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UTFB26 The University of Massachusetts' freshman quarterback Jalen Reese (7) is sacked in the backfield by the University of Toledo's junior Josh Bruns (55) during the fourth quarter of the Saturday, October 25, 2014, match up at the Glass Bowl. The Rockets beat the Minutemen, 42-35. THE BLADE/KATIE RAUSCH

Notebook: UMass intent on finishing the season strong

Saturday, October 25, 2014

TOLEDO, Ohio — The UMass football team approached Saturday’s game with Toledo almost like a playoff game. If the Minutemen knocked off the Rockets, who were in first place in the Mid-American Conference’s West division, they’d be in good position to run the table and finish 6-6, making them bowl eligible. But Saturday’s 42-35 loss makes that mathematically impossible. “It’s …

UMass puts scare in Toledo but falls short, 42-35

Saturday, October 25, 2014

TOLEDO, Ohio — With 38 seconds left and the score tied, UMass coach Mark Whipple called timeout to relay a message to his team. Toledo had driven to the 19-yard line and Jeremiah Detmer, one of league’s top kickers, was warming up on the sideline. Rather than stake his team’s chances on a …

CHART With new contract, UMass men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg highest paid state employee

Friday, October 24, 2014

AMHERST — In a new contract released by the University of Massachusetts Friday, Minuteman men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg will become the highest-paid state employee in Massachusetts. Kellogg is guaranteed make $994,500 a year through the 2018-19 season, an amount that could increase if he reaches bonuses based on performances by players on …

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

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Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

UMass senior center Cady Lalanne looking to avoid a repeat of last year’s late season fade

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

AMHERST — Cady Lalanne has regrets. The UMass senior center’s averages of 11.3 points and 7.9 rebounds last year were the best totals of his career. But in his mind it could have been better. After the Minutemen’s …

UMass picked 4th in Atlantic 10 preseason poll; Cady Lalanne named all-conference second team

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — For the second straight season, UMass was picked fourth in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll. After losing three key seniors, coach Derek Kellogg took being picked that high as a sign of respect. “It’s nice …

Matt Vautour: Midseason firing of Buffalo coach an odd move

Monday, October 13, 2014

Maybe there’s another shoe to drop. Maybe Buffalo found out that football coach Jeff Quinn, whom it fired Monday, was secretly selling Todd Gurley’s autograph, smuggling prescription drugs from Canada, eating chicken wings without sauce or trying to …

Notebook: UMass coach Mark Whipple hopeful about availability of injured players

Monday, October 13, 2014

AMHERST — UMass football coach Mark Whipple was hopeful that his collection of injured players, who weren’t available at the end of Saturday’s win at Kent State, will be ready to play in Saturday’s 3 p.m. game against Eastern Michigan. Starting center Matt Sparks (ankle) and backup freshman …

Weekend colleges: UMass men’s soccer team snaps four-game skid

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The UMass men’s soccer team snapped a four-game losing streak with a 1-1 tie against VCU, Saturday in Amherst. Matt Keys scored in the first half to give the Minutemen an early lead. Amherst native Brandon Vazquez had the assist on the goal. It was the freshman’s first …

Matt Vautour: Buried on depth chart, tailback Lorenzo Woodley breaks through for UMass

Sunday, October 12, 2014

KENT, Ohio The days when tailback Lorenzo Woodley was supposed to be a cornerstone for the UMass football team had started to feel like a long time ago. As a freshman in 2013, injuries prevented him from developing any kind of consistency. As a sophomore, at one point …

Notebook: Backup punter Logan Laurent gives UMass a leg up in place-kicking game

Saturday, October 11, 2014

KENT, Ohio — Logan Laurent is listed on the UMass roster as a punter, but he always hoped to eventually work his way back into the place-kicking mix. With former starter Blake Lucas struggling to find consistency and backup Matthew Wylie battling an injury, UMass coach Mark Whipple …

UMass snaps 12-game losing streak, beats Kent State 40-17

Saturday, October 11, 2014

KENT, Ohio — With 15 seconds left in the game, Kent State ran a second-down play that resulted in an incomplete pass deep in UMass territory. The Minutemen were comfortably ahead, but when the clock didn’t move, coach …

Former UMass center Lari Ketner finds love, peace before death

Friday, October 10, 2014

There was peace in Lari Ketner’s voice I didn’t recognize when I spoke to him in March. It had been almost 15 years since I last interviewed him. His UMass basketball career ended in 1999, but in his …

NHL prospect Jack Eichel helps Boston University skate past UMass

Friday, October 10, 2014

AMHERST — Entering the third period Friday night, the UMass hockey team owned the momentum, the man advantage and the opportunity to tie the score. Just over six minutes into the period, the Minutemen trailed Boston University by four goals and wound up getting blown out 8-1 in …