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JERREY ROBERTS
UMass' J.T. Blyden, center left, runs for a gain as DuVaughn Beckford, center right, approaches during a scrimmage Monday at McGuirk Stadium.

Coach Mark Whipple frustrated with final practice, but pleased with camp overall as UMass switches to game-week mode

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST — Like most college football teams at this time of year, UMass was glad to see training camp come to a close. But coach Mark Whipple wasn’t happy with how the Minutemen ended it. “We weren’t ready to go. It was probably our worst day. We have a lot of work ahead,” said Whipple, who put his squad through … 0

Matt Vautour: ALS Challenge about more than just ice buckets for former UMass forward Mike Babul

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Earlier this week, Wagner University posted a video of assistant men’s basketball coach Mike Babul, a former UMass forward, doing the Ice Bucket Challenge. Someone involved in sports taking part is hardly noteworthy right now. The internet is overflowing with videos of people, some famous, some anonymous, dumping ice water over their head … 0

UMass QB Blake Frohnapfel receiving support from former team

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AMHERST — Shortly after UMass coach Mark Whipple officially announced that Blake Frohnapfel would be the Minutemen’s starting quarterback, several Marshall fans and players took to Twitter to congratulate him, many of whom pledged to root for the Minutemen in addition to the Thundering Herd this season. While Bill Legg isn’t on Twitter … 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

Former UMass hockey player Conor Allen on call for Rangers during Stanley Cup run

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The last time the Los Angeles Kings were in the Stanley Cup finals, Conor Allen was rooting for them. LA goalie Jonathan Quick was a former UMass hockey player and Allen was a current one in 2012. The … 0

UMass rowing finishes year with 21st at NCAA

Monday, June 2, 2014

The UMass women’s rowing team finished the spring season with a 21st place finish at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis. In Sunday’s D final races, the Varsity 4+ of Emily Hajjar, Rachel Boudreau, Gabrielle Hayward, Kyla Miller and Sam Wonderlin finished second in its heat, in 7:49.499, and … 0

UMass notebook: Minutemen to play in ESPN’s Season Tip-Off Marathon

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Another morning at Mullins. UMass will host a weekday morning game as part of ESPN’s Season Tip-Off Marathon for the third straight season. UMass sources confirmed the CBS Sports report that the Minutemen will play Manhattan on Nov. … 0

Weekend colleges: Amherst College advances to the women’s lacrosse final four

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Amherst College women’s lacrosse is back in the NCAA Division III Final Four. Krista Zsitvay had four goals and the Lord Jeffs advanced to their first final four in 10 years with an 8-5 win over The College of New Jersey Sunday on Sunday at Pratt Field. … 0

Thursday’s colleges: UMass baseball rallies to beat Saint Joseph’s

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The University of Massachusetts baseball team rallied to beat Saint Joseph’s 10-6, Thursday in Philadelphia. The Minutemen trailed 4-1 entering the seventh but a five-run inning gave them a 6-4 lead. The Hawks got one back in the … 0