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University of Massachusetts players, from left, Michael Boland, Fabian Hoeller, and Elijah Wilkinson celebrate their 24-14 victory Saturday over Florida International at McGuirk Stadium in Amherst.

Matt Vautour: UMass learns to shake adversity

Saturday, October 3, 2015

AMHERST When the unusual plays and unusual calls started happening, UMass coach Mark Whipple couldn’t help but think of the Temple game, just two weeks ago. Against the Owls, a bizarre sequence of plays at the end led the Minutemen to let a game they appeared ready to win, turn into a gut-punch of a loss. So when Florida International …

UMass punter Logan Laurent steps into place-kicking duty

Saturday, October 3, 2015

AMHERST — UMass coach Mark Whipple quipped during preseason that there would have to be a malaria outbreak for starting punter Logan Laurent to move back to place kicking. While there was no outbreak recorded, Laurent returned to the role Saturday. Former starter Blake Lucas had extra points blocked in each of the …

Notebook: Makeshift defensive line stands out for UMass

Saturday, October 3, 2015

AMHERST — Peter Angeh didn’t register a sack or even a tackle on UMass’ last defensive stop of the game, but the play proved to be a fitting ending for the defense against Florida International. With several would-be starters out with injuries, UMass had reserves playing big roles and starters playing different ones …

Notre Dame DB Matthias Farley always ready to be the next man in

Thursday, September 24, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Defensive back Matthias Farley is always ready to be the next man in for sixth-ranked Notre Dame. Farley was ready as a redshirt freshman when as a converted receiver he was thrust into a …

UMass QB Blake Frohnapfel, teammates excited to play at Notre Dame

Thursday, September 24, 2015

AMHERST — When Blake Frohnapfel was younger, the idea of rooting against Notre Dame would have seemed foreign to him. The UMass quarterback, who’ll be making his first trip to one of college football’s most hallowed grounds Saturday …

Notebook: Teammates looking to help star receiver Tajae Sharpe

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

AMHERST — In just two games, UMass senior receiver Tajae Sharpe has 22 catches for 294 yards. It’s likely just a matter of time before an opposing defense overcommits personnel to try and shut him down or at …

UMass wide receiver Jalen Williams arrested

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

AMHERST — UMass senior wide receiver Jalen Williams was arrested early Sunday morning in Amherst after allegedly breaking into a car. UMass athletic department spokesman Molly O’Mara said the school had no official comment. “We’re aware and reviewing …

Brian Kelly rejects No. 6 Irish role as heavy favorite vs. UMass

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly doesn’t want to hear about injury concerns or playing time for his sixth-ranked Fighting Irish against UMass on Saturday. “These are the games that concern me the most, where …

Matt Vautour: UMass still looking for a running back to seize the No. 1 job

Monday, September 21, 2015

In his first years of his first stint coaching UMass, Mark Whipple didn’t have to make decisions about who to give the ball to on rushing plays. He gave it to Marcel Shipp 1,076 times over three years …

UMass looks to overcome low expectations in Hockey East

Monday, September 21, 2015

BOSTON — If UMass is going to make a move forward in Hockey East, they’ll have to confound low expectations. The league’s coaches picked the Minutemen last (12th) in the annual poll that came out Monday at Hockey East media day at the TD Garden. UMass junior Steven …

UMass a finalist for two New Orleans basketball recruits

Monday, September 21, 2015

UMass is one of two schools in the hunt for a pair of high-profile recruits from New Orleans, who plan to attend school together. McDonogh High School teammates Brison Gresham, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound big man, and DeJon Jarreau, a 6-5, 170-pound guard, will visit UMass on Thursday. Gresham …

Matt Vautour: Close not good enough for UMass this time

Sunday, September 20, 2015

FOXBOROUGH A year ago, coming this close to beating a good team would have been cause of excitement for the UMass football team. Temple spent the first two weeks of its season dominating Penn State, an accomplishment in …

Tajae Sharpe becomes all-time career reception leader at UMass in loss to Temple

Saturday, September 19, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Before Tajae Sharpe ever played a game for Mark Whipple, the UMass coach had seen his numbers and his tape and predicted the receiver would eventually break all of the school’s career receiving records. Sharpe began …