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UMass linebacker Stanley Andre, left, is one of five seniors that have helped the Minuntemen bounce back in 2014.

Amid resurgence, UMass football seniors wishing for more time

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — There are five seniors contributing to the UMass football team this season. Nose tackle Daniel Maynes sometimes wishes it was four. With the Minutemen in the midst of a two-game winning streak and playing their best football since upgrading to the Bowl Subdivision in 2012, Maynes wishes he was a sophomore or at least a junior, as he’s …

Notebook: UMass offering free admission to men’s basketball exhibition against AIC

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — The UMass men’s basketball team’s lone exhibition game will be free. Unlike in previous years, the Minutemen aren’t charging admission for their Oct. 30 game against American International at 7 p.m. at the Mullins Center. It will be the first time for fans to see several newcomers: Jabarie Hinds, a junior transfer guard from West Virginia; redshirt freshmen Zach Coleman (forward) …

MAC agrees to backup deal with Detroit-based bowl

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — The Mid-Amercian Conference has agreed to a six-year deal with the new Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit to be the game’s back league if the Big Ten or Atlantic Coast Conference cannot fill one of its spots. The first Quick Lane Bowl will be played Dec. 26 at Ford Field in Detroit, the home of the NFL’s Lions. The MAC …

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

MAC Picks Week 8
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Vautour: Crazy Saturday leaves 10 unbeaten teams and alters playoff picture

Monday, October 6, 2014

By the time the clock ticked off the final games Saturday night, the contender list for college football’s first ever playoff looked a lot different than it did Saturday morning. Ranked teams were picked off up and down …

After sitting out, Zach Coleman and Jabarie Hinds looking to stand out for UMass men’s basketball

Monday, October 6, 2014

AMHERST — Even if he’d been healthy a year ago, Zach Coleman wouldn’t have gone into the season as a player the UMass basketball team was relying on. Even if transfer Jabarie Hinds had been eligible immediately, the Minutemen had enough backcourt depth that they wouldn’t have needed …

Matt Vautour: Progress hasn’t been good enough for UMass

Monday, October 6, 2014

OXFORD, OHIO It was one thing to blow leads to Vanderbilt (an SEC team), Colorado (a Pac 12 team) and Bowling Green, the preseason pick to win the Mid-American Conference. Those weren’t good losses, but they came in …

Notebook: Kicking woes plague UMass, Mark Whipple

Saturday, October 4, 2014

OXFORD, Ohio — During his previous stint as coach of the UMass football team, Mark Whipple was memorably quoted saying “I hate kickers.” He laughed when he said it, at least half-joking about the stress that part of the game caused him and his head coaching brethren. But …

UMass skirts game-winning field goal attempt, fails on last play in 42-41 loss to Miami (Ohio)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

OXFORD, Ohio — With 3 seconds left, no timeouts, his team down by a point and the clocked stopped temporarily after a first down at the Miami 6-yard line, UMass football coach Mark Whipple had two choices: either …

Weekend colleges: Amherst College football blanks Middlebury to stay perfect

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Amherst College football team remained unbeaten on the season following a 7-0 win over Middlebury on the road Saturday. One touchdown proved to be all that the Lord Jeffs (3-0, 3-0 NESCAC) needed. At the start of the third quarter, Nick Kelly ran for a 59-yard score …

Friday’s colleges: UMass field hockey strikes quickly to take down Lock Haven

Friday, October 3, 2014

The UMass field hockey exploded in the first half to beat Lock Haven, 3-0, Friday in Amherst. Izzie Delario (assist), Sarah Hawkshaw and Melanie Kreusch each scored before halftime en route to the shutout. Hailey Cockrum, Brooke Sabia and Cliodhna Loughlin each had one assist. Sam Carlino made …

Quarterback Blake Frohnapfel thrives for UMass thanks to relationship with Mark Whipple

Thursday, October 2, 2014

AMHERST — When he decided to transfer from Marshall, Blake Frohnapfel wasn’t looking for a coach that would take his opinion and preferences into consideration when building a game plan. It never occurred to him that such a …

UMass notebook: Mark Whipple leaves decisions on head injuries to medical staff

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

AMHERST — After the recent concussion controversy at Michigan, UMass coach Mark Whipple was asked about his own policy on head injuries. Michigan coach Brady Hoke is under fire for allowing backup quarterback Shane Morris to stay in …

Notebook: Donte Clark ready to compete for UMass men’s basketball team

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — Most of his opponents last year didn’t know exactly who he was, but they knew Donte Clark wasn’t the normal pickup-game player when they’d line up against him at UMass’ recreation center. “They knew I wasn’t just a regular student,” Clark said smiling. “They’d play a …