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James Oliphant popping as a returner, defensive back for UMass

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — James Oliphant got his nickname long before becoming a football star. His grandfather nicknamed all of his grandchildren and called Oliphant “Pop.” The moniker stuck. Now a freshman at UMass, Oliphant’s teammates have repurposed the nickname. “My teammates say my nickname is Pop because every time I get a return, I ‘pop’ out of there and score,” Oliphant …

How do schools calculate new stipends for college athletes?

Sunday, August 30, 2015

For the first time, the NCAA is allowing college athletes to receive money in their scholarships to cover the so-called cost of attendance, those expenses beyond tuition, room and board, books and fees that come with attending school. Depending on the school, it could mean an extra $1,500 to as much as $6,000 for an athlete. For decades, universities and colleges have been …

UMass’ Downey eligible to play as court case progresses

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — UMass sophomore linebacker Da’Sean Downey will be allowed to participate in Minuteman team activities as the court case against him progresses. Downey, who will be arraigned Oct. 21 on assault charges stemming from an altercation earlier this year, is limited by a ankle injury suffered earlier in camp. But according to UMass coach Mark Whipple, Downey, who was suspended for spring …

UMass big men eager for European basketball trip

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

AMHERST — The London Lions, one of the opponents the UMass men’s basketball team will play during its eight-day trip next week to Great Britain and France, billed the Minutemen as “NCAA Giants” in a promotion to sell …

UMass announces plans to cover full cost of attendance for scholarship athletes

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

AMHERST — As part of a commitment to remaining competitive with schools from the Power 5 conferences, UMass will provide the additional cost of attendance money to each of its athletes on full or partial scholarship. The 2015-16 …

WMass Basketball Tournaments to stay at Curry Hicks Cage for 2016

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

While UMass’ new basketball practice facility will open this fall, the Curry Hicks Cage will remain in use for basketball for now. UMass Athletic Director Ryan Bamford said it will be used by students recreationally and for the …

Report: Dismissed Penn State football player to join UMass

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Daiquan Kelly, who was dismissed from the Penn State football team on Saturday, will enroll at UMass, according to NJ.com. Penn State didn’t release the reason for his dismissal, simply that he had “violated team rules,” the standard catch-all phrase often used by athletic departments for discipline. Despite …

Colorado, UMass 1st opponent, looks to regroup in 3rd season under MacIntyre

Sunday, August 9, 2015

BOULDER, Colo. — The possibility of a bowl game stares the Colorado Buffaloes in the face each day at practice. Those waving flags are hard to ignore. Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre has taken to flying the logos from …

UMASS OPPONENT: Kelly says how Notre Dame comes together will determine success

Thursday, August 6, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly believes the Fighting Irish have the pieces to challenge for a national championship. The question is whether the players will push one another to do the hard work and …

Schedule could go a long way to determine who wins the MAC

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Scheduling isn’t fair. In most sports, teams competing for the same championships aren’t playing the same teams to get there. It’s one of the trade-offs for bigger leagues, TV deals, unbalanced divisions etc. So regular-season championships, conference tournament …

Australian TE Travis Reynolds excited to be at UMass, eager to make an impact

Monday, August 3, 2015

AMHERST Everyone wants to ask Travis Reynolds about kangaroos. The UMass freshman tight end is from Australia and most of the people he’s encountered know very little about his homeland other than it’s iconic bouncing pouched marsupial. So …

UMass men’s basketball team starting to heal with Europe trip on the horizon

Friday, July 31, 2015

With its European trip not far off, the UMass men’s basketball team is slowly getting healthier. “It’s been a little slower than I would have liked as far as having everybody practicing, getting ready for the foreign trip,” said Minuteman coach Derek Kellogg, whose team will visit London …

UMass picked fourth in MAC East, eager to exceed those expectations

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

As they spent Tuesday evening on the turf at Ford Field helping to run a clinic for Detroit area kids, UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel and linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox looked around the Detroit Lions’ domed stadium and couldn’t help dreaming of returning on Dec. 4 for the Mid-American Conference …