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Texas A&M forward Antwan Space, right, is transferring to UMass, according to his former AAU team Urban DFW Elite.

UMass lands Texas A&M transfer big man Antwan Space

Sunday, April 19, 2015

UMass entered offseason recruiting with landing a fifth-year transfer big man as its top priority. On Sunday the Minutemen got their man. According to Urban DFW Elite, Antwan Space, a 6-foot-8, 229-pound forward from Texas A&M, has committed to UMass after visiting the Amherst campus on Friday and Saturday. Urban DFW Elite was Space’s AAU program. Space is taking advantage of the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule, which allows players, who have completed their degrees, to play at their new school without sitting out. He’ll have one year of eligibility. NCAA rules prevent UMass coach Derek Kellogg from commenting on unsigned recruits. Space, who played one …

Logan Laurent kicks winning field goal as Team UMass beats Team Minutemen in annual spring game

Friday, April 17, 2015

AMHERST — Before switching to punter full time in the fall, Logan Laurent had one last hurrah as the UMass football team’s placekicker. The redshirt freshman’s 31-yard field goal as time expired gave Team UMass a 13-10 win over Team Minutemen in the annual spring game Friday night at McGuirk Stadium. Laurent was …

Matt Vautour: A.J. Doyle willing to switch positions to be a part of something special for UMass football

Friday, April 17, 2015

AMHERST A.J. Doyle is still a quarterback. Despite not playing the position in Friday’s UMass spring game and being listed as a tight end on the final spring roster, Doyle is still playing the position that he was recruited to play in Amherst. But there’s only going to be one quarterback on the …

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

Matt Vautour: Plate full for new UMass AD Ryan Bamford

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford won’t officially inhabit his third floor Mullins Center office until some point next month. But he’ll be doing work on the school’s behalf while he’s tying up loose ends at Georgia Tech, …

Ryan Bamford introduced as UMass’ new athletic director

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

AMHERST — Ryan Bamford said he’d had chances to pursue athletic director jobs before. Either the time wasn’t right or the fit wasn’t. But Bamford, who was introduced as the University of Massachusetts’ new athletic director Tuesday, said …

Derrick Gordon transferring from UMass, hopes to expand his role at new school

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Derrick Gordon has never kept his NBA aspirations a secret. Before he even played a game at UMass, he talked about getting drafted someday. So while the junior guard said he appreciated how the Minuteman coaches and players …

Georgia Tech athletic director thinks his former associate will be a great fit at UMass

Monday, March 23, 2015

Mike Bobinski was still getting his feet underneath him at Georgia Tech, but he knew right away he liked Ryan Bamford. The former Xavier athletic director inherited Bamford when he took the same role at the Atlantic Coast …

Weekend college recaps: Amherst College men’s hockey headed to Frozen Four

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Amherst College men’s hockey team came from behind to force overtime, and a late goal by Mike Rowbatham sealed a 4-3 win to beat Norwich in the NCAA Division III quarterfinals on Saturday at Orr Rink. Rowbatham’s unassisted goal came at the 8 minute, 12 second mark …

UMass set to name Georgia Tech associate athletic director Ryan Bamford its new AD

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Georgia Tech associate athletic director Ryan Bamford will become the seventh permanent athletic director at UMass. According to several sources, athletic department staff were notified Sunday. An announcement is expected Monday with a press conference likely on Tuesday. Bamford was chosen from a finalist pool that included former …

UMass athletic director search appears to be winding down

Friday, March 20, 2015

The UMass athletic director search could be drawing to a close shortly. According to multiple UMass sources, former Stony Brook athletic director Jim Fiore and Buffalo associate athletic director Allen Greene both met with various campus representatives Thursday, while Georgia Tech associate athletic director Ryan Bamford came to …

Friday’s college recap: UMass baseball opens Atlantic 10 play with season’s first win

Friday, March 20, 2015

The UMass baseball team opened Atlantic 10 play with its first win of the season, taking down Dayton, 5-0, on the road Friday afternoon. Conor LeBlanc struck out seven while allowing two hits and two walks over eight innings for the Minutemen (1-5, 1-0). Ben Panuzio pitched the …

Thursday’s colleges: Amherst baseball rolls past St. Norbert

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Amherst College baseball team’s offense exploded in a 20-7 win over St. Norbert in Winter Haven, Florida, on Thursday. Andrew Vandini went 3 for 6 with three RBIs and three runs scored, while four other players had two hits for Lord Jeffs (4-3). Sam Schneider started and …

Matt Vautour: If you want to be right, pick Kentucky. If you want to win your pool, gamble on somebody else

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

There are two real ways to win your NCAA tournament pool this year: 1. Pick Kentucky to win and pick very well in the rest of the games. 2. Correctly guess a team other than Kentucky to win …