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Linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox, center, and the rest of the UMass juniors have set lofty goals for their senior season.

Bowl game or bust: UMass football players attacking spring practice with lofty aspirations for the fall

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AMHERST — After winning just five games in his first three years as a UMass football player, improvement in baby steps won’t be good enough for Jovan Santos-Knox in his senior season. Santos-Knox said he the other players who’ll be seniors in the fall have set lofty goals for their final season, giving them added motivation in spring practice. “If …

UMass’ Blake Frohnapfel returns to football life after AD search ends

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

AMHERST — Search committee member Blake Frohnapfel had transformed back into quarterback Blake Frohnapfel Wednesday as he arrived at the UMass Performance Center for Wednesday’s spring practice, studying his playbook instead of the resumes of prospective candidates. But Frohnapfel, a junior athletically, but a grad student academically, left his stint as one of …

Matt Vautour: Plate full for new UMass AD Ryan Bamford

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford won’t officially inhabit his third floor Mullins Center office until some point next month. But he’ll be doing work on the school’s behalf while he’s tying up loose ends at Georgia Tech, which is a good thing. There’s plenty to do. Leading the athletic department at UMass …

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

Cady Lalanne, UMass host Richmond in key Atlantic 10 tilt

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST — As Cady Lalanne took his mother Bertha and younger sisters Betty and Ashley for a tour around the UMass campus Tuesday, they noticed the attention he received. “My little sisters were like, ‘Everybody is staring at …

Matt Vautour: The Atlantic 10 awards too close to call

Monday, March 2, 2015

Should the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year go to the league’s best player, or the most valuable player on a team that’s at or near the top of the conference? That’s an annual debate, but it’s more clearly defined in the A-10 this season. DeAndre Bembry is …

UMass notebook: Maxie Esho breaks out of slump with strong second half

Saturday, February 28, 2015

AMHERST — Seemingly for weeks, Maxie Esho has been looking to rediscover the magic that had made him UMass’ best player early in the season. In the first half of Saturday’s 82-74 win over Fordham, it looked like …

UMass snaps three-game skid, holds off Fordham 82-74

Saturday, February 28, 2015

AMHERST — Very little had gone right for UMass lately and very little Mandell Thomas attempted Saturday hadn’t gone in. So when the Fordham guard elevated for a 3-pointer from in front of the Rams’ bench with 24 …

Friday’s colleges: UMass hockey shut out by UConn in regular-season finale

Friday, February 27, 2015

The UMass hockey team will be the No. 12 seed in next week’s Hockey East playoffs. Friday’s 4-0 loss to Connecticut prevented any chance of moving up in the standings so they’ll play a best-of-three series at the No. 5 seed likely beginning Friday. The Minutemen are idle …

Slumping UMass looks to get back on track vs. Fordham

Friday, February 27, 2015

AMHERST — The last time UMass played Fordham the Rams were reeling. They’d lost eight straight and were winless in Atlantic 10 play. But on Feb. 4 in the Bronx, New York, the Minutemen saw why Fordham freshmen Eric Paschall and Christian Sengfelder are competing with each other …

UMass releases 2015 football schedule

Friday, February 27, 2015

AMHERST — After a 2014 season that featured games on almost every day of the week, UMass’ final football season in the Mid-American Conference will feature a slate of games almost exclusively on Saturday. On the schedule that was released Friday afternoon, the Minutemen have just one weekday …

Thursday’s colleges: UMass women’s basketball team falls 69-60 to Dayton

Friday, February 27, 2015

The UMass women’s basketball team fell 69-60 at Dayton on Thursday. Rashida Timbilla had 10 points and 13 rebounds, while Kim Pierre-Louis added 17 points and seven rebounds. Cierra Dillard chipped in with 14 points for the Minutewomen (10-17, 4-11 Atlantic 10). Westfield State 79, Framingham State 65 …

Notebook: UMass seeks ESPN’s help in filling out 2016 football schedule

Thursday, February 26, 2015

AMHERST — While UMass searches for a new athletic director, the school is set to utilize the services of ESPN’s Dave Brown to help fill the 2016 football schedule. UMass needs to add at least three home games …

UMass notebook: Hot race atop Atlantic 10 standings

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

AMHERST — UMass’ chances for a bye into the quarterfinals of next month’s Atlantic 10 Tournament took a considerable hit Wednesday from both the Minutemen’s 82-71 loss to Saint Joseph’s at the Mullins Center and results around the …