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UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford has reportedly added six additional games with Boston College and UConn.

Schedule shakeup gives UMass more football games with BC and UConn

Monday, October 12, 2015

For years, the UMass football program has wanted more games with Boston College and UConn. It appears that there’s going to be at least six more. UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford clarified details from a story on AJerseyGuy.com, which first reported the schedule shifting. The blog is a college sports site run by former Boston Globe writer Mark Blaudschun. Contract …

Matt Vautour: USC coach Steve Sarkisian is a reminder that coaches and alcohol can be a bad mix

Monday, October 12, 2015

Steve Sarkisian is going to be a punchline. The USC football coach was fired Monday after new allegations of public intoxication surfaced. Fans of UCLA, Notre Dame and everyone else that doesn’t like Southern California are going to make wisecracks about USC’s coach being publicly drunk long after someone else has taken the …

Freshman Austin Plevy caps UMass rally as Minutemen ice Colorado College

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Austin Plevy picked up Saturday where he left off Friday. The UMass freshman scored the game-winning goal late in the third period as the Minutemen stormed back to beat Colorado College, 4-3, Saturday. Plevy, who tallied three goals in Friday’s 6-3 season-opening win over CC, netted Saturday’s goal at the 16:53 mark. It capped a four-goal rally, as UMass trailed 3-0 entering the …

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

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Notebook: Teammates looking to help star receiver Tajae Sharpe

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

AMHERST — In just two games, UMass senior receiver Tajae Sharpe has 22 catches for 294 yards. It’s likely just a matter of time before an opposing defense overcommits personnel to try and shut him down or at …

UMass wide receiver Jalen Williams arrested

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

AMHERST — UMass senior wide receiver Jalen Williams was arrested early Sunday morning in Amherst after allegedly breaking into a car. UMass athletic department spokesman Molly O’Mara said the school had no official comment. “We’re aware and reviewing …

Brian Kelly rejects No. 6 Irish role as heavy favorite vs. UMass

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly doesn’t want to hear about injury concerns or playing time for his sixth-ranked Fighting Irish against UMass on Saturday. “These are the games that concern me the most, where …

Matt Vautour: UMass still looking for a running back to seize the No. 1 job

Monday, September 21, 2015

In his first years of his first stint coaching UMass, Mark Whipple didn’t have to make decisions about who to give the ball to on rushing plays. He gave it to Marcel Shipp 1,076 times over three years …

UMass looks to overcome low expectations in Hockey East

Monday, September 21, 2015

BOSTON — If UMass is going to make a move forward in Hockey East, they’ll have to confound low expectations. The league’s coaches picked the Minutemen last (12th) in the annual poll that came out Monday at Hockey East media day at the TD Garden. UMass junior Steven …

UMass a finalist for two New Orleans basketball recruits

Monday, September 21, 2015

UMass is one of two schools in the hunt for a pair of high-profile recruits from New Orleans, who plan to attend school together. McDonogh High School teammates Brison Gresham, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound big man, and DeJon Jarreau, a 6-5, 170-pound guard, will visit UMass on Thursday. Gresham …

Matt Vautour: Close not good enough for UMass this time

Sunday, September 20, 2015

FOXBOROUGH A year ago, coming this close to beating a good team would have been cause of excitement for the UMass football team. Temple spent the first two weeks of its season dominating Penn State, an accomplishment in …

Tajae Sharpe becomes all-time career reception leader at UMass in loss to Temple

Saturday, September 19, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Before Tajae Sharpe ever played a game for Mark Whipple, the UMass coach had seen his numbers and his tape and predicted the receiver would eventually break all of the school’s career receiving records. Sharpe began …

Blocked point-after kick, late field goal by Temple doom UMass

Saturday, September 19, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Moments after celebrating a touchdown that put the UMass football team in position to clinch its biggest win since upgrading to the Bowl Subdivision, the Minutemen trudged off the field Saturday with perhaps their toughest loss …

Friday’s colleges: UMass field hockey rolls past Saint Joseph’s

Friday, September 18, 2015

Izzie Delario had one goal and two assists as the UMass field hockey team beat Saint Joseph’s, 3-1, at the Gladchuck Sports Complex Friday afternoon. Sarah Hawkshaw and Melanie Kreusch also tallied once apiece for UMass (5-2, 1-0 Atlantic 10). Sam Carlino made two saves in the win. …