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Notebook: Donte Clark ready to compete for UMass men’s basketball team

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — Most of his opponents last year didn’t know exactly who he was, but they knew Donte Clark wasn’t the normal pickup-game player when they’d line up against him at UMass’ recreation center. “They knew I wasn’t just a regular student,” Clark said smiling. “They’d play a little harder than they normally would.” A year ago, he wasn’t just a regular student, but wasn’t a regular member of the …

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 contractually listed as being held in Amherst, but will likely be held at Gillette Stadium, …

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 the second half, was just a contusion according to coach Mark Whipple. Dudley-Giles was back …

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

Tattoo Tuesday: UMass FB Rodney Mills
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
A dodged bullet and an honor
Monday, September 29, 2014
MAC Picks Week 5
Friday, September 26, 2014

UMass football notebook: Assistant coach Charles Walker set to face former teams Vanderbilt, Penn State

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

AMHERST — The UMass football team has officially reached the Charles Walker portion of its schedule. Walker was a defensive quality control assistant the last two years at Vanderbilt, whom the Minutemen play Saturday at noon in Nashville. While he was there he worked under James Franklin, who …

Vanderbilt opens quarterback competition again

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason is looking for another quarterback once again, and he’s thrown open the competition even more in his search for someone who can help the Commodores score points. The Commodores are 0-2, …

What message is NCAA sending reducing Penn State's Sandusky penalties?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Is it more important to create an incentive for a penalized school to get its act together or to send the message that penalties need to have teeth? I’ve been wondering this all afternoon because the NCAA lifted …

UMass notebook: Minutemen show improvement following Week 1 loss to Boston College

Saturday, September 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The UMass football team spent more time following their 41-38 loss to Colorado Saturday focusing on what went wrong, but there were a lot of things that improved in week two of the season, especially on …

UMass drops shootout with Colorado, 41-38

Saturday, September 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The UMass football team was better, more competitive and more watchable than it was in last week’s loss to Boston College. But at the end of the game it was still winless. The Minutemen couldn’t hold …

Friday’s colleges: Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Yolanda Griffith named to UMass coaching staff

Friday, September 5, 2014

One of the most decorated women’s basketball players of all time is joining the UMass coaching staff. Yolanda Griffith, an eight-time WNBA all-star and two-time Olympic gold medalist who was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in June, was officially hired by coach Sharon Dawley on …

UMass hoping to shore up run defense as Colorado comes to visit

Friday, September 5, 2014

AMHERST — After being pushed around by Boston College’s big and talented offensive line to the tune of 338 yards rushing, members of UMass’ front seven were adamant that they’re better than they played. They’ll get a chance …

Whipple family reunited in Amherst as they try to rebuild UMass football a second time

Thursday, September 4, 2014

AMHERST — As she was unpacking in her new Amherst home during July, Brenda Whipple opened a blue Rubbermaid bin, with 1998 scrawled in a fading black Sharpie on the side. Inside were programs, notebooks, pictures and other …

Clyde Santee leaving UMass, will attend junior college

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Rising sophomore wing Clyde Santee has left the UMass men’s basketball team and will attend junior college for the 2014-15 season. He’s hoping to return to a Division I program in 2015-16. “UMass was a great experience for …

Early arrival at UMass pays off for Da’Sean Downey

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

AMHERST —What once was source of his biggest frustration has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for UMass freshman Da’Sean Downey. After graduating Woodlands High School in Hartsdale, N.Y. in 2013, Downey, a 6-foot-5, 234-pound outside …