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University of Massachusetts wide receiver Shakur Nesmith, right, talks to Liam Coen during a scrimmage Wednesday at McGuirk Stadium.

UMass receivers Jalen Williams, Shakur Nesmith shine in spring game

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — A pair of tall receivers, who’ll try to crack the University of Massachusetts’ starting lineup in the fall, stood out in the annual spring game, Wednesday night at McGuirk Stadium. Anyone watching the team for the first time this spring got their first look at junior college transfer Jalen Williams at wide receiver. The 6-foot-3 sophomore, who was … 0

More than 1,000 support gay community at UMass rally, countering five from Westboro Baptist Church

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

AMHERST — The Westboro Baptist Church’s anti-gay protest at the University of Massachusetts came and went quickly and without incident Wednesday, while a rally supporting the campus’ gay community drew over 1,000 people. The two events were sparked by UMass sophomore Derrick Gordon becoming the nation’s first openly gay men’s college basketball player. … 2

Mark Whipple, UMass set for spring football game

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts football program wasn’t trying to simulate a midweek Mid-American Conference game when it scheduled the annual spring football game for Wednesday at 7 p.m. The last time Mark Whipple coached UMass, there were neither lights, nor turf at McGuirk Stadium. Having both available now, Whipple made spring practice earlier in the calendar and later on the clock. … 0

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

UMass leaving MAC football after 2015
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Weekend college recaps: UMass men’s lacrosse too much for Hartford

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The 11th-ranked University of the Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team used balanced scoring to beat Hartford Saturday. Eight players scored as the Minutemen beat the Hawks 12-6 at Garber Field. Nick Mariano had three goals and one assists, while Connor Mooney had two goals and four assists for UMass … 0

UMass baseball drops doubleheader at Richmond

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The University of Massachusetts baseball team dropped its doubleheader at Richmond, losing 6-4 and 10-1 on Friday. In the first game, Brandon Walsh went 4 for 5 with one RBI and Vinny Scifo finished 3 for 5 with … 0

UMass, expansion isn’t on the AAC’s agenda right now

Friday, March 28, 2014

American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco isn’t ruling out future expansion, but for now he’s comfortable with the league the way it is. The AAC is presumed to be the University of Massachusetts’ first choice for a new … 0

Frohnapfel preparing to compete for UMass’ QB job from afar

Friday, March 28, 2014

Blake Frohnapfel isn’t quite a Minuteman yet, but he’s no longer a member of the Thundering Herd either. The future University of Massachusetts quarterback is still finishing his undergraduate degree at Marshall before moving to Amherst this summer. So while his friends and former teammates, a group that … 0

UMass football coach Mark Whipple focuses on present, not future

Thursday, March 27, 2014

AMHERST — As he got set to head out to Thursday night’s practice, University of Massachusetts football coach Mark Whipple was far more concerned with getting his team better that night than what conference it would be playing … 0

Report: UMass coach Derek Kellogg a candidate for South Florida opening

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A trip to the NCAA tournament has helped make University of Massachusetts men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg an attractive candidate at other schools. The Tampa Tribune reported that South Florida is considering Kellogg for its vacancy. USF had … 0

Matt Vautour: UMass makes the right call snubbing the MAC

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Faced with the choice between moving all its sports into the Mid-American Conference or football out of it, the University of Massachusetts unquestionably made the right call. No MAC is better than all MAC. Putting the entire athletic … 0

UMass, Mid-American Conference part ways over impact league would have on all university sports

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

AMHERST — The marriage between the University of Massachusetts and the Mid-American Conference proved to be a short one. UMass and the MAC jointly announced Wednesday that the Minutemen will be leaving the conference after the 2015 season. … 0

UMass women’s lacrosse home-winning streak snapped by Northwestern, 10-6

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

AMHERST — The last few minutes of the game didn’t feature extended playing time for Northwestern’s walk-ons. There wasn’t a running clock because the margin of the game was too narrow. The University of Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team … 0

UMass tight end Rob Blanchflower eager to show NFL teams his ability

Monday, March 24, 2014

Rob Blanchflower will be more spectator than participant at Tuesday’s pro day at the University of Massachusetts. The Minutemen’s best NFL prospect is still rehabilitating the bilateral sports hernia that caused him to miss six games last season … 0