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Dan Malone of MassLive spoke with head coach Derek Kellogg about the similarities and differences between last year's 24-win team and the prospects of this year's team.

Dan also chatted with DK about how the level of expectations are changing after ending the program's NCAA Tournament drought last season. 

Maroon Musket: Donte Clark Getting Up to Speed

Nick Canelas is the newest writer for the Maroon Musket web site and will be covering the men's basketball team this season. His first post is a story on freshman Donte Clark.

If Donte Clark wanted to play basketball last year, he had to do it like any other University of Massachusetts student would: by finding a pickup game at the recreation center.

Donte Clark sat out last season as an academic nonqualifier at UMass last season. (Photo Courtesy Daniel Malone/

So that's exactly what he did.

But it didn't take long for others to figure out that the 6-foot-4 shooting guard was more than just your average pickup player.

"They definitely knew I wasn't a regular student when I was out there playing," he said.

For Clark, dominating his peers was just a way to get his basketball fix, filling the void created by watching his future UMass teammates make a run to the NCAA tournament.

Once a highly touted recruit, the Charlotte, North Carolina, native came to UMass as a nonqualifier after failing to meet the academic requirements to attend Virginia Tech - the school he originally committed to. By rule, Clark wasn't allowed to play or practice last season, limiting him to a mere spectator while the Minutemen were on the court.

"It was definitely difficult to watch," Clark said. "I got tired of sitting there, watching everybody play. I was pretty impatient so I wanted to get back out there."

Fortunately for Clark, that wait finally ended on Saturday when the Minutemen officially began practicing full-time in preparation for the 2014-15 season. And he's already caught the attention of his coaches and teammates.

Read the entire story here...

Listen to the podcast of the October 7, 2014 edition of The Bud Light UMass Hockey Show on WHMP live from The Hangar Pub & Grill in Amherst. Head coach John Micheletto and player guests Troy Power and Steven Iacobellis discuss preseason practice and preview the season opener against Boston University with hosts Brock Hines and Adam Frenier. Visit our hockey radio information page for the complete radio show schedule.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette visited with a few members of the men's basketball team on Monday evening and wrote about the return to the court for transfer Jabarie Hinds and redshirt freshman Zach Coleman.

Join head coach John Micheletto and player guests Troy Power and Steven Iacobellis tonight at 7 p.m. the Hangar Pub & Grill in Amherst for the first episode of the Bud Light UMass Hockey Show for 2014-15. Coach Micheletto and hosts Brock Hines and Adam Frenier will preview Friday night's season opener against Boston University.

The live radio show airs from 7-8 p.m. on WHMP (AM 1400/1240, FM 96.9) in the Pioneer Valley. Additionally, fans can listen online at or by downloading the TuneIn Radio app on their mobile devices.

To interact with the broadcast team, tweet your questions for Coach Micheletto @UMassSportsNet or click here to "Ask the Coach". For additional information and a complete show schedule, visit our hockey radio information page.

Collegian: UMass basketball still fueled by NCAA Tournament defeat

Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian spoke with senior Cady Lalanne and junior Derrick Gordon about the disappointment of last season's loss to Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament and the outlook for the 2014-15 team.

Daily Collegian sports editor Mark Chiarelli spent some time at historic Curry Hicks Cage on Saturday and took in part of the men's basketball team's first practice of the season. He also wrote about the optimistic outlook that comes with the start of the 2014-15 season.

MSOC Recaps From Saturday's 1-0 Loss To Saint Joseph's

The men's soccer team suffered a tough 1-0 setback to Saint Joseph's in the Atlantic 10 opener on Saturday. The game was played a sloppy, rainy conditions, making scoring opportunities tough to come by. Nicholas Casale of the Daily Collegian has this recap of the contest.

Video highlights from the Daily Collegian's Marc Jean-Louis.

UMass field hockey defeated Saint Francis, 3-2 on Sunday afternoon to snap the Red Flash's eight-game season-opening win streak. Melanie Kreusch accounted for each of those UMass goals while Izzie Delario assisted on all three. Read more about the win with the Daily Collegian's recap:

Melanie Kreusch has career day in UMass' win over Saint Francis | Tyler Fielder, Daily Collegian

Recaps & Coverage Of @UMassFootball Loss At Miami

Miami rallied back from a 27-point deficit on Saturday to defeat UMass 42-41 at Yager Stadium in what was a tale of two halves for the Minutemen. UMass led 41-21 at the break, but a tough second half marred by turnovers opened the door for the RedHawks. The Minutemen were able to manage a last minute drive down to the six-yard line, but a play with three seconds left in overtime fell just short of the goal line.