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UMass football notebook: Minutemen avoid major loss as Dudley-Giles returns to practice

Monday, September 29, 2014

AMHERST — When UMass junior safety Trey Dudley-Giles walked off the field on crutches following Saturday’s loss to Bowling Green, the Minutemen’s already thin defensive backfield looked like it had sustained a sizable loss. But further examination revealed that Dudley-Giles’ leg injury, which sideline him for most of the second half, was just a contusion according to coach Mark Whipple. Dudley-Giles was back at practice Sunday and is expected to …

This weekend’s games should start to thin the College Football Playoff contenders

Monday, September 29, 2014

When the first College Football Playoff is announced in the first week of December, nobody will be thinking much about the first week in October. But this weekend’s games will go a long way to determining who might still be in the mix for inclusion in late November. There are 13 undefeated teams in Power 5 conferences. Eight of them play each other …

Fans help celebrate UMass football team’s return to McGuirk Stadium

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — The first smell was kielbasa, or was it sausage? It’s hard to tell. For anyone walking through the parking lots surrounding McGuirk Stadium Saturday, each step brought a different smell. To go 20 paces past the abundant sport utility vehicles with rear doors open meant stepping around the flying bean bags …

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

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Monday, September 29, 2014
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Friday, September 26, 2014

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 …

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 …

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 …

Friday’s colleges: UMass field hockey falls to Cal

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sarah Hawkshaw scored and Sam Carlino made three saves but the UMass field hockey team fell 2-1 to California, Friday at Garber Field. Lara Kruggel and Andrea Early scored for the Golden Bears (3-2). The Minutewomen fell to 1-4. Women’s soccer UConn 4, St. John’s 1 — Brittany …

Vanderbilt will try to solve QB woes against UMass

Friday, September 12, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It is a rare depth chart oddity. Next to starting quarterback on Vanderbilt’s two-deep for Saturday’s game against UMass, it reads: “Johnny McCrary or Patton Robinette or Stephen Rivers or Wade Freebeck.” That’s three “ors”, …

Thursday’s colleges: Smith College fends off MCLA in five sets for volleyball victory

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Smith College and MCLA traded sets twice, but the Pioneers held on for the five-set women’s volleyball victory, Thursday in Northampton. Smith won 25-14, 18-25, 25-22, 19-25, 15-9. Dayra Diaz Marquez had 24 assists and 17 digs, while Mei-Li Smith added 16 kills, 28 digs and 15 assists …

UMass, Vanderbilt desperate for a victory Saturday

Thursday, September 11, 2014

AMHERST — For the third straight week, UMass is taking part in a battle of two winless football teams, the latest being Saturday’s noon game at Vanderbilt. Each week that passes without adding something to the win column has only made both teams more desperate for a win. …

UMass notebook: Minutemen look to get running game going vs Vanderbilt

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

AMHERST — While the UMass football team’s passing attack took big steps forward in Saturday’s 41-38 loss to Colorado, the Minutemen’s ground game has yet to really gain any rhythm through the first two weeks of the season. …

UMass football notebook: Assistant coach Charles Walker set to face former teams Vanderbilt, Penn State

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

AMHERST — The UMass football team has officially reached the Charles Walker portion of its schedule. Walker was a defensive quality control assistant the last two years at Vanderbilt, whom the Minutemen play Saturday at noon in Nashville. While he was there he worked under James Franklin, who …

Vanderbilt opens quarterback competition again

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason is looking for another quarterback once again, and he’s thrown open the competition even more in his search for someone who can help the Commodores score points. The Commodores are 0-2, …