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Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story this afternoon on how the first day of July officially kicks-off preseason coverage of the Minutemen. Malone describes several interesting story lines for the season and gives fans an update as to what to expect coverage-wise as we get closer to the start of the season.

Caleb Calhoun of SaturdayBlitz.com has a top 10 list of coaching hires in college football this past season. At No. 10, he has Mark Whipple's return to UMass which he says could have the Minutemen back on the winning side of the ledger very soon.

10. Mark Whipple: Massachusetts   
Mark Whipple's return to the Minutemen after 11 years is obviously highlighted by a drastic change in the dynamics of the program since he left it in 2003: They're in FBS now. And they have been 1-11 each of the past two seasons, they're first two in Division 1A. But when Whipple took over in 1998 the program had gone 2-9 the year before, and he turned it around immediately to go 12-3. Whipple also comes back to UMASS with more NFL experience working with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, and Cleveland Browns. For UMASS's level, there may be some growing pains, but he could have them back to winning again very soon.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican writes about the latest tour video produced by the @UMassSportsNet crew as the new UMass Football Performance Center gets closer to being completed. The team will begin to move in to use many of the functional team spaces such as the equipment room, locker room and weight room beginning July 1.



Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican takes a look at the new Atlantic 10 logo scheme which the league officially announced on Monday afternoon. The updated brand gives the conference a more modern feel which symbolizes its growth as a basketball power.

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Welcome to Davidson as the 14th member of the Atlantic 10

Today marks Davidson's first day as the newest member of the Atlantic 10 Conference giving the league 14 members now. Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on the school's addition and what that means to UMass fans.

Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press has a story on James Ihedigbo's ability to fit in with his new team, the Detroit Lions, and become a leader due to his familiarity with new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. Ihedigbo played for Austin for the previous two seasons with Baltimore.

Lions safety James Ihedigbo


Dan Malone spoke with UMass head coach John Micheletto following the NHL Draft, on the heels of incoming freshman Brandon Montour being selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the second round.

Read: UMass hockey coach John Micheletto talks Brandon Montour getting drafted, recruiting progress

USHL Interactive has posted an interview with incoming UMass hockey freshman Brandon Montour from this weekend's NHL Draft. Montour was selected 55th overall by the Anaheim Ducks, becoming the highest draft pick in UMass history.

Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse (6.30)

Two UMass men's lacrosse alumni were active in Major League Lacrosse during the previous weekend as Kevin Leveille (2000-03) helped Rochester to an important win and Will Manny (2010-13) provided another five-point game on attack for Boston. Check out more on how each did below:

Leveille did not record a point but was able to scoop up four groundballs as Rochester defeated Denver, 19-14 at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, N.Y.

Prior to the game, Leveille was recognized by Rattlers COO Brad Ford and Rochester Head Coach Tim Soudan, also a University of Massachusetts graduate, for his MLL record-break career goals total, which is up to 275 through 116 games played in the league.

This game for Leveille came after his two-goal performance for Team USA during the Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game on Thursday evening.

Manny earned five points via a hat trick plus two assists, but the Boston Cannons dropped a 15-12 game to Charlotte. Manny pushed Boston in front with the first two goals of the second quarter to put the Cannons ahead, 5-3. He added his third to pull Boston within 11-10 of Charlotte and assisted on the final Cannons goal that dropped their deficit to 15-12 with 4:18 to play.

Manny now has 34 points on 20 goals and 14 assists over nine games played in his second year playing professionally. Manny's goals and assists totals also rank second among Cannons.

Stay up-to-date with Major League Lacrosse through the organization's website. More on the Minutemen can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

Tamara Tatham, Team Canada Complete Sweep Of Brazil

University of Massachusetts women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham sparked the Canadian Senior Women's National Team to a 66-63 victory over Brazil to cap a three-game sweep at the Edmonton Grads International Classic. Tatham was given the 'Player of the Game' nod for Team Canada after she provided 11 points and eight rebounds in the win. Read more on it through Canada Basketball's release:

"A crowd of almost 1,800 at the Saville Community Sports Centre was treated to a great start from Team Canada as they shot out to a 12-5 lead at the five-minute mark of the first quarter and would push the lead to 10 with a 19-9 spread that would force Brazil to take an early timeout. Canada would continue to take the play to Brazil and hold 27-14 advantage as the first quarter ended..."

The conclusion of the article and more on Team Canada can be found here. Keep informed on UMass women's basketball through UMassAthletics.com.

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