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John Connolly put together a story for the Boston Herald covering UMass football redshirt-freshman Todd Stafford's switch from quarterback to tight end. Stafford took snaps under center while redshirting the 2013 season before the 6-foot-7, 250-pound native of Riverside, Connecticut, switched roles ahead of fall camp.

Read more below:

Todd Stafford trades QB role for TE | Boston Herald

Saba Aziz of the Boston Herald sports staff wrote up a piece on UMass field hockey alumna Hannah Prince earning a spot on the United States National Team following the conclusion of the 2014 Women's National Championship. Check out what Prince and UMass head coach Carla Tagliente had to say below:

"As so often is the case in sports, when you dream big, good things happen. Former UMass-Amherst field hockey captain Hannah Prince is a prime example.

Prince, 22, realized her life-long dream of making the U.S National senior team last week, following the 2014 Women's National Championship contested at the Spooky Nook Sports complex in Lancaster, Pa. Prince joins 11 Olympians and seven newcomers on the 30-athlete roster, announced by U.S. Head Coach Craig Parnham..."

The conclusion of the story is available through the Boston Herald website here. More on UMass field hockey is available on

Rowing Head Coach Jim Dietz Featured In Boston Herald

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Jim Dietz is featured in the Boston Herald to preview Head of the Charles Weekend.  Dietz will be rowing in the masters double sculls this weekend.  

The full article can be found here: Jim Dietz Celebrates Head's History

Recaps Of Basketball's 83-67 Win Over Northeastern

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The men's basketball team improved to 2-0 on Monday night with a 83-67 win over Northeastern at the Mullins Center. Sophomore point guard Chaz Williams led the way again for the Minutemen, recording the first double-double of his career with 20 points and 10 assists, both tying career-highs. Terrell Vinson (14) and Sampson Carter (12) both reached double-figures for the second game in a row. Check out coverage of the game below.

  • UMass men's basketball pulls away from Northeastern - Hampshire Gazette
  • Gary Forbes checks in on Minutemen - Hampshire Gazette
  • A double-double by Chaz Williams leads a double-digit UMass win - Springfield Republican
  • Offense in full swing as Minutemen cruise to 83-67 victory - Daily Collegian
  • Sloppy play plagues UMass despite win - Daily Collegian
  • Williams points way for UMass - Boston Herald
  • UMass basketball beats Northeastern - Boston Globe
  • UMass pulls away with game on line - Worcester Telegram
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  • Williams scores 20, dishes out 10 assists, Massachusetts beads Northeastern 83-67 - Washington Post
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  • Darren Thellen was named one of four "College Football Heros" by the Boston Herald staff after his impressive defensive performance last weekend in the win at No. 9 Delaware. Thellen had a pair of interceptions for the second straight game.

    Coverage Of Statewide Hoops Media Day

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    The first State of Massachusetts Basketball Media Day was held at Boston University's Case Gym on Tuesday. UMass head coach Derek Kellogg and senior bigman Sean Carter were there representing the Minutemen as head coaches and select players from all six Division I men's basketball teams in the Commonwealth were there. Dozens of local regional, and national media members came out to cover the event with the start of official practices coming on Friday. Check out some of the coverage below.

  • UMass basketball team enters a new year with a new offensive style - Springfield Republican
  • Massachusetts men's hoop coaches bounce around idea of tripleheader - Hampshire Gazette
  • Colleges hope to fill void - Boston Herald
  • State's hoop teams come together - ESPN Boston
  • VIDEO: Derek Kellogg & Sean Carter Interviews From Media Day
  • VIDEO: Complete Webcast With All 6 Coaches
  • Victor Cruz was center stage again for the New York Giants in their 36-25 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. The former UMass wide receiver led the Giants with eight receptions for 161 yards, including a juggling one-handed 68-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter. Cruz was also involved in a pair of late turnovers by the Giants. All of that leads to lots of Cruz headlines today:

    New York Times
    New York Daily News
    Wall Street Journal
    New York Post

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    James Ighedibo made the first start of his career at safety for the New England Patriots, helping lead them to victory over his former team, the New York Jets, 30-20. The Amherst Regional High and UMass alum played the first four seasons of his career with the Jets, so Sunday's first start took on extra meaning. Ighedibo finished with six tackles on four solos and two assists.

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    ESPN Boston (written by UMass alum Mike Reiss)
    John Connolly of the Boston Herald caught up with former UMass great Tim Berra who held the football team's all-time record for most kickoff return yards in a game until Jesse Julmiste's performance last Saturday at Boston College. Berra set the record in 1973 against Rhode Island until Julmiste's 252 yard effort last weekend.

    Boston Herald: It's showtime for UMass Minutemen

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    Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald looks at the impact UMass' game at Boston College will have this weekend in light of the Minutemen's transition to the FBS level. The "introductory" to the Eastern Mass fans will be especially important with the Minutemen's future home being Gillette Stadium beginning next season.

    You don't think the stakes are huge this weekend for UMass? Beginning in 2012 and continuing through at least 2013, the Minutemen will be playing their "home" games at Gillette Stadium. This means the Boston sports market will have two competing 1-A football programs.

    That makes Saturday's date with Boston College the biggest game of the year. Call it an introductory offer for Boston sports fans. Or, a Whitman Sampler of UMass football. (Better still, and in homage to the UMass administration building, a Whitmore Sampler.)  

    We could also call it . . . a statement game.

    Recaps Of Football's Opening Win At Holy Cross

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    Check out all of the stories on UMass' 24-16 season-opening win on Thursday night in the first ever night game at Holy Cross' Fitton Field.

  • Springfield Republican: UMass football rides Jonathan Hernandez to opening win at Holy Cross
  • Hampshire Gazette: Jonathan Hernandez strong for Minutemen in return home
  • Hampshire Gazette: Quarterback Kellen Pagel helps UMass beat Holy Cross in opener
  • Matt Vautour Blog: Three Stars - UMass-Holy Cross
  • Worcester Telegram: UMass' Hernandez crashes Holy Cross party
  • Worcester Telegram: 15,942 Fans Watch UMass Beat Holy Cross
  • SB Nation: Jonathan Hernandez carrie Minutemen in win
  • Boston Globe: UMass runs past Holy Cross
  • Boston Herald: UMass football shines bright
  • Washington Post: Hernandez helps Massachusetts to 24-16 win over Holy Cross
  • VIDEO: Highlights from Charter 3
  • Boston Herald On UMass' Draft Prospects

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    The Boston Herald has a story on local college product that are hopeful of hearing their names called as the NFL Draft starts on Thursday night. Read about it in : Local prospects hoping to catch on.

    Offensive lineman Greg Niland of East Bridgewater, who began his career at Northeastern University before it dropped its football program, and went on to play his final season of eligibility at the University of Massachusetts, has piqued the interest of several NFL teams and could be a late-round pick.

    Other UMass players to watch are wide receiver Anthony Nelson, who caught 61 passes last season, running back John Griffin of Westminster, another NU transfer, and quarterback Kyle Havens.

    "Nelson did real well at the BC pro day and turned some heads," UMass coach Kevin Morris said. "Griffin, as well, with his physical skills. Nelson has some people wanting to take a second and third look at how good he is with the ball and how fast he is. Havens, too, has a couple of teams interested. We just need to get this (NFL) lockout to get unlocked, to get these guys into camps to show what they can do."

    Football Media Coverage On Move To FBS, MAC

    Here are various stories on UMass' elevation to the FBS and MAC.

    • Sporting News: UMass To The MAC
    • Boston Globe: Kraft rose to occasion
    • Boston Herald UMass moves up to FBS
    • Hartford Courant: UMass Makes Move To FBS Official
    • Attleboro Sun-Chronicle: Kraft: UMass to be boon
    • College Football Talk: MAC officially adds UMass as newest member
    • ABC40: McGuirk No More

    Here are video interviews from the event:

    Stories On UMass' Players At BC Pro Day

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    Here are various stories on the Pro Day that was held at Boston College on Wednesday as five former UMass football players took part. They included John Griffin, Kyle Havens, Mike Mele, Anthony Nelson and Greg Niland. The lineman Niland is quoted in many of these stories.

    • Boston Herald: Futures cloudy at BC pro day
    • Boston Herald: Linemen get battle Scar
    • Boston Globe: Going through motions
    • NFL coaches & scouts in town

    KNOWING THE DRILL: UMass offensive...

    Recaps Of UMass' Loss To Dayton In The A-10s

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    Take a look back at the 78-50 defeat to Dayton in the Atlantic 10 Tournament First Round on Tuesday night.

    • Boston Globe: Flyers race past Minutemen
    • Boston Herald: Minutemen out in ugly fashion
    • Daily Collegian: Lack of offense spells Minutemen
    • Dayton Daily News: Flyers blow by UMass 78-50

    Look Back At UMass' Hoop Loss At Fordham

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    Here are the recaps from UMass' 77-73 loss at Fordham on Saturday as the Rams snapped a 41-game conference losing streak.

    • Worcester Telegram: UMass hits bottom with loss
    • Boston Herald: UMass bottoms out against Rams
    • Wall Street Journal: Fordham edges Massachusetts 77-73

    UMass will host Dayton on Tuesday at the Mullins Center at 9 p.m., here are stories on the Flyers, who lost at George Washington Saturday.

    • Springfield News Sun: Staten good to the last block
    • Springfield News Sun: Flyers rally, fall in final seconds

    Recaps Of UMass' Near-Upset Of Temple

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    UMass basketball battled the three-time defending A-10 Champions, but lost 73-67 in overtime on Wednesday. Still, the Minutemen hold fate in their own hands when it comes to hosting a first-round A-10 Tournament game. A win on Saturday at Fordham OR several other scenarios would result in a home game to start the postseason. Read about the Temple game and the postseason situation here:

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Atlantic 10 home game within reach for Minutemen
    • Philadelphia Inquirer: Owls get by UMass in overtime
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch: A quick look at the Atlantic 10 race

    Recaps Of The Hoop Win Over St. Joe's

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    Take a look back at the 69-51 win over Saint Joseph's with these articles.

    • Boston Globe: UMass puts it all together
    • Daily Collegian: Minutemen trounce Saint Joseph's
    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Gurley shakes slump to lead Minutemen
    • Worcester Telegram: Minutemen thrive with complete game

    Recaps Of UMass' Loss To Duquesne

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    Here are the stories from the media about the Minutemen's 81-63 loss to Duquesne on Wednesday night.

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: With playing time, Morgan delivers for UMass
    • Boston Herald: Poor start KOs UMass
    • Worcester Telegram: Reeling UMass drubbed by Duquesne
    • Daily Collegian: Freshman Morgan shines in UM loss
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Duquesne wins at Massachusetts, 81-63
    • WWLP NBC22: Dukes down UMass, 81-63

    Herald: Hoops Beanpot Idea Stirring

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    The Boston Herald has a story on the idea of playing a Basketball Beanpot.

    Tonight and next Monday, college hockey will take center stage on the Boston sports scene. Alumni and fans of Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern and Harvard will pack into the Garden as the schools battle for city bragging rights in the Beanpot.

    It's a great tradition that leads to a simple question: Why doesn't basketball have a similar event?

    "I think in the state of Massachusetts you have to do some untraditional stuff just to keep the fans interested and give them kind of a special day," UMass coach Derek Kellogg said. "Massachusetts is such a strong professional sports state that you have to keep people's interest by doing some different things on the college level."

    Recaps Of UMass' Hoop Loss At SLU

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    Here are the news stories on the loss:

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Billikens bury UMass behind barrage of 3-pointers in St. Louis
    • Daily Collegian: Billikens rain 3's on Minutemen
    • St. Louis Post Dispatch: SLU defeats UMass
    • Boston Herald: UMass loses in St. Louis
    • Boston Globe: UMass bored to death

    Stories On UMass Football Signings

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    Here are the news stories from across the nation about UMass' football signings

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Quarterback among 17 signees for UMass football
    • Boston Herald: Thinking big, UMass bulks up

    Ihedigbo & Jets Ready For Patriots

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    There are several great stories on UMass alum James Ihedigbo, who is ready to take on the New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional Playoffs, Sunday at 4:30 pm. Check out these features.

    Boston Herald Blog Entry On Jets/UMass' Ihedigbo

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    Check out UMass alum Dan Duggan's Boston Herald Blog Entry on fellow alum and New York Jet James Ihedigbo.

    Earlier this week, I caught up with an old friend, James Ihedigbo. You may know James as the hard hitting safety and special teams ace from the Jets; I know him best from our battles on the intramural courts at UMass. He didn't seem overly interested in reliving the time my squad beat him and his football teammates. Apparently he has more important things on his mind...whatever.

    Recaps Of UMass' 71-54 Basketball Win Over BU

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    Take a look back at the basketball victory over BU on New Year's Eve in these stories.

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Minutemen end losing streak with win over BU
    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Carter rebounds in second half
    • Worcester Telegram: Gurley looks grand as Minutemen win
    • SportsPages Magazine: UMass Pulls Away from BU in, 71-54, Win

    Herald: UMass Basketball Stays Upbeat

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    In this New England College Basketball Notebook by UMass alum Dan Duggan in the Boston Herald, the Minutemen are keeping an upbeat attitude despite four losses in a row.

    After a 7-0 start, UMass has dropped four straight games. There could be a "here we go again" feeling in Amherst, but the Minutemen are staying optimistic.

    "There's obviously disappointment that we're not coming away with victories, but at the same token, there's no sense of quit in the guys," coach Derek Kellogg said. "I think they still feel like we can make something happen this season."

    One obvious cause of the slide is stiffer competition. The losses have come against BC, Maine, Seton Hall and No. 24 Central Florida.

    UMass is a mostly young team, which has led to some inconsistency. But Kellogg is confident the underclassmen will continue to develop.

    "All in all, I like where we are as a team and a program," Kellogg said. "My job is to get a consistent effort every single time out from all the guys."

    Recaps Of Basketball's First Loss, To BC

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    Look back at the UMass 76-71 loss to BC before more than 10,600 fans at the TD Garden. We have many new stories from Monday morning, check the revised list.

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Freshman point guard returns for UMass
    • Daily Collegian: Undefeated streak comes to an end
    • Daily Collegian: Rough first half dooms Minutemen

    Basketball Stories Heading Into Garden Game

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    Here's a look at the stories heading into the Boston Tip-Off Classic as the 7-0 Minutemen take on Boston College at 6:30 p.m. at the TD Garden.

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Minutemen get first real hoop test in BC
    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Declaring for draft helped Gurley improve
    • Boston Herald: Anthony Gurley better with age
    • Boston Herald: UMass has its Mr. Right

    Boston Herald: Kellogg Is Mr. Right For UMass

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    UMass coach Derek Kellogg, a former Minutemen player, is piecing together a winning program, as evidenced by his 7-0 start this season. In the Boston Herald, Steve Buckley has a great column on how Derek Kellogg is the right man for the job in Amherst.

    The first time Anthony Gurley laid eyes on Derek Kellogg, he was convinced good days were ahead for the UMass basketball program.

    "You could tell he wasn't just here for the job," said Gurley, a senior guard for the Minutemen who made his way to Amherst via Newton North High School with a brief stop in Winston-Salem, N.C., along the way. "Coach Kellogg has done a great job of putting together a blueprint of a top-25 program and putting us on the rise. I'm very confident in the direction this program is headed."

    Boston Herald Feature On Anthony Gurley

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    The Boston Herald has a pair of stories on UMass. The first one is a feature on senior guard Anthony Gurley, who leads UMass into Saturday's game at the Garden.

    urley has a scorer's mentality, a focus that frequently resulted in individual play in his first two seasons at UMass. Now a senior, Gurley is scoring more than ever. But he's also become an all-around player, with career-highs in rebounds, steals, field-goal percentage and 3-point shooting. Most importantly, UMass is 7-0 entering tomorrow night's Boston Tip-Off Classic game against Boston College at the Garden. 

    "I think I've matured a lot," said Gurley, a Roxbury native and former Newton North star. "My game has expanded. I'm trying to play a more complete game, get my teammates involved more and just play to my strengths."

    Recaps Of The Basketball Win At The Cage

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    Take a look back at the media stories on the 83-76 win over Holy Cross at the Curry Hicks Cage on Saturday.

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Minutemen hold on to defeat Holy Cross
    • Worcester Telegram: UMass keeps Purple caged
    • Boston Herald: UMass will take it

    Recaps Of The Basketball Win Over TCU

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    Here are stories on UMass' basketball's 67-48 win over TCU on Monday night in Springfield.

    • Boston Globe: UMass races to 4-0 start
    • Worcester Telegram: Farrell sparks UMass in Classic
    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Minutemen dominate TCU at Tip-Off Classic
    • Boston Herald: Minutemen stomp 'em
    • SportPage Magazine: Minutemen Dominate TCU in, 67-48, Win

    Recaps From Saturday's Football Loss

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    Take a look back at Saturday's 45-27 loss to Delaware at McGuirk Stadium. 

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Violette plagued by kicking woes for UMass
    • Boston Globe: UMass drubbed by Delaware
    • Boston Herald: Minutemen Hen-pecked
    • Worcester Telegram: Griffin is stellar, but UMass falls
    • Wilmington News Journal: Delaware Blue Hens football quick hits
    • Philadelphia Inquirer: Devlin on target as Hens top UMass

    Herald: Football Ready For Final Push

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    The Boston Herald takes a look at UMass and its football game vs. No. 1 Delaware on Saturday.

    "Delaware is leading the league in wins, so if we play well then we'll be rewarded," said UMass coach Kevin Morris. "Their run-and-pass combination is real strong and their quarterback (Pat Devlin) will probably be the player of the year based on his play so far. Defensively, they've played consistently well."

    Herald: Holmes Picks Up Play

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    The Boston Herald has a Monday story on Tyler Holmes and his record-setting day for UMass after he picked off two passes and returned them for touchdowns.

    "They kept throwing the ball to the flat, so I wanted to get in good position. I read off the quarterback's intention and made a good break on the ball. I was surprised, especially on the first one," said Holmes, who joined Jerard White (1996-99) and Anton McKenzie (2000-03) as the only UMass players to have two interception returns for TDs in a career. "The second one, I was kind of the free player in the zone, reading off the quarterback's eyes and got a good jump on the ball. It provided great momentum and tremendous energy for my team.

    Monday's Follow-Up Stories On The Colonial Clash

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    More coverage on Monday after UMass lost in the Colonial Clash at Gillette Stadium before a conference record attendance of 32,848.

    Recaps Of The Colonial Clash

  • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Mistakes Doom UMass At Gillette
  • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Clash Organizer Thrilled With Event
  • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Amid bad patch, Minutemen seek to avoid another collapse
  • Daily Collegian: UMass Loses Colonial Clash
  • Daily Collegian: Offense Struggling Since Bye Week
  • Boston Herald: Weekend Notebook.
  • Portsmouth Herald: Win over UMass sets up exciting final month for UNH
  • Saturday's Preview Stories On UMass-Richmond

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    The rain has cleared and Saturday looks like a great day for Homecoming 2010 as the Minutemen host Richmond at 3:30 p.m. Be sure to join us for a high-power CAA clash between two of the Top 20 teams in the nation. There will also be a special tribute by the UMass Band and Alumni Band at halftime in honor of the late George N. Parks.

    Here are preview of the game:

  • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Minutemen eager for return to McGuirk
  • Boston Herald: A player to Emil-ate
  • Springfield Republican: Richmond is without its starting QB, but UMass remains wary of Saturday's test
  • Richmond Times-Dispatch: Spiders in a familiar spot playing at UMass
  • Masslive: 3 keys to the game: No. 8 UMass football hosts No. 20 Richmond
  • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Minutemen wary of a depleted Richmond squad
  • Richmond Times-Dispatch: UR, UMass rosters came together in different ways
  • Listen to "Voice of the Minutemen" Josh Maurer as he previews the game on 1450 AM The Hall, this morning: Masslive.
  • Boston Herald: A Player To Emil-ate

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    The Boston Herald has a nice feature on UMass junior captain Email Igwenagu. Check out John Connolly's story.

    Some players are men for all seasons. UMass co-captain Emil Igwenagu can best be described as a man for all positions. In three-plus seasons (including his redshirt year) with the Minutemen, the 21-year-old junior has played fullback and linebacker, served on scout teams, been a special teams performer, and finally found a home at tight end.

    "I don't really have a favorite. I like what I'm doing now," said Igwenagu, who will be in action today (3:30 p.m.) when No. 8 UMass (4-1) hosts No. 20 Richmond (2-3) on Homecoming. "(My versatility) helps me out. It's true. As a tight end, I feel I can do a little bit of everything. I'm not strictly a blocking tight end and I'm not strictly a receiving tight end. I do a little bit of both.

    Boston Stories On Tip-Off Classic At Garden

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    Even with what was at stake, UMass men's basketball coach Derek Kellogg never had to think twice. Stay home while Boston College makes the 80-minute journey to Amherst for an early-season game, or brave the Mass Pike to play their in-state rival at the Celtics' pad.

    The 2010 Boston Tip-Off Classic was announced yesterday at TD Garden, which will host the Dec. 4 doubleheader featuring three local teams. Northeastern will face Drexel, followed by UMass going up against BC. A portion of the event's proceeds will benefit Children's Hospital Boston.

    Here are the stories from the Boston Globe, Boston Herald and the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

    Herald: Hub Wins Opening Tip-Off

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    Skip Connors combined an intrastate rivalry with an intercity one to create the 2010 Boston Tip-Off Classic. Read the full story in the Boston Herald.

    On Dec. 4, UMass will rekindle its Commonwealth Classic rivalry with Boston College (6:30 p.m.), and Northeastern will host Philadelphia-based Drexel (4 p.m.) in the doubleheader scheduled for the Garden.

    The four Division 1 programs representing the Atlantic Coast Conference (BC), the Atlantic 10 (UMass) and the Colonial Athletic Association (NU, Drexel) will gather for a press conference this morning at the Garden. Proceeds from the Tip-Off Classic will benefit Children's Hospital and Al's Angels, a program that serves the homeless in the Greater Boston area.

    Monday Morning Football Coverage

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    Here are some more stories on Saturday's football win at Towson, 27-14.

    The Daily Hampshire Gazette has this notebook on the game from Monday's paper. 

     The Daily Collegian has this recap of the win.

    The Boston Herald has another mention of the game.

    Read Sunday's stories here in JTAM: Sunday's Recaps.

    Recaps From UMass' Football Win At Towson

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    Herald: UMass Right For Nelson

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    It was early December 2009 and the cold winds felt sharper to Anthony Nelson after learning Hofstra announced it was disbanding its football program.

    Nelson, a junior receiver for The Pride, began sending out game tapes to other schools. In the meantime, Hofstra offensive line coach Bill Durkin, a former UMass star, was telling Nelson about the unique opportunity UMass could offer. Following a visit with his parents to the Amherst campus a few days later, Nelson had found a new home.

    Check out the story in the Boston Herald.

    Boston Herald Monday Update On Football

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    There is a mention of UMass' football win at Stony Brook in the Boston Herald as part of a weekend notebook.

    No. 11 UMass (3-1, 1-0 CAA) rallied to win at Stony Brook (1-3), 26-21. John Griffin, a senior transfer from the defunct Northeastern football program, had 132 yards and a touchdown. Junior co-captain Tyler Holmes had an interception to ice matters.

    Resiliency has become the UMass calling card.

    "It was a battle, a real toe-to-toe fight throughout . . . the guys just stuck with it and made some plays," said coach Kevin Morris. "The kids aren't afraid to keep coming after it to get the win. Now, the negative was we got some penalties (seven for 60 yards) to put oursleves in trouble and Stony Brook is a really strong team and ran the ball well against us with play-action. It was a real physical game and we came out good on that end of it. But, at the end, the team came back to win."

    The Minutemen play at Towson on Saturday night.

    Tony Gaffney In News With Celtics

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    Check out the Boston Herald's Celtics Blog for an update on Tony Gaffney.

    Assuming the Celtics keep the maximum 15 players and depending on how other positions shake out, Gaffney could be in a battle with summer acquisition Von Wafer for one of the final roster spots. Despite that uncertain future, Gaffney has a good feeling about the Celtics this season.

    "The environment in the locker room right now is something special," Gaffney said this morning before the C's charity golf tournament at the Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy. "There's obviously a lot of talk about the Miami Heat right now, but we're a team that's determined and looks ready to get this thing going."

    Celtics Town has a snipet on Gaffney and his enthusiasm for the season.

    Boston Herald: Local Squads Make Big Impression

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    There was much to like about New England teams this weekend, including UMass' stalwart effort at Michigan, Harvard's unveiling of quarterback Andrew Hatch, and Rhode Island's 28-25 stunner over New Hampshire.

    No coach likes to claim a moral victory after a tough loss, but there is little doubt that UMass coach Kevin Morris feels proud of his club after it proved it could play with the big boys, losing a heartbreaking 42-37 affair at Michigan, ranked No. 20 in the FBS entering the game.

    Read John Connolly's full notebook in the Boston Herald.

    Herald: UMass Eyeing Big Test

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    Will Michigan get caught looking ahead to playing Bowling Green on Sept. 25? Or will UMass be thinking of visiting Stony Brook the same week?

    Try neither.

    The No. 18 Minutemen (2-0) carry the FCS banner into The Big House in Ann Arbor this weekend (Saturday, noon) to face a potent Wolverines squad (2-0) riding high after victories over UConn and Notre Dame.

    Read the full story in the BostonHerald.

    Herald: Morris, UMass Resilient In Opener

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    The Boston Herald has a follow-up story on UMass' win over William & Mary. John Connolly points out how UMass continued to bounce back despite mistakes and errors in the game.

    A telltale sign of that grit came during a fourth-and-2 play from the Tribe 7-yard line late in the third quarter of the season opener at McGuirk Stadium. UMass elected to go for it instead of kicking a field goal while trailing 16-14. The Minutemen botched the play on an illegal forward pass. The Tribe responded by driving for a score to go up 23-14 and position UMass coach Kevin Morris for some second-guessing.

    Herald: UMass Tackles Tough Schedule

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    A youthful UMass team will have to mature in a hurry as it opens its 128th season today at McGuirk Stadium against a William & Mary team ranked fourth nationally. William & Mary is one of six ranked opponents on the UMass schedule, the others being No. 25 Holy Cross, No. 6 Richmond, No. 10 New Hampshire, No. 15 James Madison and No. 16 Delaware.

    Here's the full story from the Boston Herald.

    Herald: 5 Questions For UMass Football

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    John Connolly of the Boston Herald has his preview of the UMass football season. He has his 5 Questions for 2010. Check it out.

    UMass tailback John Griffin takes a...