In his blog for the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour looks back at two stories from Sept. 11, 2001 featuring former basketball coach Steve Lappas and football fullback Pete Cariello.
There wasn't much sports writing to be done 10 years ago after the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2011, only reaction from people that played the games. Then-UMass coach Steve Lappas was in the air when the planes hit, fortunately nowhere near any of the crashes.
Pete Cariello, a fullback on the UMass football team had an agonizing wait to hear the fate of family in New York and Washington. I like to read the news coverage from the days after 9-11 as a way of remembering the raw emotions we all felt that day. Below are two UMass stories the Gazette ran at that time. To all the first-responders and military. Thanks for what you do