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UMass men’s basketball team opens season with three games in five days

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

After dropping its four required games against the MAC, UMass released a men’s basketball schedule with four games against the MAAC instead. The Atlantic 10 released its conference schedule Wednesday, allowing its members to release their individual schedules for the 2014-15 season. UMass leaves New England twice before New Year’s with games at LSU (Dec. 2) and at BYU (Dec. 23). Its exempted tournament is the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall … 0

UMass offense ready to take shape under Mark Whipple

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — After being a seldom-used wide receiver as a freshman and a lightly used tight end as a sophomore, junior Rodney Mills appears to have found a niche and an opportunity for playing time with the UMass football team. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Gainesville, Florida, native is listed atop the depth chart at … 0

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 … 0

UMass running back Drew Harris excited to start football career

Monday, August 4, 2014

AMHERST — After a long route from high school to Division I, Drew Harris was glad to finally be a college football player as he walked off the field following his first practice at UMass. After amassing 4,977 … 0

Mark Whipple, UMass ready for the start of preseason football camp

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The last time Mark Whipple was set to start a preseason football camp as the head coach at UMass, he wasn’t quite sure exactly what shape his players would come back in or how prepared they’d all be when they arrived. In 2003, some players stayed in Amherst … 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