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UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel, center, listens to head coach Mark Whipple during a 2014 scrimmage at McGuirk Stadium.

Notebook: QB guru Mark Whipple says Blake Frohnapfel is ‘best guy I’ve coach at UMass’

Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMHERST — Is senior quarterback Blake Frohnapfel UMass’ best quarterback in Mark Whipple’s two stints as head coach? Whipple said yes at Wednesday’s media day, but hedged a bit as the discussion progressed, keeping Todd Bankhead, who led UMass’ 1998 Division I-AA championship team, in consideration. “Fro is the best guy I’ve coached at UMass. Todd was really good. He …

Rodney Mills is still versatile and valuable for UMass football team

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

AMHERST — Under position next to Rodney Mills on the UMass football team’s roster this year is a “TE.” And he probably will lineup at tight end more than any other position. But like last year, when he was officially an “FB,” Mills is still going to be a tight end/fullback/receiver/guy-who-the-Minutemen-are-going-to-find-the-way-to-get-the-ball-to. But that …

UMass men’s basketball team makes most of European trip

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Partway up was high enough for UMass men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg. During last week’s eight-day, three-game tour of France and England, the Minutemen visited the Eiffel Tower. While most of the players went to the top of the iconic Parisian monument, Kellogg and most of the coaching staff stayed at the midway …

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

Randall Jette on watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award

Monday, July 13, 2015

Add Randall Jette to the growing list of UMass football players in contention for postseason awards. The rising senior cornerback was named to the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to college football’s best …

Former UMass forward Ronell Blizzard mourned after unexpected death last week

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

When former UMass men’s basketball assistant coach Geoff Arnold would talk to recruits or kids about the players he’d worked with, he’d always talk proudly about “Blizz.” So when Arnold, now an assistant at Saint Joseph’s, learned that Ronell Blizzard, 37, who was a Minuteman from 1997-2002, died …

UMass LB Jovan Santos-Knox named to Bednarik watch list

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

UMass football’s year of increased expectations began with an individual honor. Rising senior linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox was officially named to the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which is annually given to the best defensive player in …

UMass DB Kelton Brackett still feels burned by UAB, but glad to be a Minuteman

Friday, July 3, 2015

Kelton Brackett had tentatively decided that his career was over. When Alabama-Birmingham made the controversial decision to end its football program in December, Brackett had interest from other schools. But he was a senior with just one year …

UMass notebook: Starters Nick Mariano, Zach Oliveri transfer from men’s lacrosse team

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Two key pieces of the UMass men’s lacrosse team will finish their careers elsewhere. UMass coach Greg Cannella confirmed Wednesday that leading scorer Nick Mariano, who just completed his sophomore year with 22 goals and 20 assists, is transferring to Syracuse. Mariano will be eligible immediately as first-time …

Two future UMass defensemen picked in the NHL draft

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A pair of future UMass defensemen were taken Saturday on the second day of the NHL draft. It’ll be a year before Jake Massie, who played for Kimball Union Academy and the Boston Jr. Bruins last year, joins the Minutemen, but the 6-foot-1, 185-pound defenseman was draft eligible …

UMass’ Cady Lalanne picked 55th overall by the San Antonio Spurs in NBA draft

Friday, June 26, 2015

Former UMass big man Cady Lalanne’s final predraft workout turned out to be his most important one. Lalanne worked out for the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday and shortly after midnight Thursday, the Spurs picked him 55th overall in …

UMass linebacker Trey Seals’ thoughts are on his home state of South Carolina following last week’s tragedy

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

When he heard the news, Trey Seals’ first concern was his brother. Greg Seals’ home in Charleston, South Carolina, is just 15 minutes from the site of last week’s shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. “He was …

Former UMass big man Cady Lalanne eager for NBA draft to arrive

Monday, June 22, 2015

It’s been a fun experience. It’s been a learning experience. It’s been an anxious experience. Cady Lalanne is glad he went through it, but he’s eager for it to be done. On Wednesday, the former UMass big man …

Former UMass pitcher Dennis Torres continues to write improbable success story in Double-A

Thursday, June 18, 2015

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — If Dennis Torres was excited, nervous, eager or anxious when he emerged from a short meeting with pitching coach Alan Mills, nothing about his demeanor revealed it as he resumed a conversation in the …