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Massachusetts head coach Derek Kellogg speaks to players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball second-round tournament game against Tennessee in 2014, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

CHART With new contract, UMass men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg highest paid state employee

Friday, October 24, 2014

AMHERST — In a new contract released by the University of Massachusetts Friday, Minuteman men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg will become the highest-paid state employee in Massachusetts. Kellogg is guaranteed make $994,500 a year through the 2018-19 season, an amount that could increase if he reaches bonuses based on performances by players on the court and in the classroom. Kellogg, …

Friday’s colleges: UMass hockey knocks off Northeastern, 3-2

Friday, October 24, 2014

Emerson Auvenshine scored in the third period to give the UMass hockey team a 3-2 win at Northeastern on Friday night. The tally at 8:51 in the final stanza handed the Minutemen (2-2-0, 1-1-0 Hockey East) their first win in conference play. Zack LaRue and Steven Guzzo picked up assists on the game winner. UMass took a 2-1 lead on the power play …

UMass faces Toledo in biggest’s football game of season

Friday, October 24, 2014

AMHERST — Like most football coaches, UMass’ Mark Whipple has usually avoided talking about anything beyond the next game in front of his team once the season starts. But even Whipple allowed himself to think about the long-term implications of Saturday’s game with Toledo. “It’s a big game. We’re in the middle of …

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

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Notebook: Kicking woes plague UMass, Mark Whipple

Saturday, October 4, 2014

OXFORD, Ohio — During his previous stint as coach of the UMass football team, Mark Whipple was memorably quoted saying “I hate kickers.” He laughed when he said it, at least half-joking about the stress that part of the game caused him and his head coaching brethren. But …

UMass skirts game-winning field goal attempt, fails on last play in 42-41 loss to Miami (Ohio)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

OXFORD, Ohio — With 3 seconds left, no timeouts, his team down by a point and the clocked stopped temporarily after a first down at the Miami 6-yard line, UMass football coach Mark Whipple had two choices: either …

Weekend colleges: Amherst College football blanks Middlebury to stay perfect

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Amherst College football team remained unbeaten on the season following a 7-0 win over Middlebury on the road Saturday. One touchdown proved to be all that the Lord Jeffs (3-0, 3-0 NESCAC) needed. At the start of the third quarter, Nick Kelly ran for a 59-yard score …

Friday’s colleges: UMass field hockey strikes quickly to take down Lock Haven

Friday, October 3, 2014

The UMass field hockey exploded in the first half to beat Lock Haven, 3-0, Friday in Amherst. Izzie Delario (assist), Sarah Hawkshaw and Melanie Kreusch each scored before halftime en route to the shutout. Hailey Cockrum, Brooke Sabia and Cliodhna Loughlin each had one assist. Sam Carlino made …

Quarterback Blake Frohnapfel thrives for UMass thanks to relationship with Mark Whipple

Thursday, October 2, 2014

AMHERST — When he decided to transfer from Marshall, Blake Frohnapfel wasn’t looking for a coach that would take his opinion and preferences into consideration when building a game plan. It never occurred to him that such a …

UMass notebook: Mark Whipple leaves decisions on head injuries to medical staff

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

AMHERST — After the recent concussion controversy at Michigan, UMass coach Mark Whipple was asked about his own policy on head injuries. Michigan coach Brady Hoke is under fire for allowing backup quarterback Shane Morris to stay in …

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 …

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. …