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Massachusetts head coach Derek Kellogg speaks to players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball second-round tournament game against Tennessee in 2014, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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 per season through the 2018-19 season, an amount that could increase if he reaches bonuses based on performances by players on the court and in the classroom. Kellogg, …

Friday’s colleges: UMass hockey knocks off Northeastern, 3-2

Friday, October 24, 2014

Emerson Auvenshine scored in the third period to give the UMass hockey team a 3-2 win at Northeastern on Friday night. The tally at 8:51 in the final stanza handed the Minutemen (2-2-0, 1-1-0 Hockey East) their first win in conference play. Zack LaRue and Steven Guzzo picked up assists on the game winner. UMass took a 2-1 lead on the power play …

UMass faces Toledo in biggest’s football game of season

Friday, October 24, 2014

AMHERST — Like most football coaches, UMass’ Mark Whipple has usually avoided talking about anything beyond the next game in front of his team once the season starts. But even Whipple allowed himself to think about the long-term implications of Saturday’s game with Toledo. “It’s a big game. We’re in the middle of …

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

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

UMass football shakes things up as it tries to break into win column

Thursday, October 9, 2014

AMHERST — In an effort to help end UMass’ season-long six-game losing streak, coach Mark Whipple put a halftime in the middle of Tuesday’s practice to shake things up a little. After the Minutemen scored 41 first-half points …

UMass ready to drop puck vs Boston University, Hockey East, 2014-15 season

Thursday, October 9, 2014

AMHERST — It is the season opener and the home opener against a ranked opponent featuring a projected future NHL star, facts that naturally make UMass’ hockey game against Boston University Friday an event on campus. More important …

UMass hockey looking to veteran sophomore class to make an offensive impact this season

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

AMHERST — As a true freshman playing in his first game last year, Steven Iacobellis scored his first collegiate goal in a 3-1 loss to Boston University. That night set the tone for a solid first season for …

Wednesday’s colleges: Amherst women’s volleyball sweeps Westfield State

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Amherst College women’s volleyball team swept Westfield State, 3-0, on the road Wednesday. The Lord Jeffs (12-4, 4-1 NESCAC) won 25-9, 25-18, 25-13 as Maggie Danner had 12 kills. Nicole Carter had 20 assists, while Katie Warshaw had 16 digs for Amherst. Coast Guard 3, Mount Holyoke …

UMass safety Trey Dudley-Giles expected to play Saturday vs Kent State

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

AMHERST — For the second straight week, UMass junior safety Trey Dudley-Giles has healed well enough to be back in action. He was expected to practice Wednesday night and play in Saturday’s 2 p.m. game at Kent State …

UMass notebook: Tajae Sharpe added to watch list for Biletnikoff Award

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

AMHERST — UMass junior Tajae Sharpe was named to the official watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, while Logan Laurent was added to the unofficial watch list for the Minutemen’s starting place-kicker job for Saturday’s game against Kent …

After eventful offseason, UMass guard Derrick Gordon is focused on basketball

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

AMHERST — The last whistles of practice had blown more than 30 minutes before and all of his UMass teammates had already headed to the locker room, bound for dinner, night classes and whatever else awaited them Monday …

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 …