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The Penn State Nittany Lion is passed through the crowd after Penn State scored a touchdown in the third quarter of an NCAA football game against UMass on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in State College, Pa. Penn State won 48-7.(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Matt Vautour: Penn State fervor is alive and well in State College

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. Moments before 12:30, not far from a sign that read “Team buses arriving at 1:30 p.m,” there isn’t space to be found along the roped route that those Penn State buses will pass through. Forty-five minutes later, the crowd of fans, mostly wearing replica jerseys in seemingly every number under 100, has swelled to three and even …

Hockey East notebook: UMass, UConn ready build on rivalry

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON — For the first time since 1999 when UConn left the Atlantic 10 football conference, UMass and UConn will play a regular-season game with something tangible on the line in any sport. The epicenter of the long-standing, but dormant, rivalry between the two schools could move to hockey now as the Huskies make their Hockey East debut this season. The teams meet …

Football notebook: UMass will play at Tennessee in 2017

Monday, September 22, 2014

AMHERST —After playing in the second largest stadium in college football Saturday, UMass is about to announce an agreement to play in the fifth largest. Multiple sources confirmed that the Minutemen will travel to Tennessee in November, 2017 for a game against the Volunteers at Neyland Stadium (capacity: 102,455). UMass will be playing …

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

MAC Picks Week 4
Saturday, September 20, 2014

UMass football notebook: Assistant coach Charles Walker set to face former teams Vanderbilt, Penn State

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

AMHERST — The UMass football team has officially reached the Charles Walker portion of its schedule. Walker was a defensive quality control assistant the last two years at Vanderbilt, whom the Minutemen play Saturday at noon in Nashville. While he was there he worked under James Franklin, who …

Vanderbilt opens quarterback competition again

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason is looking for another quarterback once again, and he’s thrown open the competition even more in his search for someone who can help the Commodores score points. The Commodores are 0-2, …

What message is NCAA sending reducing Penn State's Sandusky penalties?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Is it more important to create an incentive for a penalized school to get its act together or to send the message that penalties need to have teeth? I’ve been wondering this all afternoon because the NCAA lifted …

UMass notebook: Minutemen show improvement following Week 1 loss to Boston College

Saturday, September 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The UMass football team spent more time following their 41-38 loss to Colorado Saturday focusing on what went wrong, but there were a lot of things that improved in week two of the season, especially on …

UMass drops shootout with Colorado, 41-38

Saturday, September 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The UMass football team was better, more competitive and more watchable than it was in last week’s loss to Boston College. But at the end of the game it was still winless. The Minutemen couldn’t hold …

Friday’s colleges: Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Yolanda Griffith named to UMass coaching staff

Friday, September 5, 2014

One of the most decorated women’s basketball players of all time is joining the UMass coaching staff. Yolanda Griffith, an eight-time WNBA all-star and two-time Olympic gold medalist who was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in June, was officially hired by coach Sharon Dawley on …

UMass hoping to shore up run defense as Colorado comes to visit

Friday, September 5, 2014

AMHERST — After being pushed around by Boston College’s big and talented offensive line to the tune of 338 yards rushing, members of UMass’ front seven were adamant that they’re better than they played. They’ll get a chance …

Whipple family reunited in Amherst as they try to rebuild UMass football a second time

Thursday, September 4, 2014

AMHERST — As she was unpacking in her new Amherst home during July, Brenda Whipple opened a blue Rubbermaid bin, with 1998 scrawled in a fading black Sharpie on the side. Inside were programs, notebooks, pictures and other …

Clyde Santee leaving UMass, will attend junior college

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Rising sophomore wing Clyde Santee has left the UMass men’s basketball team and will attend junior college for the 2014-15 season. He’s hoping to return to a Division I program in 2015-16. “UMass was a great experience for …

Early arrival at UMass pays off for Da’Sean Downey

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

AMHERST —What once was source of his biggest frustration has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for UMass freshman Da’Sean Downey. After graduating Woodlands High School in Hartsdale, N.Y. in 2013, Downey, a 6-foot-5, 234-pound outside …