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UMass linebacker Stanley Andre, left, is one of five seniors that have helped the Minuntemen bounce back in 2014.

Amid resurgence, UMass football seniors wishing for more time

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — There are five seniors contributing to the UMass football team this season. Nose tackle Daniel Maynes sometimes wishes it was four. With the Minutemen in the midst of a two-game winning streak and playing their best football since upgrading to the Bowl Subdivision in 2012, Maynes wishes he was a sophomore or at least a junior, as he’s …

Notebook: UMass offering free admission to men’s basketball exhibition against AIC

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — The UMass men’s basketball team’s lone exhibition game will be free. Unlike in previous years, the Minutemen aren’t charging admission for their Oct. 30 game against American International at 7 p.m. at the Mullins Center. It will be the first time for fans to see several newcomers: Jabarie Hinds, a junior transfer guard from West Virginia; redshirt freshmen Zach Coleman (forward) …

MAC agrees to backup deal with Detroit-based bowl

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — The Mid-Amercian Conference has agreed to a six-year deal with the new Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit to be the game’s back league if the Big Ten or Atlantic Coast Conference cannot fill one of its spots. The first Quick Lane Bowl will be played Dec. 26 at Ford Field in Detroit, the home of the NFL’s Lions. The MAC …

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

MAC Picks Week 8
Saturday, October 18, 2014

UMass releases nonconference football contracts

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — UMass released the contracts of each of the nonconference football games that were announced last week. The following are noteworthy points and clauses included in each contract: ∎ The 2015 game between Temple and UMass is …

UMass football notebook: Minutemen avoid major loss as Dudley-Giles returns to practice

Monday, September 29, 2014

AMHERST — When UMass junior safety Trey Dudley-Giles walked off the field on crutches following Saturday’s loss to Bowling Green, the Minutemen’s already thin defensive backfield looked like it had sustained a sizable loss. But further examination revealed that Dudley-Giles’ leg injury, which sideline him for most of …

This weekend’s games should start to thin the College Football Playoff contenders

Monday, September 29, 2014

When the first College Football Playoff is announced in the first week of December, nobody will be thinking much about the first week in October. But this weekend’s games will go a long way to determining who might still be in the mix for inclusion in late November. …

Fans help celebrate UMass football team’s return to McGuirk Stadium

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — The first smell was kielbasa, or was it sausage? It’s hard to tell. For anyone walking through the parking lots surrounding McGuirk Stadium Saturday, each step brought a different smell. To go 20 paces past the …

HD video board crashes to ground during UMass football game against Bowling Green

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts rented a high-definition video board to show highlights and other video during its football game against Bowling Green Saturday at McGuirk Stadium. It hung in the southwest end zone next to the …

UMass notebook: QB Blake Frohnapfel shines in loss to Bowling Green

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — After UMass’ two most recent losses to Penn State and Vanderbilt, coach Mark Whipple called out his best players, including quarterback Blake Frohnapfel, specifically for not making enough plays. After Saturday’s 47-42 loss to Bowling Green, …

UMass’ return to McGuirk ends in 47-42 shootout loss to Bowling Green

Saturday, September 27, 2014

AMHERST — When the public address announcer told the crowd UMass freshman J.T. Blyden’s fumble, which Bowling Green recovered with 1 minute, 46 seconds left, was being reviewed, the Minutemen sideline was hushed. The players stood together, with …

UMass players and fans glad to be back at McGuirk Alumni Stadium in Amherst

Friday, September 26, 2014

AMHERST — Liam Coen used to look forward to the short bus ride from the Campus Center Hotel, where the University of Massachusetts football team stayed the night before games, down to McGuirk Alumni Stadium. The Minutemen’s record-setting …

Football’s return to UMass brought changes to McGuirk, rules and regulations

Friday, September 26, 2014

AMHERST — Since UMass last played on campus in 2011, the Minutemen changed leagues, moved to the highest level of football and built two new buildings as part of the McGuirk Stadium complex. In addition to the big …

Ex-Minutemen share their favorite McGuirk Stadium memories

Friday, September 26, 2014

AMHERST — With the UMass football team returning to McGuirk Stadium Saturday for the first time since 2011, the Minutemen are hoping to create some new memorable games. But the stadium has hosted plenty of memorable contests from …