Just Take A Minute: Sept. 1-5
Just Take A Minute: Sept. 1-5

Sept. 7, 2008

  • UMASS FOOTBALL SHOW PODCAST: Bud Light UMass Football Show

  • WEEKLY PODCAST: This Week In UMass Athletics

      Friday, Sept. 5

    Happy Friday! Week one of school is done and the UMass-Holy Cross football matchup is one day away. This afternoon, basketball coach Derek Kellogg will be holding outdoor workout sessions with the team at the Horsehoe basketball courts under the Southwest Towers be sure to come out at 1 p.m. to see your Minutemen. Just Take A Minute has stories on Kellogg taking part in a court dedication down in Springfield in addition to various football stories. Also, check out the feature on hockey's Topher Bevis.

  • In the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, there is a story about which radio broadcast listeners in Central Massachusetts should listen to, either UMass or Holy Cross. New Voice of the Minutemen Josh Maurer and Holy Cross' Bob Fouracre are the focus of the story. The T&G also has a preview of the game.

  • The Sports Network wrote their weekly FCS Top 25 preview, which includes a preview of #4 UMass at Holy Cross.

  • Click here for UMass game notes while you can find Holy Cross' notes here.

  • Its Hall of Fame Induction Weekend down in Springfield and as part of the ceremonies, a basketball court was dedicated at the Lower Liberty Heights. Derek Kellogg and senior Tony Gaffney were on hand for the event.

    Now that Hashim Bailey, Doug Wiggins and Travon Wilcher are all set to be part of the UMass basketball roster, here are some stories on the guys. Ron Chimelis writes in the Republican, and from Matt Vautour in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

  • The New England Hockey Journal profile UMass senior hockey defenseman Topher Bevis' effort to raise money for cancer. Topher lost his mother Patty to brain cancer at the age of 12 and has since (along with his family), developed a Patty Fund, in her honor.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: The UMass women's soccer media guide is now available online! Click here to download it or to buy a hard copy!

  • Don't miss this: Football is back in action on Saturday at Holy Cross. Come cheer them onto victory in hostile territory! If you can't make it to Worcester, you can catch the game on Charter TV 3 in Central Massachusetts or through live streaming video on UMass All-Access!

      Thursday, Sept. 4

    Thursday means its time for the Bud Light UMass Football Show. Be sure to listen tonight at 7 p.m., or join us at the Hangar Bar & Grill for the show. Its expected that Josh Jennings and Tony Nelson will be the guests along with Coach Don Brown. Don't forget to Ask Coach Brown, send your questions now for the UMass head man. Thursday will also feature an announcement on the UMass men's basketball roster which has been finalized now that school is in session. Stayed tuned to UMassAthletics.com for the official release. The women's soccer team has its home opener vs. New Hampshire. If you can't join us at Rudd Field, then please watch online through All-Access.

  • 2007 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Stephane Lasme has been waived by the Miami Heat. But the former UMass star hopes to hook on with another team soon.

  • Various outlets had stories on the UMass-Holy Cross basketball series which was announced on Wednesday. Here is coverage in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, and Republican.

  • Former UMass women's lacrosse associate coach and current UConn head coach Angela McMahon has brought in one of her former players, Melynda Zwick, to serve as an assistant coach .

  • The Daily Collegian has several stories on the football team as they prepare for Holy Cross. As well as women's soccer.

    Let's take a look at what other people are saying about UMass.

  • In New Hampshire, football coach Sean McDonnell has high praise for Don Brown and his Minutemen. "In our division UMass has got to be the people that you look at," McDonnell said. "They've got a lot of people returning on defense, a great quarterback, and that's what you win with in this league."

  • Out in the land of the Cheeseheads, Wisconsin-Green Bay released its men's basketball schedule and head coach Tod Kowalczyk talked about UMass coming to play the Phoenix on their homecourt. "I like the fact that we have a quality opponent in UMass coming to town. I like that our season-ticket holders know they're going to see a nationally known team."

  • Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano (who had two sons at UMass on Saturday as part of the Albany football team) commented on Brandon London's addition to the Phins for the season. He said, "London's a big strong receiver that can do some jobs, some jobs on special teams that way and help us."

  • In hockey news, the website SabresInsider.com has a feature on prospect and UMass alum Mike Kostka. He is also featured on the Portland Pirates AHL website with a picture from his UMass days.

  • Former UMass catcher Frank Curreri played left field in the final baseball game played in Tuscon as the Sidewinders Triple-A team is moving to Reno.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Get scores and headlines directly on your cell phone via text messages. Sign up now for the UMass Alerts Service. The feature also has ritor.com/javascript/wysiwyg/tiny_mce/themes/advanced/langs/en.js">ingtones and wallpaper for your cell phone.

  • Don't miss this: The men's basketball roster will be finalized and released on Thursday. Check back during the day for the official info.

      Wednesday, Sept. 3

    It's Wednesday! The first day of classes is in the books and the week is halfway over. The women's soccer team is hard at work preparing for their home-opener on Thursday vs. New Hampshire while field hockey is doing the same for their Friday tilt at Dartmouth.Football is looking ahead to a road game at intrastate rival Holy Cross and men's soccer is gearing for their first game at Rudd Field since last season's National Quarterfinal win over Illinois-Chicago! Wednesday means the second Sports Luncheon of the year. Come out and celebrate the outstanding weeks from Tony Nelson and Prince Ofosu as they will be honored as the inaugural 2008-09 Athletes of the Week.

  • For those of you watching SportsCenter Tuesday morning, you would have heard UMass football mentioned on air! They announced the new FCS poll in which the Minutemen climbed to fourth in the nation.

  • Click DraftInsiders.com to read all about UMass quarterback Liam Coen who is on the Walter Payton Award Watch List. His story is right under that of current Baltimore Ravens starting quarterback and former CAA football star from the Delaware Blue Hens, Joe Flacco.

  • Holy Cross is playing up Saturday's football game as one of their biggest of the season on homecoming.

  • More media outlets write about new Miami Dolphins wide receiver and UMass' very own Brandon London.

  • The Daily Collegian has various articles on UMass football, men's soccer, women's soccer and field hockey including previews of several sports.

  • The Worcester Telegram makes a mention of former UMass football star Steve LaMay who is friends with current New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

  • Congratulations to the UMass women's tennis team for earning ITA Academic All-American status for the 10th year in a row.

  • Former UMass hockey player Obi Aduba impressed at the Elmira Jackals' third annual pro placement camp and has earned an invite to training camp in October. The Jackals are the East Coast Hockey League affiliate of the Ottawa Senators.

  • CBS.com senior writer Gary Parrish writes a piece about how small things can begin a ripple effect within NCAA basketball coaching ranks. He plays out a number of scenarios, including how Derek Kellogg found his way back to his alma mater!

  • Slam Online ranks former UMass All-American Marcus Camby as the 48th best player in the NBA today. Click here to read their reasoning.

  • The Boston University student newspaper writes about the disappointment of the Terriers' crushing 3-2 overtime loss to UMass in men's soccer.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: School's in session, here's your chance to join the Maroon Platoon.

  • Don't miss this: The sports luncheon takes place Wednesday at the Campus Center, Room 1009 as football's Tony Nelson and soccer's Prince Ofosu will be honored as the Co-UMass Dinn Brothers Athletes of the Week.

      Tuesday, Sept. 2

    Its the first day of classes at UMass. The students are back and the campus is buzzing. No better time to check out UMass Athletics. Today's Just Take A Minute has news about television coverage of this weekend's football game at Holy Cross on WCTR in Central Massachusetts. The football team up to No. 4 in both polls. The Daily Collegian has extensive coverage on all UMass teams with its first printing on Tuesday.

  • UMass football will have it first of at least eight televised games this weekend as the Minutemen travel to Holy Cross to face the Crusaders. The game will be aired in Central Massachusetts on WCTR Charter Channel 3. The station covers east from Barre to west of Southborough and Dunstable. Here is the coverage map.

  • In addition to the game on television, the UMass-Holy Cross game will be aired on national radio through WCKY, a 50,000-watt station based in Cincinnati. It will air on a delay on Saturday. Frank Santore, Jr., calls the action. Of course the game will be carried by the UMass Sports Network live from Worcester through the state of Massachusetts.

  • The new Sports Network media poll has been released and UMass is up to No. 4. The Minutemen are also No 4 in the FCS Coaches Poll.

  • In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour writes about the weekend that was in the CAA and nothing really strayed far from the anticipated.

  • The Greenwich Time has a snipet on UMass' Stamford High School alums Vladimir Ducasse and Brian Ostaszewski.

  • The Boston Herald has a follow up article on UMass' football win over football.

  • With the start of school, the Daily Collegian has started printing on Tuesday. There are a bevy of articles on UMass teams.

  • After being cut by the New York Jets, James Ihedigbo has been re-signed to the team's practice squad.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Check out the UMass Fan Poll which is updated regularly. The current poll focuses on how often you visit the website.

  • Don't miss this: Look for a possible announcement about the final men's basketball game to be added this week Check back to UMassAthletics.com for the latest as the week progresses.

      Monday, Sept. 1

    Happy September! ... Happy Labor Day! What a way to end the weekend for UMass' teams. Sunday provided amazing fireworks as the No. 13 men's soccer team capped a miraculous comeback to beat Boston University, 3-2 in double overtime, before nearly 6,000 fans at Nickerson Field in Beantown. The field hockey team also got its first victory with a 3-0 whitewash of the Quinnpiac at Garber Field. The football team opened with a solid 28-16 victory over Albany on Saturday night in the first game under permanent lights at McGuirk Stadium. That game drew more than 15,000 fans. So over the weekend, close to 23,000 fans watched UMass teams compete. What great exposure!

  • The football team beat Albany, 28-16 in the opener. The game was covered by various papers: Marty Dobrow with coverage in the Boston Globe, John Connolly wrote in the Boston Herald, Matt Vautour had coverage in the Daily Hampshire Gazette and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Jeff Thomas in the Springfield Republican. From the Albany perspective, check out the Daily Gazette of Schenectady, Writer Bob Weiner added a column on Albany's performance against the Minutemen, the Albany Times-Union,

  • Brandon London signed with the Miami Dolphins and will be on the active roster to start the 2008 season as the only former UMass football player on an opening day roster. London's signing with the Dolphins is covered by the Newark Star-Ledger. Ironically, London joked about going to play for the Dolphins earlier this week. He was quoted as saying the Dolphins "are going to come in and take me." The Miami Herald also covered the Phins late changes.

  • London was a lucky one, as he was waived by the Giants, but the Dolphins were there to pick him up. On the flip side the following former Minutemen were cut on Saturday's NFL cut-down day: Steve Baylark (Cardinals), Jeremy Cain (Titans), James Ihedigbo (Jets) and Marcel Shipp (Texans).

  • In the Worcester Telegram, Bud Barth wrote a preview on the football season focusing many of the Minutemen who are from Central Massachusetts.

  • Former UMass baseball star Frank Curreri is featured in the Arizona Daily Star. A former hockey player, Curreri has impressed for the Tucson Sidewinders in the Diamondbacks system.

  • In the Springfield Republican, Mike Bogen takes a look at Curreri and his teammate Matt Torra, a pair of former UMass baseball players in Triple-A.

  • In a basketball piece, the Poughkeepsie Journal has a story on Marist playing against Memphis where UMass connections will be very present with the coaching staffs. The article mentions that former UMass coach John Calipari and Memphis will face five of his former assistants this season including the Minutemen and Derek Kellogg. Coach Cal said: "The only problem is we're playing too many of my former assistants this year, and I really don't like it. However, I am doing it because it is financially good for their programs, and if playing them helps their programs grow, I will do it."

  • The UMass men's soccer loss to Holy Cross last Friday night in Worcester was written about in the Telegram & Gazette. The game was played before an HC record 868 soccer fans.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: The first Bud Light UMass Football Show has been linked as a podcast. You can also find new podcast links under the "Podcasts" tab under All-Access in the third.

  • Don't miss this: Every Monday starting this week, The Voice of the Minutemen Josh Maurer will be putting together a weekly wrap-up podcast of UMass Athletics featuring highlights from football and other UMass teams. The link will be active midday, be sure to check it out. Also on Monday, look for the announcements of the first CAA Players of the Week, UMass' Tony Nelson and Josh Jennings are top candidates for league honors after impressive showings in the win over Albany.