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Matt Vautour: Breakthrough or breakdown coming for UMass?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Is the UMass football team moving closer to a breakthrough or a breakdown? This is an important time for the Minutemen. They’ve shown they’re good enough to play competitively with big conference opponents. Colorado and Vanderbilt figure to be the bottom of the Pac 12 and Southeastern Conference, respectively, but still, most MAC teams don’t beat them. Most third-year FBS teams don’t beat them. And for the past …

UMass running back Jamal Wilson likely done for the year

Saturday, September 13, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — On top of the frustrating 34-31 loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday, the UMass football team appears to have lost leading rusher Jamal Wilson for the season. Wilson suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter and had to be taken off the field on a cart for X-rays. After the …

Missed opportunities doom UMass football as Vanderbilt rallies to win

Saturday, September 13, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Even after the UMass football team gave away an 11-point, second-half lead for the second straight week, it had a chance to win Saturday. The Minutemen still had a shot at victory even after a would-be, game-clinching interception by Randall Jette was stripped out of his hands. Even after UMass …

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

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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 …

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 …

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 …

UMass football jersey hangs from Boston College’s Doug Flutie statue ahead of Saturday’s matchup at Gillette Stadium

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — From the moment UMass announced its intention to move its football program into the Bowl Subdivision, the Minutemen didn’t try to hide their hopes that the upgrade would include an annual game with Boston College. UMass …

Matt Vautour: UMass is about to embark on most important season in school history

Monday, August 25, 2014

UMass coach Mark Whipple has referred to Saturday’s game against Boston College as “the biggest opener in school history” and “the biggest home game ever at UMass.” It sounds like hyperbole from a coach trying to drive up …

UMass releases football depth chart ahead of Saturday’s opener vs Boston College

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMHERST — With the season starting Saturday at 3 p.m. against Boston College at Gillette Stadium, the UMass football team released its first two-deep depth chart Monday without any big surprises, but a few noteworthy inclusions and exclusions. …

Matt Vautour: Can UMass football exceed low expectations?

Friday, August 22, 2014

A week from now, everyone will have a better idea, who was right — the professional prognosticators, who’ve predicted another bad year for the UMass football team, or the Minutemen themselves, who believe they’re on the brink of …

Coach Mark Whipple frustrated with final practice, but pleased with camp overall as UMass switches to game-week mode

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST — Like most college football teams at this time of year, UMass was glad to see training camp come to a close. But coach Mark Whipple wasn’t happy with how the Minutemen ended it. “We weren’t ready …

Matt Vautour: ALS Challenge about more than just ice buckets for former UMass forward Mike Babul

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Earlier this week, Wagner University posted a video of assistant men’s basketball coach Mike Babul, a former UMass forward, doing the Ice Bucket Challenge. Someone involved in sports taking part is hardly noteworthy right now. The internet is …

UMass QB Blake Frohnapfel receiving support from former team

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AMHERST — Shortly after UMass coach Mark Whipple officially announced that Blake Frohnapfel would be the Minutemen’s starting quarterback, several Marshall fans and players took to Twitter to congratulate him, many of whom pledged to root for the …