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UMass football notebook: Minutemen avoid major loss as Dudley-Giles returns to practice

Monday, September 29, 2014

AMHERST — When UMass junior safety Trey Dudley-Giles walked off the field on crutches following Saturday’s loss to Bowling Green, the Minutemen’s already thin defensive backfield looked like it had sustained a sizable loss. But further examination revealed that Dudley-Giles’ leg injury, which sideline him for most of the second half, was just a contusion according to coach Mark Whipple. Dudley-Giles was back at practice Sunday and is expected to …

This weekend’s games should start to thin the College Football Playoff contenders

Monday, September 29, 2014

When the first College Football Playoff is announced in the first week of December, nobody will be thinking much about the first week in October. But this weekend’s games will go a long way to determining who might still be in the mix for inclusion in late November. There are 13 undefeated teams in Power 5 conferences. Eight of them play each other …

Fans help celebrate UMass football team’s return to McGuirk Stadium

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — The first smell was kielbasa, or was it sausage? It’s hard to tell. For anyone walking through the parking lots surrounding McGuirk Stadium Saturday, each step brought a different smell. To go 20 paces past the abundant sport utility vehicles with rear doors open meant stepping around the flying bean bags …

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

A dodged bullet and an honor
Monday, September 29, 2014
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Friday, September 26, 2014

UMass still confident with conference play on deck

Sunday, September 21, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Even though the nonconference portion of its season ended with a thud after Saturday’s 48-7 trouncing by Penn State, the UMass football team was confident the beginning of Mid-American Conference would launch success. The …

UMass outclassed at Penn State, loses 48-7

Saturday, September 20, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — There was no heartbreaking ending for the UMass football team this week. After two weeks of near misses, the suspense was gone in the second quarter Saturday, as Penn State overwhelmed the Minutemen, 48-7, …

Friday’s colleges: UMass men’s soccer returns home, beats Fairfield 2-1

Friday, September 19, 2014

Josh Schwartz scored in overtime as the UMass men’s soccer team earned its first victory of the season, beating Fairfield 2-1 in the home opener. Matt Keys had the other tally and Luke Pavone assisted on both goals for the Minutemen (1-5), playing their first home game since …

UMass’ margin for error is likely much smaller at Penn State

Friday, September 19, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The UMass football team made several mistakes during its first two games. While it was in position to win each time, it couldn’t finish the job. If the Minutemen (0-3) are going to break …

Thursday’s colleges: Brown blanks UMass, 2-0, in women’s soccer

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The UMass women’s soccer team had no answer for Brown’s defense as the Minutewomen were shut out 2-0, in Providence, Rhode Island, Thursday. The Bears (3-2-0) scored a goal in each half. Danielle Kriscenski made eight saves, while Cassidy Babin stopped in shared duty for UMass. Men’s golf …

Whipple: UMass preparing for future NFL No. 1 pick in Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg

Thursday, September 18, 2014

AMHERST — Former UMass players often talk about playing against Philip Rivers (N.C. State in 2002), Byron Leftwich (Marshall, 2001) and Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007) before all three quarterbacks became standouts in the NFL. Someday the current …

Connections run deep between UMass, Penn State football teams

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

AMHERST — Saturday’s game at Penn State was still five months away when Brenda Whipple was asked about it at the UMass spring football game in April . She shuddered at the very idea of it. “I don’t even want to think about it,” she said laughing. Back …

UMass notebook: Running back Lorenzo Woodley back in the picture for Minutemen

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

AMHERST — It had been a steep decline for Lorenzo Woodley. He arrived at UMass as the highest profile high school football recruit ever. Rugged and fast, he was expected to be a piece former coach Charley Molnar …

Matt Vautour: Independent football schedule taking shape for UMass

Monday, September 15, 2014

With no conference ready to extend UMass an invitation yet, the Minutemen have begun preparing their 2016 and 2017 schedules to play as an independent. Athletic director John McCutcheon said the school is expected to announce some games for those seasons shortly. “You’re going to see a fairly …

UMass notebook: Running back Jamal Wilson’s return this season questionable

Monday, September 15, 2014

AMHERST — Jamal Wilson’s season might not be over after all. The UMass running back, who left Saturday’s loss to Vanderbilt on a cart after suffering an apparent broken ankle, was originally thought to be done for the year, but UMass coach Mark Whipple held out hope that …