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JERREY ROBERTS
UMass' Brian McDonald, right, punts during a scrimmage Aug. 18 at McGuirk Stadium.

Four years and five schools later, UMass punter Brian McDonald takes one more shot at Division I

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — After an eight hour bus ride through over 500 miles of mostly cornfields, Brian McDonald averaged 41.8 yards per punt on four kicks doing his part to help Minnesota-Morris beat Iowa Wesleyan, 29-24. Exactly 200 people watched in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, a game between two previously winless Division III teams that was about as far away from big-time … 0

UMass football jersey hangs from Boston College’s Doug Flutie statue ahead of Saturday’s matchup at Gillette Stadium

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — From the moment UMass announced its intention to move its football program into the Bowl Subdivision, the Minutemen didn’t try to hide their hopes that the upgrade would include an annual game with Boston College. UMass and BC will play Saturday at 3 p.m. at Gillette Stadium, the first meeting between … 0

Matt Vautour: UMass is about to embark on most important season in school history

Monday, August 25, 2014

UMass coach Mark Whipple has referred to Saturday’s game against Boston College as “the biggest opener in school history” and “the biggest home game ever at UMass.” It sounds like hyperbole from a coach trying to drive up ticket sales. But in reality, he’s underselling it. This might be the most important game … 0

Last line of defense Amherst’s James Ihedigbo gives Lions experience, leadership at safety

Saturday, August 2, 2014

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — When he joined Baltimore in 2012, James Ihedigbo couldn’t wait for pointers from veterans such as Ed Reed. Now, he’s doing the same for the Detroit Lions. The team is hoping that experience … 0

Plenty of questions heading into UMass football training camp

Friday, August 1, 2014

On Monday, the UMass football team will start its first day of training camp of the second Mark Whipple coaching era. The combination of new players, new systems and schemes, in addition to the new coaches, means there … 0

UMass ‘clam bake’ nets football recruits

Thursday, July 31, 2014

UMass football’s annual “clam bake” continues to be a recruiting boon for the Minutemen. According to the Maroon Musket, UMass added two more verbal commitments Thursday. Michael Yerardi, a 6-foot-6, 305-pound offensive tackle from Suffield Academy, and Jack Driscoll, a 6-4, 247-pound defensive end/offensive tackle from Connecticut, attended … 0

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 … 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 … 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, … 1

Boston city council talks college athlete rights

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

BOSTON — Local universities expressed concern Tuesday that a proposed College Athletes Bill of Rights would cost them scholarships and commit them to lifelong health insurance for players who are injured during games. Testifying at a Boston City Council committee hearing, representatives from the area’s Division I schools … 0

NCAA suggests contact limits for football practice

Monday, July 7, 2014

The NCAA is suggesting that football teams hold no more than two contact practices per week during the season in guidelines that grew out of a safety and concussion summit early this year. Practice limits were among several recommendations released Monday by the NCAA, which called them guidelines … 0

UMass’ Yevenko invited to Bruins rookie camp

Thursday, July 3, 2014

A week after Oleg Yevenko was honored as Hockey East’s co-Top Scholar Athlete for his 4.0 grade point average, the UMass rising senior defenseman got another indication that he might not need to put his management degree to … 0

UMass gets commitment from Mississippi big man

Thursday, July 3, 2014

UMass continues to find success recruiting in the south. Malik Hines, a 6-foot-9, 215-pound forward from Jackson, Mississippi, who played the 2013-14 season at Life Center Academy in New Jersey committed to the Minutemen, Thursday according to TheRecruitScoop.com. Hines had an offer from LSU and interest from Louisville, … 0