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Notebook: Jackson Porter trying to catch on fast at receiver for UMass

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AMHERST — Long after many of his teammates were headed to the shower, done for the night, Jackson Porter was still on the field catching passes from wide receivers coach Spencer Whipple. The sophomore has officially been a wide receiver less than a week after converting from cornerback. With just 11 days separating the end of Tuesday’s practice and UMass’ Sept. 12 opener at Colorado, Porter was trying to catch …

UMass declines to further sanction football player Da’Sean Downey

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AMHERST — Da’Sean M. Downey will remain a fully eligible member of the UMass football team as his legal process plays out and won’t be further disciplined by the university. Downey will be arraigned Oct. 21 in Eastern Hampshire District Court, according to a criminal complaint filed by Hadley Police last week. He is charged with two counts of assault and battery causing …

James Oliphant popping as a returner, defensive back for UMass

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — James Oliphant got his nickname long before becoming a football star. His grandfather nicknamed all of his grandchildren and called Oliphant “Pop.” The moniker stuck. Now a freshman at UMass, Oliphant’s teammates have repurposed the nickname. “My teammates say my nickname is Pop because every time I get a return, I …

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

MAC Survivor Pool - Week I
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Notebook: UMass set for preseason football camp on Monday

Friday, August 14, 2015

AMHERST — Barring something unforeseen between now and Monday, when the UMass football team begins practice for the 2015 season, coach Mark Whipple will have a full and healthy roster. Before leaving for a short break between the end of summer session and the start of camp, Whipple …

Notebook: UMass adds South Florida, Maine to complete 2017 football schedule

Thursday, August 13, 2015

UMass has a complete football schedule for 2017 as the school announced two future series, Thursday. The Minutemen will play South Florida in Tampa on Oct. 14, 2017, and in Amherst on Oct. 6, 2018. UMass will host Maine, an FCS school and former league rival from the …

UMass big men eager for European basketball trip

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

AMHERST — The London Lions, one of the opponents the UMass men’s basketball team will play during its eight-day trip next week to Great Britain and France, billed the Minutemen as “NCAA Giants” in a promotion to sell …

UMass announces plans to cover full cost of attendance for scholarship athletes

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

AMHERST — As part of a commitment to remaining competitive with schools from the Power 5 conferences, UMass will provide the additional cost of attendance money to each of its athletes on full or partial scholarship. The 2015-16 …

WMass Basketball Tournaments to stay at Curry Hicks Cage for 2016

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

While UMass’ new basketball practice facility will open this fall, the Curry Hicks Cage will remain in use for basketball for now. UMass Athletic Director Ryan Bamford said it will be used by students recreationally and for the …

Report: Dismissed Penn State football player to join UMass

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Daiquan Kelly, who was dismissed from the Penn State football team on Saturday, will enroll at UMass, according to NJ.com. Penn State didn’t release the reason for his dismissal, simply that he had “violated team rules,” the standard catch-all phrase often used by athletic departments for discipline. Despite …

Colorado, UMass 1st opponent, looks to regroup in 3rd season under MacIntyre

Sunday, August 9, 2015

BOULDER, Colo. — The possibility of a bowl game stares the Colorado Buffaloes in the face each day at practice. Those waving flags are hard to ignore. Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre has taken to flying the logos from …

UMASS OPPONENT: Kelly says how Notre Dame comes together will determine success

Thursday, August 6, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly believes the Fighting Irish have the pieces to challenge for a national championship. The question is whether the players will push one another to do the hard work and …

Schedule could go a long way to determine who wins the MAC

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Scheduling isn’t fair. In most sports, teams competing for the same championships aren’t playing the same teams to get there. It’s one of the trade-offs for bigger leagues, TV deals, unbalanced divisions etc. So regular-season championships, conference tournament …

Australian TE Travis Reynolds excited to be at UMass, eager to make an impact

Monday, August 3, 2015

AMHERST Everyone wants to ask Travis Reynolds about kangaroos. The UMass freshman tight end is from Australia and most of the people he’s encountered know very little about his homeland other than it’s iconic bouncing pouched marsupial. So …