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Kentucky head coach John Calipari directs his team during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game against Wisconsin Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

New NCAA Division I chief puts transfer rules on priority list

Monday, April 27, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Kevin Lennon is putting transfer rule changes near the top of his priority list. The NCAA’s new vice president for Division I governance told The Associated Press there are growing concerns among the division’s 345 members over the surging number of students switching schools — and that the debate could come to a close sometime in the next year. Some of the ideas bandied about would have a dramatic impact on graduate transfer students. The proposals include giving schools the ability to restrict where ex-players can go and requiring the athletes to sit out one year before becoming eligible. Undergrads already are required …

UMass guard Demetrius Dyson announces his plans to transfer

Sunday, April 26, 2015

On a weekend where the UMass men’s basketball team hoped Marcquise Reed would become a future Minuteman, sophomore Demetrius Dyson became a former one. Dyson announced via Twitter (and TwitLonger, which extends tweets beyond 140 characters) Saturday night that he plans to complete his college career elsewhere, confirming an ESPN report by Jeff Goodman: “I …

UMass falls to Delaware, backs into CAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament

Friday, April 24, 2015

AMHERST — That good news for the UMass men’s lacrosse team is that the Minutemen will get another chance to fix their problems that have plagued them all season. Fairfield’s win over Hofstra Friday night meant that even though UMass fell to Delaware, 10-9, in the regular season finale Friday, the Minutemen will still play in the conference tournament. The bad news is …

UMass linebacker Shane Huber healthy and ready to fulfill high expectations

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

AMHERST — The initial bending was the worst. Shane Huber would lay face down on a table after the surgery to repair his torn left knee, as a physical therapist would work to help return the range of …

Seeds of Calipari’s coaching success were planted here

Monday, April 6, 2015

Walking around the court prior to a February UMass home game, a fan, whose name I never got, stopped me for a few minutes to talk about whether I thought Kentucky would go undefeated. He then proceeded to …

Former UMass coach John Calipari makes Hall of Fame

Monday, April 6, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — When the call came telling him he had been voted into the Hall of Fame, Kentucky coach John Calipari had an immediate reaction. He steered his car to the curb, and let the reality of basketball’s …

Friends, colleagues celebrate Calipari’s election to Hall of Fame

Monday, April 6, 2015

Years before his friend and former boss was ever even nominated, Drexel coach Bruiser Flint was telling John Calipari he’d eventually be in the Hall of Fame. “I always used to tease him when he’d be complaining about stuff, ‘What are you worried about, you’re going to be …

Weekend colleges: Amherst baseball slugs Middlebury, twice

Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Amherst College baseball team exploded for 38 runs in a doubleheader sweep of Middlebury, Saturday in Auburn. Amherst won 18-2 in seven inning and 20-10. Andrew Vandini finished 5 for 7 with 11 RBIs and five runs to power the Lord Jeffs. Mike Odenwaelder was 7 for …

Friday’s colleges: Smith College tennis rallies past Colby-Sawyer

Friday, April 3, 2015

Badriyyah AlSabah outlasted Marissa Ulmer in straight sets to earn her first collegiate victory and give the Smith College women’s tennis team a 5-4 come-from-behind win over Colby-Sawyer, Friday in Northampton. The Pioneer (5-9) trailed 2-1 after doubles play. Amherst 9, Babson 0 — Vickie Ip and Sue …

UMass notebook: Derek Kellogg pulling a little harder for John Calipari, Kentucky

Friday, April 3, 2015

This is the fourth Final Four Derek Kellogg has gone to as a Kentucky fan. But the UMass coach acknowledged that this year is special. His friend, mentor and former boss John Calipari has the Wildcats on the …

UMass softball splits doubleheader with George Washington

Friday, April 3, 2015

AMHERST — With two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, George Washington pitcher Sarah Costlow threw a pitch over the outstretched glove of catcher Samantha Dos Santos, allowing UMass senior Quianna Diaz-Patterson to sprint in from …

Rodney Mills is ‘Mr. Utility’ for UMass football team

Thursday, April 2, 2015

AMHERST — Rodney Mills was listed as a fullback on the UMass football team’s roster last year. And he did, from time to time, line up back there. But pigeonholing the junior there or really anywhere doesn’t accurately …

Notebook: UMass spring venues slowly open; softball home opener Friday

Thursday, April 2, 2015

AMHERST — After a cancellation Monday and a venue switch Tuesday, there will be softball on campus Friday as UMass spring venues gradually begin opening. The warmer weather in the middle of the week helped thaw Sortino Field enough to be playable. The risk of rain Friday night …