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JERREY ROBERTS
UMass' Brian McDonald, right, punts during a scrimmage Aug. 18 at McGuirk Stadium.

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 watched in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, a game between two previously winless Division III teams that was about as far away from big-time … 0

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 and BC will play Saturday at 3 p.m. at Gillette Stadium, the first meeting between … 0

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 ticket sales. But in reality, he’s underselling it. This might be the most important game … 0

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

Tattoo Tuesday: Jovan Santos-Knox
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
UMass Depth Chart
Monday, August 25, 2014

UMass incoming defenseman Brandon Montour picked in the second round of NHL draft Saturday

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Brandon Montour will enter UMass as the highest drafted hockey player in school history. The Anaheim Ducks selected Montour, a defenseman from Oshwegen, Ontario, in the second round, 55th overall, in the NHL draft Saturday. Under NHL draft rules, a team that selects a player retains that player’s … 0

UMass promotes Kristi Stefanoni to permanent head softball coach

Saturday, June 28, 2014

AMHERST — The search at the University of Massachusetts for the first new softball coach in 34 years ended where it started. Athletic director John McCutcheon announced Saturday that Kristi Stefanoni, who led the program as the interim head coach in 2014, will be the permanent replacement for … 0

UMass eyes also on NHL draft

Thursday, June 26, 2014

When the NHL has its draft Friday and Saturday one current UMass player and one future Minuteman could have their names called. Brandon Montour, a defenseman from Oshwegen, Ontario, who’ll begin his freshman year at UMass this fall, is ranked at the No. 92 among North American skaters … 0

UMass football to play UConn, Rhode Island in 2016

Monday, June 23, 2014

The first month of the 2016 football season is shaping up to be a rivalry month for UMass. The school is expected to announce shortly that the Minutemen will host games against UConn and Rhode Island at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, according to contracts between UMass and Gillette … 0

UMass softball coaching search continues; Kristi Stefanoni, Danielle Henderson under consideration

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

AMHERST — The search for a permanent UMass softball coach is in its early stages, but interim head coach Kristi Stefanoni and associate head coach Danielle Henderson are each expected to be a candidate for the position. UMass athletic director John McCutcheon said he wouldn’t directly reveal any … 0

As football conference search continues, UMass explores possibility of independency

Monday, June 9, 2014

AMHERST — UMass is actively seeking a conference for its football program for when its Mid-American Conference affiliation ends after the 2015 season. But athletic director John McCutcheon said the school’s athletic department is beginning to prepare for … 0

Washington Nationals draft UMass pitcher D.J. Jauss, son of former Red Sox coach Dave Jauss

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Washington Nationals like drafting UMass pitchers. For the third time since 2009, the Nationals selected a Minuteman pitcher in Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft as senior right-hander D.J. Jauss was taken in the 29th round (874th overall) Saturday. Jauss follows Mitchell Clegg and Nick Serino in … 0

Kentucky gives John Calipari 7-year, $52.5 million deal

Thursday, June 5, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky gave coach John Calipari a seven-year, $52.5 million contract extension that will pay a base package of $6.5 million next season and $8 million over each of the final three seasons. Already one of college basketball’s highest-paid coaches, Calipari led the Wildcats to the … 0

UMass notebook: Charley Molnar reportedly lands coaching job with Idaho

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Charley Molnar won’t spend 2014 away from football after all. According to CoachingSearch.com, the former UMass coach will be the wide receivers coach at Idaho. Molnar was hired in 2011 to lead the Minuteman program’s transition from the … 0

Chaz Williams, Raphiael Putney begin quest to make it to the NBA

Thursday, June 5, 2014

On Monday morning before both embarked on significant days in their basketball careers, former UMass teammates Chaz Williams and Raphiael Putney talked over Facetime. Later that day Williams worked out for the Boston Celtics and Putney for the … 0