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Massachusetts' Stanley Andre (35) drags down Michigan quarterback Reginald Hall in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Republican, J. Anthony Roberts)

UMass seniors prepare for final football game as Minutemen take on Buffalo Friday

Thursday, November 27, 2014

AMHERST — Stanley Andre is not a crier by nature, but he admitted a tear or two could sneak out when he’s honored as part of senior day before his final career home game vs. Buffalo, Friday at 1 p.m. (McGuirk Stadium. Andre has been around. He played as a true freshman for Kevin Morris in 2011, for Charley Molar …

UMass finds its own energy, storms past Northeastern

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — The game had all the ingredients for a flat performance – early start because of the snowstorm, small crowd, few student fans, no band or dance team and a Northeastern team that wanted to play slow-down style basketball. UMass has a history of struggling in similar scenarios. But with minimal energy …

Notebook: Seth Berger gaining confidence on offense

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — Seth Berger seemed to know his 3-pointer early in the second half was off the mark when it left his hand, so the UMass sophomore forward charged toward the net and got his own rebound. To avoid getting his shot blocked by Northeastern he double-pumped, twisted and flipped the ball up …

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

Week Guide III - Nov. 24-Dec. 1
Monday, November 24, 2014

Freshmen to have big role as UMass tips with Siena to open season

Thursday, November 13, 2014

AMHERST — UMass coach Derek Kellogg has always been a little reluctant to play freshmen, and never more so than a year ago when his three rookies played just 164 of the team’s 6,625 minutes. But in Friday’s …

UMass notebook: QB Blake Frohnapfel’s status unknown for Akron

Thursday, November 13, 2014

There was no update on injured UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel Thursday, a day after the record-setting junior left UMass’ 24-10 win over Ball State on a cart with a leg injury. The Minutemen did not have practice or media availability Thursday. UMass director of athletic media relations John …

UMass beats Ball State, loses quarterback Blake Frohnapfel to injury

Thursday, November 13, 2014

AMHERST — The UMass football won the game, but lost quarterback Blake Frohnapfel to a leg injury. In the Minutemen’s 24-10 win over Ball State, Wednesday, the junior signal caller appeared to further exacerbate a first-half injury when …

UMass notebook: Ball State, break fails to slow down receiver Tajae Sharpe

Thursday, November 13, 2014

AMHERST — UMass’ 17 days off between games didn’t do anything to slow down Tajae Sharpe’s memorable season. Ball State couldn’t slow the junior receiver, who caught 13 passes for 239 yards and might have had more had …

Replacing Chaz Williams’ scoring ability key for UMass

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

AMHERST — From the moment Chaz Williams began his career, it was apparent to just about anyone who was at Curry Hicks Cage that day, that Williams was going to lead the UMass men’s basketball team in scoring for the next three years. With Williams gone, the scoring …

UMass football team returns to action, hosts Ball State Wednesday night at McGuirk

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

AMHERST — The wait is over. After 17 days off, the UMass football team is finally playing a game as Ball State visits McGuirk Stadium Wednesday night. It’s the Minutemen’s first ever Wednesday game as the Mid-American Conference regularly schedules mid-week games for television exposure. UMass coach Mark …

UMass football team excited to be on TV

Monday, November 10, 2014

AMHERST — With most of the countless number of the all-sports TV stations showing college football on a weekly basis and even more games available to watch live online, it’s easy to forget the impact that playing on …

Intangibles helped earn UMass forward Seth Berger the starting role

Monday, November 10, 2014

AMHERST — After he started UMass’ exhibition game against American International and the closed scrimmage against American University, the news that Seth Berger will be starting Friday night’s season-opener against Siena wasn’t a surprise announcement from coach Derek …

Despite being undefeated, Marshall’s weak schedule could send it to a weak bowl

Monday, November 10, 2014

Among the lesser publicized changes in college football’s postseason is that the best school among the non-power conferences is guaranteed a spot in one of the premiere bowl games if it doesn’t make the playoff. And let’s face it, it’s hard to picture a school outside of the …

UMass center Tyler Bergantino suffers ‘light ankle sprain,’ Derek Kellogg otherwise pleased with closed scrimmage

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The first rule of closed scrimmages isn’t “don’t talk about closed scrimmages,” but it’s close. While the NCAA isn’t “Fight Club” strict about its crowdless, medialess preseason meetings between Division I teams, coaches aren’t allowed to give a score, a result, or any stats from the closed scrimmages. …