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More On Davidson Joining The Atlantic 10

Yesterday we linked to a story Dan Malone wrote on and today we've got a collection of stories from Davidson on how the move has been perceived in North Carolina.

And here is Davidson's home page for it's conference move...

Paige Stenberg of the Boston Herald has a feature on UMass women's lacrosse head coach Angela McMahon who was recently named the head coach for the Italian Women's Lacrosse national team which will compete at the 2017 FIL World Cup.

McMahon will be co-head coach alongside her husband Justin Serpone and says the World Cup is another stepping stone to helping lacrosse become an Olympic sport.

"The idea of bringing a sport that we are both passionate about to a country that is passionate about everything they do, is just a great fit on both sides," continued McMahon. "I believe I can speak for most coaches out there when I say it's a unified goal of ours for lacrosse to become an Olympic sport, so whatever we can do to help that become a reality, we are willing to do pretty much anything."

As we creep closer to the start of preseason football, Springfield Republican beat writer Dan Malone will share his top 25 players to keep an eye on this year for the Minutemen. Starting off the group at No. 25 is sophomore running back Shadrach Abrokwah who surprised many fans last year by averaging over 100 yards rushing in the final two games.
Ryan Petrovich of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette had a story last week on the NFL Rookie Symposium with several quotes from former UMass standout Rob Blanchflower. The Leominster native was the seventh round draft pick for the Steelers back in May and discusses how veterans on the team help make the transition to the NFL easier with their guidance.

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 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.


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