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Kentucky head coach John Calipari directs his team during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game against Wisconsin Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

New NCAA Division I chief puts transfer rules on priority list

Monday, April 27, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Kevin Lennon is putting transfer rule changes near the top of his priority list. The NCAA’s new vice president for Division I governance told The Associated Press there are growing concerns among the division’s 345 members over the surging number of students switching schools — and that the debate could come to a close sometime in the next year. Some of the ideas bandied about would have a dramatic impact on graduate transfer students. The proposals include giving schools the ability to restrict where ex-players can go and requiring the athletes to sit out one year before becoming eligible. Undergrads already are required …

UMass guard Demetrius Dyson announces his plans to transfer

Sunday, April 26, 2015

On a weekend where the UMass men’s basketball team hoped Marcquise Reed would become a future Minuteman, sophomore Demetrius Dyson became a former one. Dyson announced via Twitter (and TwitLonger, which extends tweets beyond 140 characters) Saturday night that he plans to complete his college career elsewhere, confirming an ESPN report by Jeff Goodman: “I …

UMass falls to Delaware, backs into CAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament

Friday, April 24, 2015

AMHERST — That good news for the UMass men’s lacrosse team is that the Minutemen will get another chance to fix their problems that have plagued them all season. Fairfield’s win over Hofstra Friday night meant that even though UMass fell to Delaware, 10-9, in the regular season finale Friday, the Minutemen will still play in the conference tournament. The bad news is …

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

Ryan Bamford introduced as UMass’ new athletic director

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

AMHERST — Ryan Bamford said he’d had chances to pursue athletic director jobs before. Either the time wasn’t right or the fit wasn’t. But Bamford, who was introduced as the University of Massachusetts’ new athletic director Tuesday, said …

Derrick Gordon transferring from UMass, hopes to expand his role at new school

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Derrick Gordon has never kept his NBA aspirations a secret. Before he even played a game at UMass, he talked about getting drafted someday. So while the junior guard said he appreciated how the Minuteman coaches and players …

Georgia Tech athletic director thinks his former associate will be a great fit at UMass

Monday, March 23, 2015

Mike Bobinski was still getting his feet underneath him at Georgia Tech, but he knew right away he liked Ryan Bamford. The former Xavier athletic director inherited Bamford when he took the same role at the Atlantic Coast …

Weekend college recaps: Amherst College men’s hockey headed to Frozen Four

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Amherst College men’s hockey team came from behind to force overtime, and a late goal by Mike Rowbatham sealed a 4-3 win to beat Norwich in the NCAA Division III quarterfinals on Saturday at Orr Rink. Rowbatham’s unassisted goal came at the 8 minute, 12 second mark …

UMass set to name Georgia Tech associate athletic director Ryan Bamford its new AD

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Georgia Tech associate athletic director Ryan Bamford will become the seventh permanent athletic director at UMass. According to several sources, athletic department staff were notified Sunday. An announcement is expected Monday with a press conference likely on Tuesday. Bamford was chosen from a finalist pool that included former …

UMass athletic director search appears to be winding down

Friday, March 20, 2015

The UMass athletic director search could be drawing to a close shortly. According to multiple UMass sources, former Stony Brook athletic director Jim Fiore and Buffalo associate athletic director Allen Greene both met with various campus representatives Thursday, while Georgia Tech associate athletic director Ryan Bamford came to …

Friday’s college recap: UMass baseball opens Atlantic 10 play with season’s first win

Friday, March 20, 2015

The UMass baseball team opened Atlantic 10 play with its first win of the season, taking down Dayton, 5-0, on the road Friday afternoon. Conor LeBlanc struck out seven while allowing two hits and two walks over eight innings for the Minutemen (1-5, 1-0). Ben Panuzio pitched the …

Thursday’s colleges: Amherst baseball rolls past St. Norbert

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Amherst College baseball team’s offense exploded in a 20-7 win over St. Norbert in Winter Haven, Florida, on Thursday. Andrew Vandini went 3 for 6 with three RBIs and three runs scored, while four other players had two hits for Lord Jeffs (4-3). Sam Schneider started and …

Matt Vautour: If you want to be right, pick Kentucky. If you want to win your pool, gamble on somebody else

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

There are two real ways to win your NCAA tournament pool this year: 1. Pick Kentucky to win and pick very well in the rest of the games. 2. Correctly guess a team other than Kentucky to win …

Wednesday’s colleges: Amherst College women’s lacrosse routs Haverford, 13-3

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Meghan Mills scored four goals and Claire Cagnassola added three as the Amherst College women’s lacrosse team routed Haverford, 13-3, at home Wednesday. Mia Haughton added two goals and two assists, while Christy Forrest made six saves in net. Amherst (5-1) scored nine goals in the second half …