In honor of the victims of Sept. 11, 2001, please take a moment of silence to pay your respects to those who lost their lives ... Tonight, in Boston the UMass Club hosts the UMass Basketball Celebration featuring coaches Derek Kellogg and John Calipari. Register Now for this exciting event. Football hosts Albany tomorrow night at 6 p.m., see you there!
Former UMass head coach John Calipari is expected to be on WEEI radio this morning to talk about the event at the UMass Club tonight where UMass celebrates 100 Seasons of Basketball. Fans can still register online. Also the event will provide the first chance -- and exclusive presale chance to purchase tickets for the Dec. 19 gam between UMass and Memphis.
The Daily Collegian has a story on the UMass men's basketball schedule all of the high quality opponents the Minutemen will face on the road this season.
Basketball head coach Derek Kellogg and players Ricky Harris, Anthony Gurley and Sean Carter were in Springfield on Thursday after the dedication of a basketball court in honor of 9/11 victim Tyler Ugolyn. The Springfield Republican has a story and ABC40 has video about Springfield city officials, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the YMCA of Greater Springfield YMCA and the Tyler Ugolyn Foundation dedicated a refurbished outdoor basketball court at the Deberry Elementary School on Union Street in honor of Ugolyn. The 23-year-old Springfield native was killed Sept. 11, 2001 in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. He was at his job on the 93rd floor of Tower 1 when the airliner struck.
The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a preview of the UMass-Albany football home opener under the lights. "The first home game, at night, under the lights, it's going to be alive," Jeremy Horne said. "Everybody in the school is going to be there."
From down in Harrisonburg, Va., James Madison looks become the fourth CAA team to knock off an FBS team as the Dukes travel to Maryland to face the Terps and former UMass football coach Don Brown. The Daily Record has a story on JMU's plan to face the blitzing Brown defense they saw often at UMass.
Also in the Daily Collegian, there is a preview of the men's cross country team as Ken O'Brien returns 13 runners from the 2008 Atlantic 10 Champions.
Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: With the action at UMass heating up, follow all the events with the Webcasts page Or you can clink the "Watch & Listen" tab right next to the headlines on the front page.
Don't Miss This: UMass senior tailback Tony Nelson will be chatting with fans today at 11 a.m. Be sure to Send in a question for the Walter Payton Award candidate to answer.
The Bud Light UMass Football Radio Show with Kevin Morris returns tonight at 7 p.m. We had a great crowd last week at the Hangar on University Drive so come out and support the football team. Senior captains Vladimir Ducasse and Jeromy Miles will be the guests tonight. They will also sign autographs and take pictures with fans.
In the Boston Globe, Dan Shaughnessy has a column on the UMass Basketball Celebration being held tomorrow night in Boston at the UMass Club. Sign Up for the Celebration, a great showing is expected.
The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on the UMass women's soccer team's loss to Albany, 1-0 in overtime on Wednesday.
UMass grad and former intern in the media relations office Katelyn DiCristofano has been hired as the Director of Business Operations with the Odessa (Texas) Roughnecks of the Indoor Football League.
The Albany Times Union has a story on the great facilities at Division III RPI, which mentions UMass.
The DC Pro Sports Report ranked the Washington Nationals' 2009 draft class on their first year in pro ball and has UMass' Mitchell Clegg in the No. 7 spot
on that list. Clegg, who was selected by the Nationals in the 21st round, finished the season with a 2.20 ERA in 57.1 innings, with 30 strikeouts and 10 walks for the Vermont Lake Monsters.
Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: The Ticket Central page is your one-stop shop for all tickets for UMass games. It has direct links to buy tickets to every football and hockey game that is on sale at this time.
Don't Miss This: Thursday night at the Hangar on University Drive is the place to be. Meet coach Kevin Morris and senior captains Vladimir Ducasse and Jeromy Miles and get the best wings in the Valley. That's tonight at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 9
The UMass Sports Luncheon returns this afternoon as football coach Kevin Morris and men's soccer coach Sam Koch will be the guest speakers along with Athlete of the Week Jamie Bourazeris at 12 Noon at the Campus Center Room 1009. Join us for food and fun with friends to discuss UMass action. Also on Wednesday, the women's soccer team hosts Albany at 4:30 p.m. at Rudd Field. Thursday's Bud Light UMass Football Radio Show will feature senior captains Vladimir Ducasse and Jeromy Miles. Send your Questions For Coach Morris now as part of "Ask The Coach."
The Berkshire Eagle has a story on the release of the UMass men's basketball schedule.
In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour writs about the defense's impressive showing at Kansas State as the Minutemen shut out the Wildcats for three quarters.
The Daily Collegian is back in print mode and has a season preview of the football team.
In his weekly Big 12 teleconference, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder spoke about UMass several times after his Wildcats escaped with a win over the Minutemen on Saturday. Notable he said: "They (UMass) have a great team."
In a look around the nation at college football, Athlon Sports mentions the success of FCS against FBS this past weekend including UMass' narrow loss. For the record, three FBS teams lost to FCS teams -- Duke (Richmond), Virginia (William & Mary), Temple (Villanova) -- and seven others beat FCS teams by seven points or less -- Iowa State (North Dakota State, 24-17), Indiana (Eastern Kentucky, 19-13), East Carolina (Appalachian State, 29-24), Iowa (Northern Iowa, 17-16), Kansas State (UMass, 21-17), UCF (Samford, 28-24) and Wyoming (Weber State, 29-22).
In his weekly column, Around FCS, the Sports Network's David Coulson writes about how the three wins by FCS teams over FBS teams are not really surprises.
With the New York Jets, UMass alum James Ihedigbo continues to make news. According to Newsday: James Ihedigbo is still laying the wood and continues to walk that fine line between playing hard and playing smart. He almost got into another scrap today after nearly clobbering WR Britt Davis. Davis caught a pass from Clemens in 7-on-7s and "Digs" led into him a bit with the shoulder.
Matt Lawrence's secure spot with the Baltimore Ravens is mentioned in the Hartford Courant's look at UConn and state players to make the NFL in 2009. He is currently listed as the team's No. 4 running back, behind starter Willis McGahee and backups Ray Rice and Jalen Parmele.
Field Hockey's huge win over No. 9 Iowa is chronicled in the Daily Collegian.
The Daily Collegian takes a in-depth look at the men's soccer team, which is seeking its third NCAA Tournament in a row.
UMass alum Matt Torra threw seven stellar innings in the Southern League on Sunday night. He moved to 10-13 on the season as his Mobile BayBears beat the Montgomery Biscuits, 5-2.
Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: For information on Friday's UMass Basketball Celebration at the UMass Club in Boston, check out the information.
Don't Miss This: The UMass Sports Luncheon is the pick for Wednesday as football coach Kevin Morris and Sam Koch of men's soccer will be the guest speakers at Room 1009 in the Campus Center.
Tuesday, Sept. 8
The first day of classes at UMass is finally here. Good luck to all the students as they begin the Fall 2009 semester. In the latest FCS polls, UMass remained No. 17 in the media Sports Network poll and No 18 in the Coaches poll. Also with the start of school, the Daily Collegian is being printed again. We will have plenty of links to those stories.
Despite a narrow loss at FBS Kansas State, UMass football remained No. 17 in the FCS media poll from the Sports Network and No. 18 in the FCS Coaches Poll. Richmond moved to No. 1 in both polls after knocking off Duke.
In a follow up story after Saturday's defeat at Big 12 foe Kansas State, the Springfield Republican has a story on UMass having high hopes of winning games, not just staying close.
On ESPN.com, Tim Griffin has his Big 12 blog with a few references to UMass and its game at K-State and how close the Minutemen kept the game.
Another story from the Wichita Eagle focuses on what UMass showed K-State in the game on Saturday.
The Examiner has a Labor Day update with info on the field hockey team's biggest win in nine years, knocking off No, 9 Iowa.
If you were watching the national broadcast of Miami and Florida State on ESPN, Monday night, there were many shots and references to former UMass football head coach Mark Whipple, the new offensive coordinator with the Hurricanes. Miami pulled off the upset, a 38-34 win in piling up 476 yards of offense.
Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: Check our new weekly feature of the "UMass Plays Of The Week" featured on the front page video player.
Don't Miss This: The UMass Athlete of the Week will be announced. The call was delayed a day due to the Labor Day holiday. Three big auctions end on Tuesday. All three are great experiences for UMass football fans at this Saturday's season opener against Albany. Visit the Auctions Page.
Monday, Sept. 7
Hope those you with the day off enjoy your Labor Day holiday. Busy weekend for the UMass teams. The football squad narrowly pulled off the upset at Kansas State, falling by four, 21-17. The field hockey team had a huge win over No. 9 Iowa, 4-3 on Saturday. Big news from the NFL where three Minutemen alums made NFL rosters: Jeremy Cain (Jaguars), James Ihedigbo (Jets) and Matt Lawrence (Ravens). Also in JTAM a feature from the Boston Globe on soccer's Sam DeNormandie.
UMass nearly became the fourth CAA Football team to beat an FBS team on the weekend as Villanova beat Temple on Thursday, William & Mary beat Virginia on Saturday as did Richmond topping Duke. CBS Sportsline has a story on the HUGE success for the CAA against FBS teams. The story quotes: "in CAA circles, the results were hardly surprising. The league, after all, has had three different teams win the national championship in the last six years, and has matched its own record the last two seasons by sending five of its 12 teams to the NCAA playoffs."
In the Boston Herald, redshirt freshman linebacker D.J. Adeoba was named a "Herald Hero" after he made seven tackles and returned a Jeremy Horne blocked punt 26 yards for a touchdown in his debut for the Minutemen. UMass' close result in front of more than 50,000 fans at KSU also leads off John Connolly's round-up of the weekend in the Herald.
A quick note from the UMass game at K-State after some research on the plane ride home from Manhattan. Tony Nelson became the first UMass back in 10 years to gain 100 rushing yards against a I-A/FBS team. Back in 1999 future NFLer Marcel Shipp gained 111 yards in a loss to Toledo.
Check this great feature from the Boston Globe on UMass soccer player Sam DeNormandie. the former Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High standout is earning a shot at more playing time on the men's soccer team at the University of Massachusetts.
Coverage of the men's soccer team's 2-0 loss to Hartford comes from the Hartford Courant.
The Boston Globe has a nice piece on the passing of legendary hockey coach Jack Canniff.
Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: Three big auctions end on Tuesday. All three are great experiences for UMass football fans at this Saturday's season opener against Albany. Visit the Auctions Page.
Don't Miss This: Look for the announcement of the Players of the Week in the CAA Football League and the Atlantic 10 in various sports as well as the UMass Athlete of the Week. The Minutemen and Minutewomen have a great chance to earn some accolades.