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September 2010 Archives

Republican: Flanagan Has Seen Both Sides

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Nice feature in the Springfield Republican on new -- and old -- defensive lineman Brandon Flanagan, who has returned to the defense after playing on the O-Line at UMass.

Truth be told, Brandon Flanagan always preferred defense.

"I was a starter at noseguard my sophomore year at Wakefield High,'' the University of Massachusetts senior defensive lineman said. "As the year progressed, I played center, too. But I thoroughly enjoyed defense, having your name called (on the P.A. system) for making a tackle in the backfield.''

As football's line of scrimmage goes, Flanagan knows both sides of the story.

Football Radio Show Thursday Night At 7 p.m.

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Join us at the Hangar Bar & Grille for the UMass Football Radio Show at 7 p.m., tonight as Voice of the Minutemen welcomes coach Kevin Morris and this week's guests senior tailback John Griffin and sophomore kicker/punter Caleb Violette. 

Listen to the show here on UMassAthletics.com.

If you have a question for Coach Morris, please Ask The Coach or send your comments to our twitter accounts @UMass_Football or @UMassAthletics.

Final Game Times Announced For Men's Hoops

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The final game times for the 2010-11 UMass men's basketball schedule have been announced. The Boston Tip-Off Classic game between UMass and Boston College has been tentatively slated to start at 6:30 p.m.

Additionally, the Jan. 9 game vs. Dayton will start at 2 p.m.; the Jan. 12 tilt at Xavier is slated for 7 p.m., the Jan. 22 game vs. Richmond will be Noon tip-off at the Mullins Center; on Feb. 2 at Saint Louis, the game will start at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT; the Feb. 23 game vs. Saint Joseph's will start at 7 p.m. The full schedules are listed below.

  • 2010-11 UMass Basketball PDF Schedule

  • 2010-11 UMass Basketball HTML Schedule

  • Collegian Previews Saturday's Rowing Regatta

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    Steve Hewitt of the Daily Collegian has a nice feature on the UMass Rowing team, which will host the UMass Invitational on the Connecticut River Saturday morning at 8 AM.

    Also participating in this weekend's races will be Amherst College and Mount Holyoke College. The Minutewomen will also host the Pumpkin Head Regatta, which is scheduled for October 16 during Homecoming Weekend.

    Collegian: RB Tandem Paying Off For Minutemen

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    The Daily Collegian has a piece on UMass' running back duo of John Griffin and Jonathan Hernandez.

    If there was any doubt before the start of the 2010 season that the No. 8 Massachusetts football team would rely heavily on the run, there is none now.

    The formula of being a run-first team with the ability to keep defenses honest with the play-action has fueled the Minutemen offense to an impressive start.

    Through four games, UMass (3-1, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association) has averaged 212.8 rushing yards per contest, ranking third in the CAA behind Delaware and Villanova. The duo of John Griffin and Jonathan Hernandez has bolstered the backfield, allowing the Minutemen to use fresh legs late in games.

    Daily Collegian Preview Of Football At Towson

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    The Daily Collegian has this preview of the UMass at Towson football game on Saturday night.

    After beginning the season with a win against William & Mary, then playing three out-of-conference games against Holy Cross, Michigan and Stony Brook, UMass coach Kevin Morris is noticing not only a shift in the schedule, but in his team's focus as well.

    "This is back into league play and every game is critical," Morris said. "Every game in the league is going to be extremely difficult, especially on the road."

    Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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    Dick Baker was on-site yesterday at the Hockey East Media Day and has two new entries in his UMass Hockey Blog on MassLive.com. In his first post, he spoke with captain Paul Dainton and assistant captains Danny Hobbs, Michael Marcou, and T.J. Syner about the upcoming season. An interesting fact: they are all roommates and according to Baker live with a "gremlin" in the house. No further explanation was offered except that the Gremlin is the "Captain of the House".

    Baker also received a scouting report on freshmen defensemen Conor Allen and Joel Hanley who should play key roles as the season progresses.

    Brock Hines Named Joe Concannon Award Recipient

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    UMass' very own color analyst Brock Hines was named the 2010-11 Hockey East Joe Concannon Media Award Winner yesterday at the Hockey East Media Day in Boston. Hines has been working the UMass hockey broadcasts since the team was brought back in 1993.

  • Hines Wins Hockey East Media Award
  • Hockey East Release
  • Fit To Be Tied Against Dartmouth

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    Despite some early fireworks with first half goals for each side, the UMass men's soccer team fought Dartmouth to a 1-1 double-overtime draw on Wednesday afternoon. It was the fifth double overtime match of the year for the Minutemen. Keeper Chris Piekos was the Man of the Match with a career-high 12 saves to keep the Big Green at bay as the ripped off 22 shots on the day.

  • Daily Collegian Recap
  • Daily Collegian Sidebar: Ties Becoming Too Familiar

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    POSTMATCH INTERVIEWS:

  • Hockey East Media Day Round Ups

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    Wednesday was a great kick-off for the 2010-11 hockey season as Hockey East held its annual Media Day at the TD Garden in Boston. Here are some of the news round ups from the event.

  • ESPN Boston
  • NESN.com
  • Daily Hampshire Gazette
  • HockeyJournal.com

  • Tennis: Rained Out Thursday, Hosts Fordham Friday

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    The Daily Collegian has a preview of the UMass tennis team's home-opening match on Friday at noon vs. Fordham at the Mullins Courts.

    "All of these girls are coming together quickly in a real positive way, and that will be necessary to compete against some of the schools we have coming up," Head Coach Judy Dixon said.

    The Minutewomen were supposed to open the season on Thursday afternoon vs. Holy Cross, but weather forced a postponement of that match. The make-up date has yet to be set.

    ESPN: Opportunity Might Knock Again For Cruz

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    ESPN.com's Jane McManus has a story on UMass alum and NFL preseason sensation Victor Cruz. The wideout is hoping to contribute more for the struggling Giants. Check out the story:

    If Cruz needed any evidence of how much life has changed since the New York Giants signed him as an undrafted free agent, he only needed to recount what happened at a recent family party.

    He went to his cousin's first birthday at a hall in New Jersey, only to find that he was one of the main attractions.

    "I must have taken a million pictures," Cruz said. "People were Twitpic-ing me, it was crazy."

    Also, check out this video preview of the Giants-Bears hosted by UMass alum Jenny Dell.

    Republican: Kellogg Hits Road To Meet Fans

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    Derek Kellogg will visit four local establishments in October, as the University of Massachusetts men's basketball coach pitches for new season ticket holders. More meet-and-greet sessions may be scheduled for "MIssion 1,000,'' a drive to add 1,000 new fans to the season ticket rolls.

    Kellogg said Tuesday the early response has been encouraging, especially from the corporate sector.

    Kellogg will meet the fans at BridgeSide Grille in Sunderland on Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. He will be at Arizona Pizza Company in Amherst on Wednesday, Oct. 13 from 6:30- 8. He will be the Rumbleseat in Chicopee on Tuesday, Oct. 19 (6:30-8) and at Theodore's in Springfield on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m.

    Republican: Morgan Could Be Eligible 2nd Semester

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    he University of Massachusetts men's basketball team may get a second semester boost in its backcourt. Jesse Morgan, who is sitting out for academic reasons, has a chance to become eligible by the second semester. Morgan is a combo guard from Philadelphia who will probably play shooting guard or small forward, though he could also give minutes at the point.

    The 6-foot-5 Morgan initially signed with Seton Hall. The Big East does not accept non-qualifiers, so when it appeared Morgan might not make the academic cut, he switched plans and enrolled at UMass.

    Read the full story from Ron Chimelis in the Springfield Republican.

    Examiner Roundup of UMass Minutemen Playing Pro Baseball

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    This past summer, seven former UMass baseball players were in action in the minor leagues, including Nick Serino and Bryan Leigh, who both spent their first summers in pro ball.

    Serino and Leigh joined Mitchell Clegg, Matt Torra, Ron Villone, Chad Paronto, and Nick Gorneault as former Minutemen getting paid to play the national past time.

    Check out this piece from Examiner.com, recapping the 2010 minor league season for all seven UMass baseball alumni.

    Gaffney Interview On Celtics Hub

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    He's the underdog. The long shot in the eyes of many. Tony Gaffney has faced long odds throughout his journey to reach the NBA, and they are staring him in the face once again as he enters training camp today in Newport RI to battle one of the deepest collections of NBA talent ever assembled in Celtic Green for a spot on the roster.

    Celtics Hub had a chance to speak with the 6'8" UMass product, one on one, to gain some perspective on Tony's mindset heading into camp and what he must do to make this team:

    Happy Birthday: Sept. 29 - Ryan Liebel

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    Wishing men's lacrosse senior Ryan Liebel Happy Birthday on Sept. 29.


    Ryan Liebel

    New UMassAthletics.com Scoreboard Feature Unveiled

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    We are proud to announce a new feature here on UMassAthletics.com: The Scoreboard. It is composite calendar of all UMass events on one page with scoreboard links to all games on a given day. Visit it now to check out how you can follow all of the action.

    Collegian Recaps Successful Tennis Opening Tourney

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    The Daily Collegian has a recap of the tennis team's successful season-opening performance at the Eastern Collegiate Invitational at Army. Sophomore Julia Comas won the Flight B singles title and was named UMass Athlete of the Week, while freshman Jessica Podlofsky won the Flight D title.

    The Minutewomen open their home season on Thursday against Holy Cross (1:30 p.m.) and then Friday they host Fordham (noon). Both matches are at the Mullins Courts.

    New Banners Hung Outside Mullins Center

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    The new banners for the 2010-11 seasons have been hung outside the Mullins Center. Come check out images of men's basketball, hockey and women's basketball players.

    Alex Berry In Training Camp With Norfolk Admirals

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    Alex Berry is in training camp with the Norfolk Admirals and HockeysFuture.com hasa season preview of the club along with a few nice mentions of what Berry will add to the lineup. The Admirals are the AHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Berry and the Admirals will open the regular season against a few familiar faces as the Worcester Sharks will head down to Virginia. If Berry makes the club, he will likely play against Justin Braun, Matt Irwin, James Marcou and Cory Quirk of the Sharks.

    Minnesota Wild Video Interview With Casey Wellman

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    The Minnesota Wild posted a video interview with Casey Wellman following the most recent day of training camp cuts and his feelings of still being a part of NHL club.

    Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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    In Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog today, he looks at how a 1/2 goal difference from last year's averages can make a huge difference in UMass' success.

    He also looks at the ticketing mini-plans that were announced yesterday with his suggestions as to what games he would pick.

    Finally, Dick looks at UMass' end of the calendar year date for a pair of games at Wisconsin.

    Dick will be at Hockey East Media Day today along with several other members of the local media. Be sure to check back here for all the coverage from his Hockey Blog and all the other news that comes from the official start of the Hockey Season.

    Men's Soccer Hosts Dartmouth This Afternoon

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    The men's soccer team will host Dartmouth this afternoon (3 PM) at Rudd Field in the second-to-last non-conference match of the season. Steve Levine of the Daily Collegian previews the match and the Big Green's top-two scoring threats.

    Despite scoring some timely goals and having several multi-goal games, the Minutemen haven't finished a lot of prime scoring chances. Herb Scribner of the Daily Collegian looks at the UMass offensive production and what UMass can do to put a few more goals in the back of the net.

    Be sure to support the Minutemen at Rudd Field this afternoon. Admission is free to all!

    Minutewomen Still At The Top

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    Adam Miller of the Daily Collegian writes on the UMass field hockey team, who despite being under .500 (4-6), has played one of the toughest schedules in the country and is primed to begin Atlantic 10 play.

    As Miller points out, "during the 2007 season, the Minutewomen got off to a 5-6 start, then went 6-1 during the A-10 schedule, won the conference tournament, defeated Princeton during the play-in game and made the NCAA tournament."

    Pete Vazquez of the Daily Collegian also takes a look at the field hockey team, analyzing the difficult schedule, the recent scoring woes, and the Minutewomen's second-half prowess.

    Former Football Player John Enos Passes Away At 79

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    The Boston Globe has an obituary on the passing of former UMass football player John Enos. A 40-year veteran reporter for the Gloucester Daily Times, Enos scared new reporters with his intensity in the Gloucester High School press box that is named in his honor.

    Sports had always played a big role in Mr. Enos's life. Playing football as UMass, he held the record for the longest kickoff return for about 30 years, his son said. He also wrote two books on Gloucester High School football, "100 Years of Fishermen Football'' and "Nate,'' which was about Nate Ross, a longtime Gloucester football coach.

    JOHN E. ENOS JR.

    Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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    Today's installment of Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog takes a look at Chase Langeraap and Rocco Carzo's summer activities as well as an update on Casey Wellman as NHL Preseason Camp continues. Over the summer break, Langeraap worked for the UMass Athletic Facilities & Operations crew. One of the projects he worked on was the rebuilding of the outfield wall at the softball complex. Carzo spent part of his off-season training with the Chicago Blackhawks at their Prospect Camp.

  • Langeraap Uses Farm Experience In Off-Season
  • Rocco Carzo Goes Camping
  • Wellman Escapes Latest Round Of Wild Cuts

    Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune has a full story on Wellman and several others who survived yesterday's cuts. The Wild roster currently sits at 25 players - two above the maximum that must be finalized with the NHL by Oct. 6.

  • Gazette: Schedule Favors UMass Football

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    The Daily Hampshire Gazette's Matt Vautour has his weekly CAA Notebook with a look to how the league's altered schedule might benefit UMass. The Minutemen are the only team in the league not playing defending NCAA Champion Villanova.

    Morris On CAA Weekly Teleconference - Sept. 27

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    Looking ahead to Saturday's UMass at Towson game in Baltimore, here are the comments of UMass Head Coach Kevin Morris: Sept. 27 - Teleconference

    Also, here is what Towson coach Rob Ambrose had to say heading into the UMass game: Sept. 27 - Teleconference

    Inside Lacrosse's Fall Ball Check-In On UMass

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    As the Minutemen ready for the 2011 season, Inside Lacrosse has a look at the Gorillas as they take part in Fall-Ball.

    Video Interviews From Friday's Lacrosse Alumni Game

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    UMass Football Up To No. 8 In TSN Poll

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    The newest Sports Network Poll has been released and UMass is ranked No. 8. It is the highest ranking for UMass since Sept. 8, 2008, when the Minutemen were No. 3 heading into a road game at James Madison.

    Also ranked from the CAA are No. 1 Villanova, No. 3 James Madison, No. 5 Delaware, No. 7 William & Mary, No. 11 Richmond and No. 14 New Hampshire.

    Republican: Tailbacks Paying Dividends

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    After watching his football team squeeze out a hairy 26-21 victory at Stony Brook Saturday, University of Massachusetts coach Kevin Morris was asked about the luxury of using two top-shelf running backs in his offense.

    "With us, it's not a luxury. It's a necessity,'' Morris said.

    In a surprisingly difficult victory, No. 11-ranked UMass leaned heavily on Northeastern transfer John Griffin, who rushed 23 times for 132 yards and scored the deciding touchdown in the fourth quarter.

    Read the full story in the Springfield Republican.

    Collegian's Look Back At Football's Road Win

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    Here are the Daily Collegian's story on the football team's 26-21 win at Stony Brook.

    The Massachusetts football team snapped a seven-game losing streak on the road dating back to 2008 with a win over Stony Brook. Tyler Holmes's game-winning interception with just over a minute left made the difference in the win.

    Minutemen get over road woes

    Boston Herald Monday Update On Football

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    There is a mention of UMass' football win at Stony Brook in the Boston Herald as part of a weekend notebook.

    No. 11 UMass (3-1, 1-0 CAA) rallied to win at Stony Brook (1-3), 26-21. John Griffin, a senior transfer from the defunct Northeastern football program, had 132 yards and a touchdown. Junior co-captain Tyler Holmes had an interception to ice matters.

    Resiliency has become the UMass calling card.

    "It was a battle, a real toe-to-toe fight throughout . . . the guys just stuck with it and made some plays," said coach Kevin Morris. "The kids aren't afraid to keep coming after it to get the win. Now, the negative was we got some penalties (seven for 60 yards) to put oursleves in trouble and Stony Brook is a really strong team and ran the ball well against us with play-action. It was a real physical game and we came out good on that end of it. But, at the end, the team came back to win."

    The Minutemen play at Towson on Saturday night.

    Gazette: Griffin Rescues Minutemen

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    The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a follow-up on Saturday's football win at Stony Brook.

    In a game featuring seven former Hofstra players, it was a former Northeastern player who rescued the University of Massachusetts.

    Senior tailback John Griffin, who was Northeastern's featured back last year, had his best statistical day as a Minuteman, with 23 carries for 132 yards and a touchdown.

    "If you're rushing for that many, that's a great night," UMass coach Kevin Morris said. "We're excited about that. He certainly made a lot of big runs and broke a lot of tackles tonight. "

    Zwick Returns As UConn Assistant Coach

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    Former UMass women's lacrosse standout Melynda Zwick has been re-hired as assistant coach at UConn by new head coach Katie Woods. Woods also brought in Julia Southard of Cal as an assistant coach.

    "Melynda brings experience and knowledge of the UConn system, which will be instrumental in advancing the program," Woods said. "She has a passion for the sport that will translate to the players to make them better on and off the field."

    Nice Blog Post On L.A. Kings "Two-Headed Dragon"

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    On the blog 'Surly & Scribe: L.A. Kings Hockey Blog', there is a nice season preview of the goaltending situation that breaks down the Kings' two Jonathans - Bernier and Quick.

    Expect Quick to get 50 to 55 games. If all goes according to Lombardi and Murray's intended plan, Bernier will take the majority of the rest. If both goaltenders play to their potential, our Los Angeles Kings will have the best goalie tandem in the league. Tell me that doesn't give you goosebumps...

    Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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    Dick Baker has several new entries in his UMass Hockey Blog on MassLive.com. One interesting thing to point out is that Justin Braun, James Marcou and Cory Quirk were all assigned to the Worcester Sharks over the weekend. The trio will join Matt Irwin with the AHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.

  • Braun Plays In First NHL Game For San Jose
  • Locals Syner, Czepiel Look Good In First Week Of Practice
  • Minutemen Hold First Pre-Season Scrimmage
  • Wellman Scores Power Play Goal For Minnesota
  • Keane Ready To Do His Part
  • Three Former Minutemen Assigned To Worcester
  • What's New At BU - A Look At The Hockey East Opener
  • Hockey East Picks Come Wednesday
  • Recaps From Men's Soccer Loss To UNH

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    It was a tough loss on Saturday for the UMass men's soccer team as the Minutemen fell to New Hampshire 1-0 in double overtime at Rudd Field. Jon Harris scored the Golden Goal in the 109th minute of play. UMass continues its eight-game home stand this Wednesday against Dartmouth (3 PM) and on Saturday against Siena (1 PM). Both games will be televised live on CBS3 Now (Comcast Digital Channel 293).

  • New England Soccer News
  • Daily Collegian
  • Daily Hampshire Gazette

  • Happy Birthday: Sept. 26 - Tom ConleyMark Dangleis, Matt Gedman

    Tom ConleyMark DangleisMatt Gedman

    Sunday's NFL Guide To UMass Alums In Action

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    Here's your rundown of UMass' products in NFL action on Sunday.

  • At 1 p.m., Victor Cruz (No. 80) and the New York Giants host the Tennessee Titans on CBS.

  • On Fox, Jeremy Horne (No. 11) and the Kansas City Chiefs play host to the San Francisco 49ers.

  • At 4:05, Jeremy Cain (No. 48) and his Jacksonville Jaguars welcome the Philadelphia Eagles on FOX.

  • Tonight on NBC, Vladimir Ducasse (No. 62) will be active along with James Ihedigbo (No. 44) as the New York Jets play at the Miami Dolphins.

  • Jeromy Miles is on the practice squad with the Bengals, who play at the Carolina Panthers on CBS at 1 p.m.

  • The Baltimore Ravens host the Cleveland Browns at 1 p.m. Matt Lawrence continues to be on the PUP list for the Ravens. Alum and Sunday's feature item in the Springfield Republican Clarence Brooks coaches for Baltimore as well.

  • Republican: Feature On Alum, Ravens Coach Brooks

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    Catch up on former UMass star lineman Clarence Brooks with a nice feature in the Springfield Republican.

    Clarence Brooks, an all-conference offensive lineman for UMass in the early 1970s, got his start as a coach for the Minutemen in 1976. He worked on the offensive side of the ball for head coach Dick MacPherson, a native of Maine who was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

    Brooks had not been on the UMass staff very long when a coaching spot opened up with the defensive line.

    "Coach MacPherson put me where he needed me," said Brooks, an offensive guard from 1970-72 who graduated from New Bedford High. "He put me on the defensive line and I am still there."

    More than 30 years later, Brooks, who graduated from UMass with a degree in sociology, is plying his trade at the highest level. He is in his sixth season as the defensive line coach for the Baltimore Ravens, a franchise known for its hard-knocking defense.

    Recaps Of UMass' 26-21 Win At Stony Brook

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    Saturday Previews Of UMass at Stony Brook Football

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    Here are some previews of UMass' football game at Stony Brook as the Minutemen seek to break a 7-game road losing streak, dating to 2008.

  • Boston Herald
  • Springfield Republican.
  • Daily Hampshire Gazette
  • Stony Brook Statesman

  • Ducasse To Be Active For Sunday's Jets Game

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    With backup offensive lineman Wayne Hunter out with a badly bruised right shin, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan said rookie Vladimir Ducasse of Stamford will be the team's backup offensive tackle and tight end against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. 

    Ducasse, the team's second-round pick out of UMass and former Stamford High standout, has not been active after losing the competition for the job at left guard to Matt Slauson.

    Women's Soccer Coverage Of Brown Game In Daily Collegian

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    The UMass women's soccer team suffered a tough loss on Thursday at Brown in Providence, R.I., 3-2 . Despite Therese Smith's two-goal performance, UMass was shutout in the second half and a late goal sealed the deal for Brown. Read Michael Counos' recap from today's Daily Collegian.

    David Martin also has this nice sidebar, profiling freshman defender, England native, Annie Ward.

    Happy Birthday: Sept. 24 - Steven Guzzo, Tavis Potter

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    Best wishes for an awesome birthday to hockey's Steven Guzzo and swimmer Tavis Potter.


    Tavis Potter

    Tony Gaffney In News With Celtics

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    Check out the Boston Herald's Celtics Blog for an update on Tony Gaffney.

    Assuming the Celtics keep the maximum 15 players and depending on how other positions shake out, Gaffney could be in a battle with summer acquisition Von Wafer for one of the final roster spots. Despite that uncertain future, Gaffney has a good feeling about the Celtics this season.

    "The environment in the locker room right now is something special," Gaffney said this morning before the C's charity golf tournament at the Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy. "There's obviously a lot of talk about the Miami Heat right now, but we're a team that's determined and looks ready to get this thing going."

    Celtics Town has a snipet on Gaffney and his enthusiasm for the season.

    Minne. Star-Tribune: Wild Trying To Mold Wellman

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    Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune has a story on former UMass Hockey player Casey Wellman, and how the Minnesota Wild are trying to mold him into a top NHL player.

    "It's up to me to work hard and earn a spot," Wellman said. "Whatever they think is the right plan for me, whatever they decide, I'll be ready for and work hard for."

    Dick Baker's MassLive.Com Hockey Blog

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    Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican added three new entries into his UMass Hockey Blog as the Mass Attack inches closer to its exhibition game with New Brunswick on October 2. The first post discusses the Minutemen's pre-season scrimmage, which was held Thursday afternoon in anticipation of the conditioning sessions slated for early next week.

    Baker also wrote of how Western Massachusetts products T.J. Syner and Kevin Czepiel and how they will help the team in every facet of the game, while Casey Wellman survived the week round of roster cuts from the Minnesota Wild as they trimmed their roster down to 43.

    NBC22 Updates On Football & Basketball

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    NBC 22 has a pair of new videos on UMass football and basketball 

    Gazette Previews Football At Stony Brook

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    In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour previews Saturday night's football game at Stony Brook as the Minutemen look to pick up their first road victory since 2008.
    In the Springfield Republican, Ron Chimelis has a story some potential movement in FCS Football. He wrotes that Villanova's departure would hurt FCS football and likely have a ripple effect on UMass.

    Gaffney On ESPNBoston.com Blog

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    On ESPNBoston.com read about Tony Gaffney and his thoughts heading into preseason camp.

    Gaffney knows he's going to have to fight just to earn a spot on the 15-man roster, but after being a part of Boston's run to the cusp of an NBA title last season, he's aware of what's brewing this season.

    "The environment in the locker room right now, it's something special," said Gaffney. "I know there's a lot of talk about the Miami Heat right now, but we're a team that's determined and looks ready to get this thing going."

    Gaffney raved about the shape that players are arriving in Boston in, stressing how excited everyone is to get this season started. Rivers said he wanted his players to take it easy this offseason given the extended 2009-10 campaign, but admitted that guys were arriving in better shape that he could have imagined.

    Gaffney also noted he's excited about the potential for having fellow UMass product Lasme in camp.

    "It's nice to see a familiar face, even if I know all the guys [on the Celtics roster] really well now," said Gaffney. "[Lasme] looks really good, really fit. He'll bring a lot to camp."

    Republican: UMass Looks To Talley Road Win

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    Read Ron Chimelis' in the Springfield Republican, as he writes about how UMass seeks to win on the road for the first time since 2008.
     

    Among the players looking to key an end to the losing streak are quarterback Kyle Havens and receiver Julian Talley. Check out the story to see what they have to say.

    Football Alum Kelliher Nears 200th Career Win

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    In the Abingdon Mariner, check out the story about UMass football alum Jim Kelliher, who is closing in on his 200th career win as a high school coach at Abingdon.

    The Abington High School Green Wave football team will be hosting the Bishop Feehan Shamrocks on this Friday at Memorial Field. Although this is a non-league game, the result of this game could be of special significance to Abington head coach Kelliher. Kelliher, who is now enjoying his 37th year as the Green Wave's head coach, currently has 199 career victories on the gridiron.

    A victory on Friday night will elevate Coach Jim Kelliher to the heralded "200 Wins Club," a significant accomplishment which we invite fans and former players to celebrate with "Coach Kell."

    After achieving his 200th win, a special presentation to Coach Kelliher will be made at a future home football game to be announced.

    Kelliher was a standout football player for Abington High School and at UMass, and later served as an assistant coach for three years at Abington High before being appointed as Abington's head coach in 1974.

    UMass Football Radio Show Tonight At 7 p.m.

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    Join us at the Hangar Bar & Grille on University Drive for the Bud Light UMass Football Show at 7 p.m., tonight. Head coach Kevin Morris will be joined by senior offensive lineman Greg Niland and senior defensive lineman Bob McLaughlin. 

    If you have a question for Coach Morris send it via Twitter.com/UMassAthletics or 

    INCH Highlights T.J. Syner In A-Z Series

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    UMass Hockey junior and 2010-11 assistant captain T.J. Syner was mentioned in Inside College Hockey's A-Z Series. The preview mentions how coach Don Cahoon "sees his dynamic forward as a tremendous weapon who can really provide a spark to his team's offensive attack."

    Syner and the Mass Attack will kick off their season next Saturday, October 2, with a preseason matchup with New Brunswick at 3 PM at the Mullins Center Practice Rink.

    Minutewomen Face Tough Schedule In 2010-11

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    The UMass women's basketball schedule was announced yesterday, featuring 14 of 28 opponents that played in either the WNIT or NCAA tournaments last season, including the likes of LSU and Maryland. Dick Baker has coverage of the schedule announcement in the Springfield Republican.

    Also, check out first year head coach Sharon Dawley's comments on the schedule:


    Mauldin Picks Up Assist In Colorado Preseason Game

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    Former UMass Hockey great Greg Mauldin is now with the Colorado Avalanche, who fell to Los Angeles last night in Denver, 4-2. Mauldin assisted on the first goal of the game, his first point of the preseason. Check out Mauldin's career professional stats by clicking here.

    In his three years with the Minutemen, Mauldin netted 94 points, which is tied for 12th best in program history while his 48 goals is 6th best in UMass Hockey history.

    Daily Collegian Must Read: Football Deserves Credit

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    The Daily Collegian, Dan Gigliotti has a great story on the importance of the UMass football performance at Michigan. He writes about how this game on the national stage.

    "It's always good if you get on TV and it's national," Morris said. "The Big Ten Network is all across the country, apparently based on all the messages I got of people watching it. There is a reason why those Bowl games make millions of dollars because people watch TV and pay millions of dollars into advertising. I think TV is the recruiting tool and video now. Certainly us being on that stage and getting that kind of publicity nationwide, that's where it comes into play, absolutely."

    UMass might not have the name recognition of other colleges, but it does produce some of the most competitive sports programs in the country at its level.

    There are plenty of examples, however, of teams that are flourishing. The men's lacrosse team climbed its way into the national rankings last season and received national televised coverage on ESPN and ESPNU on multiple occasions.

    Daily Collegian Football Previews Of SBU Game

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    Upset win or not, the No. 11 Massachusetts football team will need to quickly turn its attention to Stony Brook this Saturday as it plays under the lights on the road. Coming off a near-monumental victory against heavily favored Michigan, the Minutemen (2-1, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association) will play in front of a more familiar crowd this weekend after facing a packed Big House.

    "We'll be pretty settled down now," UMass coach Kevin Morris said of his team's current state. "[Michigan] seems like a year ago already. That's what happens when you play from week-to-week. You play on Saturday, come back on Tuesday."

    Read two stories in the Daily Collegian.

    Duggan Mentioned In Hudson Sun

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    Playing at the Big House was special for UMass senior fullback Scott Duggan and he made the most of it by blocking a punt. The Hudson Sun has a mention of the native son.

    If you happened to watch last Saturday afternoon's thriller between UMass and Michigan you probably saw a Minuteman block a Spartan punt. What you may not have noticed was the player blocking the punt was former Hudson tailback and fullback Scott Duggan.

    The punt was the first one blocked by a Minuteman defender against a FBS team since it happened against Kansas State in 2009. Duggan, a UMass senior, not only plays on special teams, but also has earned a spot as the starting fullback when the Minutemen run from an I formation.

    Duggan attended Worcester Academy and Southern Connecticut before transferring to UMass. He played in three games on special teams coverage as a redshirt sophomore in 2008 and made a tackle against Bryant in his debut. As a junior, he appeared in eight games and made eight tackles, four solo, on special teams and as a backup linebacker. This year, Duggan earned a spot as the I formation fullback and is starting on special teams. He also returned one kickoff for 5 yards and one punt for 12 yards against the Spartans.

    Camby No. 3 Defensive Specialist On Bleacher Report

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    The Bleacher Report mentions UMass Hall of Famer Marcus Camby as the No. 3 Defensive Specialist in the NBA.

    Mr. Reliable Marcus Camby continues to hit the boards as well as he has throughout his career. The former Minuteman of UMass has played with the same vigor and energy throughout his 14 year career. The former Defensive Player of the Year (2006-2007), Camby brought his high level D to Portland from L.A. and picked up for a team lacking a center due to injuries.

    Camby can use his lanky wingspan and wiry strength to block shots and redirect them. His jump shot isn't the prettiest in the world, but he makes up for it by keeping his body around the rim. As long as he's healthy, Camby can to be an underrated player this year for the value he brings to a squad at the defensive end.

    Parks Tribute Set For Oct. 16 - Homecoming Day

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    On the day Minuteman Marching Band director George N. Parks was laid to rest, the University of Massachusetts announced a public memorial service has been scheduled in his honor Oct. 16. Details of the memorial, which will be held in the Mullins Center on campus, will be announced as they are known, UMass officials said.

    The memorial gathering at the Mullins Center is scheduled during homecoming weekend and on the same day the football team will play Richmond. The band will perform at halftime and after the game.

    The full story is in the Republican. Also, visit UMass.edu's web tribute.

    Happy Birthday: Sept. 23 - Tyler Cotto

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    Wishing a Happy Birthday to track and field's Tyler Cotto, who celebrates Sept. 23.

    Tyler Cotto
    Steve Levine of the Daily College has recap from yesterday's 2-2 draw against Vermont. While the Minutemen went up 2-1 midway through the first half, they could not hold on for the win after the Catamounts scored the equalizer early in the second half. From that point, neither team could score again.

    Men's Soccer Offense Off To Good Start

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    Herb Scribner of the Daily Collegian wrote a sidebar today following the draw with Vermont about the offensive production the Minutemen have been able to accomplish after starting the season with that goal in mind.

    Since day one of the 2010 campaign, Massachusetts soccer coach Sam Koch has stressed the importance of incorporating offense into the Minutemen's game plan. Thursday afternoon's match against Vermont saw the culmination of that idea. Despite drawing, 2-2 against the Catamounts, the Minutemen played aggressively on the offensive side of the pitch throughout the entire match, taking 17 shots, four of which were on target.

    Click Here To Read The Rest Of The Story

    Gazette's Basketball Notebook On Tip-Off, Sked & More

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    Check out this in-depth basketball notebook from the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

    Among the items Matt Vautour touches on are the Hall of Fame Tip-Off schedule, MISSION 1000, an update on Daryl Traynham, Maxie Esho and the women's basketball schedule.

    Gazette: Havens Has Lots Of Good Ideas

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    Kyle Havens doesn't remember exactly when the play happened in the University of Massachusetts' week two win over Holy Cross, but it's significance didn't escape the senior quarterback.

    He saw a potential target downfield and thought about trying to thread a perfect pass in for a big gain and caught himself.

    "I definitely would have thrown that last year, and it probably would have been intercepted," Havens said Wednesday. "But I took it down and threw to Anthony (Nelson) on a little cutter route."

    He laughed to himself after the play, recognizing his own development as it happened.

    Read the full story from Matt Vautour on the QB's progress in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

    Republican: Traynham Cleared For 2010-11

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    The Springfield Republicanhas news on the basketball team.

    The University of Massachusetts men's basketball team has received word that freshman point guard Daryl Traynham has been academically cleared to play in the 2010-11 season.

    The 5-foot-9 newcomer's eligibility could help solve a potential depth problem. The UMass roster carries only one other true point guard, senior Gary Correia. UMass is still awaiting word on the eligibility of Maxie Esho, a 6-8 freshman forward. Traynham and Esho are both from Upper Marlboro, Md.

    If Esho is not cleared to play in 2010-11, he might still be ruled a partial qualifier by the NCAA Clearinghouse.That would allow Esho to practice with the team, but not play in games.

    He would retain his four years of eligibility, whether he is a partial qualifier or a 2010-11 non-qualifier.

    Examiner Story On Forbes With Nuggets

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    The Examiner has a story on Gary Forbes and his invite to the Denver Nuggets training camp.

    Dick Baker's MassLive.Com Hockey Blog

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    Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican touched on four different topics tonight in his UMass Hockey Blog which you can find at MassLive.com. In his first piece, he looks at the UMass power play and how that will be changed this year with the loss of so many key personnel from last year. His second blog posting deals with Matt Irwin being assigned by San Jose to AHL-affiliate Worcester. In San Jose, Irwin is expected to be among a quartet of Minutemen who include Cory Quirk, Justin Braun, and James Marcou. In his third entry, Dick spoke with Merrimack head coach and former UMass assistant Mark Dennehy on Don "Toot" Cahoon's contract extension and why that is good for the program along with speaking with Dennehy on how he has made improvements to the Merrimack hockey program including several new facility upgrades. Finally, Dick writes about how UMass is looking to keep improving attendance at home games after setting a school-record with an average of 5,313 in 15 games last season.

    Gazette: Ihne To Miss Saturday's Game

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    The Daily Hampshire Gazette has an update on the injury status of center John Ihne.

    The shoulder injury that Ihne suffered in the second half of Saturday's 42-37 loss to Michigan will keep the senior out of Saturday's 6 p.m. game at Stony Brook. Ihne, a Wayne, N.J. native, has started all three games this season and has 12 career starts. He was replaced by sophomore Quinton Sales on Saturday.

    "Quinton stepped in against Michigan. That's a tough place to start with all of that crowd noise. It wasn't like fourth-quarter mop-up. Those were real snaps," UMass coach Kevin Morris said. "Now he's gotten his feet wet. He's got to prove he can do it on a daily basis on the top of the CAA."

    MISSION 1000 Story On Masslive.com

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    The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the complete field for the 2010 Hall of Fame Tip-Off, scheduled to take place Nov. 20-22 at the MassMutual Center. The announcement was paired with the official release of the UMass basketball program's 'Mission 1,000.'

    UMass also unveiled its 'Mission 1,000' marketing initiative, aiming at selling 1,000 more season tickets to the many families, fans, business owners and corporations throughout Western Massachusetts and the state. The excitement level for both announcements is expectedly high. 


    "Saying I'm excited is an understatement," said UMass head coach Derek Kellogg. "To make Springfield for a week of the year the mecca of college basketball is great. It's fitting for the national tournament to have a local flavor."

    Read more on Masslive.com.



    Gazette: Nelson To Face Familiar Faces at Stony Brook

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    When he got on the bus after the University of Massachusetts football team's game at Michigan, Minuteman senior wide receiver Anthony Nelson had a text message waiting for him.

    "Hey did you hear that Steve Probst and Rhode Island upset UNH?" read the text from a former teammate.

    Last year Nelson was on the receiving end of passes from Probst. The two were teammates at Hofstra, before the Long Island school discontinued its program. The players with eligibility remaining scattered to other schools, including many in the Colonial Athletic Association. Nelson and freshman offensive linemen Anthony Dima transferred to UMass.

    Nelson keeps track of how his former teammates are faring online.

    Read this great story from Matt Vautour in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

    Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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    Dick Baker has four nice posts in his hockey blog on MassLive.com as the Minutemen's preseason camp continues to progress. Hockey East will host Media Day next Wednesday at the TD Bank Garden to officially kick-off the season. A reminder that next Saturday at 3 PM fans can get a glimpse of the team as the Minutemen host New Brunswick at the practice rink in an exhibition game at 3 PM. Following the game will be the ever-popular Skate With The Minutemen where fans can get to know the team and the coaches.

  • Conor Sheary Is A Speedy Stickhandler
  • Minutemen Feature Two New Recruits From Omaha
  • Hobbs Enters Camp In Top Shape
  • Army Up First For Non-Conference Home Schedule

    Don't forget to check out MassLive.com each day for Dick's blog on the UMass hockey team. You can also find the links to each of his stories here on JTAM.

  • NHL Preseason News & Notes

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    Kings Vision caught up with goalie Jonathan Quick yesterday to get his thoughts on training camp and the upcoming season:

    Here is yesterday's training camp notebook from the L.A. Kings Web Site.

    Here is an update from Minnesota as they have their exhibition opener tonight against St. Louis. There are also a few Casey Wellman mentions in the blog.

    There is a nice article on Wellman as well from the Star Tribune with quotes from Wild Assistant GM Brett Flahr and UMass head coach Don "Toot" Cahoon on the development of Wellman and where he will fit into the Wild system.

    Sports Luncheon Wednesday At 12:15 p.m.

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    Join us at this week's UMass Sports Luncheon Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., in the Campus Center Room 1009. Football coach Kevin Morris will be the featured speaker along with field hockey coach Justine Sowry. Athlete of the Week Jonathan Hernandez will be recognized for his big game at Michigan.

    Coach Morris On WMUA At 7:30 a.m., Wednesday

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    Coach Kevin Morris continues to garner media attention as he will be interviewed by Darryl Clark on WMUA 91.1 FM on Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. Be sure to catch Coach Morris talk about the Michigan game last week, the Stony Brook game this coming Saturday and the passing of the great George Parks.

    Swimming Preseason Video Updates

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    Gary Forbes Invited To Denver Nuggets Camp

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    2008 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and former UMass star Gary Forbes has been invited to Denver Nuggets preseason training camp.  

    Forbes is out in Denver prepping for the preseason and will get his first chance in action at the Nuggets Preseason Jam on Oct. 5.

    Memorial Service Planned For George Parks

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    Nationally prominent college band director George N. Parks, who grew up in Delaware and became a music professor, died suddenly late last week of a heart attack en route to a performance.

    Parks, 57, died Thursday, according to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he taught, directed the Minuteman Marching Band and was dubbed its "musical ambassador." The band finished performing at a high school in Ohio and was going to Michigan to play at a football game Saturday when he was stricken. In tribute, the band played on.

    A service for family is Wednesday in Massachusetts, with a public memorial to be held later. Instead of flowers, the family suggests donations to the George N. Parks Memorial Fund, with information at www.umass.edu.

    Here are some additional stories.

  • Springfield Republican.
  • Delaware Online.

  • Gazette: UMass Football Moves Into FCS Top 10

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    The University of Massachusetts football team couldn't quite finish off its upset bid at Michigan, but the Minutemen's performance in the 42-37 loss earned them respect from voters in both Championship Subdivision top 25s.

    The Minutemen, who were unranked in both polls to open the season, jumped six spots to No. 9 in the FCS Coaches Poll and five spots to No. 11 in the Sports Network Media Poll.

    "Week to week you're either getting better or you're getting worse. I think we're a better football team coming out of that football game than we were going in," UMass coach Kevin Morris said Monday.

    Read the story in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

    Happy Birthday - Sept. 21: Sarah Kelley, David Key

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    Happy Birthday to track's Sarah Kelley and soccer's David Key on Sept. 21.


    Sarah Kelley   David Key

    NHL Preseason Coverage

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    With L.A. Kings head coach already announcing that Jonathan Quick will be the team's starting goalie this year, competition will be tough for the No. 2 spot according to ESPN.com. The Kings' website has a Training Camp notebook which states Quick will start on Thursday night against Phoenix.

    Dick Baker Hockey Blog Entries

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    Dick Baker posted three new hockey blog entries yesterday on the UMass Hockey. His first covers the beginning of practice as the coaching staff can officially take the ice with the team today. The second entry looks at forward Chase Langeraap and how he has reported to camp in the best shape ever. Finally, he writes about freshman defenseman Adam Phillips and his sports lineage. Phillips' older brother Adam was a goalie for Notre Dame while his uncle Terry Andrysiak was a starting quarterback for the Irish under Lou Holtz.

    High Praise From Michigan's Daryl Stonum

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    On Monday, Michigan receiver Daryl Stonum had some high praise for UMass after the Wolverines escaped with a 42-37 win at Michigan Stadium.

    In a Monday session with the media, Stonum said: "We watched film on UMASS and they were a great team. With all the upsets this year with division I teams against AA schools, we had to come out and play as hard as we could and they gave us a run for our money. Props to them, they did a great job. Their coaching staff was preparing for this game. They gave us a run for our money, so they did a great job."

    Stories On Football's 5-Spot Jump In Poll

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    After his team's close defeat at Michigan, University of Massachusetts linebacker Tyler Holmes said there was no such thing as a good loss.

    Voters in The Sports Network's Football Championship Division poll think otherwise.

    No longer unbeaten, but known and respected by a far larger segment of America's football following, UMass jumped five spots to No. 11 in the weekly FCS poll released Monday. The FCS coaches' poll put UMass at No. 9, a jump of six spots.

    Read about it in the Springfield Republican and NCAA Football.com.

    UMass Plays Of The Week-Sept. 20

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    Kevin Morris' Weekly CAA Teleconference

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    Listen back to UMass head coach Kevin Morris on the weekly CAA Media Teleconference. Listen Here.

    Morris To Be On ESPN Radio Springfield 1450 At 6 p.m.

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    UMass football head coach Kevin Morris will be a guest on ESPN Radio Springfield WHLL 1450 AM tonight at 6 p.m. You can listen to the interview on the WHLL Website.

    Recapping Field Hockey's Road Weekend

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    The No. 20 Minutewomen dropped two games on the raod to ranked teams over the weekend. On Saturday, UMass fell at No. 18 American, 2-0. On Sunday, the Minutewomen dropped a 3-0 decision at No. 2 Maryland. The following have recaps of the weekend:
    Daily Collegian
    Diamondback Online
    Terrapin Trail
    UMTerps.com

    Boston Globe: Wild Weekend In Remote Regions

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    In his Monday round-up of college football in the Boston Globe, Mark Blaudschun leads off with the UMass near-victory at Michigan.

    Among the bits from this column: Michigan safety John Kovacs was more explicit. "They came out and smacked us in the mouth,'' he said.

    UMass didn't get the win, but it got more than a little respect. Perhaps the Big East, which is searching for some additions, should consider adding UMass as a New England partner for UConn.

    Morris On WRNX Morning Show At 9:20 a.m.

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    UMass football coach Kevin Morris will be a guest of Steve Cantara on WRNX 100.9 FM at 9:20 a.m. this morning.

    LISTEN ONLINE

    Happy Birthday - Sept. 20: Megan Donovan, Ron Wallace

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    Wishing a Happy Birthday to decorate rower Megan Donovan and baseball pitcher Ron Wallace. They both celebrate on Sept. 20.


    Megan Donovan    Ron Wallace

    Monday's Gazette Stories On Michigan Game

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    Here are a pair of stories from the Daily Hampshire Gazette's Matt Vautour, who was in Michigan for the football game.

    • UMass stays close to Michigan at Big House



    Boston Herald: Local Squads Make Big Impression

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    There was much to like about New England teams this weekend, including UMass' stalwart effort at Michigan, Harvard's unveiling of quarterback Andrew Hatch, and Rhode Island's 28-25 stunner over New Hampshire.

    No coach likes to claim a moral victory after a tough loss, but there is little doubt that UMass coach Kevin Morris feels proud of his club after it proved it could play with the big boys, losing a heartbreaking 42-37 affair at Michigan, ranked No. 20 in the FBS entering the game.

    Read John Connolly's full notebook in the Boston Herald.

    NHL Preseason Camps Underway

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    Dick Baker MassLive.com Blog

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    Sports writer Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican has a daily blog fans can follow on MassLive.com. Dick will be bringing fans all sorts of news and tidbits throughout the season on the UMass hockey team. Here are several of his most recent blogs: Difference In UMass, Minnesota Rosters Is Miles Apart
    Cahoon's Contract Extension Is Good For UMass Hockey
    Paul Dainton Likes Team Chemistry
    UMass Hockey Surface Will Truly Be Cold As Ice
    Backup Goalie Kevin Moore Serves As Team Leader

    UMass Men's Soccer Splits Home Weekend

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    It was a pair of 2-1 games for the UMass men's soccer team this past Friday and Sunday. The good was a 2-1 win for the Minutemen over UCF, while unfortunately Sunday was a 2-1 loss to No. 24 Indiana at Rudd Field. Three different newcomers (freshman Brett Canepa, freshman Tyler Cleverdon, and sophomore Hellah Sidibe) all scored goals.

    Coverage:
    Daily Collegian Recap
    Daily Collegian Sidebar On Freshmen Impact
    New England Soccer News UCF Recap
    Central Florida Future Recap
    New England Soccer News Indiana Recap
    Boston Herald Indiana Recap

    Republican: UMass One-Upped UConnAt Michigan

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    In the Springfield Republican, Ron Chimelis has a Monday morning follow up on the UMass 42-37 loss at Michigan as he compares the Minutemen's result to that of UConn.

    The University of Connecticut plays football at the NCAA's highest level, the Football Bowl Subdivision. Its counterpart at Massachusetts competes in its second tier, a sensitive topic and even a sore point among many Minutemen fans.

    But UMass fans now have this rebuttal: their team played a better game at Michigan than UConn did.

    They did it with 22 fewer scholarships, too. In Saturday's 42-37 loss, UMass rang up 439 yards with a variety of weapons. They took the Wolverines to the wire, unlike UConn, which lost 30-10 at Michigan Stadium - "The Big House'' - on Sept. 4.

    High Praise for UMass Football From Daily Progress

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    Check out this comment from the Daily Progress which covered William & Mary's 21-17 win over Old Dominion on Saturday. In reference to the Tribe's season-opening loss to the Minutemen, David Teel wrote...

    "perhaps UMass is New England's best football outfit not named the Patriots. The Minutemen lost at Michigan 42-37 Saturday -- Rich Rodriguez hasn't exhaled yet and continues to fold Denard Robinson's laundry -- gaining 439 yards and converting 8-of-14 third or fourth downs."

    NFL, CFL, UFL Update On UMass Alums

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  • In the Chiefs' 16-14 win over the Browns, WR Jeremy Horne made hi on-field NFL debut in No. 11 and made a tackle on special teams in the fourth quarter.

  • DB James Ihedigbo played great on special teams in the New York Jets' 28-14 win over the Patriots. OL Vladimir Ducasse was inactive for the second week in a row.

  • LS Jeremy Cain snapped three times all on kicks in the Jaguars' 38-13 loss to the Chargers. Interestingly, the Jaguars never punted in the game as they scored, fumbled, were intercepted or failed on a fourth down conversion.

  • With the Giants, in their game against the Colts, WR Victor Cruz is active in place of WR Ramses Barden, who wasn't much of a factor in Week 1 and had a ball bounce off his hands for an interception.

  • In the CFL, the BC Lions beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 35-31 as a trio of UMass alums saw action. For BC, LB Anton McKenzie racked up five tackles and DE Keron Williams made three tackles. LB Shannon James didn't have a tackle for Hamilton.

  • In the UFL, the Sacramento Mountain Lions lost to the Hartford Colonials 27-10. TB Steve Baylark didn't have a carry for the Mountain Lions.

  • The Las Vegas Locos lost to the Florida Tuskers 27-20. RB Marcel Shipp had 13 carries for 48 yards for the Locos.

  • Daily Collegian Coverage On Michigan Game

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    Here are stories from the Daily Collegian on the UMass football loss at Michigan, 42-37.

  • Robinson, Shaw key in quelling upset bid

  • No Massachusetts Magic In Michigan.

  • Video Highlights and Interviews From UMass At Michigan

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    Check out this package from CBS 3 Springfield's Ezra Broder, who travelled to Michigan to cover the game.

    Postgame Recaps From Saturday's Narrow Loss At Michigan

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    Republican: UMass Reaffirms Its Pride

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    When all was said and done, Kyle Havens sat glumly at a podium, looking quite unlike a man who had just played one of the best games of his career.

    "It's never good to lose. We worked hard, and you never work hard to lose,'' the University of Massachusetts quarterback said after one of the great "almosts'' in school history, a 42-37 loss to Michigan before 110,187 fans.

    Havens' attitude is absolutely the correct one for a good team, and this game erased whatever doubts lingered that UMass is a good team. Read the full story in the Springfield Republican

    Republican: UMass Band Takes Field At Michigan

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    As he stood on the sidelines of Michigan Stadium Saturday, associate band director Thomas P. Hannum took a moment to absorb the sights and sounds of a memorable day. "No doubt, George Parks would have wanted to be here," Hannum said of the University of Massachusetts band director who died Thursday.

    Hannum then gazed at the huge crowd, the action and the vibrancy of the moment. It was everything Parks represented in his 33 years as UMass band director.

    Read the full story, a moving piece in the Springfield Republican.

    Women's Soccer Attends UMass-Michigan Football Game

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    The Minutewomen spent part of their off day in Michigan attending the UMass-Michigan football game. Check out a YouTube video of the experience and photo gallery.

    Saturday's Stories and News On UMass At Michigan

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    Here are various stories and new clips leading into Saturday's UMass at Michigan football game.

  • Springfield Republican: UMass must play efficient football to have a chance
  • Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass football enters the Big House
  • Boston Herald: UMass faces Big obstacles
  • Detroit Free-Press: Michigan/UMass scouting report
  • AnnArbor.com:The mega guide to Week 3: Michigan vs. UMass
  • The Wolverine: Michigan vs. UMASS Primer
  • Things to watch, hot topics for UM/UMass
  • Baylark Plays At Hartford In UFL Game, Saturday

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    When the UMass at Michigan football game is over, tune over to NESN to watch UFL Football action featuring former UMass star tailback Steve Baylark. Baylark plays with the Sacramento Mountain Lions, as they play at the Hartford Colonials. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m., at Rentschler Field in Hartford. Former UMass players Sean Smalls and Kyle Harrington did not make the Colonials roster after being in training camp with the team.











    Happy Birthday - Sept. 18: Punter Jeff Strait

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    Happy Birthday wishes for UMass redshirt freshman punter Jeff Strait.

    Jeff Strait

    Republican: Tribute To George Parks

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    If you haven't read, it check out the Springfield Republican story on the late George Parks.

    George N. Parks, who over 33 years transformed the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band into "The Power and Class of New England" and inspired generations of music students and "bandos," died suddenly while traveling with the band in Ohio on Thursday.

    Those who knew him say the two things that mattered most to him recently were the band's new building on campus and the trip to Ann Arbor, Mich., today where the band is to play at halftime during the UMass-Michigan football game.

    Tribute To George Parks At UMass Alumni Association

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    Watch Matt Houde's toast to George Parks at the UMass Alumni Association event held in Michigan, the night before the UMass at Michigan game.

    Moment Of Silence Will Be Held For Parks At Michigan

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    We have received word from the University of Michigan that a Moment of Silence will be held at the UMass-Michigan game on Saturday in honor of the late George Parks, who passed away in Ohio as the band was traveling to Ann Arbor. The Moment of Silence will be held prior to the UMass band's performance on the field during pregame before the game. Additionally, the Big Ten Network will mention his passing on national television.

    The band will still be performing at Michigan Stadium.

    Additionally, we have learned the UMass Band will continue with its performance tonight at Howell High School in Howell, Michigan.

    During tomorrow's UMass-Michigan game, Josh Maurer will bring you special tribute messages in honor of Parks throughout the game on the UMass Sports Network (100.9 FM in W. Mass, 830 AM in C. Mass, 1510 AM in E. Mass and 95.9 FM on the South Shore).


    Gaffney Excited Lasme Is Joining Celtics

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    Former UMass teammates will be reunited in Boston Celtics camp this fall. Tony Gaffney is pumped that Stephane Lasme has been invited to camp saying, "Steph worked out with today and was great. Gotta love him!"

    Check out various stories on former UMass basketball All-American Stephane Lasme and his invitation to Boston Celtics preseason camp.

  • ESPN Boston.
  • The Exmainer.com
  • Masslive.com
  • VIDEOS: UMass Hits Michigan Stadium For First Time

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    UMass Football Head Coach Kevin Morris On Friday Before Practice At Michigan

    Kevin Morris Video On The Plane To Michigan

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    Kyle Havens Video Before Leaving For Michigan

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    UMass Mourns The Loss Of Band Director George Parks

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    It's with a great sense of loss that we share with you the loss of UMass Band Director George N. Parks who died following a performance on Thursday night in Ohio. Parks and the Minuteman Marching Band were en route to Michigan for Sunday's game. Springfield Republican | UMass Drum Line Tribute | Marching Band Facebook Page

    Amick To Face Home-State Hoosiers

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    While Sunday's game against Indiana promises to be a great college soccer game for multiple reasons, for UMass senior midfielder Stuart Amick, the game against Indiana is a bit more personal. A native of West Lafayette, Indiana, Amick grew up just two hours north of Bloomington and played club soccer with several current Hoosiers. Herb Scribner of the Daily Collegian profiles Amick's connections with his home-state team.

    Friday Morning Stories On UMass-Michigan

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    Here are articles and news from Friday morning as the UMass football team prepares to leave via charter airplane for Michigan at 10 a.m.

  • Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass prepares for Michigan, huge crowd
  • Boston Globe: The Big House is in order
  • Ann Arbor.com: Breaking down the UMass-Michigan football game
  • Livingston Daily:Michigan wary of UMass
  • Greenwich Times:Michigan insists it won't overlook Massachusetts
  • Detroit Free Press: Unbeaten and untied, Denard Robinson's trademark look gains notice
  • Detroit Free Press: Michigan's NCAA woes shouldn't undercut Denard Robinson's Heisman chances
  • Detroit Free Press: David Molk at center of Wolverines' success
  • Detroit News: Rise of Denard Robinson no surprise to high school coach
  • Wellman Impresses At Prospects Tournament

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    After joining the Minnesota Wild last season, Casey Wellman has really started to come on strong as the club prepares for training camp. In last week's Traverse City Prospect Tournament, Wellman led the Wild prospects to an undefeated title. He earned praise from Assistant General Manager Brent Flaher: "We feel very positive about our young group of players," said Flahr. "From the net out, Matt Hackett performed very well... our back end appears to be in good shape going forward as well. Our forwards were led by Casey Wellman and Cody Almond and both players appear close to challenging for a spot on the big team."

    No surprise, but Wellman earned Flaher's Best Offensive Player Award:
    The center tallied five points (2-3=5) and a +4 rating in Traverse City, using his speed to generate a lot of offense. He was a dangerous player every game.

    Goalie Paul Dainton Named Hockey Captain

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    Chris Phillips of the Examiner.com wrote about Paul Dainton being named captain of the UMass hockey team for this season. Dainton is just the 8th goalie ever to wear the "C" in program history.

    5 Questions Entering Minnesota Wild Training Camp

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    The Minnesota Wild have a 5-Questions To Focus On piece as the start of training camp looms. The No. 2 Question - Does the James Sheppard injury open the door for Casey Wellman? The answer: Prior to James Sheppard's knee injury, the chances of Casey Wellman cracking the Wild's roster seemed rather bleak, at least to start the year. Even with Sheppard out for an extended period, the Wild still has four centermen in Kyle Brodziak, Matt Cullen, Mikko Koivu and John Madden. Of course, Wellman could always move to the wing, and the Wild staff are likely anxious to see how that works. The speedy Wellman added significant muscle in the offseason, and Brent Flahr said he was the best player on the Wild's undefeated Traverse City team. It appears Wellman has a much better shot at making the team out of camp, but the Wild may be more inclined to start him in Houston where he can get top line minutes, as well as power play and penalty kill time.

    Daily Collegian Previews UCF, Indiana Weekend

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    Steve Levine of the Daily Collegian takes a look at this weekend's pair of matches for the men's soccer team against UCF and #24 Indiana. Out of Conference USA, UCF has started the season on a high note with a 3-1 record, while the Hoosiers of the Big 10 are one of the dynasty programs of college soccer with 7 national championship titles.

    Busy Weekend For UMass Athletics

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    While the main focus of this weekend has been the football game at Michigan, Gazette writer Matt Vautour highlights some of the other action going on for the Maroon & White. The women's soccer team will be playing at Michigan as well, while the men's soccer team hosts UCF today at 3:30 and #24 Indiana on Sunday (1 PM). The men's and women's cross country teams will host a home meet on Saturday (11:15 AM). The No. 20 field hockey team will head to American and No. 2 Maryland this weekend as well.

    The Dilemma Of Leaving College Early

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    UMass alum Andy Merritt has an interesting read in the New England Hockey Journal on the dilemma of college hockey players to leave college early for the professional ranks. In his story, he mentions UMass' losses following last season of James Marcou, Casey Wellman and Matt Irwin. He has several quotes from UMass coach Don "Toot" Cahoon as well as quotes from Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna.

    Republican: Michigan Game Lures UMass Fans

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    When the University of Massachusetts football team takes the field at Michigan on Saturday, Minutemen alumni and fans will be on hand in full force.

    "It's the opportunity of a lifetime," said UMass season ticket holder Glenn LaPlante of Chicopee, whose group of six began the drive to Ann Arbor on Thursday afternoon.

    "We've made the trip when they played Army, Navy and Boston College. Now, we get to go to the Big House."

    Read the full story in the Springfield Republican.

    Bleacher Report: Will UMass Pull The Upset?

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    Check out this preview from the Bleacher Report, which talk about how FCS teams have been giving FBS teams fits.

    And we really shouldn't be surprised, FCS schools (such as UMass) are sending players to the NFL at quite a decent rate. The difference between FCS and FBS is that NFL talent in FBS is generally quite concentrated among around 20-30 teams, but spread through all of the FCS teams very nicely.

    Republican: UMass Will Try To Contain Robinson

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    Check out the Springfield Republican game preview of the UMass at Michigan game.

    Only two sets of people don't like quarterbacks who run.

     NFL scouts who think they can't take the pounding in the pros. College defenses that can't stop them. To the rest of us, a running quarterback can be the most exciting player in football. And the University of Massachusetts has never seen any one quite like Michigan sophomore and Heisman Trophy front-runner Denard Robinson, who leads the nation in rushing with 227.5 yards per game.

    Maybe nobody has.

    Lasme Reportedly Headed To Celtics Camp

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    According to Celtics Blog, former UMass All-American basketball player Stephane Lasme is a free agent invitee to the Celtics training camp.

    News and Stories From Michigan Football - Sept. 16

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    Here are more stories and news on the UMass at Michigan game from Sept. 16:

  • Wolverine Insider: Massachusetts at Michigan: TSX GAME SNAPSHOT
  • The Ledger: Massachusetts-Michigan Preview Capsule
  • AnnArbor.com: Minuteman goes from U-M fan to opponent
  • Maize-N-Brew Game Preview
  • NBC22: UMass At Michigan Preview

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    Check out the preview from NBC22 of the UMass at Michigan game.

    Masslive: 3 Keys To Upsetting Michigan

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    Check out Masslive.com which has a great feature on "3 Keys To UMass Upsetting College Football Power Michigan."

    By now college football fans --- and UMass football fans, in particular --- have pondered the question: Can UMass make it two straight weeks for the CAA against a BCS power?

    Just last week, Colonial Athletic Association rival James Madison took down ACC powerhouse Virginia Tech. On Saturday, the Minutemen have a shot to take down an even bigger college football powerhouse in No. 20 Michigan.

    Even if expectations for the Minutemen --- ranked No. 15 in the FCS Coaches Poll and No. 16 in the Sports Network Poll --- were low going into the weekend, UMass fans should now be wondering if their team can pull off the next big upset.

    Gazette: UMass Fullback's A Fan

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    Scott Duggan became a fan of Michigan football for the same reasons lots of little kids pick a team to root for - his dad was a fan and he liked the helmets.

    But for the first time in his life, Duggan will be rooting against his beloved Wolverines, as the senior fullback for the University of Massachusetts will line up against them Saturday.

    "I've been a Michigan fan since I was three years old so it's pretty special to go out and play there," Duggan said. "I just remember every weekend they were one of the teams I had to watch on TV."

    Read the full story in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

    Wellman, Wild Win Prospects Tournament

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    Casey Wellman led the Minnesota Wild to the Traverse City Prospects Tournament and earned praise for his efforts over the last several days. General Manager Brett Flaher lauded Wellman who's put on a lot of muscle this offseason and will vie for a roster spot this training camp. "Wellman was a star throughout the tournament," Flahr said. "He was a little tired today, as we all were."

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  • Arikian Tabbed 50th Best Men's Soccer Player In Country

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    TopDrawerSoccer.com ran the first of its weekly list of the top 100 college soccer players in America. UMass' Ben Arikian was listed as the 50th-best player and the top player from the Atlantic 10 Conference. Arikian was named to the preseason Hermann Trophy Watch List and was named a preseason All-American for the second consecutive season entering 2010. Arikian and the Minutemen will host UCF on Friday and #24 Indiana on Sunday at Rudd Field.

    Ann Arbor.com: UMass Hopes To Follow JMU's Path

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    As the seconds ticked down in his hometown of Blacksburg, Va., University of Massachusetts linebacker Tyler Holmes' phone began to blow up. He and the rest of the Minutemen finished beating Holy Cross, 31-7, last Saturday afternoon when word arrived about a potential upset in Virginia.

    James Madison, a Football Championship Subdivision school that, like UMass is a Colonial Athletic Association member, was closing in on becoming the second lower-division school to beat a ranked Football Bowl Subdivision opponent, then-No. 13 Virginia Tech.

    Despite the recent success of FCS (formerly Division I-AA) teams against FBS (I-A) opponents -- the lower division had six wins over the upper division in the first two weeks of the season -- seeing the Hokies go down, 21-16, to JMU was stunning.

    Read the full story on AnnArbor.com.

    Republican: Michigan Taking UMass Seriously

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    Notre Dame one week. The University of Massachusetts the next. In the world of college football, that sounds like a recipe for a letdown, but Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said not to expect it from his team.

    "Our guys were really focused at practice. They seem to be into it," said Rodriguez, whose Big Ten team welcomes UMass to Ann Arbor, Mich., on Saturday.

    "I have said before, there is a difference between good (Football Championship Subdivision) programs and middle-of-the pack FCS teams. UMass is a really good team. They have our players' attention."

    Read the whole story in the Springfield Republican.

    News and Stories From Michigan Football - Sept. 15

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    Here are stories and articles from Sept. 15 on Michigan football in relation to Saturday's game.

  • Detroit Free-Press: Injury and kicking updates from Michigan football
  • Detroit Free-Press: Graham sees good things happening with Michigan
  • Associated Press: Michigan's Robinson struck a pose that might stick
  • Sports Network Preview
  • SB Nation Detroit:Michigan Vs. UMass: Fitzgerald Toussaint Should Play
  • Wolverine Insider: Midweek Michigan Update
  • Republican: Welcome To Big-Time College Football

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    The RV parking lots at Michigan Stadium will open Friday night in advance of Saturday afternoon's game between the Wolverines and the UMass Minutemen. If you think that's too early, consider this: at Penn State's Beaver Stadium and most other Big Ten stadiums, the RV lots open - and fill up - on Thursday night before Saturday games.

    And if you're wondering, "What do those camper-living fans do all day Friday?" then you've never really tailgated and you've never really been to a college football game. See folks, the world of big-time college football is just not New England's world. I come as a Penn State graduate and as an emissary from that world.

    Check out Jim Kinney's story in the Springfield Republican.

    Collegian: Holmes Leads On Defense

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    For Massachusetts linebacker Tyler Holmes, preseason honors are all well and good, but leading the defense in his first year as team captain is a more exciting notion.

    The Blacksburg, Va. native has been garnering a lot of attention in the offseason and for good reason. As a true sophomore last season, Holmes led the Minutemen in tackles with 11 per game, interceptions with four and passes defended with nine. His 110 tackles also ranked second in the Colonial Athletic Association and eighth in NCAA. For his efforts, he was named to the 2009 CAA All-Conference Second Team.

    Read the whole story on the Daily Collegian.

    Daily Collegian: Morris & Company Winners All Around

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    Check out the Daily Collegian's story on the Minutemen and how Coach Morris and the team are winners all around even before they play at the game at Michigan.

    Republican: Holmes Carves Out Key Role

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    Coming to the University of Massachusetts as a freshman in 2008, Tyler Holmes was a recruited walk-on football player. That soon changed.

    Holmes' hard-nosed play soon convinced the coaching staff to offer him a scholarship. As a junior, his role and his status is still growing.

    "When you get to know him, Tyler is a very positive kid who works hard every day," UMass defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Keith Dudzinski said as Holmes and UMass prepared to hit the national stage Saturday at Michigan.

    Check out this feature in the Springfield Republican.

    Gazette: Minutemen On Mission To Knot 'Shoelace'

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    From his fun nickname to his amazing performance in the first two weeks of the season, Denard "Shoelace" Robinson has made Michigan a top 25 team and himself one of the most talked about players in college football. His ascent from relative unknown to early Heisman Trophy contention is a fun story this week for everyone outside the University of Massachusetts locker room. The Minutemen have the difficult task of trying to contain him.

    The nickname "Shoelace" comes from the fact that he doesn't tie them. He has played with his shoes untied since playing youth football in Florida.

    Read how UMass will look to "knot" Robinson in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

    Gazette: NFL-Quality Foes No Strangers To UMass

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    Whether Michigan's Denard "Shoelace" Robinson is someday bound for the NFL remains to be seen. He's just a sophomore, but a promising one. If he does make it, he'll join a host of players the University of Massachusetts football team has faced in its annual game against a Division I-A/Bowl Subdivision opponent who have gone on to NFL success.

    Matt Vautour has a look at a handful of them and how they did against UMass in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

    News and Stories From Michigan Football

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    Here's sampling of stories from Michigan relating to UMass' game at the Big House this weekend.

  • Detroit Free Press: Ex-Wolverine Justin Boren recalls shock of Appalachian State upset
  • Detroit Free Press: ESPN analyst explains why Denard Robinson is so speedy
  • Ann Arbor.com:Pat Forde gives thoughts on Denard Robinson's early success
  • Ann Arbor.com: Rich Rodriguez, hypothetically, would welcome drop-back passer on Michigan football team
  • The Collegian: Denard Robinson vs. Massachusetts
  • Toledo Blade: Nothing small about UM's game on Saturday
  • Wolverine Insider
  • UMass Football Audio Conference Call Replays

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    Listen to replays of UMass football conference calls this week as the Minutemen prepare to take on Michigan on Saturday in Ann Arbor.

  • Monday Afternoon Teleconference With Kevin Morris, QB Kyle Havens and LB Tyler Holmes.

  • Kevin Morris' Weekly CAA Conference Call.

  • Tony Gaffney On Twitter @TGaffney27

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    Former UMass star Tony Gaffney has started his Twitter page @TGaffney27. Follow Tony today as he seeks to make the Boston Celtics roster for 2010-11.

    USA Today Feature On Michigan's Denard Robinson

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    He's the most electrifying player in college football, but most people know little about him -- well, besides the fact he doesn't tie his shoelaces.

    Michigan sophomore Denard Robinson has set, broken and re-broken records in his first two career starts. He's averaged 227.5 rushing yards through two games, making him the Bowl Subdivision leader -- and yes, he's ahead of the nation's top running back, Oklahoma State's Kendall Hunter who averages 207.0. Since the NCAA began ranking rushing leaders by yards per game in 1970, no quarterback has led the nation in rushing at the end of the season.

    Read the full feature in USA Today.

    Plays Of The Week, Sept. 6-12

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    Check out the first edition of Plays Of The Week for this fall! There was plenty to choose from as UMass teams went 5-0-1 over the weekend, but these are the plays that made the cut.

    Gazette: UMass Charts Its Own Course

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    The University of Massachusetts football players were following the game before the start of their game Saturday. UMass coach Kevin Morris was glad to see the Dukes deliver the upset, but didn't think it would affect his team's attempt to pull off a similar upset Saturday when the Minutemen travel to Michigan for a noon game at the Big House.

    "It doesn't have any bearing on our game. We wish it did, but we have to go out and do our own work," he said. "We're going out and will have a great opportunity to play a fantastic team in Michigan."

    Read the full story in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

    News and Notes On Michigan Football

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    Looking ahead to Saturday's UMass at Michigan football game, here are several stories on the Wolverines and their Heisman Trophy candidate Denard Robinson.

  • Columbus Dispatch on Denard Robinson.
  • AnnArbor.com on injuries.
  • AnnArbor.com on Robinson.
  • AnnArbor.com on kicking game.
  • Bleacher Report.
  • AnnArbor.com on Rodriguez' weekly media session.
  • SB Detroit Nation.
  • Kyle Havens not only has the predictable line down pat, he says it with conviction. The University of Massachusetts quarterback sounds like he really believes it, whether anyone else does or not.

    "This game is not that different at all. It's just another game, in a bigger stadium,'' said Havens, whose team will play at Michigan Saturday.

    Read the entire story in the Springfield Republican.

    UMass Connections On Monday Night Football

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    Many UMass football alums will have their NFL teams in action tonight as part of Monday Night Football's doubleheader on ESPN.

    The opener between the Jets and Ravens will have three players that wore the maroon and white along with several other alums in the front office and on the sidelines. With the Jets: No. 44 James Ihedigbo will play in the secondary and on special teams. No. 62 Vladimir Ducasse was the Jets second-round NFL Draft pick this past April. He will play as a back-up on the offensive line. Along with Ihedigbo and Ducasse, Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum and several members of the Jets front office graduated from UMass.

    With the Ravens No. 32 Matt Lawrence will not play as he is sidelined with a knee injury. UMass alum and former Redman football player Clarence Brooks continues as an assistant coach with the Ravens.

    In the second game, UMass product Jeremy Horne is expected to play for the Kansas City Chiefs against the San Diego Chargers. Horne will be wearing No. 11 for the Chiefs in the 10:35 kickoff, paying as back-up receiver.

    Football Ranked 15th, 16th In Polls

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    After a 2-0 start, the UMass football team is ranked 16th in the Sports Network Media Poll and 15th in the FCS Coaches Poll.

    UMass is one of six CAA teams ranked in the Top No. 1 Villanova, No. 3 James Madison, No. 8 New Hampshire, No. 9 Richmond, No. 11 Delaware, No. 12 William & Mary and No. 16 UMass.

    Baseball Golf Tournament - Spots Still Available

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    Space still available to participate in the fifth annual UMass Baseball Golf Tournament, which is set for Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, at the Ledges Golf Club in South Hadley.

    The cost is $150 per golfer, with proceeds to benefit the UMass Baseball Scholarship Fund. Click Here for more information and to download a PDF of the Registration form.

    Women's Soccer Earns Pair Of Wins Over The Weekend

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    Women's soccer picked up two wins over the weekend to move to 3-2-0 on the season with a 2-1 overtime thriller on Friday against New Hampshire and its second four-goal output of the year, shutting out Fairfield on Sunday. The Daily Collegian has a recap of both matches, while Michael Counos has a column on UMass' increased offensive production.

    Coverage Of Field Hockey's Big Weekend

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    The field hockey team knocked off two previously unbeaten opponents this weekend in No. 4 UConn and Yale. The UConn win is the Minutewomen's first over the Huskies in 10 years. Sunday's win at Yale was a come-from-behind overtime thriller.

     

    Hampshire Daily Gazette recap
    Daily Collegian feature on veteran leadership with video interview
    UConnHuskies.com recap
    YaleBulldogs.com recap
    Yale Daily News recap

    Cruz Inactive; Cain Snaps For Jags

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    UMass alum Jeremy Cain snapped eight times on punts and kicks for the Jacksonville Jaguars, who beat the Denver Broncos 24-17 on Sunday.

    Victor Cruz was inactive for the Giants as they beat the Carolina Panthers 31-18.

    Republican: UMass' Chance At Big House

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    The University of Massachusetts is about to play a football game unlike any other in the history of the school. As big games go, they get no bigger than this one. Literally.

    "Our players have to keep from getting under-impressed or over-impressed by 110,000 people dancing around,'' UMass coach Kevin Morris said of Saturday's game at Michigan, where the biggest stadium in America awaits.

    When full, Michigan Stadium (a.k.a., The Big House) is more populous than all but 230 cities in the United States.

    Read the full story in the Springfield Republican.

    Gazette: Holmes Makes Presence Felt

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    Tyler Holmes, UMass' leading tackler last year, has had a knack for big plays. With Holy Cross rarely running the ball Saturday, there were minimal opportunities for linebackers to rack up tackle numbers.

    Read Matt Vautour's story in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

    Herald: UMass Eyeing Big Test

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    Will Michigan get caught looking ahead to playing Bowling Green on Sept. 25? Or will UMass be thinking of visiting Stony Brook the same week?

    Try neither.

    The No. 18 Minutemen (2-0) carry the FCS banner into The Big House in Ann Arbor this weekend (Saturday, noon) to face a potent Wolverines squad (2-0) riding high after victories over UConn and Notre Dame.

    Read the full story in the BostonHerald.

    GM Lombardi Says Goaltending A Strength For L.A. Kings

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    When meeting with about 300 fans on Saturday, L.A. Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi said goaltending was a strength of the club going into the 2010-11 season. He mentioned Jonathan Quick will be the No. 1 goalie entering preseason camp. Quick and teammate Jonathan Bernier will battle for time which will be good for the Kings according to this L.A. Times' column.

    Wellman Has Goal, Assist In Prospects Tournament

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    Looking to crack into the line-up with the Minnesota Wild as the NHL season is just around the corner, Casey Wellman has had an impressive preseason. Last night he turned in another great effort with a goal and assist against Columbus for a 5-1 win in the Traverse City Prospects Tournament. "With a goal and an assist he was simply the best player on the ice today. He was flying all over, using his speed to put tons of pressure on the Columbus defenseman and generate a lot of scoring chances."

    Braun, Irwin Mentioned In San Jose Sharks Preview

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    Former UMass defensemen Justin Braun and Matt Irwin are each mentioned in this article from the Mercury News as the San Jose Sharks rookie camp has begun. Both played for the AHL affiliate Worcester Sharks at the conclusion of UMass' season last year.

    Recaps Of Men's Soccer Match At Fairfield

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    The Daily Collegian and Springfield Republican each ran recaps of Saturday's draw at Fairfield. UMass is now 0-1-2 to start the season as UCF and No. 18 Indiana visit Rudd Field the Friday and Sunday, respectively.

    Daily Collegian Football Recaps From Win Over HC

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    Check out the Daily Collegian's stories on the UMass 31-7 win over Holy Cross from Saturday at McGuirk Stadium.

    Cruz To Make Regular-Seaon NFL Debut

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    Two UMass alums will be in action on Sunday as the NFL regular-season gets underway.

    Preseason sensation VIctor Cruz will make his debut, wearing No. 80 with the New York Giants as they take on the Carolina Panthers at 1 p.m. Follow the game on NFL.com or on FOX .

    Also, long snapper Jeremy Cain begins his fifth NFL season, with the Jacksonville Jaguars as they take on the Denver Broncos at 1 p.m. Follow on NFL.com or on CBS.

    Recap Stories From UMass' 31-7 Win Over Holy Cross

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    Here are articles from newspapers and websites reviewing UMass' 31-7 win over Holy Cross on Saturday.

    • Boston Herald: Minutemen attack early, often
    • Boston Globe: UMass takes care of business
    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass scores easy win over Crusaders
    • Enterprise News: Havens, UMass trip Holy Cross
    • WWLP NBC 22 Report: WWLP 22News

    Hall Of Famers, Including Camby, To Be At Football Game

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    The 2010 UMass Hall of Fame Class of Marcus Camby, Bill Gillin, Scott Hiller, Sarah Jones and the family of the late Bob Pickett will be on hand at the UMass-Holy Cross football game on Saturday at 6 p.m. The legends will take part in the game's opening coin toss, prior to kickoff. 

    Come out and show your support for the Hall of Famers.

    Saturday Previews Of UMass-Holy Cross Football

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    Here are the Saturday previews of the #18 UMass vs. Holy Cross football game. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Its Big Y Day and Heros In Action Day, with tickets as low as $6.

  • Boston Herald: Confident UMass has Cross to bear
  • Boston Globe: UMass provides next test for Holy Cross's Lamkin
  • Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Griffin, UMass to test Holy Cross
  • UMass football team seeks to make it two straight
  • Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass offense looks to run wild against Crusaders
  • On Sept. 11, we have three UMass student-athlete birthdays: men's basketball forward Sampson Carter, swimmer Molly Elkins, top lacrosse scorer Will Manny.

    Sampson Carter                    Will Manny

    Tennis Helping Amherst Survival Center Today

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    The UMass tennis team will be taking part today in a community service project in conjunction with the Amherst Survival Center. The event, to be held on the Amherst town common from 9-1:30, is a furniture sale. So be sure to stop by and give your support to the ASC and UMass Tennis!

    Since 1976, the Amherst Survival Center has promoted the health and well being of residents of Franklin and Hampshire counties with a wide variety of programs designed to help people meet their basic needs. The Center serves over three thousand people each year. Our services, all of which are free, include a Food Pantry, Soup Kitchen, Drop-In Health Clinic, Free Store, and a variety of other supports.

    Gazette: UMass Looks To Run Wild Vs. HC

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    Among the encouraging things for the University of Massachusetts football team from last week's 27-23 upset of then No. 4 William & Mary, was how efficient the offense looked despite having so many new faces in the lineup.

    Particularly sharp was the play of the Minutemen's no-huddle offense. UMass has used the hurry-up approach in other seasons, but not as regularly as it did Saturday. William & Mary seemed caught of guard by it.

    The Minutemen will likely utilize it again in Saturday's 6 p.m. game against Holy Cross.

    Read the entire preview in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

    CAA Today Previews Weekend's Action

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    On College Sporting News, check out Terence Thomas' overall preview of the CAA action this weekend. Thomas includes a story on the UMass 27-23 win over William & Mary, plus photos from last Saturday.

    Republican: Camby Still Going Strong

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    On Friday night, UMass welcomed home Marcus Camby. Read Ron Chimelis' story in the Springfield Republican.

    "I have great memories here, and entering the Hall of Fame is a great honor,'' he said. "Now I'm in the Hall of Fame with (former teammate) Lou Roe, John Calipari and my idol, Julius Erving. It's overwhelming.''

    Happy Birthday: Sept. 10 - Ryan Hantverk, Tanisha Hodgson

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    On Friday, Sept. 10, we wish Happy Birthday to lacrosse player  Ryan Hantverk and tennis player Tanisha Hodgson.


    Ryan Hantverk  Tanisha Hodgson

    Telegram: Griffin, UMass To Test Holy Cross

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    Holy Cross coach Tom Gilmore thought John Griffin was a good player last year when the Crusaders saw him at Northeastern. Griffin, the former Oakmont Regional High running back who is now at UMass, will present the Crusaders' defense with a whole new challenge tomorrow night at McGuirk Alumni Stadium in Amherst. Read the whole story in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

    Globe: Moving Tribute For Camby, UMass

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    Marty Dobrow of the Boston Globe has a tremendous story on Marcus Camby and his induction to the UMass Hall of Fame on Friday night.

    From ESPN's First Cup this morning, "Tonight, perhaps, the past will finally be reclaimed. John Calipari will be back in the house for a ceremony inducting Marcus DeWayne Camby into the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame. 'He deserves it,' said Calipari, now the coach at the University of Kentucky. 'We were a top 25 [team] before he got there. He took us to the next level. We became No. 1 in the country.' 'It's a great feeling,' said Camby, who is now playing for the Portland Trail Blazers, his fifth NBA team. 'I'm excited to be recognized for my contributions.'

    Daily Collegian Weekly Podcast With Nick O'Malley

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    Senior Producer Nick O'Malley is joined by an editor and beat writer from the William & Mary student newspaper to review the Minutemen's 27-23 win over the Tribe last week.

  • Listen to the Podcast.

  • Republican: Nelson Always Admired UMass

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    Anthony Nelson always admired the winning football tradition at the University of Massachusetts. Now he's committed to maintaining it.

    "They were successful, year in and year out,'' said Nelson, a senior wide receiver who came to UMass this year after his previous school, Hofstra, dropped football.

    Read the full story in the Springfield Republican.

    Gazette: Preview Of UMass-Holy Cross Tilt

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    University of Massachusetts football coach Kevin Morris was curious how his team would react this week preparing for Saturday's 6 p.m. game against Holy Cross at McGuirk Stadium.

    Not only was it coming off of Saturday's upset of then No. 4 William & Mary, but the student body returned to campus and classes started. On top of that the much anticipated Michigan game looms on Sept. 18, presenting ample potential for loss of focus.

    But the Minuteman coach was pleased with what he saw.

    Read the whole story in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

    Tune in a 7 p.m. on Thursday night for the Bud Light UMass Radio Show with Kevin Morris. The show will air on WRNX 100.9 FM in Western Mass and 1510 AM in Eastern Mass and be available on UMassAthletics.com. Host Josh Maurer will talk football with the coach as well as stars from the UMass win over William & Mary: junior tailback Jonathan Hernandez and senior defensive lineman Brandon Flanagan. If you have a question or comment for the show, please send it via twitter @UMassAthletics or send it to Ask The Coach.

    Aerial Tour Of UMass

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    It was an interesting start to the day as Matt Houde and I took a helicopter ride (thanks to the Marines) around campus. We were able to shoot some photos and videos of our facilities and campus in general. The landscape has certainly changed in the 7 years I've been here! On a side note, if you've never taken advantage of the free helicopter rides that happen each semester, do so. You have a pilot who is a Marine and I always say you are never safer then when you have one of those guys around!


    Check out the Photo Gallery.

    Scurry Announces Retirement From Soccer

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    UMass alum Briana Scurry announced yesterday that she will retire from soccer. Longtime U.S. national team goalkeeper Scurry, 39, spent this season on the roster of the Washington Freedom of Women's Professional Soccer, but played in only one game because of lingering effects from a concussion.

    The announcement was covered by several news outlets: Washington Post, Boston Herald, York Dispatch

    Preview Of Women's Cross Country Season Opener

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    The women's cross country team will open the 2010 season this weekend, running at the Boston College Invitational with Rhode Island, Boston University, New Hampshire, and the host Eagles.

    Check out Ben Lambert's preview of the meet in today's Daily Collegian.

    Happy Birthday: Sept. 9 - Casey Rahn

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    Celebrating a birthday today is lacrosse senior Casey Rahn. Enjoy your big day Casey!

    Casey Rahn

    Gazette: For Calipari, Camby, Lessons Learned

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     Great story by Matt Vautour in the Daily Hampshire Gazette on new UMass Hall of Fame inductee Marcus Camby and his Minuteman coach John Calipari. Among the quote from Camby in the story are:

    "I've followed it every year. I wish we could get back to the level we were at when I was there. Playing on these different NBA teams and being around these different players from other schools, I haven't had much to talk about at tournament time," Camby said. "I'm happy that Derek (Kellogg) is the head coach and that we have one of our own there running the program. Him being involved makes me want to be part of the program even more now."

    "I feel fortunate to have made the NBA and to have made the amount of money that I have, and have the opportunity to give back. I've always been about kids and giving back," said Camby, who still wants to put his education degree to use. "Hopefully I'll be able to fall back on my education and become an elementary school principal."

    Daily Collegian: Football Preview; Havens Story

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    The Daily Collegian has posted three three new stories about the UMass football team as the Minutemen prepare to face Holy Cross on Saturday at McGuirk Stadium under the lights.

    Wellman Surprises Young Transplant Recipient

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    The parents of Minnesota Wild forward Casey Wellman happened upon a story about Amanda Nieman online. In it, Amanda named Casey as her favorite hockey player. After his parents told him about it, Wellman asked Wild staffers to arrange a meeting. KSTP-TV was there when he surprised Amanda, by showing up at what she thought was a simple interview at the Xcel Energy Center. (VIDEO EMBEDDED IN STORY)

    Victor Cruz Story In Boston Herald

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    Read the latest feature on UMass sensation Victor Cruz in the Boston Herald. The story originally run in Newsday from New York. It touches on Cruz's fellow rookie receiver Duke Calhoun and his impact.

    Happy Birthday: Sept. 8 - Gianna Braca, Megan Whiteford

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    Swimmers Gianna Braca and Megan Whiteford celebrate their birthdays on Sept. 8. Enjoy the day!

    Gianna Braca  Megan Whiteford

    Women's Soccer Match Recap From Daily Collegian

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    In its first road game of the season, the Massachusetts women's soccer team went scoreless as it suffered a 1-0 loss to Albany. UMass, however, dominated all over the field with 17 shots compared to the Great Danes' nine. The lack of a goal scorer was what ultimately hurt the Minutewomen as goalkeeper Emily Cota and the defense played well.

    Click here to read more of David Martin's recap in the Daily Collegian.

    Cruz Switches To No. 80 With Giants

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    After his surprising training camp while wearing No. 3, Paterson's Victor Cruz will change to No. 80 when the Giants' regular season opens Sunday against Carolina. "That's the way it went down, 80 is my number," he said after Monday's light practice. in the Bergen Record.

    Here's a comparison that Cruz can be hopeful of duplicating. Wayne Chrebet was a New Jersey native that played in the Atlantic 10/CAA Football League (at Hofstra), went to training camp with a New York York football team (Jets) wearing No. 3 as a longshot and then switched to No. 80 and had a star-studded career. Can Cruz be like Chrebet? We shall see.

    Video Feature On Liam Coen From Providence

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    Liam Coen was the Gatorade Player of the Year in high school at La Salle Academy, and he followed that up by leading the UMass Minutemen to a national title game in college, but now Coen has traded his helmet for a headset. As they prepare for the Ivy League season, Brown University has welcomed Coen as their new quarterbacks coach.

    "I think we have a special guy in Liam Coen," Brown head coach Phil Estes said. "He's one of the best quarterbacks to ever come out of Rhode Island."

    Watch the feature

    Sports Luncheon Today At 12:15 p.m.

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    Join us at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday for the UMass Sports Luncheon at the Campus Center's Massachusetts Room 1009. The guest speakers today are Athletic Director John McCutcheon, football coach Kevin Morris and men's soccer coach Sam Koch.

    Also, the Co-Athletes of the Week from the football team, Tyler Holmes and Jonathan Hernandez will be honored for their big games in the 27-23 win over William & Mary on Saturday.

    Republican, Gazette Stories on Hoop Schedule

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    Here are some articles about the release of the UMass men's basketball slate:
  • Springfield Republican
  • Daily Hampshire Gazette
  • Men's Soccer Opponents Move Up In Rankings

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    In the NSCAA National Rankings, two of UMass' opponents moved up a few notches. Harvard, who was No. 10 when UMass played them on Monday, is all the way up to No. 6 after starting the season 2-0. Indiana, who UMass will play a week from this Sunday, is up from No. 20 to No. 18 after going 1-1 to start. The poll can be found Here.

    Collegian Feature On Bryant Craft

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    Steve Levine has a nice feature in today's Daily Collegian on Bryant Craft and his strong start to the season. Craft has two goals in the first two games of the year after moving from the midfield up to forward for the Minutemen. According to Levine, "He credits his early success to the hard work he did over the summer when he played alongside teammate Ben Arikian and even some former Major League Soccer players on Long Island, N.Y."

    Kings' Coach Terry Murray: Quick Is Our No. 1

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    The blog Frozen Royalty has an in-depth look at the L.A. Kings' defense and goaltending heading into training camp. The post features several quotes from Kings' Head Coach Terry Murray including his comment on the goalie situation: "Jonathan Quick is our number one goaltender," said Murray. "As a staff, as an organization, we have to decide who that number two goaltender is. We're not going to have three and we've got to make the decision and we're going to have to make the right decision."

    Sheppard Injury Could Solidify Wellman's Spot

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    Minnesota Wild center James Sheppard broke his kneecap on Saturday night in an ATV accident which could help solidify a roster spot for Casey Wellman. According to the AP story, "The timing couldn't be much worse for Sheppard, a former first-round draft pick who has been slow to develop. The Wild signed veterans Matt Cullen (FSY) and John Madden (FSY) this summer to bolster the center position, and prospects Cody Almond (FSY) and Casey Wellman (FSY) are expected to get a chance to challenge for roster spots in training camp." The story was covered in USA Today, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and Yahoo Sports.

    Send Us Your Favorite Memories Of The Cage

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    We have had tremendous feedback about the UMass vs. Holy Cross men's basketball game at the Curry Hicks Cage slated for Nov. 27. We want to hear from UMass fans with their favorite memories of The Cage. Send twitter messages @UMassAthletics or to Feedback at UMassAthletics.com. We will post the best responses on UMassAthletics.com in the coming days.
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    Field Hockey Weekend Wrap-Up

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    The UMass field hockey team went 1-1 over the weekend in a pair of road games in Boston. On Friday, the Minutewomen defeated Northeastern, 2-1, and on Sunday they fell to Boston University, 2-1. The Daily Collegian has a recap of the weekend and a preview of the Minutewomen's season. The Daily Hampshire Gazette also has wraps on Friday's win and Sunday's loss. UMass (1-3) returns home to host No. 5 UConn on Saturday at 1 p.m.

    Video Highlights Vs. NU
    Video Highlights Vs. BU

    Women's Soccer Coverage In Daily Collegian

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    With school back in session, The Daily Collegian has women's soccer coverage from the first week of the season. Check out their season preview and recap of the Minutewomen's win over Vermont last Friday.

    Horne Story In Albany Times-Union

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    From the Albany Times-Union, check out a story on native son Jeremy Horne, the UMass product, who has made the Kansas City Chiefs.

    The rookie wide receiver, who graduated from the University of Massachusetts in May, was not drafted, yet earned a spot on the Kansas City Chiefs' 53-man roster for the season opener at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, against the San Diego Chargers.

    Horne, who will turn 24 on Oct. 25, had one catch during the just-concluded exhibition season, a 6-yard touchdown reception against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Aug. 21. He also had two tackles on special teams.

    After graduating from Albany High, Horne played a season at Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y., then two seasons at Syracuse before transferring to UMass.

    Lasme Released By St. Petersburg Spartak

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    Former UMass All-American Stephane Lasme was released by St. Petersburg Spartak on Monday. Read about the move on The Hoop.

    Stephane Lasme signed contract with Spartak SP this summer, but it seems he will not play any game for them. Lasme spent last season with the Israeli powerhouse Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv. He appeared in 20 Euroleague games for them averaging 6.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 bpg. Maccabi reached the Quarterfinals. In Israeli league, Lasme had 8.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 1.7 bpg in 24 games. There, Maccabi failed to defend the title, so they just won the Israeli National Cup last season.

    Happy Birthday: Sept. 7 - Nicolai Naranjo

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    Best wishes for a Happy Birthday to track runner Nicolai Naranjo on Sept. 7.

    Nicolai Naranjo

    Men's Soccer Nearly Pulls Upset Of No. 10 Harvard

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    It was a good fight for the Minutemen and had the crossbar on the goal been an inch higher, it could have been a different outcome yesterday at Rudd Field against No. 10 Harvard. The Crimson earned a 3-2 win over the men's soccer team in front of a great crowd of 1,062 fans. Coverage of the game can be found at The Daily Collegian, The Republican, The Daily Hampshire Gazette, and NewEnglandSoccerNews.com.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    KOCH POSTGAME INTERVIEW

    Republican: UMass-AIC Possible In Men's Hoops

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    In the Springfield Republican, Ron Chimelis writes that UMass' men's basketball team is likely to play American International College is the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. UMass will be joined by Southern California, Bradley and Texas Christian, and will play two of those schools.

    Daily Collegian Profile On Matt Lawrence With Ravens

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    The Daily Collegian has a great story on UMass alum Matt Lawrence, who is in his second year with the NFL's Baltimore Ravens.

    Lawrence talked about his time at UMass and he misses about UMass.

    "I miss Antonio's and Bueno Y Sano, and Black Sheep and Pasta Y Basta, restaurant-wise. But you miss college, and you always miss the guys and try to keep in contact with them."

    Collegian Stories On Football Team

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    Sam, Football Players Help Build Record Sushi Roll

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    Sam The Minuteman and many members of the UMass football team took part in the building of the longest California sushi roll in the world. Read the story in the Springfield Republican.

    Volunteers wearing T-shirts that read "UMass, Amherst home of the world's longest California roll" sealed 650 sheets of nori - seaweed - then "glued" it in place with about 200 pounds of sushi rice, then laid on avocado, cucumber and Alaskan crab ... and then rolled all of it into a 422-foot long sushi roll, eclipsing the current record of 340 feet set last November at the University of California, Berkeley.

    UMass-Amherst Creates World Record California Roll

    Morris, Holmes On CAA Teleconference - Sept. 6

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    Listen to this week's CAA Teleconference Media call here: Coach Kevin Morris spoke about the win over William & Mary and what the Minutemen can expect from Holy Cross this week.

    Also, CAA Defensive Player of the Week Tyler Holmes talked about the big win and how the offense and defense feed off each other.

    NESN.com: Gaffney Hopes To Make Celtics Roster

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    On NESN.com there is a story on two players trying to make the Celtics 2010-11 roster after a taste of the postseason last year.

    On the evening of Wednesday, April 14, as the Celtics walked into the TD Garden to gear up for their 82nd and final game of the NBA's regular season, they entered the locker room to find two new faces staring back at them. The two new guys were Oliver Lafayette and Tony Gaffney, a pair of relatively unknown youngsters looking to get their big break in the NBA. Lafayette was a D-League castoff; Gaffney was a former UMass Minuteman returning from a brief stint in Israel. Neither had ever played a minute in the NBA.

    NY Daily News: Cruz Rewarded For Stellar Preseason

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    Another story from New York, comes from the Daily News as Victor Cruz garners tons of attention. The story mentions how Cruz benefitted from his time at UMass and having Vladimir Ducasse getting lots of looks from scouts in 2009.

    He grew up just 15 minutes from Giants Stadium in Paterson, N.J., and starred at Paterson Catholic HS, scoring 19 touchdowns in an undefeated senior season in 2003. But hardly anyone noticed, the first slight in a career full of them. Even after a year of prep school, the wideout had few college suitors, and wound up at Division I-AA UMass. He thrived, becoming the sixth receiver in school history to top 1,000 receiving yards (in his junior year), and teaming with offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse to fuel an offense that averaged 26.8 points per game last year.

    Cruz figured that would draw NFL eyes, especially since scouts were flooding UMass games to evaluate Ducasse, who was picked by the Jets in the second round this April. Cruz thought he'd get a few workouts, eventually hear his name called in the draft.

    NY Post: Hard-Working Cruz Beats Odds

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    The New York Post has a great story on UMass alum and New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz.

    "It's definitely a surreal feeling to come from where I came from and to go through the ups and downs and to come out the other end and have this brilliant opportunity to succeed," Cruz said, "and be on the team, close to home, that has a winning tradition is truly a blessing and I'm just thankful for everyone in the Giants organization who gave me a chance and believed in me."

    Herald: Morris, UMass Resilient In Opener

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    The Boston Herald has a follow-up story on UMass' win over William & Mary. John Connolly points out how UMass continued to bounce back despite mistakes and errors in the game.

    A telltale sign of that grit came during a fourth-and-2 play from the Tribe 7-yard line late in the third quarter of the season opener at McGuirk Stadium. UMass elected to go for it instead of kicking a field goal while trailing 16-14. The Minutemen botched the play on an illegal forward pass. The Tribe responded by driving for a score to go up 23-14 and position UMass coach Kevin Morris for some second-guessing.

    Gazette: Football Sends Shocking Message

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    Monday's papers have several follow-up stories on UMass football and the Minutemen's big win over No. 4 William & Mary.

    From the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour wrote: UMass Football Team Sends Shocking Message.

    The University of Massachusetts football players said they had a good team. They declared they were better than the preseason prognosticators predicted and promised to shock William & Mary.

    Of course they said that. What else were they going to say? Every team that's ever been expected to be lousy or mediocre has made similar assertions in the preseason, but not many of them truly do confound expectations.

    Republican: UMass Makes Second-Half Adjustments

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    In the Springfield Republican, there is a follow-up story on UMass football and the second-half adjustments the Minutemen made to pull off the big win over #4 William & Mary.

    "We kind of regrouped in the second half," preseason All-American linebacker Tyler Holmes said. "We knew in the first half it was just poor tackling. We just needed to settle down a little bit and not let him get out of the pocket. (UMass coach Kevin) Morris came in and told us, 'settle down, it's still our game to win.'"

    Miles Signed To Bengals Practice Squad

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    A day after being released by the Cincinnati Bengals, Jeromy Miles was re-signed to the team's practice squad. He will have a chance to join UMass' six other players on NFL rosters to start the 2010 season.

    Bergen Record: Victor Cruz Is In Shipp Shape

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    Great story from New Jersey's Bergen Record as writer Keith Idec looks at a pair of UMass alums who made the NFL as undrafted free agents: Marcel Shipp and Victor Cruz.
     

    "I take my hat off to him, because when you go in as a free agent, as an underdog, you're really not supposed to make the team," said Shipp, who's finishing up his second training camp with the UFL's Las Vegas Locomotives, led by former Giants coach Jim Fassel. "He had to put the hard work in and I saw that first game where he blew up, and he made them into believers."

    Republican: Johns Give UMass 1-2 Punch

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    "They're not a couple of your average Joes. They're a couple of high-level Johns,'' coach Kevin Morris said after Saturday's 27-23 victory over William & Mary. Or Jons. He was talking about John Griffin and Jonathan Hernandez, who combined for 46 carries, 212 yards and three touchdowns.

    Check out the Springfield Republican sidebar on UMass' rushing tandem.

    Coverage Of Women's Soccer Win Over UVM

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    Women's soccer's 4-0 win over Vermont on Friday was covered by The Republican, The Daily Hampshire Gazette and the Examiner.

    The match featured four different goal scorers and was first year head coach Ed Matz's first victory at UMass and 100th of his career as a women's head coach.

    Recaps On UMass' 27-23 Win Over No. 4 William & Mary

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    Here's a rundown of the recaps and stories on UMass' 27-23 upset win over No. 4 William & Mary.

  • Boston Globe: UMass rallies for upset
  • Springfield Republican: UMass football team refuses to be denied in opening victory
  • Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Locals aid UMass upset of W&M
  • Boston Herald: Minutemen begin run
  • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Minutemen upset William & Mary
  • The Examiner: Minutemen upset #4 William and Mary 27-23
  • Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Griffin, Hernandez Lead UMass
  • WWLP NBC 22: UMass Upsets #4 William & Mary
  • Daily Press: W&M Loses Opener 27-23 At UMass
  • Cruz Cries Tears Of Joy; Makes Giants

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    Victor Cruz said he would probably cry if he made the Giants' active roster. Like the preseason opener against the Jets, he delivered.

    "Yeah, I cried. I definitely cried," the Paterson native and undrafted free agent from UMass said by phone Saturday after learning he was one of the 53 players who made the Giants' final cuts. "I tried to fight it back, but it didn't work."

    Read the full story in the Newark Star-Ledger.

    Miles Terminated By Bengals

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    UMass alum Jeromy Miles was terminated by the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, he will look to catch on another team's practice squad.

    Happy Birthday: Sept. 4 - John Ihne

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    Happy Birthday to football offensive lineman John Ihne. 

    Saturday Morning Previews On UMass-W&M

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    Here's a full rundown of the stories on Saturday's football opener vs. William & Mary.

  • Daily Hampshire Gazette. Defensive Line Has Plenty To Prove.
  • Boston Herald: UMass Tackles Tough Schedule.
  • Daily Press: Game Preview.
  • Virginia Gazette: No Gimmie For Tribe.
  • William & Mary News: Minutemen Await Tribe In Opener.
  • NCAA.org.

  • Herald: UMass Tackles Tough Schedule

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    A youthful UMass team will have to mature in a hurry as it opens its 128th season today at McGuirk Stadium against a William & Mary team ranked fourth nationally. William & Mary is one of six ranked opponents on the UMass schedule, the others being No. 25 Holy Cross, No. 6 Richmond, No. 10 New Hampshire, No. 15 James Madison and No. 16 Delaware.

    Here's the full story from the Boston Herald.

    Gazette: Defensive Line Has Plenty To Prove

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    The four starters on the University of Massachusetts defensive line have combined for two career starts and eight career tackles.

    The inexperience of that unit is the biggest among a host of questions facing the Minutemen as they open the 2010 season Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against No. 4-ranked William & Mary at McGuirk Stadium.

    Read the full story from the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

    Brandon London Waived By Steelers

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    UMass alum Brandon London was among 10 cuts by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday. Read about it in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

    More Previews, News & Notes On UMass Vs. W&M

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    Here are a various previews and news clips about the UMass-William & Mary game on Saturday.

  • On College Sporting News, Terence Thomas has a complete CAA weekend preview.

  • Boston Globe mini preview: Minutemen have won their last eight home openers, but Jimmye Laycock's fourth-ranked Tribe are quite a challenge.

  • NCAAFootball.com lists the UMass-W&M game as one of two top headliner games in FCS.

  • The Richmond Times-Disptach has this preview and a few nuggets on the game.

  • The Times-Dispatch also has a sidebar on new Tribe starting QB Mike Callahan.

  • The Daily Press has a story "Confidence In Callahan."

  • The Flat Hat, student paper from William & Mary has its outlook as well.
  • Gazette: Football Anxious To Start Hitting

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    Matt Vautour looks forward to Saturday's UMass-William & Mary game with this story in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

    As he walked toward the practice field Wednesday on another 90 degree day in a preseason that's been filled with hot ones, everything about playing a game, even getting hit, sounded good to University of Massachusetts quarterback Kyle Havens.

    "I'm tired of practicing. I'm ready to play a game," said the senior, who was wearing a red practice jersey that reminds defenders not to tackle quarterbacks. "I haven't been hit in a long time. I'm excited to get hit and hit somebody."">

    Republican: Big Challenge Right Off The Bat

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    The Springfield Republican has a preview of UMass football and the Minutemen's big game with William & Mary on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. See what coach Kevin Morris had to say heading into the conference opener with the Tribe.

    NFL Recap Of UMass Alums From Thursday Night

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    Here's a look at former Minutemen in action in the NFL Preseason on Thursday night as roster cutdown are coming soon.
  • In the Bengals' 30-28 win over the Bills, Jeromy Miles had one tackle.
  • In the Giants' 20-17 win over the Patriots, Victor Cruz had three catches for 46 yards.
  • In the Jaguars' 13-9 win over the Falcons, Jeremy Cain snapped for the Jags.
  • In the Steelers' 19-3 win over the Panthers, Brandon London played receiver, but didn't have any catches.
  • In the Jets' 21-17 win over the Eagles, James Ihedigbo had four tackles while Vladimir Ducasse had several nice blocks on the offensive line.
  • In the Chiefs' win over the Packers, Jeremy Horne had a catch for minus-12 yards.
  • UMass Alums In NFL Action Tonight; CAA Games Start

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    HUGE NIGHT IN FOOTBALL!

    Here's your rundown of UMass Alums in action in the NFL Preseason as these players hope to secure spots on rosters for the regular season:

  • Jeromy Miles and Bengals vs. Colts at 7 p.m.
  • Victor Cruz and Giants vs. Patriots at 7 p.m.
  • Brandon London and Steelers vs. Panthers at 7:30 p.m.
  • Vladimir Ducasse and James Ihedigbo with the Jets vs. Eagles at 7:30 p.m.
  • Jeremy Horne and Chiefs vs. Packers at 8 p.m.
  • Jeremy Cain and Jaguars vs. Falcons at 7:30 p.m.
  • Matt Lawrence is hurt, but his Ravens play the Rams at 8 p.m.

  • In the CAA, Maine hosts Albany at 7 p.m.; Delaware hosts West Chester at 7 p.m.; Rhode Island plays at Buffalo at 7:30 p.m. and Towson plays at Indiana at 7:30 p.m. We will have updates here on JTAM throughout the night.

    Herald: 5 Questions For UMass Football

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    John Connolly of the Boston Herald has his preview of the UMass football season. He has his 5 Questions for 2010. Check it out.

    UMass tailback John Griffin takes a...

    Gazette: Defense In Search Of Playmakers

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    In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has Part 2 of his preview of the 2010 Minutemen. On Thursday he focuses on the defense and all of the new players who will need to be playmakers.

     

    The UMass coaches are excited about the young players who'll be asked to shoulder considerable responsibility this season, but those players will need to develop fast if the Minutemen are going to find success in the Colonial Athletic Association.

    Sam The Minuteman In New Big Y Commercial

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    If you were watching "America's Got Talent" last night, you saw the new Big Y commercial, which features none other than Sam The Minuteman! 

    If you have a link to the commercial send it to us in the tweet @UMassAthletics.com

    Happy Birthday - Sept. 2: Jessica Byron, Jesse Julmiste

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    Celebrating birthdays on Sept. 2 are Jessica Byron of the cross country team and Jesse Julmiste of the football team.

    Jessica Byron      Jesse Julmiste

    Cruz Named Nation's Top Rising Sports Star

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    According to U.S. Presswire, UMass alum and New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz tops the list of Rising Sports Stars to watch in the month of September. The list ranks the top ten U.S. sports professionals from all major sports who experienced the greatest relative growth in popularity during the prior 30 days. Cruz has had a breakout pre-season and currently leads the league with 251 receiving yards and four touchdowns. As an undrafted free-agent wide receiver from UMass, Cruz is competing for a spot on the Giants' roster and has quickly emerged as an athlete-to-watch, with 12 catches in just three exhibition games to date.

    "Sports fans love a Cinderella story and found one in Victor Cruz after his amazing one-handed scoring catch against the Jets," said Ryan Steelberg, President & CEO of BAT. "Cruz may be the next Miles Austin - an undrafted, young wide receiver who proves himself invaluable on the field."

    The List:

  • Victor Cruz (New York Giants)
  • Arjun Atwal (PGA)
  • Caroline Wozniacki (WTA)
  • Vernon Davis (San Francisco 49ers)
  • Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers)
  • Patrick Willis (San Francisco 49ers)
  • Mike Wallace (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Gaby Sanchez (Florida Marlins)
  • Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • Sam Bradford (St. Louis Rams)
  • Talley Mentioned In Courier-Post Of NJ

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    UMass receiver Julian Talley is mentioned as one of the top products of Winslow High School in the Courier-Post of New Jersey.

    Globe: Griffin Already Has The Moves

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    How about living in 13 places in 21 years? Meet tailback John Griffin. Check out this great profile feature on Griffin in the Boston Globe. Here's a partial list... Germany. St. Louis. Nevada. New Mexico. Northern and Southern California. Texas. Maryland. Massachusetts.


    John Griffin had a decision to make after Northeastern ended its football program.

    ColonialClash.com, Facebook Page Launched

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    UMass football fans, in addition to the UMass Colonial Clash Central, Gillette Stadium has launched ColonialClash.com.

    There are five pages of photo galleries from Sam The Minuteman's visit to Gillette Stadium.

    Also, Facebook.com/ColonialClash.com has been set up. Become a fan today!Colonial Clash

    Wellman Ranked As Wild's 8th Best Prospect

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    According to www.HockeysFuture.com, Casey Wellman is the 8th-best prospect for the NHL's Minnesota Wild. Author Peter Prohaska writes "A decent late season tryout with the Wild went about as well as could be expected, seeing Wellman pot one goal and three assists in 12 games. This has produced some understandable excitement among the Wild faithful, but Wellman is unlikely to be the answer for a still unremarkable offensive team. At around 170 pounds, he is undersized and his skating leaves much to be desired. He does however possess a quick, accurate shot. It will be interesting to see how much time he and fellow newly acquired sniper Joel Broda get to spend in St. Paul this season."

    Men's Soccer To Open At Boston University Tonight

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    The men's soccer team will kick-off the 2010 season tonight at Boston University. The match is slated for a 7 PM start at Nickerson Field. Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a season preview out today. Vautour writes "The University of Massachusetts men's soccer team features an experienced defense, two battle-tested goalies and one of the best players in the country in Ben Arikian. If the Minutemen can find a way to score some goals here and there, they might be pretty good." BU head coach Neil Roberts gives his thoughts of the Terriers and the Minutemen in this video interview.

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