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Matt Vautour has a preview in advance of tonight's UMass hockey season opener against Boston University at the Mullins Center at 7 p.m.

Read: UMass ready to drop puck vs Boston University, Hockey East, 2014-15 season

ESPN Goodman: A-10 Predictions

Jeff Goodman of ESPN posted his Atlantic 10 Conference preview on Thursday. He polled many of the 14 head coaches and offered a consensus of their thoughts on a variety of topics. It's an ESPN Insider article so, while I would like to give you the entire post, I will respect the subscriber rules as an Insider and give you the UMass stuff.

UMass is picked tied for 4th with Richmond. VCU got every first place vote.

His roundup of the coach's thoughts:
On the mystery team: "UMass. Without Chaz Williams and some of their veterans that really bought in, it'll be interesting to see if Derek Kellogg can keep that program where it can compete for one of the top spots in the league. Chaz was so tough, and looked like a great leader. I'm not sure they will be able to find someone who can do what he did."

Now most UMass fans will agree with his assessment about how important Chaz was to the team, but at the same time are anxious to see what the program will be like in the years A.C. - After Chaz. It's nice to see that a number of the coaches feel the same way.

ESPN Goodman: Derrick Gordon couldn't be happier

ESPN Senior Writer Jeff Goodman spent the day in Amherst on Wednesday, talking with Derrick Gordon about his summer and what the junior guard expected out of the upcoming season - his first as an openly gay Division I men's basketball player.

   AMHERST, Mass. -- UMass guard Derrick Gordon told ESPN that he would have quit basketball if he did not come out publicly as gay last April.
   The 6-foot-2 junior, who averaged 9.4 points last season for a UMass team that lost to Tennessee in the NCAA tournament, said he was beyond miserable and was on the verge of quitting the sport.
   "I was coming out or giving up basketball," Gordon told ESPN on Wednesday. "It was breaking me down."
   Gordon said he had lived with the secret since when he entered college at Western Kentucky. He transferred to UMass after his freshman season and rarely -- if ever -- hung around his teammates.
   "My secret," Gordon said in explaining why he was a loner in college. "I didn't want to be put in a situation where they found out."
   Gordon told his parents, brother and teammates just days before making a public announcement to ESPN that he was set to become the first active Division I men's basketball player to be openly gay. Gordon said the support he's received from everyone has been overwhelming, and that his life has completely changed, although the experience wasn't quite so easy for his twin brother, Darryl.

Read the complete story here...

PREVIEW: Field Hockey at Saint Joseph's

UMass field hockey hits the road to Philadelphia this weekend to face an Atlantic 10 foe in Saint Joseph's before a non-conference game at Columbia. The Minutewomen head to Saint Joseph's on Friday for a 3:30 p.m. game and travel to Columbia for a Sunday contest at 1 p.m. Check out some notes on the series with St. Joe's below:

 University of Massachusetts Field Hockey Game Notes
 Game 13 Massachusetts (5-7, 3-1) at Saint Joseph's (6-6, 2-2)
 Date | Time Friday, Oct. 10 | 3:30 p.m.
 Location Ellen Ryan Field; Philadelphia, Pa.
 Series History UMass leads, 28-4. Last meeting: UMass 9, Saint Joseph's 1; Oct. 20, 2013
 Live Statistics NeuLion
 Live Video Atlantic 10 Digital Network
 Team Information Massachusetts | Saint Joseph's
 Twitter @UMassFH   | @UMassAthletics  
 Instagram UMass Field Hockey

Master Tesfatsion of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune had this feature story on Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman and former UMass standout Vladimir Ducasse and his amazing journey to the NFL.

Mike Lowe of the Portland Press Herald has a feature story on freshman running back Andrew Libby. Libby is seeing a considerable amount of playing time especially considering he missed all of last fall, his senior season at Thornton Academy, after tearing his ACL.

Andrew Libby's position on the University of Massachusetts football roster is not listed as running back. Or wide receiver. Or even fullback. It simply says: athlete.  

"That's exactly what he is," said Marcel Shipp, the running backs coach for the Minutemen. "He plays special teams, he runs, he catches the ball, he can block like a fullback.

"He doesn't have a set position. He's just a guy who can make plays."  

Collegian: @UMassTennis prepares for first duel meet against UConn

Victor Pusateri of the Daily Collegian has a preview of the UMass tennis team's match on Thursday at Connecticut. This will be the first dual match of the fall season for the Minutewomen who have been very impressive in a pair of opening tournaments.

(Photo by Araz Havan)

The New York Giants signed Michael Cox to the active 53-man roster his week and Julian Talley to the practice squad as announced by the club. Talley had been activated to the 53-man roster previously.

Jason Kates spoke with highly-touted UMass hockey freshman Dennis Kravchenko for this piece that is a part of the Daily Collegian's UMass Hockey Preview Issue.

Dennis Kravchenko at home as a new member of UMass hockey

UMass alum Victor Cruz and the Victor Cruz Foundation will host an event called "HalloweenLand" on Saturday, Oct. 25 in New York City. A host of New York professional athletes will be on hand for the kids' event with proceeds going to the Boys & Girls Club of America.