … 0

UMass notebook: Minutemen to play in ESPN’s Season Tip-Off Marathon

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Another morning at Mullins. UMass will host a weekday morning game as part of ESPN’s Season Tip-Off Marathon for the third straight season. UMass sources confirmed the CBS Sports report that the Minutemen will play Manhattan on Nov. … 0

Weekend colleges: Amherst College advances to the women’s lacrosse final four

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Amherst College women’s lacrosse is back in the NCAA Division III Final Four. Krista Zsitvay had four goals and the Lord Jeffs advanced to their first final four in 10 years with an 8-5 win over The College of New Jersey Sunday on Sunday at Pratt Field. … 0

Thursday’s colleges: UMass baseball rallies to beat Saint Joseph’s

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The University of Massachusetts baseball team rallied to beat Saint Joseph’s 10-6, Thursday in Philadelphia. The Minutemen trailed 4-1 entering the seventh but a five-run inning gave them a 6-4 lead. The Hawks got one back in the … 0

Matt Vautour: UMass to the Sun Belt? It could happen

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson told CBS Sports that his conference and the University of Massachusetts have had discussions about the Minutemen joining as a football-only member. It’s a pretty good bet that if it’s at the point … 0