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Vanderbilt wide receiver C.J. Duncan, left, and UMass defensive back Randall Jette go up for a 36-yard pass intended for Duncan in the fourth quarter on Sept. 13, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Jette made the catch, but Duncan ripped it away, setting up Vanderbilt’s winning touchdown on the next play. Vanderbilt won 34-31.

Randall Jette, UMass motivated to overcome mistakes, losses

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

AMHERST — Randall Jette winces a little at the memory. The ball was in the UMass cornerback’s hands at the right sideline and Vanderbilt receiver C.J. Duncan wrestled it out as they crashed to the ground. The play happened almost seven months ago in the Minutemen’s 34-31 loss at Vanderbilt. It was hardly the only play that might have changed the result of that game. UMass’ 3-9 final mark might have been changed by reversing the result of a handful of plays. Jette struggles to remember the details on the many good plays he made that earned him all-conference status, but the mistakes remain vivid …

Minutemen Jean Sifrin, Stanley Andre, Daniel Maynes look to impress NFL scouts at UMass pro day

Monday, March 30, 2015

AMHERST — All three dashed and jumped, lifted and leapt, and were measured and weighed, hoping to catch the eyes of the NFL scouts in attendance. But UMass’ annual pro day came with different goals and expectations for Jean Sifrin, Stanley Andre and Daniel Maynes. Sifrin, who had a breakout season at tight …

Camp Cal the latest innovation in team building at Kentucky

Monday, March 30, 2015

It could’ve easily been called the John Calipari Fantasy Camp. The Kentucky coach invited NBA scouts and GMs to a first-of-its-kind workout before the start of the season, so they could get a look at what all these future pros can do. Calipari wanted to get feedback about his own players, as well. …

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

Georgia Tech associate athletic director a candidate at UMass

Monday, March 9, 2015

Ryan Bamford, the senior associate athletic director at Georgia Tech, has emerged as a candidate for UMass’ vacant athletic director opening. According to sources with knowledge of the search, Bamford was expected to interview early this week at an off campus location and may have interviewed already. It’s …

Vautour: Bubble teams should fear bid stealers

Monday, March 9, 2015

Until the field of 68 is revealed Sunday night, bubble teams will be on edge. There are two things they fear more than anything. The first is obviously a bad loss. Anybody with a questionable resume can’t afford to lose a game it’s supposed to win with the …

Weekend college round up: Amherst College wins men’s hockey NESCAC title

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Amherst College men’s hockey team won the NESCAC tournament thanks to Andrew Fenwick’s late goal at Orr Arena on Sunday. The senior scored 3 minutes, 8 seconds into the third period with an assist from Austin Ho. It was Fenwicks eighth goal of the season for the …

Notebook: UMass facing commitment questions on the eve of Atlantic 10 tournament

Sunday, March 8, 2015

WASHINGTON D.C. — Just three weeks after a win over Duquesne gave UMass a six-game winning streak and a share of first place in the Atlantic 10, the Minutemen are stumbling to the finish line. Since then they’ve dropped five of six games, including Saturday’s 87-65 loss to …

UMass men’s basketball team falls to George Washington, 87-65

Saturday, March 7, 2015

WASHINGTON D.C. — After skidding for the past two weeks, the UMass men’s basketball team crash-landed in its season finale. In the Smith Center, the same building where the Minutemen overcame foul trouble and injury for a huge win last year, UMass delivered its worst showing in 2015, …

After recorded breaking series opener, UMass season ends in Hockey East playoffs

Saturday, March 7, 2015

After picking up its first tournament win since 2009 on Friday, the UMass hockey team couldn’t turn it into a series win as Notre Dame won 7-0 to take the best-of-three first round Hockey East tournament series, 2-1, …

UMass, Mark Whipple ready to start spring practice

Friday, March 6, 2015

AMHERST — Mark Whipple admitted he hasn’t quite gotten over the way his team played in the final two games of the 2014 season. But the UMass football coach was eager to continue preparation for 2015 as spring …

UMass, George Washington set to battle for postseason positioning

Friday, March 6, 2015

AMHERST — At points this season, UMass and George Washington had realistic hopes of earning NCAA tournament at-large bids. Those hopes are in the rearview mirror as both teams have staggered through a tough February. Instead, when they meet at the Smith Center Saturday at 3:30 p.m., both …

Thursday’s colleges: UMass season ends with loss to Richmond in Atlantic 10 women’s tournament second round

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Depsite leading for much of the first half and hanging in until the final buzzer, the UMass women’s basketball team’s season ended Thursday afternoon with a 67-63 loss to Richmond in the second round of the Atlantic 10 tournament in Richmond, Virginia. Kim Pierre-Louis scored a team-high 18 …

Frank Vatrano, UMass hockey eager for Hockey East playoff series with Notre Dame

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A year ago, Frank Vatrano was just getting his feet wet. After the NCAA forced him to sit out the entire regular season after switching his enrollment from Boston College to UMass, Vatrano made his Minuteman debut in the playoffs. At the time, the first round of Hockey …