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Penn State defensive end Garrett Sickels (90), bottom, and defensive tackle Tarow Barney (91), top, pressure Massachusetts quarterback Blake Frohnapfel (7) as he tries to pass in the fourth quarter of  NCAA football game on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in State College, Pa. Penn State won 48-7. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

UMass notebook: Minutemen’s running woes continue

Sunday, September 21, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The combination of losing starting running back Jamal Wilson to an ankle injury last week and playing the best opponent it is likely to face this season extended the UMass football team’s running woes. The Minutemen carried the ball 28 times for 3 yards. True freshman J.T. Blyden started the game and had 10 yards on 20 carries. Jordan Broadnax had five carries for -7 yards. After praising his performance last week, Whipple didn’t go to Lorenzo Woodley until the game was well out of reach. He had one carry for 3 yards. Senior receiver Alex Kenney, who began his career …

Weekend college recaps: Amherst College men’s soccer shuts out Williams to remain undefeated

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Nico Pascual-Leone led the Lord Jeffs to Saturday’s 4-1 win at home against Williams College. Pascual-Leon scored an unassasisted goal in the first half and added another in the second half with help from Bryce Ciambella. Christopher Martin and Andrew Orozco added goals of their own, Orozco’s coming off an assist from Pascual-Leon. Thomas Bull allowed one goal and recorded four saves to …

UMass still confident with conference play on deck

Sunday, September 21, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Even though the nonconference portion of its season ended with a thud after Saturday’s 48-7 trouncing by Penn State, the UMass football team was confident the beginning of Mid-American Conference would launch success. The Minutemen (0-4) host Bowling Green at McGuirk Stadium, Saturday at 3 p.m. “We’re definitely a …

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

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Saturday, September 20, 2014
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

UMass needs a strong performance from a young line to pace its defense

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — At the end of Tuesday’s practice, UMass defensive line coach Dave Sollazzo held a long impromptu meeting with his unit on the McGuirk Stadium turf. “We have a lot of work to do,” he said as …

Mark Whipple’s new start at UMass comes against old friend Don Brown

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — If it were up to him, UMass coach Mark Whipple would rather not play against his friends. While he’s gotten used to it over the years, he’d certainly prefer to play someone he doesn’t know or …

UMass men’s basketball team opens season with three games in five days

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

After dropping its four required games against the MAC, UMass released a men’s basketball schedule with four games against the MAAC instead. The Atlantic 10 released its conference schedule Wednesday, allowing its members to release their individual schedules for the 2014-15 season. UMass leaves New England twice before …

UMass offense ready to take shape under Mark Whipple

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — After being a seldom-used wide receiver as a freshman and a lightly used tight end as a sophomore, junior Rodney Mills appears to have found a niche and an opportunity for playing time with the UMass …

Four years and five schools later, UMass punter Brian McDonald takes one more shot at Division I

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — After an eight hour bus ride through over 500 miles of mostly cornfields, Brian McDonald averaged 41.8 yards per punt on four kicks doing his part to help Minnesota-Morris beat Iowa Wesleyan, 29-24. Exactly 200 people …

UMass football jersey hangs from Boston College’s Doug Flutie statue ahead of Saturday’s matchup at Gillette Stadium

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — From the moment UMass announced its intention to move its football program into the Bowl Subdivision, the Minutemen didn’t try to hide their hopes that the upgrade would include an annual game with Boston College. UMass …

Matt Vautour: UMass is about to embark on most important season in school history

Monday, August 25, 2014

UMass coach Mark Whipple has referred to Saturday’s game against Boston College as “the biggest opener in school history” and “the biggest home game ever at UMass.” It sounds like hyperbole from a coach trying to drive up …

UMass releases football depth chart ahead of Saturday’s opener vs Boston College

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMHERST — With the season starting Saturday at 3 p.m. against Boston College at Gillette Stadium, the UMass football team released its first two-deep depth chart Monday without any big surprises, but a few noteworthy inclusions and exclusions. …

Matt Vautour: Can UMass football exceed low expectations?

Friday, August 22, 2014

A week from now, everyone will have a better idea, who was right — the professional prognosticators, who’ve predicted another bad year for the UMass football team, or the Minutemen themselves, who believe they’re on the brink of …

Coach Mark Whipple frustrated with final practice, but pleased with camp overall as UMass switches to game-week mode

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST — Like most college football teams at this time of year, UMass was glad to see training camp come to a close. But coach Mark Whipple wasn’t happy with how the Minutemen ended it. “We weren’t ready …